Tackling a head-on problem head on

Tackling a head-on problem head on

By Steve Williams Many years ago, when youth soccer started growing in popularity in this country, I wondered if soccer might someday replace football as the game played at Neyland Stadium and venues of other major universities. In what I saw as a softer America, many parents of a new generation preferred their boys play […]

Thanking Ben Byrd for the job and the memories

By Steve Williams The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame thanked one of its own at last week’s 35th annual Dinner and Induction ceremonies. Ben Byrd, the longtime sports editor and columnist of The Knoxville Journal who was inducted into the GKSHOF in 1987, was a special award recipient in the “Thanks for the Memories” […]

Our National Anthem, Old Glory and just getting along

By Steve Williams With the United States of America’s birthday, the Fourth of July, not too far behind us, it’s a good time of the year to bring up one of our oldest traditions in sports – the playing of our National Anthem. As you know, for many, many years now, our Anthem has been […]

Family roots and values kept Pat well grounded

By Steve Williams When Pat Head Summit was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, one of her remarks in her acceptance speech was, “I feel like I’m an angel in a basketball Heaven.” For years, Pat could have passed for an angel. Early last Tuesday morning she became one. Here locally and […]

UT on horizon, but TSD runner still has some business to finish

By Steve Williams Sweat was still pouring off Gashaw Duhamel several minutes after he had competed in the 3200-meter run in the East Tennessee Class A-AA State Sectional Thursday afternoon at Christian Academy of Knoxville. Of course beads of perspiration weren’t uncommon among the hundreds of talented high school track and field athletes from Happy […]

Locos made more noise than those cowbells

By Steve Williams Starkville, mostly known for its cowbells, got a little crazier this past weekend. The Locos were in town. That zany group of softball fans who make UT home games a hoot traveled to Mississippi to support the Lady Vols in the SEC tournament. How do I know they were there? I heard […]