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 […]

Locos help Lady Vols get a win and have fun

By Steve Williams Michael Beeler kicked off his flip flops and started buck dancing to the UT softball fans’ singing of “Rocky Top” after Megan Geer’s three-run homer finally gave Tennessee a lead in its own invitational tournament April 24. Beeler is one of the “Locos” and this crazy group of fans was more than […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of Tennessee basketball

By Steve Williams Tennessee basketball, in a roundabout way, took a couple of gut shots when former head coach Donnie Tyndall was placed on a 10-year show-cause by the NCAA and Tyler Summitt stunned us with his announcement of having an inappropriate relationship and stepping down as head women’s coach at Louisiana Tech. Thank goodness […]

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Jonathan "Turtle" Byrd (left) and Matt Byrd look over lineups before giving them to umpire Tom Ouimet prior to the second game between Giles County and Central.last week. The two brothers shook hands and gave each other a hug before heading back to their respective dugouts.

Oh brother! A day of mixed emotions ‘not a lot of fun’ for dad

By Steve Williams Charlie Byrd introduced his sons to the game of baseball years ago. He coached them and watched them play in many games. But what his eyes saw on a beautiful early spring afternoon last week was a first. Matt and Jonathan “Turtle” Byrd were on opposite sides as head coaches of Central […]

Tennessee among several schools to offer former Carter standout

By Steve Williams I put in a phone call to the University of Tennessee men’s basketball office shortly after Rick Barnes was named the Vols’ new head coach last year and left him a message about Jordan Bowden, who had just finished an outstanding high school career on the hardwood at Carter. My message was […]

Mother Nature is often a sports fan… and it’s not all bad news

By Steve Williams This and that: Last Friday afternoon’s unseasonably warmer weather, with the temperature in the 60s, came just in time for Tennessee’s baseball season opener against Memphis. It reminded me of how often hot summer days in late August suddenly give way to cooler temps and low humidity just in time for football […]

Despite not getting the Heisman, Peyton Manning can go out on top

Football owed him one. The celebration he was wrongfully denied when his name wasn’t called as the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1997 was replaced with an unexpected championship in Super Bowl 50. After 19 years, justice has been served for Peyton Manning. He can retire as a champion now, if he chooses. And […]

Super Bowl stuff and a little basketball on the side

By Steve Williams Holly Warlick has lost more basketball games than she wanted to this season, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. In the middle of an interview on the Lady Vol Illustrated radio show last week, the night after another turnover-riddled showing by her team at Kentucky, Coach Warlick sneezed right on […]