A night at the ballgame

By Mark Nagi I love baseball.  I love everything about it. I love going to a ballpark, smelling the hot dogs and the beer. I love how the sport is played with breakneck speed at a deliberate pace. I love the history. I love that Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Mike Trout have […]

Q&A with Roger Bennett

By Mark Nagi From time to time, we get the opportunity to catch up with a personality from the world of sports.  Recently I had the chance to speak with Roger Bennett, co-host of the popular Men in Blazers show on NBCSN and author of Reborn in the USA, which debuted at Number 1 on […]

Name, Image and Likeness Won’t Destroy College Sports

By Mark Nagi Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) finally came to collegiate athletics back on July 1st. Much to the chagrin of the NCAA, “student-athletes” will be able to capitalize on their publicity and be compensated through third-party endorsements without worrying that the NCAA would strip them of eligibility. The NCAA fought against this for […]

Sports Hate is OK

By Mark Nagi I’m not afraid to say that I am anti-hate. Yes, I know that this is a bold statement, but I’m ok with it. Ever since Eve ate that apple, there has been conflict, and people have found reasons to hate each other. If you put two kids in a sandbox they’d play […]

Vols Omaha Stay Short Lived

  By Mark Nagi The Vols baseball team arrived in Omaha as one of the teams to beat at the College World Series. But the momentum they had brought with them to Nebraska didn’t carry over. Following losses last week to Virginia and Texas, Tennessee’s season ended abruptly. “Sometimes baseball is a crazy game,” said […]

Vols are Omaha Bound

  By Mark Nagi 200 games. That’s how long it took Tony Vitello to build Tennessee baseball from one of the worst teams in the conference to one of the best in the nation. “I just wanted to get this thing where people were proud of it,” said Vitello, now in his fourth season as […]

The Tennessee Baseball Experience

By Mark Nagi By the time you are reading this, Tennessee’s baseball team will have won their Super Regional and advanced to their first College World Series since 2005. Or they will have been knocked out of the postseason, ending a terrific campaign a step shy of Omaha. Or maybe Tennessee is still playing in […]

Home Can Be a Time Capsule

  By Mark Nagi Recently I had the opportunity to make the drive to upstate New York to visit my Mom for the first time in nearly a year and a half. She’s vaccinated. I’m vaccinated. So, the risk that I could get her sick from the pandemic is significantly lower today than it was […]

Tennessee Baseball’s Renaissance

  By Mark Nagi Back in January 2006, Tennessee’s men’s basketball team upset Florida 80-76, in one of the most exciting games ever played at Thompson-Boling Arena. Students waited in line for hours and were rewarded for their patience with that victory. The atmosphere was electric. The Vols were an undermanned group that battled under […]

Two Vols Picked in 2021 NFL Draft

By Mark Nagi The NFL Draft is a dream come true for hundreds of football players.  All the hard work and years of sacrifice pay off when they hear their names called. This year two former Tennessee Volunteers were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Josh Palmer was taken in the third round […]