I am a Fantasy Football Champion

By Mark Nagi It finally happened. After 25 years of playing fantasy football, many of those years playing in more than one league, I can finally put a fantasy football championship on my resume. My team, “Schiano Sunday,” beat Russell Smith’s “Freshwater Sarks” 115-75 in the finals in the Tennessee Sports Media League. As you’d […]

The Direction of Tennessee Football

By Mark Nagi Tennessee’s 2020 season was one to forget. From a six-game losing streak to a quarterback quandary that was never solved, to a total of seven losses that were each by double digits…  let’s just say that the Vol Network won’t be producing any special DVDs about the past 10 games. Things went […]

The Price of College Football ‘Progress’

By Mark Nagi This season has not been an ideal one for the Tennessee Volunteers. They started strong, then didn’t win a game for over two months. They lost six straight games for the first time since 1988. 2020 was worse as each of those defeats were by double digits. The progress that the Vols […]

Fantasy Football Hates Me

By Mark Nagi I’m writing this article at 2:24 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, a few hours after the final NFL game of the week. Baltimore beat an awful Dallas team tonight 34-17, but that’s not the big news. I’m here to type a rambling, hopefully, coherent piece on why fantasy football should be banned […]

The Curious Case of Jeremy Pruitt

By Mark Nagi Well, here we are again. Another football season for the Tennessee Volunteers, and another coach that is on the proverbial hot seat. Yes, we have certainly been down this road before. Pruitt is the fifth head coach at UT since 2008.  That much turnover is not a good thing, and the results […]

COVID continues to play havoc with Volunteers

  By Mark Nagi Boy oh boy was November 23 a lousy day for Tennessee athletics. First came the news that men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes was one of multiple members of the program that had tested positive for COVID-19.  Tennessee immediately postponed all team activities. That news broke after a statement that was released […]

Is Jeremy Pruitt’s Job Safe?

By Mark Nagi Let me tell you… no one does a coaching search like Tennessee. Lane Kiffin’s midnight run led to a wild search by athletics director Mike Hamilton that finished with the inept Derek Dooley installed as the Vols new head coach in 2010. When Dooley’s incompetence was finally too much in 2012, athletics […]

Trouble for Tennessee

By Mark Nagi It wasn’t supposed to be this way. This is year three of the Jeremy Pruitt era, and while teams like Texas A&M have been able to secure at least one “marquee” win (over Florida a few weeks ago), Tennessee still finds itself struggling mightily against the best teams in the conference. Following […]

A Tennessee/Alabama Game Unlike Any Other

By Mark Nagi The Tennessee/Alabama rivalry will be renewed on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. It is always one of the most anticipated games on the schedule for the Vols, despite the fact that they haven’t beaten the Crimson Tide since 2006, and have rarely been competitive during this recent victory drought. I’ve covered my share […]

Traveling the USA on Football Saturday

By Mark Nagi So… I’ve figured out that I’m at a point in my life in which I need to start doing more things for myself. That doesn’t mean I’m shirking all of my responsibilities, selling the house, buying an RV and heading out wherever life might take me until I’ve spent every last dime. […]