A Sneak Peek of the 2021 high school football season

By Steve Williams The Spring Fling has come and gone … Football, anyone? Well, after today (June 7), it’s only 72 days to the opening kickoff for the 2021 high school season. Yep, just 11 Friday nights away from those Week 1 games. Opening night, however, won’t be on a Friday. It’ll be on Thursday, […]

What the World Needs Now …

By Steve Williams Dear Santa, As I began writing you, I was asking myself, what does the world need now? What instantly came to mind was that great song from 1965. “What the World Needs Now is Love”… So I immediately googled it and listened to it. I noticed too the playing time of the […]

It could be an unforgettable season in more ways than one

By Steve Williams Governor Bill Lee gave Tennessee high school football the “green light” to start practice on July 31. A season that once seemed like it would never begin because of the coronavirus pandemic ended regular season play for Division I teams three months later on Oct. 30. But it wasn’t without interruption or […]

John Majors ‘upset’ his dad to kick off a long rivalry

  By Steve Williams I was looking online for more information on Huntland High School, where Johnny Majors was the state scoring leader for three straight years in earning a UT football scholarship, when I came across an interesting sports column by Charles Rogers that ran in The Moore County News in 2019. The title […]

Coronavirus vs. Sports World

Did we get it right? By Steve Williams “I think the media are blowing this way out of proportion and are frightening a lot of people unnecessarily.” Those were the words of Dr. Jerry Punch, longtime ESPN sports broadcaster who now makes his home in this area and is a regular guest on The Sports […]

Remember 2008? There’s still hope Vol fans

  By Steve Williams   In a way, Tennessee’s post-season basketball season has already begun. The March Madness for the Vols started after back-to-back road losses at Auburn and Arkansas in February. At that point, getting invited to the Big Dance seemed out of the question and even a trip to the NIT loomed doubtful. […]

The Crust has been good for UT basketball

  By Steve Williams Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield left the Tennessee basketball program last year affectionately known as “Peanut Butter and Jelly.” So, with their former teammate’s collegiate career winding down, I’m going to call Jordan Bowden The Crust. Most of us know the outer edge of a slice of bread – the crust […]

Sign of times: MLB becomes national embarrassment

By Steve Williams Baseball was once considered America’s national pastime. But it lost that distinction to the popularity of football many years ago. Instead of remaining the great game it was, it has lost much, much more over the years because of some players’ unethical choices to gain an edge. For that, it has lost […]

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