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 […]

Battling back and beating Bama was a good sign

By Steve Williams Don’t sell short Tennessee’s 69-68 win over Alabama last week. Beating the Crimson Tide in basketball hasn’t come easily for the Vols over the years, not even for some of their best teams. And battling back from 15 points behind in Tuscaloosa as Coach Rick Barnes’ team did last week could be […]

Never-say-die Vols turn things around again

By Steve Williams Tennessee’s performance in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl was much like its regular season. An ugly start with a beautiful ending. The Vols got inside Indiana’s 10-yardline on their first two possessions Thursday night and came away with three points. UT fans were feeling down in the dumps, much like they did […]

The end is not always golden, but can still sparkle

By Steve Williams Thirty minutes after the game, maybe longer, South-Doyle High School senior quarterback Mason Brang still had his helmet on and chin strap buckled. He was on his way to the Cherokees’ dressing room after their season-ending 20-16 loss to Central in the TSSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals on Nov. 22. He was […]

Snapper has dropped out of ‘Vandy hater’ rankings

By Steve Williams It’s “Hate Vandy Week,” but we won’t hear Snapper Morgan on a local sports radio-call-in show like we have regularly in the past. Snapper Morgan had risen to No. 3 on my list of “Vandy haters” over the years, trailing only the late George Cafego and No. 2 Joe Thompson. Cafego was […]

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