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Re: “Hail James Franklin, the man who's driving the stake through Same Old Vandy

what a great and well-written article

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Posted by Jonathan on 12/01/2011 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Preds pundits peck their pick of Pekka Rinne — is this the dawning of the new Predator Way?

And so continues my streak of having to Google something to fully comprehend a J.R. Lind column.

This time: "Eppur si muove"

Posted by zpb52 on 11/17/2011 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Welcome to the High Church of Same Old Vandy

Watched the game on ESPN Internet on my desktop. Vandy definitely had Arkansas on its heels in that final drive, but Coach Franklin, for reason(s) known only to himself at the time, chose to play conservative and have the QB throw to the sidelines to move the chains instead of devising a slot throw to the end zone with the receivers or even one of the backs. It was time to go for six points and the game NOW, right then and there, and Franklin did not.

Posted by Conslor on 11/05/2011 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Welcome to the High Church of Same Old Vandy

My son grew up watching Vandy, even watched the Vandy bowlers on the internet. Didn't get in Vandy from Nashville with SAT scores of 700 on each subset. Apparently Vandy takes money from the Malaysian government (yes, the government which tear gases their protesters) to take engineering students - don't think they are filling up the stadium. They also are taking kids from other countries with perfect SAT's as Vandy's goal is to go up on the rankings in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. So local students who cheer for Vandy their entire lives are turned down for the sake of diversity.

Posted by vandygrad on 11/04/2011 at 10:28 PM

Re: “The Titans' East Bank Embarrassment wasn't an extinction-level event, but CJ ain't exactly lighting up the sky

In CJ's defense, and I hate to defend a running back making an insane amount of money, one hardly ever sees the o-line just blow the d-line back. But you have to wonder about the thought process involved in spending enough money on a running back to fund an entire all-pro o-line. Used to be running backs were a dime a dozen.

Posted by gast on 11/01/2011 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Three games in, the Titans may have found a "new look" that fits

Still thinking football. Have you noticed that three of the eight (37.5%) NFL players facing conduct suspensions were drafted by the Titans? Makes me wonder about due diligence on the part of, or at least about the value of good citizenship to the Titans. With the athletic ability so close to equal among draftees, why take a chance on a potential problem, especially when it appears they always come back to bite the Titans on the fanny? Or maybe potential problems are all that's available.

Posted by gast on 10/01/2011 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Three games in, the Titans may have found a "new look" that fits

Waddaya want? It's not like the Titans are ever a lock one way or the other like, say, New England over Buffalo.

Posted by gast on 09/29/2011 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Did somebody replace Vanderbilt with a winning team? Yes, and his name is James Franklin.

I enjoyed the article. Mr. Lind is a good writer. Anyone who can work a reference to William Faulkner's legendary fictional county into an article about Vanderbilt football is a very creative fellow. Keep up the good work!
Kevin Grady

Posted by Kevin Grady on 09/22/2011 at 10:47 AM

Re: “In light of Wade Belak's death, should hockey enforcers become a thing of the past? No.

I was surprised to see no references to the concussion issues that plague at least one major star (Sid Crosby) as well as the ongoing discussion of same in the NFL. It may be that the recently deceased players played a role which led to more hits to the head or it may be coincidence. Regardless, I think there does need to be talk about the health hazards the helmet sports pose. While changing the game may be anathema to many, educating the players as to risk and symptom recognition seems like a good place to start.

Posted by VinnyMurphSully on 09/14/2011 at 9:19 AM

Re: “In light of Wade Belak's death, should hockey enforcers become a thing of the past? No.

Great article. But I have to take serious issue with this statement: "Boogaard's death was ruled accidental, stemming more perhaps from an addiction to painkillers than from any mental illness."

You don't qualify addiction as a mental illness?

Agree the call is not to stop fighting because of the deaths of these men, but there is a clear reminder here for both the NHLPA as well as the general public to not take mental illness - especially depression and it's frequent partner, addiction - lightly.

Posted by Paul Nicholson on 09/08/2011 at 5:15 PM

Re: “In the wake of the Jets controversy, a female Titans reporter enters the locker room

"And I have to say, it wasn't the least bit uncomfortable. Sure, some guys were naked or only had a towel around their waists."

Why is it always about the female reporter's feelings? I wasn't uncomfortable intruding on a bunch of naked guys. Really? How do the guys feel? I wouldn't feel uncomfortable intruding on a bunch of naked women. As long as I feel fine, that's all that matters. Talk about narcissism and voyeurism, what the hell has this society come to?

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Posted by Jim on 09/04/2011 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

Titans gameday experience in person:

Arrive downtown, pay $20 to park. Maybe hit a couple of bars before hiking across the river. Once you get to the other side of the river, walk past at least 100 people trying to sell their tickets for a fraction of face value. Get inside the stadium, and realize that yet again they have raised beer prices and shrunk the size of the cup. Don't get hungry - the only thing that has changed about the food since 1999 is the price. It sucked then and it still sucks now. If it is September you sweat your ass off, if it is December you freeze. After 4 hours in the stadium, you get to hike back across the river and then sit in traffic for an hour to get out of downtown. Sounds like fun to me.

Titans gameday experience at home:

Roll out of bed at 11, turn on the beautiful HDTV. Sit in a comfy recliner, while drinking beer that cost $10 for a 12 pack and snacking on hot dogs. By the way, 8 hot dogs and buns at Publix are cheaper than one shitty LP Field hot dog. Weather is always 70 degrees with no rain or snow. Plus you get to laugh at all the morons who are at the stadium.

Posted by Greg Atwood on 08/13/2011 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

What most people fail to realize is that few franchises can truly maintain the winning percentages the writer seems obsessed with. The Titans did not maintain their large crowds because they had a great winning percentage every year, they had fans because they were almost always in contention. Whether you like Fisher or not, he took a subpar franchise and kept them in the hunt for the playoffs just about every season. Now that he's out the door, i would guess people want to wait and see what the new coach (and new players) are going to do.

Posted by anonymous on 08/12/2011 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

14-18 the Titans record the last two season. Then factor in the internal drama between VY and Fisher last season finally with the removal of both. The gameday experience could be improved. The skits are so dated even my kids have asked "Dad can't they update the in house entertainment?". I'll add the lockout has killed the butter churning of anticipation for the season. Last I would blame the economy but they have dealing with that for the last two seasons. The days of the 40 minute or less sell out have been over since 08. For years some fans were buying the tickets but either selling the November, December games and not showing up. Even when the team was winning the parts of the upper deck would be empty. Either those fans sold their tickets or just stayed home. New coach, new attitude and a new direction for the team.

Posted by Joe M Kirkpatrick III on 08/12/2011 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

There seems to be something of a malaise settling in on this town's attitude towards the Titans in their current state of operations and I think that there is a general lack of effort in the game day ops at the Titans games from a fans perspective is a big part of the reason. Sure they are at near capacity; but I have yet to hear anyone really that excited about the season. When they came to town, I still remember hearing about the NFL game day experience and liked it in 1999 and 2000. In 2003 it seemed a bit old; but hey they were winning! In 2011, it's old and tired and in need of a re-boot or else it will continue to be better on HDTV. Besides the team's performance, areas like concession options are horrid and overpriced, coupled with the fact that the last time I went, they only took cash at the concession stands on the upper deck w/ ONLY ONE ATM available on each side. Who carries enough cash to afford what concession cost at a NFL game anyway?!? The snippets shown on scoreboard are old and dated (who remembers Terry Tate Office Linebacker anymore?)? These are but two such things which will help keep me at home watching the game on my 1080p HDTV and go to Predators games instead despite being offered PSL's the last three years!

Posted by Steve Hopkins on 08/12/2011 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

Well, I wasn't just trying to drive traffic to my blog, but I can see why my comment was deleted (sorry about that), so I'll just say this:

Titans-malaise is starting to set in with the fan base. There's been nothing but bad press for the Titans for the past 10 months, add to that the horrible end to the season last year, and the poor outlook for the coming season, as JR points out. To blame the economy, and solely the economy, is foolish (and, for the Titans, an easy excuse.)

Meanwhile, the Predators, who are seeing an increase in season ticket sales, have the opportunity to make even greater strides at the box office as the Titans continue to struggle.

Posted by zpb52 on 08/11/2011 at 3:22 PM

Re: “If Nashville wants to get serious about soccer — and why wouldn't it? — the first place to look is the fairgrounds

No more white elephants please, nobody cares about soccer in Nashville, or not enough to justify the expense. That area ia a POS and allways will be.

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Posted by Stray Gator on 08/11/2011 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

Yes, and I pointed out several weeks ago that the time for the Predators to shine is RIGHT NOW, as Titans malaise is setting in. (…)

Posted by zpb52 on 08/11/2011 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Are the Titans on the brink of losing the fans?

New coach is going to have to prove himself to me and a lot of others. Diehard Jeff Fisher fan here, always have been... always will be.

Posted by Charles Hulen on 08/11/2011 at 2:36 PM

Re: “If Nashville wants to get serious about soccer — and why wouldn't it? — the first place to look is the fairgrounds

Nashville is losing out big time to Franklin, Brentwood and Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro just hosted the US Youth Soccer Southern Regionals, hosting teams from all over the southeast US for a week for the tournament. Imagine the number of hotel rooms and meals required by each of these guests. In the meatime, Davidson County residents are subjected to joining soccer clubs in Williamson County because there are not decent soccer facilities in Davidson County. Nashville should build a state of the art soccer facility for its residents and ask the corporate community to sign on with support.

Posted by gov01 on 07/17/2011 at 10:14 AM

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