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By: David Boclair

There is any number of reasons that the Nashville Predators did not make the playoffs this season.

Some players failed to live up to expectations. Others went down for extended periods with injury. There were stretches when goals came in bunches and stretches when they hardly came at all.

Add it up and – quite simply – it was not enough.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the notable numbers that help tell the story of Nashville’s 2013-14 season.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:13
By: Steve Cavendish

Interesting piece on ESPN by Nashvillian Jon Gugala about Lanni Marchant, a Chattanooga lawyer running in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Marchant ran in the U.S. during college, but she's from Canada originally and hasn't received recognition in either country, despite rising to elite levels.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:00
By: David Boclair

It’s possible that the numbers spoke for themselves.

They sure didn’t speak for Derek Mason when it came to assessing the play of his quarterbacks in Vanderbilt’s spring football game last Saturday.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 05:10
By: David Boclair

Connor and Cayden Long, who have been featured in national television shows and publications, were honored by Miracle Recreation, which dedicated a playground in their honor last weekend in their hometown of White House.

The brothers, 10 and 8 years old, respectively, were recognized for their devotion to one another and their advocacy on behalf of those living with cerebral palsy and other special needs.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 05:00
By: David Boclair

The majority of their wide receivers lack lengthy NFL résumés.

That doesn’t mean the Tennessee Titans aren’t deep at that position. Not from Nate Washington’s vantage point, at least.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 13:30
By: David Boclair

Barry Trotz took the Nashville Predators to the playoffs seven times in 15 seasons.

The way he looks at it, though, he and his team only actually pursued the Stanley Cup twice, in 2011 and 2012, when they made it to the second round of the playoffs.

He discussed the free-for-all nature of the first round and the uncertainty that exists during those two weeks in his remarks at his farewell press conference Monday. The playoffs opened Wednesday night and illustrated some of what he discussed.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:30
By: David Boclair

Tickets for the Memphis Grizzlies’ first two home games of their NBA playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday.

Those contests will be April 24 and 26 and will be the third and fourth games of the series. The series opens with two games at Oklahoma City beginning Saturday.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:30
By: David Boclair

In stark contrast to the running style that has defined his career, Chris Johnson took his time.

The former Tennessee Titans running back visited with New York Jets coaches and management on Tuesday. He received a contract offer the same day but decided to sleep on it.

“And when I woke up [Wednesday] morning, I knew it was going to be the Jets,” he said, according to that team’s website.

His deal with the Jets, signed nearly two weeks after the Titans released him, is for a reported two years, $8 million. There is the potential for him to earn another $1 million through incentives.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:10
By: David Boclair

Derek Mason is not concerned with Vanderbilt’s ability to get to the quarterback.

Following last Saturday’s Black and Gold scrimmage the first-year football coach’s primary concern is his defense’s ability to get to situations that will allow it to go after the quarterback.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 05:00
By: David Boclair

Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings and his staff completed their 2014 recruiting class Wednesday with the addition of 6-foot-7 forward Jeff Roberson.

Roberson brings to four the number of incoming freshmen who have signed to play with the Commodores next season.

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:51