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By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:17

Five stories to read today:

 
From SI: “Amid Ray Rice investigation, odds of NFL losing sponsors remain slim

Why companies are reacting differently than in the wake of the NBA’s Sterling affair

 
From the Triangle: “The Adolescence of Soccer Stats

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 05:20

Jake Locker actually had a chance to salvage his Sunday.

Right up until the opening minute of the fourth quarter, that is. That’s when officials performed a video review and changed an on-field call of an incomplete pass to Locker’s second interception of the contest.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback now has played 25 games and started 20 in his career. He’s thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven of them and multiple interceptions in six of them. Never have those two things happened in the same game.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 05:15

Two weeks into the season it’s tough to know whether or not the Tennessee Titans have a good run defense. There is compelling evidence for either side.

What is certain is that defensive end Jurrell Casey takes his role as one of the team captains quite seriously.

He was among the most outspoken players in the locker room following Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a game in which the Titans allowed 220 rushing yards, an average of 5.1 yards per rush and a touchdown.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 05:10

It’s clear that theirs is an uneasy alliance.

Following Saturday’s 34-31 victory over Massachusetts, however, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has no choice but to side with Patton Robinette. Or so you would think.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 05:05

Let’s face it, this won’t go down as one of college football’s all-time great games.

After all, it was a matchup between teams that have combined for one win between them – and that’s only because one side had to win this one.

Nonetheless, Vanderbilt’s 34-31 victory over Massachusetts at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday was highly entertaining. Only five of the eight touchdowns were scored by the offenses. The lead changed in the fourth quarter and the outcome was very much in doubt until the final seconds.

Here’s a look four of the critical moments and what those involved had to say about them.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:46

It seems like a little thing, but since 1999 the Tennessee Titans have started 2-0 just twice.

The first was 1999 when they went 13-3 and eventually made it to Super Bowl XXXIV. The other was 2008 when they went a league-best 13-3 and made their most recent playoff appearance.

So the opportunity to start this season with two wins that comes with Sunday’s game against Dallas (noon, Fox) is not one to be taken lightly.

By: Steve Cavendish
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:00

We here at Post Sports have been known to place a wager or two and we respect the many ways you can win (or lose) money on your favorite team. The proposition is simple. We started the season with a hypothetical $100 and pick the Titans against the moneyline, against the spread and the over/under on total points.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:22

Progress will be measured in small steps.

Does Vanderbilt score an offensive touchdown? Is there improved play at the quarterback position? Can the defense force some turnovers? Can Vanderbilt get the lead at some point — any point — in the contest?

These things would be considered victories after the Commodores’ first two performances of 2014. Of course, a win would be big. Really big.

In Massachusetts, Vanderbilt hosts an opponent (11 a.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee) that looks completely beatable. Of course, many thought the same thing about Temple.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:43

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Jason McCourty is going to find out what it means to him after an opening week in which he recorded two interceptions and created a third. The Tennessee Titans cornerback was one of only two players with multiple interceptions in the opening week of the season (Denver’s Rahim Moore was the other) and snapped a streak of 18 games without one.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:39

Two years is a long time to wait.

Even so, everyone will know exactly how much time remains until kickoff of the Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway.