By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 06:55

The Nashville Predators have included goalies in their television broadcasts for years.

Now they’re adding one of their former netminders to their radio broadcasts.

Chris Mason will serve as analyst alongside play-by-play man Pete Weber for select games this season, the franchise announced Monday. He will share that role with former coach Brent Peterson, who has been the radio analyst for the past two seasons.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 06:39

The No. 1 teams in all seven classifications are the same in this week’s Tennessee high school football poll as they were the previous one.

That means Independence (Class 5A), Christ Presbyterian Academy (3A) and Montgomery Bell Academy (Division II) remain on top five weeks into the season.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:50

Three weeks into the college football season, there are three teams tied for the most takeaways in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

One is from Middle Tennessee — actually, it is Middle Tennessee State University. Another can thank a player from Middle Tennessee for its place at the top.

By: Geert De Lombaerde
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:49

Nashville FC made something of a splash on the U.S. soccer scene two years ago when it unveiled its supporter-owned model. The founding group led by Chris Jones got things rolling on the field for the 2014 season but soon realized there was work to be done in building the club's infrastructure. Over at our Southern/alpha sister blog, J.R. Lind has the story on how Jones connected with local startup guru Marcus Whitney to set about that job.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:06

Tony Kemp ended his second season of professional baseball on top.

The Franklin native and former Vanderbilt star is not in the Major Leagues. Yet.

Playing for the Houston Astros’ Class AAA affiliate at Fresno, however, he was named most valuable player of the Pacific Coast League playoffs Sunday. Kemp, who started the year in AA, batted .405 in the postseason, including .450 (9-for-20) in the five-game championship series with Round Rock.

By: J.R. Lind
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 09:59

Five stories to read today...

From Bloomberg Business: "You Aren't Good Enough To Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football"

From the upteen thousand commercials, you might be under the impression there are legions of people retiring off FanDuel winnings. Nope.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 07:18

With his second touchdown pass of the day, Johnny Manziel had players on both teams talking.

With just under three minutes to play Sunday, the second-year quarterback spun away from linebacker Brian Orakpo, scrambled to his left, threw across his body deep down the middle of the field and hit wide receiver Travis Benjamin in the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown pass.

With that, any hope of a Tennessee Titans comeback was gone.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 06:54

After a stirring performance in the season opener, reality struck the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It turns out it’s not enough simply to put Marcus Mariota at quarterback and go.

Things did not go nearly as well against Cleveland as they had against Tampa Bay. The defense and special teams gave up big plays. Mariota got battered behind an offensive line that is very much in transition and when he did have time to throw, he did not show the same precision and clear-headed decision-making he displayed a week earlier.

A look at some of the notable performers and moments from the Titans’ first loss of the season:

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 06:47

Derek Mason does not open practices to the public so everyone will just have to take his word for it when he talks about Trent Sherfield’s work habits.

“When you come out to practice you notice Trent Sherfield,” Vanderbilt’s second-year coach said. “The dude’s running. He’s blocking. He’s doing all the things he should do.”

For those at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday afternoon, though, Sherfield was impossible to ignore during the Commodores’ 47-7 victory over Austin Peay.

By: David Boclair
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 06:19

It was slow going at first and there were even some tense moments — particularly the three minutes, 54 seconds of the second quarter when Vanderbilt actually trailed.

Eventually though, the Commodores took control and pulled away. They scored the final 44 points of the game, including 16 in a span of 6:25 late in the second quarter after they had fallen behind.

A look at some of the notable performers and moments from Vanderbilt’s first win of the season: