Before I begin this article, I must address one thing. Last week Smashville lost a great fan and even better human being. Big Ben, although we never spoke, your impact on Nashville is immeasurable. With all you did, whether it be hockey, radio, fandom or charity, from what I have seen, you did it with a passion and fervor unlike most. Thank you for all you did for the community and the world of hockey. Today’s article is dedicated to you, rest in hockey paradise friend.
So sorry I had to miss last week, I was feeling a little under the weather. But do not fret! I have returned, with fewer stats and more emotions (something big happened this week). We are well into the football season and the CFP poll becomes even more important as the weeks go on.
For the state of Tennessee however, this season is a wash. The only thing Tennessee sports fan can look forward to now is the possibility of fellow SEC members Alabama and Georgia losing. Good luck with that.
With that being said, here’s the breakdown of the week that was in Tennessee sports (excluding the Titans).
University of Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, 0-5 SEC):
W 24-10 vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
NEXT: 11/11 @Missouri Tigers
Reaction: How is Butch Jones still coaching? Yes, Tennessee got the win, but with the loss to Kentucky last week how does any GM keep Butch? It almost seems like Tennessee is trying to lose their recruiting credibility. Another sloppy outing by the Vols. Yes, blame some of that on an injured QB, but this team is hardly the offensive juggernaut they were at the start of the season.
Vanderbilt Commodores (4-5, 0-5 SEC):
W 31-17 vs. Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers
NEXT: vs. Kentucky
Reaction: The Commodores got the job done, something a certain team in orange cannot do when it counts. With a record identical to Tennessee’s, I almost want to congratulate the ‘dores. Almost. Come talk to me when they are in contention for the SEC championship.
Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders (4-5, 2-3 C-USA):
W 30-3 vs. University of Texas at El Paso Miners
NEXT: 11/11 @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers
Reaction: Another win for the Blue Raiders brings them to the same record as the “Power Five” Tennessee schools. The Raiders looked great against UTEP, bouncing back from a tough loss to Marshall last week. Looking ahead in their schedule, MTSU has a chance to get to 7-5, with a matchup against Old Dominion posing the biggest threat, in the home closer.
11/4 W 4-3 OT @ LA
11/7 W 3-1 @ CBJ
NEXT 11/11 vs. Crosburgh Water-Bottle Throwing Crosbys
Reaction: I’m going to both of these as one large thing because these were so long ago. LA on 11/4 was a game where we saw the boys in gold blow a three-goal lead, only to be bailed out by ARVI-Hustle once again. This game was so unusual, that even Yannick Weber tallied a point, with a beautiful long-distance pass to Miikka Salomaki. Yea, surprised me too, and I even own Weber’s jersey. The game in Columbus, was a hard-fought game, with the Preds coming back home with the two points. The Preds net a total of six points on their most recent West Coast CMA Awards swing. Oh, and let us not forget the acquisition of Kyle Turris, coming over from Ottawa in the Duchene three-team trade.
NASHVILLE SOCCER CLUB:
Okay so here is the reason this article has no stats. I’m about to get sentimental on Y’all, of course with all of the Ron Deal patented #cautiousoptimism. This week NSC got the biggest win of its young existence.
After hours, and I mean HOURS, of regular meeting stuff, deliberation, and discussion, the Nashville Metro Council approved the funding of the fairgrounds stadium for MLS with a vote of 31-6-2-1.
Instantly, this sent all of us supporters into chants and tweets about how this all but guarantees an MLS team to Nashville come December. Hell, even I was going insane about it tweeting a long message to Don. A year ago, I didn’t even know the city had a team. Now I basically live and breath info about it possibly going to MLS.
To be considered a part of this movement as an “outsider” transplant to Nashville, speaks volumes about the club, the city and, most importantly, the Roadies. The continued level of welcoming, support and love from everyone within the Roadies and the NSC organization to ALL fans, shows how ready this city is for an MLS team.
Welp, that does it for this week. Tell me your favorite moment this week, and of course your thoughts on the stadium vote. Have a pleasant week and remember: WE ARE ALL HASBEENS.