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As everyone knows, you like soccer about as much as you like moltan lava poured on your junk (what you use for conception), but you have to give credit where credit is due.

UTC coach Russ Huesman joined us on Press Row on Wednesday, about three hours after his team was picked as the Southern Conference favorite.

Deftly stacked atop Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin's office desk, the pile of handwritten letters and printed-out emails has grown to almost a foot tall, each one a thank-you note for the school's first national championship in a men's sport.

Gang, remember the mailbag — we have a spot or two open today.

A few minutes after noon last Friday, Grace Academy athletic director Les Compton scanned his eyes across his school's basketball court filled with dozens of boys and girls of all ages, all of them sporting happy faces.

The 5-at-10 and the cast of characters that make up Press Row spent most of last week at SEC media days.

Since he has eaten close to 80 hot dogs and visited nearly 60 major and minor league ballparks since April 12, you'd think the last thing Tom Lohr would want to do before rating the tubesteaks at AT&T Field on Monday night was to sample similar fare elsewhere in our fair city.

Boy, that was a profitable weekend for the McIlroy clan, eh?

Gang, well, we're here. We're like a week away from high school football practice starting and about 10 days from college practice beginning.

Since even before he played in the National Football League, Eddie Moore knew he wanted to give back to the community that helped mold him.

It was Friday afternoon at GPS's indoor tennis courts, the rain playing soft jazz on the roof, Signal Mountain's Emily Hangstefer having just secured the United States women a spot in Saturday's World Deaf Team Tennis Championship gold-medal round.

When you think of combinations that don't often mix well, jocks and cops typically are up there with liver and ice cream, Chuck Fleischmann and Weston Wamp, Alabama and Auburn.

Gang, great stuff as normal. Enjoyed the week at the SEC media event. We cooked.

Nick Saban had the biggest crowd at SEC media days.

Shhhh, we're about to wrap the SEC media days. Three days in the book. One monster day left.

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