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Knoxville, TN (via Heiskell, TN)

Member since 17 March 2011 | Blog

From John Cooper's tiny hometown (Heiskell, TN). My dad grew up in Hilliard, graduated from OSU in the mid-70s. I became a Buckeye by default. My Tennessee fandom died after the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Proud OSU (class of 2005) and UT (class of 2007) alum. I reside in Knoxville amongst thousands of overconfident Tennessee/SEC fans. Go Bucks!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 OSU-UM game. Unbelievable to experience that as a student in Ohio Stadium.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Nashville Predators
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 13 hours ago

If you ask the few rational fans down here, they'll tell you that this started with the 2001 SEC Championship game meltdown ("Curse of the Georgia Dome"), but I don't think it really started until Fulmer's first losing season in 2005; that year, they were preseason ranked in the top 10, and finished 5-6. What stood out to me that year was watching Troy Smith lead the comeback in Ann Arbor at a Knoxville sports bar while at the same time, Jay Cutler came from behind to beat Tennessee and keep them out of a bowl game for the first time in about 20 years. That was also the first or second win for Vandy over Tennessee in my lifetime.

They just never evolved as the SEC got deeper in the early/mid-2000s. They were so used to ruling the league in the 90s when it was a two team league (along with Florida).

Comment 22 hours ago

Tennessee fans are the best. Living down here I have the absolute joy of living among them each and every day. It's a gift that keeps on giving.

Couldn't agree more. I moved back to Knoxville in 2005, and the last 11 years have been amazing. The Vols have been awful, with the exception of a surprise appearance in the SEC title game in 2007. Perfect time to have been a Buckeye alum down here.

The thing I'm very interested in this year is how Tennessee responds when they actually have expectations placed on them.

Funny how quickly their collective tone changed after the meltdowns against Oklahoma and Florida, followed by their lifeless performance against Arkansas last year. This is still a team learning how to win. They came from way behind to beat Georgia last year, but that's really the only significant win Butch Jones has at Tennessee. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the expectations so high, and the rest of their division so down.

As much crap as their fans talk when their team's not good, I don't know if I can live in a world with Tennessee fans if their team is winning.

Tennbuck, when did you move down here? I grew up in Knoxville in the 80s and 90s, and the 90s were rough (for a Buckeye here), as you can imagine. The fans here are starving for a contender, and they have been for over a decade. Back in 2014, when Florida played in Knoxville, the lid was ready to blow off of the entire town. You could literally feel it coming. And as usual, they choked against a backup QB, and all of those unrealistic expectations came crashing back down to earth.

Comment 27 Jul 2016

I doubt this will get many votes, but team handball is pretty entertaining. I'd love to see the sport get more attention in the U.S.

Comment 20 Jul 2016

I've been visiting there since 1990. Honestly, there's really not that much to see. Great family beach vacation destination, but that's about it. I guess the "obligatory" things to do are visit the lighthouse in Harbour Town, go to the Salty Dog in South Beach, and grab a meal at the Old Oyster Factory. Savannah is nearby, which is a great city to visit. Beaufort is also a neat place to check out. Personally, I like driving to Hunting Island to walk along the beaches or go up to the top of the lighthouse.

Comment 15 Jul 2016

There are a lot of factors here, but time is the biggest one. Baseball is so much more deliberate nowadays, there's no debating that. Lots of pitching changes and a lot of wasted time between pitches; there's just not a lot that can be done to address the speed of the game that hasn't already been implemented. This is an oversimplification, but I still think the biggest issue is the length of the season - 162 games is way too many in this era. We're living in a time of instant gratification, and our attention spans prove that. Shorten the season and a lot of fans will come back.

Comment 15 Jul 2016

 I've never understood this argument if you look up the average times of Baseball, NFL, and college College football is the longest.

That's true, but football gets away with it because it is more violent and there are so few games played. The pace of play in baseball combined with the 162 game season (plus playoffs) just doesn't satisfy casual fans in our current era of instant gratification. 

Comment 14 Jul 2016

At this point, I don't think he'll be penalized since the jury ruled to give him and Richie Porte the same time as Bauke Mollema, who was able to quickly recover and finish 10th in the stage.

I don't think I've ever seen anything like what we witnessed in the final kilometer of the Tour today. All because the officials decided to shorten the stage by 6 kilometers (thanks to some nasty winds atop Mo(u)nt Ventoux), which crammed the final few kilometers with even more unrestrained fans.

Comment 14 Jul 2016

To be fair, I think this is just one of those generation gap things. I can definitely see the appeal of it, if I were a bit younger. I was born in the early 80s, so I was too old for the initial Pokémon craze. I'm in my mid-30s now, and my video gaming days are definitely over. Even a phone app like this doesn't appeal to me, but then again, I'd probably say that about any phone app. I know a few people my age who are playing, but I've got a wife and a 6-month old daughter at home. My priorities have changed just a bit.

Comment 12 Jul 2016

Pardon my IT ignorance, but it depends on what you mean by "they." Our IT overlords can access just about anything, but I'm more concerned with Average Joe having access to my phone's location. I've not used Pokémon Go, so someone will have to educate me as to whether or not your location is broadcast openly (like Foursquare and Google Latitude).

And if cyberstalking isn't your thing, you can just set up a "lure module" in order to bait and rob users.

Comment 12 Jul 2016

This gets me too. People scream about security/privacy issues non-stop. But apparently if you package it in a Pokémon game, people embrace the h*ll out of it.

Comment 28 Jun 2016

Great point. I've never figured out the hype. Maybe they're still feeding off of their result in 1966. 1990 was the only other time they've been a real threat to win the World Cup. In the entire history of the European Championships, I think England has only won a total of 1 knockout round match ('96 vs. Spain, on PKs).

Comment 27 Jun 2016

Pretty hard to believe, especially when you consider the population size and the fact that most of the players have other full-time jobs, including the manager (dentist).

Comment 22 Jun 2016

Totally agree. I don't think anyone expected the US to win, but given last night's performance, there were zero moral victories or positives to take away. The talent gap between the US and the best in the world is clear, and I doubt that is going to change anytime soon. Granted, Argentina's pressure created a lot of havoc for the US last night, but that's still no excuse for the ridiculous number of giveaways and sloppy possession.

Just out of curiosity, when was the last time the US played a match where they failed to register a single shot?

Comment 20 Jun 2016

It's pretty great down here, especially when Tennessee isn't competitive. Low cost of living, extremely low tax rate (plus no income tax), great weather with mild winters, plenty of job opportunities, and a paradise for those who love the outdoors. That's definitely drawing a lot of northern retirees down here, from what I've seen in the past 10-20 years. There's a pretty big OSU alumni group here now, too.

That being said, it's all orange all the time here, literally. I went to a high school just north of Knoxville (John Cooper's alma mater) during the late-90s, and if you weren't a Tennessee fan (and a Tennessee fan only), you were treated like a pariah. I dealt with that first hand, especially in elementary/middle school, because I would cheer for Tennessee and Ohio State on Saturdays. After the 1996 Citrus Bowl (and the berating I took), I chucked every piece of orange clothing that I had. I was just tired of getting pissed on by so many fans, of all ages. Needless to say, that was a bad time to be a Buckeye here. The SEC was essentially a 2-team league, and it culminated with Tennessee's national title in 1998.

I came to OSU in 2001, the year that Tennessee choked away the 2001 SEC title, and things haven't been the same for them since. They are still trying to shake off the curse of the Georgia Dome. I moved back down here in 2005, and I haven't had to deal with any smack talk in a long time. That all could change this year though.

Comment 16 Jun 2016

Wow. Now a 3rd weather delay. Qualifier Andrew Landry has a very respectable round going with one hole remaining.

Comment 16 Jun 2016

Definitely going to see some rain this morning, but it's supposed to start drying out later today. The weather is supposed to be perfect Friday through Sunday. The greens should definitely begin to speed up by the weekend.

Comment 15 Jun 2016

No one here in Knoxville wants to admit it, but they shouldn't sleep on this version of Appy State. They have a really good running game, a solid dual-threat QB, plus they return their entire defense from last year's 11-win team. The crowd at Neyland probably won't be as raucous, since they're playing on Thursday night instead of Saturday night. Could be interesting.