Bits ’n’ pieces of mixed emotions

Marvin Westwestwords

Jarrett Guarantano has been declared the seventh best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference by no less an authority than Connor O’Gara, Senior National Columnist (note capital letters) for Saturday Down …

Barnes wins home game

Marvin Westwestwords

Readers who become editorial supervisors when the pot gets hot are telling me what to tell Rick Barnes.
“You burned the bridge, old buddy.”
“Let him go. I’ll help him pack.”
“It’s all …

Cherish these Volunteers

Marvin Westwestwords

What follows is some free grandfatherly advice from a long-ago eighth-grade basketball coach at Powell, undefeated no less.
Cherish these Tennessee Volunteers. Wherever you are, tip your cap. Be proud they …

Vanderbilt is different

Marvin Westwestwords

Let’s take a walk, a little visit to Vanderbilt. Tennessee will play basketball there on Wednesday. All tickets are sold, even for obstructed views. The game should be exciting.
If you …

Basketball mayhem

Marvin WestFeature, westwords

It wasn’t exactly basketball. It was more like mayhem. The Memphis Tigers could have been arrested for assault.
Officials wore out their whistles. They called 35 fouls on the highly motivated …

Double Trouble reincarnated

Marvin WestFeature, westwords

Double Trouble is back again.
Long, long ago, Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King were called “Double Trouble” on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Ernie and Bernie Show was the best …

Barnes’ exciting Vols are wildly inconsistent

Marvin Westwestwords

Funny thing about Rick Barnes’ disregard for coach-of-the-year conversation. He didn’t know anything about it and wasn’t interested in learning.
How could that be, you ask?
Wrong award. Doesn’t fit the fine …