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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sportaholic Mid-Week Speed Drills

Predators Update - The Nashville Predators got off to a hot start this year, but now are just as cold. The Preds are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Their last loss may have been the toughest defeat yet. Nashville lost to Anaheim 4-3 on a last second goal by the Ducks defensemen Paul Mara. The game winner came in with 1.7 seconds remaining in the final period. The Preds haven’t won since Oct. 24, a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nashville has went from first to last in the division in a matter of weeks. One reason of the slide has been the rash of injuries multiple players are facing.The Preds did get some good news. Top defensemen Ryan Suter was able to skate individually Tuesday morning for the first time in three weeks. Coach Barry Trotz would not give a date for his return but team doctors are saying the earliest he could possibly play would be Saturday versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Said Suter "I wish that it was something that I could just take a shot and jump in and it would be fine." Also forward Martin Erat practiced after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. No timetable has been set for Erat's return. The Preds return to the ice Thursday facing the St. Louis Blues. Hopefully they can get one in the win column and start a new winning streak.

Randy Moss update - There has been a Randy Moss sighting in Nashville. The seven-time pro bowler arrived in Nashville on Sunday afternoon. He was accompanied by head coach Jeff Fisher. On Monday, the receiver passed a physical, worked out and met with coaches to start learning the offense. He was introduced to the team and was seen working out on the Titans outdoor practice facility. That is good news for Titan fans. Sounds like Moss and willing and will be ready to go this Sunday when the Titans face the Miami Dolphins.  Coach Jeff Fisher had the best line of the day when he put into perspective what he and Moss have in common. I don't have a ring. He doesn't have a ring, so we're going to try," Fisher said.

UT Men's Basketball - UT men's basketball team suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of a division II opponent. Indianapolis beat the 23rd ranked Vols 79-64 on the strength of a 15-0 run to open up the second half. Tennessee's embattled head coach Bruce Pearl responded by giving the team a morning film session at 5:30 am. The Vols have little time to recover from the lost. They play again versus Chattanooga this Friday. I look for the Vols to come out aggressive to prove the loss was a fluke.

Another Tribute for Don Meyer - College Basketball's all-time wins leader will be inducted into the Tennessee sports hall of fame class of 2011. Meyer was courtside for the inaugural Don Meyer classic, which featured his former team Northern State took on Belmont. The announcement came at halftime of the game. It is a great honor for Meyer and he deserves it. He coached Lipscomb for 24 years compiling 665 wins for the Bison. He is a great man who faced even greater adversity in his life. He is an inspiration to all that he has touched in his life  The state of Tennessee and basketball as whole is better because of him. Congratulations to you coach Meyer, one of Tennessee finest.

Tyler Bray claims freshman honors - Tennessee freshman Tyler Bray was honored as SEC freshman of the week after his thrilling performance against the Memphis Tigers. Bray was 19/33 for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns passes. He set the UT record for most passing yards in a half with 308 and touchdown passes with 3. Congrats Tyler, we needed something to cheer about this year as Vols fans. UT faces Ole Miss this weekend in Knoxville. Be sure to Tune in to see how Bray follows up his record setting day from last week.

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