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Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Brothers inspires in visit with Young Guns (02/09/12)
Every kid who picks up a baseball dreams of playing in the major leagues and it is no different for members of the Young Guns, a 10-11 year old travel team in Shelbyville. So it was a special night for coach Chris Thomas' squad when another Bedford County kid that shared the same dream, and is now a star reliever for the Colorado Rockies, visited the team's recent workout...
Vikings turn corner with best season in school's history (11/10/11)
They didn't make the playoffs, only won three games, and won't win any fancy awards at post season banquets but make no doubt about it -- the Community Vikings football team played an exciting brand of ball and the program has turned the corner toward respectability in the most competitive season in their history...
Manning still heart and soul of Colts (11/01/11)
NASHVILLE -- Former University of Tennessee star Peyton Manning's success on Sunday's has been heavily chronicled and rightfully so. He is after all, the face of the National Football League and it is by his absence this season that we are just now beginning to understand just what he has meant to the Indianapolis Colts franchise...
Jones: Parents should stay out of the game (10/08/10)
These are turbulent times for coaches at all levels. It's not because of lack of talent to choose from or because sports have not evolved into a healthy competitive balance brought about by advances in technology and just good old hard work, but because they find themselves under assault by a small percentage of seemingly well-intentioned parents who don't understand the difference between involvement and interference...
Jones: Sometimes, winning isn't everything (02/02/10)
One of my good friends, Mark Harmon, has a sign on his desk with the legendary Vince Lombardi quote that says "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." It inspired him so much that he had one made for each of his department managers to place in a prominent spot in their offices...
Jones: All for one or sports for all? (01/08/10)
There appears to be a growing trend among our young athletes these days. They are concentrating and training in one sport on a year-round basis more frequently than ever before. For those of you who know me, I readily admit that it is hard to fathom from my current physical state, but there was a time when I was considered to be a pretty fair athlete in three different sports in high school. ...
Defensive lapses, penalties rip Titans (12/27/09)
It was Christmas day, prime time, spirits were high, and hope sprang eternal when the Tennessee Titans, winners of seven of their last eight games, entered their game with the San Diego Chargers with visions of playoffs dancing through their heads in their first-ever Friday night appearance at LP Field...
Jones: Limbaugh's words led to lost dream (10/21/09)
Rush Limbaugh's bid to become part owner of the St. Louis Rams became an exercise in futility last week when Dave Checketts, the leader of the group, informed the bombastic radio icon that he and his money was being dropped like a hot potato due to a protesting public that is worried that his views may not be the best for a business man in a sport that predominately employs minorities...
Don't blame Titans' problems on Collins (10/09/09)
What a difference a year makes!! Last year at this time the Tennessee Titans had run rough shod over four opponents and were leading the AFC South on their way to 10 straight wins and a 13-3 regular season record. This year the Detroit Lions have won more games than the Titans, who have now lost six straight dating back to last year, prompting the naysayers and fair weather armchair fans to call for firing Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured coach in the NFL, or perhaps, at least in my mind, the more drastic maneuver of yanking Kerry Collins for Vince Young.. ...
Jones: MLB needs more discipline (06/26/09)
Manny Ramirez has officially started his rehab assignment with Albuquerque and is now just about a week away from returning to the Dodgers after missing 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He was caught using HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which is not a steroid but is a banned substance. The female fertility drug is typically taken by steroid users coming off a cycle to restore normal testosterone production...
Once again, a star athlete gets away with murder (06/17/09)
NFL receiver Donte' Stallworth, a former University of Tennessee star, began serving a jail sentence Tuesday for hitting and killing Miami resident Mario Reyes on March 14th while driving drunk. He had apparently spent the night celebrating a $4.5 million dollar roster bonus he received the day before at a luxury hotel bar...
Jones: Baseball, family combine for great vacation (06/03/09)
It was improbable, implausible, and valiant-like in nature. But in the end, despite a draconian effort, it was simply not possible that the Vanderbilt Commodores could overcome their opening round loss to Middle Tennessee State in the NCAA Louisville Regional this past weekend...
Jones: Handy leaves inspiring legacy (01/15/09)
Trace Handy, longtime Bedford County resident and one of the most respected and successful youth baseball and basketball coaches in the Midstate area, passed away Monday after a short bout with cancer. He was 46 years old. Trace set the standard for all aspiring coaches to follow in that he had the innate ability to teach kids the finer points of sports, yet at the same time have fun. ...
Jones: Viqueens' loss deeper than a game (12/07/08)
It was with heavy hearts and thoughts that a somber Community Viqueen team took the court to play Middle Tennessee Christian on Friday night. They lost 55-45 despite a gutsy performance, but on this night they had something more important than a basketball game on their minds...
Jones: Fulmer's departure proves pressure of college ranks (11/24/08)
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt lost 20-10 to the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday in the last appearance at Dudley Field for coach Phillip Fulmer. It was not exactly a dominating win, but it was still a fitting ending for the Winchester native. His teams have dominated the series with the Commodores by winning 15 of 16 games against their intra-state rival and are 8-0 in Nashville during his tenure as head coach...
Jones: Gators take advantage of reeling 'Dores (11/10/08)
NASHVILLE -- Are they pretenders or contenders? Florida came, conquered and flew back to Gainesville having hardly broken a sweat in a 42-14 win over Vanderbilt in front of a nationally-televised audience on Saturday night. The win clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title for the second time in the past three years for the fifth-ranked Gators and insures that they will square off with Alabama in the SEC championship game...
Jones: Berry coming through for Vols (10/20/08)
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee went into Saturday's game with Mississippi State trying to avert their worst league start since Phillip Fulmer took the reins 17 years ago despite returning a large percentage of starters from a team that was one fourth quarter turnover away from the SEC championship last season...
Jones: State championship teams deserve more fields (07/22/08)
MURFREESBORO -- Shelbyville dominated the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association State Tournament this past weekend by sweeping all four divisions in a 35-team field. To further illustrate the manner in which the Bedford County kids controlled the competition, no less than six of our hometown teams played in the championship games...
Jones: Middle school coaches deserve thanks (04/05/08)
Bedford County is on the verge of a resurgence of baseball at all levels due to the emergence of middle school baseball programs that are still in their infancy stages but already reaping huge benefits for participants and the community as a whole. The programs are designed to be feeders for the high schools, but their impact will be felt far beyond just providing more continuity and a smoother transition for the young kids being encouraged and groomed for a varsity future...
Jones: Oak Ridge simply had SC's number (03/07/08)
MURFREESBORO -- The number 13 has long been a number associated with negative and mysterious powers of bad luck. It proved to be an ever so elusive number that even the legendary Shelbyville Golden Eaglette program could not achieve as they were outplayed, outshot and outrebounded by a smaller, but much quicker team in their 55-47 state tournament loss to Oak Ridge at the Murphy Center...
Jones: Henry innocent until proven guilty (11/05/07)
It took a while for Chris Henry to get on the field, but the rookie running back has been everything that the Titans anticipated when they surprised most observers of the NFL draft by taking him as the 50th overall pick in the second round. Henry was inactive for the first five games of the season but has made the most of his opportunities since, having rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in two games...
Jones: Fisher still going strong (10/08/07)
Jeff Fisher is in his 13th full season as head coach of the Tennessee Titans and owns the franchise record for most wins with 110 victories. He is also the National Football League leader in tenure with one team among active coaches. His status in that category was solidified recently when team owner Bud Adams rewarded him with a new contract running through the 2010 season. He also entered the ranks of the highest paid coaches in the league with the new deal...
Jones: Young 'disrespectful of the game' (09/17/07)
NASHVILLE -- Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans put on quite a show on the field Sunday against nemesis Indianapolis Colts. After the 22-20 loss, Young vented his frustration on sports writers in the interview room in the bowels of LP Field. Young and teammates played a heck of a game, good enough to win against most teams, and made some outstanding plays in the game at key moments -- the benchmark for a team playing a championship caliber opponent...
Jones: Moore sparks Vandy victory (09/17/07)
NASHVILLE -- Sophomore D.J. Moore kick-started Vanderbilt's win over Mississippi with a 33-yard kickoff return, leading to a touchdown run by Chris Nickson minutes later for an upper hand the Commodores would never relinquish. It was their first opening-drive touchdown since last October...
Jones: Sportsmanship, Babe Ruth careers disappear (07/09/07)
The number of incidents of poor sportsmanship and win-at-all-costs attitudes always seem to rise as tensions mount and the stakes get higher for players, coaches and fans during the Babe Ruth All-Star season. Never was that more evident than at Looney Riddle Memorial Field in Manchester on Saturday evening, site of the Babe Ruth District 6 All-Star tournament...
Jones: Loss doesn't diminish Commodores (06/06/07)
Vanderbilt's baseball season ended with a visiting team celebrating an upset as one of the biggest crowds in Commodore history looked on in stunned disbelief. It was the first time this season that an opponent had won two of three games against them in Nashville...
Jones: 'Dores come full circle (05/29/07)
"The game will always come back to you." I have heard those words repeated on numerous occasions by a wide variety of people associated with the Vanderbilt baseball program. Bedford County native son Jonathan White has written them in his journal entries for the Times-Gazette and any number of his teammates has been quoted in interviews utilizing the phrase throughout the course of the season...
Jones: Looking back at Edmondson's years (03/24/07)
Community High School announced Friday that boys' basketball coach Mike Edmondson has been relieved of his duties. Principal Robert Ralston said each program is evaluated at the end of every year and, in this instance, he felt that the boys basketball program was ready for a change of direction...
Jones: Brighter horizon awaits Community (03/06/07)
Community recently concluded their 2006 basketball season in what can only be described as a disappointing manner for both teams. Each squad suffered first round losses in the District 9-A tournament, and to make matters worse the Viqueens were defeated on their home court by archrival Eagleville...
Jones: Vandy progressing toward better times (11/24/06)
The Vanderbilt Commodores concluded their 2006 football season not with a bang, but with a whimper against a physically superior Tennessee Volunteer team that avenged last year's historic loss 39-10 last Saturday in Nashville. It was a bitterly disappointing loss for a team that had worked so hard during the year and had high hopes of surpassing last year's five-win campaign despite the loss of Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Jay Cutler to the NFL...
Jones: Viking football program shows promise (10/27/05)
Community's junior varsity football team finished its inaugural season this week in Huntland with a closing record of 1-7-1. I realize that many reading this article may consider seven losses in nine outings to be a disappointing season, having become accustomed, maybe even spoiled by the past success of the Shelbyville and Cascade programs in recent years...
Jimmy Jones
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