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Tennessee Titans head to Tampa Bay Buccaneers to begin regular season

 

Tennessee Titans (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 | 3:25pm CDT
Tampa, FL | Raymond James Stadium | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (0-0) begin the 2015 regular season this week with a road trip to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0). Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium (capacity 65,908) is scheduled for 4:25pm EDT/3:25pm CDT on Sunday, September 13th.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play duties, while Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein will serve as analysts.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Chaos

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – When Ken Rosenthal’s “scathing” report that Fredi Gonzalez has lost control of the Braves clubhouse broke on Tuesday, there were conflicting emotions.

On the one hand, Rosenthal swings a pretty large stick in the baseball story-breaking community; the phrase “@Ken_Rosenthal had it first” appears quite often during the trade deadline and around the Hot Stove. He’s become baseball’s answer to Adam Schefter—a guy with a mole in every front office or a willing voice in each clubhouse.

On the other hand, the seven-paragraph story did a lot of conclusion-drawing and not a lot of fact-revealing. Citing vaguely that he had “been hearing all season that players are frustrated with Gonzalez” is easy—I’ve literally no doubt whatsoever that there has been a lot of frustration with Fredi, especially in the second half and especially in the last month or so.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the   Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans take on Minnesota Vikings at Nissan Stadium Thursday night

 

Tennessee Titans (1-2) vs. Minnesota Vikings (4-0)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 | 7:00pm CDT
Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium | TV: WKRN

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (1-2) close their 2015 preseason schedule this week at home against the Minnesota Vikings (4-0). Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:00pm CDT on Thursday, September 3rd.

The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-News 2 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Cory Curtis and analyst Eddie George will call the action, while Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. (John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) carries the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. (John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans on the road to face Kansas City Chiefs Friday

 

Tennessee Titans (1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

Friday, August 28th, 2015 | 7:00pm CDT
Kansas City, MO | Arrowhead Stadium | TV: WKRN

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (1-1) travel this week to face the Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) in Week 3 of the preseason. Kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium (capacity 76,416) is scheduled for 7:00pm CDT on Friday, August 28th.

The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-News 2 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Cory Curtis and analyst Eddie George will call the action, while Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) runs for a first down during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) runs for a first down during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans play St. Louis Rams Sunday at Nissan Stadium

 

Tennessee Titans (0-1) vs. St. Louis Rams (0-1)

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 | 7:00pmpm CDT
Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium | TV: FOX

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (0-1) host the St. Louis Rams (0-1) this week in their preseason home opener. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:00pm CDT on Sunday, August 23rd.

This week’s matchup will be televised nationally on FOX, including WZTV FOX 17 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch will call the action, while Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) gets tackled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and others in the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game at Georgia Dome. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) gets tackled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) and others in the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game at Georgia Dome. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: The Ascension of A.J. Pierzynski

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – You want me to talk about John Hart and the Confusing, Off-the-Wall, Nonsensical, Very Weird Deal or do you want me to talk about something else? I have to mention it, obviously, but I can do it in 80 words or I can do it 800 words.

You picked 80. Smart.

I think when you make a deal where the biggest principles involved are a 24-year old mid-rotation starter, a 21-year old top prospect, a two-time All-Star closer and a 30-year old super prospect whose never seen a big-league pitch and has a sketchy injury history—and the only one you end up with is the 30-year old—then unless the 30-year old turns into steroids-era Mark McGwire or better, you lost the trade. But hey, no pressure Hector Olivera. Pickles.

(Sorry, I was on 79. Needed one more.)

Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (15) in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies   won 9-3. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (15) in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 9-3. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Juan Gone

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – Bit of an amazing ride for Juan Uribe, no?

He begins the season with the prohibitive favorite Los Angeles Dodgers as the starting third baseman, only he’s kind of average and some Mets castoff named Justin Turner starts playing out of his mind, so the Dodgers send him to Atlanta, which wouldn’t be awkward except that they did so right in the middle of a series against the Braves.

So he and his stogies and a half-dozen of his cars come to Atlanta and become sort of folk-hero-y; after all, the last time we saw him he was ruining the best chance of an extended playoff run during the Fredi Gonzalez era. But he shuffles Chris Johnson to the pine and delivers some nice moments while with the Bravos and hey, here’s another photo of him smoking a big cigar with the Stanley Cup because Juan Uribe rolls like a boss.

Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe (2) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won   3-2. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe (2) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Checking it Twice

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – If you made a checklist entitled ‘Worst Ways for a Professional Baseball Team to enter/exit the All-Star Break’, let’s see how your 2015 Atlanta Braves might have fared:

  • Go to a hitter’s park, fail to hit.

Four games in hitter’s haven Colorado – 11 total runs. So… check.

  • Mount a losing streak, ensuring that you will both head into and out of the All-Star break with no momentum.

Five straight losses after being .500 and four games back in the division race – still in the hunt! – as recently as July 7th (That’s longform for ‘check’)

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli (center) is attended to by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (left) and team trainer Jeff Porter   (right), and teammates after being injured during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. (Chris   Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli (center) is attended to by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (left) and team trainer Jeff Porter (right), and teammates after being injured during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Well, that’s different

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – Shhhhhh.

Don’t look now.

(Seriously. There’s nothing to look at except your computer screen. Maybe your dog. He doesn’t care.)

With seven days left in June, the Atlanta Braves are two games back of the Washington Nationals and a game-and-a-half behind the New York Mets in the National League East race.

This, obviously, was not how life was supposed to turn out. As David O’Brien tweeted on Monday, for all the 100-loss truthers out there, the Braves would have to go 27-65 the rest of the way to hit that mark. And more people were on the 100-loss train at the beginning of this season than any of us would like to admit. I’ll admit I had those dark thoughts until I stepped back and completely looked the situation over.

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson (23) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) on a fielding error in   the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson (23) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) on a fielding error in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: A future that looks like someone else’s present

 

Written by Colby Wilson

Clarksville, TN – Christ.

The Washington Nationals delivered a resounding beating to the Braves over the weekend that included all the things that inhabit Joe Simpson’s nightmares. Bryce Harper hitting two home runs. Bryce Harper hitting a walk-off. Bryce Harper being happy. Not the best of times.

In a season such as this, it’s not the journey that matters – blah baseball is going to be blah baseball regardless and even Don Sutton and Jim Powell are already taking shots at the Eric Young Jr.’s of the roster because really, if you had to choose, would you rather watch him or Mallex Smith? Phil Gosselin or Jose Peraza? Chris Johnson or Rio Ruiz? Whatever… we’ll get to them in 2016.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

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