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Libraries announce new Writer in Residence Chris Barber Staff Writer UT Libraries announced poet Jeff Daniel Marion as the new Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence for the 2010-2011 academic year. Marion is a noted author of the Appalachian region and has published eight collections of poetry, and his poems have appeared in more than 75 journals and anthologies. JoAnne Deeken, head of UT Libraries Technical Services and Digital Access, said the Writer in Residence program “is in its 11th year and has just been reinstated this year.” The program had to be temporarily suspended last year because of budget difficulties. As Writer in Residence, Marion will have access to the resources of the UT Libraries and a quiet retreat in Hodges Library to work on his current projects, new collections of poems and memoir essays. “For me and the students, the most fascinating part of the program is the questions afterwards,” Deeken said.
This presents all attendees with the opportunity to ask the Writers in the Library about the creative process, how to get published or any other questions which may arise. Marion grew up in Rogersville, now lives in Knoxville and graduated at UT in 1962 with a master’s degree in English. From 1969 until his retirement in 2002, he taught creative writing at Carson-Newman College. In 2003, his work “Ebbing & Flowing Springs: New and Selected Poems and Prose, 19762001” was the winner of the Independent Publishers Award in Poetry and was named Appalachian Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association. He was also twice the poet-in-residence for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities. “My work has evolved to a deeper sense of the people who are underappreciated and maybe even never noticed,” Marion said. “My responsibility as a writer is to speak for those who may not have had the chance,” he said. His contemporary work “The Chinese Poet Awakens” brings
Relief comes in aftermath of flooding often work together during cleanup efforts. Staff Writer KAB stepped in to aid with the cleanup early, particNashville was hit by one of ularly in helping to get the the most expensive natural effort off the ground in the disasters in U.S. history from immediate aftermath of the May 1 through May 3. flood. Part of Torrential KAB’s Great downpours American caused the Cleanup camCumberland paign was River to overscheduled to flow by 13 feet, take place in resulting in the Nashville durworst flood in ing the weekthe city’s histoend of the ry. The rising flood, so a water resulted in number of the deaths of 30 v o l u n t e e r s people and an were already estimated $1 bilin place lion in damage. before the In the afterflood began. math of the devThis astating flood, proved to be a the Metro great benefit B eautification to the a n d c l e a n u p Environment efforts as the Commission, commission’s which is an affilw a re h o u s e , iate of the where all of Tennessee Keep its cleanup A m e r i c a supplies were Beautiful prostored, was gram, has taken badly dampoint on many of aged during the cleanup and the flood. As recovery efforts a result, the in the city. vast majority The commisof its supplies sion is currently w e r e working in condestroyed. junction with 39 H o w e v e r, groups, as well KAB donated as numerous eight cases of individual volun39-gallon teers, to help ex t ra - l a rge clean up the city. • Photo courtesy of Chris Shapiro utility Glad “There is still much work to be On May 1, Nashville witnessed major flooding. Chris Shapiro, UT bags to the done,” said student from Nashville, captured the rising flood waters in his commission. Keep L a w r e n c e own backyard. Keep America Beautiful affiliates are currently Te n n e s s e e Jackson, neigh- working with groups to help the city. Beautiful, a borhood liaison AmeriCorps is a U.S. fed- branch of Keep America for the commission. “Every and supplies necessary to group, every individual helps. cleaning up the city, “ said eral government program Beautiful, donated 60 cases We have many wonderful Vickie Ingram, commission created by President Bill of 30-gallon Glad bags, as people helping with the projects coordinator. “We Clinton under the National well as several Great cleanup, and we are very have numerous organizations and Community Service American Cleanup banners. “We were very fortunate thankful for their support and even a few local business- Trust Act of 1993. The prothat KAB donated supplies to gram was expanded by 50 es that are aiding with the and assistance as we continus,” Ingram said. “This percent, largely in response cleanup, either directly or by ue to restore our city.” allowed us to get our cleanup to Hurricane Katrina, under having fundraisers and other The commission has been efforts underway very quickPresident George W. Bush in related events. We also help primarily supplying cleanup ly after the flooding later years. to promote those type of materials for the various stopped.” AmeriCorps and KAB events.” efforts around the city, as
well as arranging press releases for special events to help raise awareness and support for the clean up. “One of our primary focuses has been providing our volunteers with materials
AmeriCorps volunteers have aided in the cleanup efforts as well and are working alongside the commission, KAB and several other organizations to help the city recover.
together traditional Appalachian imagery within the context of Eastern philosophy and wisdom. Marion’s interest in the subject was first kindled when a UT professor introduced him to “The White Pony,” an anthology of ancient to modern Chinese poetry. Marion said there is “a parallel to the mountains of China and Japan and the rural sensibilities of the people (of Appalachia).” Marion will begin his official appointment as the new Writer in Residence on Aug. 1, the same date as the announcement of the Writers in the Library series lineup. These monthly events will take place in the Hodges Library Auditorium and are open to the public. The selection of the authors to speak at these events is a collaboration between the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program, with Marion’s input. “I think it’s important for the community of writers to be supportive,” Marion said. “Poetry is a grand house with a lot of rooms which can accommodate many different voices.”
Memphis native becomes state leader of beautification project Jordan Lawson Staff Writer Sutton Mora Hayes has assumed the position of state leader of Keep Tennessee Beautiful. Hayes, a Memphis native, has been involved with the Memphis City Beautiful Commission, an affiliate of KTnB, for the past several years. KTnB is the Tennessee state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and is a department of extended programs at the University of Memphis. The initiative is a statewide public service program to educate and encourage Tennesseans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. Hayes said that she has a good understanding of the programming and marketing used for KTnB. “I have been on the city beautiful commission for the past three years, so I’ve gotten to know the recycling and other efforts they are doing,” she said. She also has more than six years’ experience working in non-profit administration, working as the executive director of Cooper-Young Development Corporation, a development project in the heart of Memphis. “A lot of that is community organizing, and a lot of that is improving the living environment on the neighborhood and street level,” Hayes said. “This organization has a lot of the same goals.” Hayes will start her new position by learning about the histories of KTnB and Keep America Beautiful. Hayes said there will be seminars with the state affiliates, so she can meet with them and discuss an upcoming litter law. “I want to get a good understanding of the affiliates across the state,” Hayes said. She then wants to see what the state affiliates and other partners need and start helping them. One of Hayes’ main goals is to make KTnB accessible to people across the state. “A lot of people have access to an affiliate, but a lot of people don’t,” Hayes said. Hayes said she wants people who are interested in beautification to be able to access these resources. This includes improving the program’s website and making it easier to access. She also wants to increase educational materials in schools and help prevent littering problems by joining with more organizations. The broader reach of KTnB really appealed to Hayes. “If something is working really well in Knoxville, we can disseminate it through our network,” Hayes said. “I want to take the basic ideals that everyone wants to live in a nice place and spread it across the state.” Hayes isn’t looking to make many changes. The organization has run successfully for many years and has done really good work, she said. “What I’m looking at is what we can improve upon further,” Hayes said. “I’m just really excited to be involved and to get to know people across the state better and to grow this organization.” Allison Teeters, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, said the state director is a hard job because the office is in Memphis and most of the affiliates are in East Tennessee. “I hope that she will utilize the affiliate directors in the different areas,” Teeters said. Teeters said she has confidence in Hayes’ abilities, though, and plans on supporting her in any way possible.
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The Associated Press Singer, sausage businessman Jimmy Dean dies at 81 RICHMOND, Va.— Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still functioning well, so his death came as a shock. She said he was eating in front of the television. She left the room for a time and came back and he was unresponsive. She said he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m. "He was amazing," she said. "He had a lot of talents." Born in 1928, Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview, Texas, and dropped out of high school after the ninth grade. He went on to a successful entertainment career in the 1950s and '60s that included the nationally televised "The Jimmy Dean Show." In 1969, Dean went into the sausage business, starting the Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in his hometown. He sold the company to Sara Lee Corp. in 1984. Dean lived in semiretirement with his wife, who is a songwriter and recording artist, on their 200-acre estate just outside Richmond, where he enjoyed investing, boating and watching the sun set over the James River. In 2009 a fire gutted their home, but his Grammy for "Big Bad John," a puppet made by Muppets creator Jim Henson, a clock that had belonged to Prince Charles and Princess Diana and other valuables were saved. Lost were a collection of celebrity-autographed books, posters of Dean with Elvis Presley and other prized possessions.
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Gary Maczyemba, senior in studio art, takes a moment to look over choices in the new Aisle Nine grocery store. The store recently opened in the Old City and is the first grocery in the area.
Titans QB: 'I made a mistake' being at strip club NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Vince Young has apologized to the Tennessee Titans, his teammates, his family and fans for his role in a fight at a Dallas strip club. The quarterback said Monday he made a mistake being at the club. Young, in Dallas for a Sunday autograph session, said he was headed back to his hotel when he decided to go out on the town with a friend. They went to Club Onyx, which Young said was a bad decision. "Just made a mistake, made a mistake even being there and let that guy provoke me into doing what I did," Young told reporters after a Titans offseason practice. "Fell into his hands, what he wanted me to do so he could do what he's doing now. At the same time, let my lawyers take care of it." Surveillance video footage released by Dallas police show the quarterback and several people talking in a small room before Young attacked someone in the room. Young left before police arrived, but he spoke with officers around 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. He received a misdemeanor assault citation, and the NFL is looking into the case. Young returned to Nashville in time to pinch-hit late in coach Jeff Fisher's charity softball game, and he was back on the field Monday as the Titans begin to wrap up its offseason with six team sessions ending June 25. It has been a busy day for the Titans as linebacker Stephen Tulloch signed his one-year tender hours before a deadline and the team announced linebacker Gerald McRath has been suspended for the first four games of the season. But it was Young who found himself talking with reporters first to explain the latest incident in the up-and-down career for the quarterback taken No. 3 overall in the 2006 draft after leading Texas to a national championship. He is back as the starter, returned to the starting lineup by owner Bud Adams after the team's 0-6 start last season. He went 8-2 and now is 2613 overall. Young said the person who provoked him did make a downward Longhorns sign that was disrespectful. He said more went on, but he wouldn't go into any further details. Asked what would happen if he broke his throwing hand with a punch, Young said it wasn't a punch but a push. "I made a mistake," Young said.
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Music festival kicks off with hot beginnings Murphy’s Law in Manchester or how Bonnaroo became too strange for her spacebots Jake Lane Entertainment Editor The following is a summary of four days’ worth of music, parties and ruminations on how the two come together when 80,000 people of all walks of life come together to share in the experience. Certain details and names will be excised at the request of parties to which they pertain, to protect their innocence and avoid any negative connotations from being brought to their name. This year’s expedition to Bonnaroo began right around the time that Big Ears took place. In fact, I received my Bonnaroo press application before I ever got my Big Ears credentials. Though the festival often shines as the beacon of summer to look forward to throughout the school year, the thought of forking over $250-plus after a financially devastating year seemed fraught with impossibility. Within 10 days of firing off the application with as much candor and professionalism as one of my limited diplomatic skills can muster, a reply of approval graced my Tmail inbox, and it was off to the races. For the remainder of the school year, I looked forward to the second weekend in June, recalling the excitement throughout the Beacon office as various workers shouted this year’s trickle-down lineup throughout the cubicle, exclaiming approval and bemoaning oversights as the Bonnaroo Myspace and its merry band of curvy robots brought forth the talent in magical clouds. As June finally rolled around, all of the last-minute preparations had to be made: who to go with, what to bring, who to see and how to stay alive in the blistering Manchester heat. All of these things fell in line with cosmic precision. An old friend and his significant other decided to go and asked me to camp with them. We share tastes in music, so seeing shows would be a group affair, and with past experience navigating the festival’s crowds and colorful geography, they would have a sort of guide. To say things went wrong from the start may perhaps be a tidbit melodramatic, as the early fails of the trip were largely due to user error. The plan came down to leaving at 4:30 a.m. Knoxville time, as press credentials would not be available until 7 a.m. Manchester time, an hour behind us. After loading the cars with requisite food, camp supplies, beer and hard liquor, the caravan rolled forth from west Knoxville, south towards Chattanooga for the I-24 connection. Alone, the drive gave time for mental preparation and reflection on past experiences. Like sex and food, going to Bonnaroo is one of life’s example of where one trip on the merry-goround does not equate to the next or even compare. As the weekend would play out, the truth of this would become all the more apparent. After arriving at the radio station for Fantasy 101.5, also known as “Radio Bonnaroo” during festival weekends, the rancor in the eyes of the convergent queues could be seen by the likes of Stevie Wonder, thought it is not known at press time if Wonder drove through the area. The original idea apparently was for general admissions ticket buyers and those picking up will call to be in one line and media to be in another, so that the processors inside the station would not have to sort through their miscellaneous boxes of wristbands, tickets and other admission paraphernalia. However, upon joining the shorter line, it became apparent that the miscegenation between media and general patrons was so extreme that the line had nearly come to a stand still. This was at exactly 7:02 a.m. Thursday morning.
While in line, a great many ideas flowed from the press members, who soon former a cabal and discussed their various angles at a story. Some thought to emphasize the “art” side of the festival in its most Duchamp-inspired format, with pictorials and critiques of portapotty art, while others, without relent, clung to the festival’s jam roots and proceeded to trash talk everyone from Bek to the Kings of Leon, while exhorting the merits of Leo Kottke and Dave Matthews. At 9:49 a.m. with shining yellow wristband in place, the journey to enter the festival seemed nigh over. Ah, misdirection. First I tried to remember which way the entrance had been in previous years. Manchester has numerous entrances and exits from Interstate 24, and as any past attendee can tell, the miles-long lines of cars in each direction often make it difficult to tell which one is correct. There is, however, only one general admission entrance, an important fact to keep in mind. For the next three hours, I shuffled back and forth through the main drag of Manchester along state road 41, asking anyone and everyone how to get to the festival entrance line. Once I parked at the end of line without knowing, simply to be turned around when asking for directions. Many other false starts ended with equally abortive ends, and finally concluded with sitting in a mile-long line for an hour before finally entering the gates. My caravan buddies long since set up camp and already were checking out the sights of Centeroo, the main concert and festival area. Thanks to an understanding parking director, I found a camp site not 100 feet, as the crow flies, from theirs. Within an hour we met up, drank some Pabst and set out for the weekend’s main attraction: the music. Thursday: Calm before the storm First up in That Tent was the Postelles, a sort of generic indie rock band whose Brooklyn sound was a thin-yet-moveable as to be expected from their name and appearance. The crowd seemed to enjoy their set long enough for the rest of the first day warm-up bands to begin, which was right about the time they launched into a snotty cover of the Ramones’ snottiest cut “Beat On the Brat.” Next came the Entrance Band, whose association with Sonic Youth helped make them one of the more compelling acts of 2009. Led by psych-guitar devotee Guy Blakeslee, the Entrance Band also featured Paz Lechantin, late of A Perfect Circle. Lechantin’s bass line set a thick groove over which Blakeslee ripped solo after mind-blurring solo. Toward the end of the set, the band howled through the Seeds’ oft-covered gem “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine,” made all the more poignant as both the writer, Sky Saxon, and most well-known re-doer Alex Chilton, have passed away in the last year. During the Entrance Band’s set, the main antagonist of the weekend began to creep in: the heat. In the past, there has been rain and days where the heat was almost killer. People have died from dehydration at Bonnaroo but often in conjunction with drug toxicity. This year, however, was the worst in the three years I have attended the festival. After returning to camp for more cooler refreshments, it was time for the press welcome dinner and awkward meeting with other members of the international press pool. With Bonnaroo being
my first large festival, the intimidation was high. After being corralled into a photo op thanks to dinner sponsor Chase Bank, the buffet finally was opened. With veggie burger, real burger, grilled chicken and brats, the catered dinner was easily the most complete and energizing meal of the weekend, and full advantage was taken. At the dinner, I met a pair of video media men from Virginia who work in state public radio and news. After discussing whose state had a harder reputation and past experiences at the festival, we adjourned with free beer provided by Magic Hat to Miike Snow. Snow’s live set, like most pop-electronica, incorporates a lot of lights and smoke. His sound, while great in terms of mass appeal, is as generic as ketchup not bearing a 57. My colleagues spoke his praises, and I went along for the ride, but the show ended up being only mildly satisfying. Afterwords, the real treat of the show revealed itself. The two reporters I met at dinner began rounding up concertgoers and interviewing them for a future broadcast. The off-the-cuff lines of questioning and overall fun they had with their jobs, while still remaining under a great deal of professional responsibility, inspired me to cover the weekend in a way that would truly reach people and answer what they wanted to know most. The final act of the night that made an impression was Neon Indian, one of last year’s biggest rags-to-riches upstarts whose suburban Texas vintage electro-jams gave a counterpoint to confessional dreampop revival that has swept the indie scene during the rise of Beach House and The xx. As the freshpacked sand turned to mud, the night wound down for me as the crowds surged on for The xx, Lotus and Wale. For this reporter, two hours of sleep and a day’s worth of burning sun were enough to put oneself out to pasture for the evening and dream of the days ahead.
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Rising — Attention paid to the Washington Nationals Suddenly Washington Nationals game highlights are showing up a lot earlier on “Sportscenter.” People are wondering how Nationals games went. Granted, the Nationals’ 31-33 record is their best record at this time in years, but it’s still good for last place in the National League East. So why are people caring suddenly? Why is TBS dropping a Phillies-Red Sox matchup to nationally telecast a Nationals versus Baltimore Orioles game, a matinee between two cellar-dwelling teams? It’s because of two words: Stephen Strasburg. The overall No. 1 draft pick in the 2009 MLB FirstYear Player Draft, Strasburg immediately made waves in the baseball world. He, along with the Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward, were featured in an excellent New Yorker piece during spring training. On the day of Strasburg’s minor-league debut, a huge banner ad was atop MLB.com announcing it. The hype around him leading up to his first start has grown and grown. And when that first start came, he certainly did not disappoint. He earned the win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8 by tossing seven innings of ball, giving up four hits and two earned runs. But the most impressive part of that is he struck out 14 and walked zero. That’s right; he struck out 14 and walked zero! According to ESPN’s Tom Verducci, the Nationals drew a sellout of 40,315 for his debut, which was 24,247 more than the usual Nationals’ Tuesday night start draws. Verducci estimated that if Strasburg made eight home starts, he could mean an extra $5.8 million in revenue for the Nats. In addition, MASN — the television home of the Nationals — had 10 times more viewers for his debut than the average last year. Then he made some money for the Cleveland Indians with his follow-up start in Cleveland on Sunday. According to USA Today, the Indians sold 10,000 more tickets between the time of Strasburg’s debut in Washington and his second start on Sunday in Cleveland. Attendance was the Indians’ highest since Opening Day. And while not quite as awe-inspiring as his debut, it was still good. Strasburg struck out eight and walked five, giving up two hits and one earned run in 5.1 innings pitched to earn his second win. But in a game where home runs are not quite leaving the yard just yet, the righty rookie out of San Diego State has become the most exciting thing about the sport. His starts are becoming mustwatch occasions, requiring national-television coverage. The question is — can Strasburg sustain it? There’s just so much hype about these first starts. Can he keep the quality of his pitching up for an entire year or more to warrant it? Even if he did, how could the buzz remain at quite the same level if his performances become old hat? Will he have to raise the bar again and again in otherworldly fashion? Time can only tell. But we’re marking our calendars for his third start against the Kansas City Royals. That 100-mph fastball is devastating. Rising — Accessibility of Bonnaroo online Who needs to head to Manchester, Tenn., and become a hippie for a weekend? There’s the Internet! A trip to YouTube on the weekend would have met a user with a banner ad saying Bonnaroo was available to watch live. The quality of the stream made it a bit difficult to stream for a certain threeyear-old computer, but those that use their Macs to listen to Bonnaroo, while reading The Huffington Post and drinking some new-age coffee concoction should have had plenty of RAM to enjoy critiquing The Flaming Lips’ performance. While NPR might sound even more pretentious than all that, it really was the way to go for the online Bonnaroo experience. No bad load times and many more archives (YouTube only had a handful of videos early this weekend, while NPR already had tons of audio on demand) made it the preferred means for a surrogate Bonnaroo. To this frugal editor, Bonnaroo is so darn expensive, and the audio quality on NPR was so excellent (minimal crowd noise and sound that felt like the listener was on stage), it makes one wonder whether Bonnaroo really is worth it. To the diehard music fan, the online experience will probably be seen as lacking and not nearly owing to the overall experience of the music festival, but to those who do not feel like camping in the Bonnaroo ecosystem for four days, online sounds way better. Either way, you’re still getting to hear The xx live.
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As most of you know, high school is an unforgiving place. I figured this out during my one-year stay in the public school system (I was homeschooled for the rest). Although I’m skeptical of the academic merits of institutionalized education, I learned a whole heck of a lot that year. I discovered self-imposed social categories like “jock,” “punk” and “nerd” and also began separating people into not-so-self-imposed categories like “fake” and “real.” I was framed for an incident involving thrown cat intestines. I started hating people that quote “Napoleon Dynamite.” I discovered that my feet are capable of a very unique and apparently repelling odor, and I also discovered that it’s easy to blame “nerds” for your bad hygiene. No matter how momentous these experiences were, there’s this one memory that has stuck with me in a profound way. One day during lunch, these girls were discussing Disney movies, and I chimed in to praise “Dumbo,” which contains scenes of sublime heartbreak. I said something to the effect of, “That scene where the mom elephant makes a cradle out of her trunk through the prison bars and rocks Dumbo to sleep is sad and beautiful.” I expected somebody to agree but instead received nightmare-inducing stares and accusations of homosexuality. Now there are all sorts of things that lots of people would say are
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wrong about this, but what bothered me the most was my realization that beautiful is a dirty word — and this isn’t the case only in high school. The point of today’s column is to let college students know that there are more beautiful things in the world besides an interception by Eric Berry. Oscar Wilde once said, “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. … We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.” While I don’t agree that art doesn’t serve a purpose, Wilde was right on the money when he implied that beauty can be an end unto itself. In Jane Campion’s most recent movie “Bright Star,” poet John Keats likens the aesthetic experience to the act of jumping in a lake. You don’t get in the water just to swim back to the shore (in other words, one shouldn’t look at art only to decipher its meaning), but you linger in it, taking in its sensual pleasures (experiencing the beauty of a fine piece). If you feel as though beauty is some superspecific, exclusive, flowery concept, then maybe you should expand your definition. If you gave me some time and coffee, I might be able to make a semi-convincing argument for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” being more beautiful than Monet. Even if you don’t learn some lesson or even if you aren’t “entertained” by a film or a poem or a bit of music, the mere fact that it was beautiful has intrinsic value. What kind, you might ask? Well we’ll save that for another day.
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You all are a big bunch of bandwagoners. That’s right — you. This is America — land of baseball and hot dogs. Here, we play football — real, American football — where huge guys knock each other to the ground, and manliness is displayed on the battlefield of the 100-yard gridiron. If you can’t hit a home run, catch an 80-yard pass or dunk a basketball, we don’t care about you. But here you all are … watching soccer? What kind of an American are you? Since the World Cup began this weekend, American cities everywhere have been bombarded with chants of “USA! USA! USA!” But for what? I’ll tell you what — a sport no one in the United States gives a hoot about until we’re on a national stage. Now everyone claims to be an expert about soccer. Americans everywhere are tweeting about the World Cup, putting American flags on their Facebook profile pictures and watching soccer on TV, despite the obnoxious horns that drone on and on and on in the background of every single match. You don’t care about soccer. When’s the last time you sat down and watched an entire soccer match? (This weekend doesn’t count.) That’s what I thought. We, as a culture, have a need to prove our dominance. ESPN hyped the USA vs. England soccer match on Saturday for weeks in advance. Everyone acted as if it were the be all and end all of the global sporting world. But it wasn’t. In fact, it’s not even close. But why was this soccer match so highly touted? For love of the game? Not hardly. Americans wanted to see us whip England so that we can say we won. It’s as simple as that. Did we watch the Olympics in February because we’re all avid curling enthusiasts? Of course not. We like being the best. It’s kind of like how everyone (OK, I won’t say everyone but definitely a lot of people) make fun of women’s basketball. They say it’s slow and boring and all kinds of other nonsense. Yet when the Lady Vols won the back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008, everyone
suddenly loved the Lady Vols. And why not? Anything for bragging rights. We want to bask in the glory too! But that’s the problem with soccer. We, as a country, are just not that good at it. It’s not engrained in our culture in the same way that baseball and American football are. So you can argue that the World Cup is helping to awaken Americans to the awesomeness of soccer, but you’d be wrong. The United States’ lack of love for the little black-and-white ball directly mirrors its viewing habits for regular television. Take, for example, these aspects of television we adore: Strong characters — Landon Donovan isn’t dating Britney Spears. He doesn’t have a criminal record, a crazy hairdo or flashy tattoos. Bo-ring. Plot twists and surprises — Unlike popular American sports, where game-changers can come in the form of grand slams and fast breaks, soccer is relatively uneventful. We Americans like action and entertainment, and with soccer, it’s entirely probable to watch for 90 minutes and see nothing exciting at all. Gratifying endings — The USA vs. England match ended in a 1-1 tie. Really? That was lamer than the series finale of “Lost.” Imagine watching a game like that regularly. Talk about a snoozefest. So if you haven’t gotten the hint by now, I really hate soccer. I have since I first stepped on the soccer field when I was a 9-year-old in a youth league. If the entire game fell off the planet, I simply would not care. But don’t get me wrong — I’m not ridiculing those of you who do genuinely like soccer. I’m talking to the glory-seeking yahoos of America who only care about soccer because it’s being shoved in their face in the form of the World Cup. Be honest, guys. If a member of the U.S. soccer team walked into your marketing class right now and sat down beside you, you wouldn’t even bat an eye. Because you would have no idea who he is. If you want to watch the World Cup and cheer on your countrymen, be my guest. But leave your I-know-everything-about-everything banter to the sports you actually do know about. — Amber Harding is a senior in journalism and electronic media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Rehabbing Reveiz prepares for fall return Matt Dixon Staff Writer It was a routine football play during the Sept. 26 win against Ohio last season when middle linebacker Nick Reveiz chased a Bobcat ball carrier toward the Tennessee sideline. When the play ended, so did Reveiz’s season, as he tore the lateral meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The former walk-on was relegated to watching the remaining nine games from the sidelines on crutches, but he made a promise following the injury. “I told (linebackers coach Lance) Thompson the night after the Ohio game, ‘I’m going to be back for spring ball,’” the team captain said following his first practice going through contact drills this spring. “He just said ‘Get healthy,’ and the whole time they were saying they weren’t going to do anything live (during the spring), just seven-on-seven and individual drills, but today they decided to let me loose a little bit. It was just awesome. I can’t even explain how fun it was to get back.” Reveiz began this year still rehabbing his right knee and was not allowed to begin contact drills until an April 6 practice, which was near the end of the team’s 15 spring practices. He knew the mental reps he was getting watching from the sidelines could only teach him so much about the new defensive scheme. “The biggest thing for me, what I was worried about the most, (was) that I need these reps,” Reveiz said following the April practice. “It’s a new defense (under defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox), I need where it’s fast paced to get looks. “The first hit, we did a (running) backs-on-(linebackers) blitz period, and I wasn’t even trying to do a move,” he said. “I just wanted to run over somebody. It was just awesome to get that first hit and be back out there going full speed.” Along with Reveiz, outside linebacker Savion Frazier was held out of most of spring practice after suffering a similar knee injury last season. Linebackers LaMarcus Thompson and Greg King also were injured during portions of last year and this spring and left the unit depleted. The amount of injuries and lack of depth forced coaches to convert Austin Johnson from fullback to linebacker. Johnson drew praises from fellow teammates and coaches during spring practice, but he gives Reveiz a lot of the credit for helping him adjust to the position he hadn’t played since high school. “Nick has been great,” Johnson said after one of the practices in March. “You can ask him anything. It’s like having another coach out there (on the field).” The former Farragut star will continue to rehab and improve his surgically repaired right knee and is expected to be able to perform at full speed when fall camp begins in August. “Practices are really important for me to get,” Reveiz said. “Even though I’ve played in the SEC and things like that, I still really feel like I need to get out here and practice. It just bites at me, being out here and not being able to do everything I can.”
Scott Martineau • The Daily Beacon
Nick Reveiz celebrates after a play in the game against Ohio last season. In the third quarter of the game, Reveiz blew out his knee. Reveiz will come back this season after recovering from the incident.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Wright, Wells lead track and field at NCAAs Kevin Huebschman Sports Editor
• Photo courtesy of Beth Hall
UT’s Phoebe Wright passes an LSU runner at this year’s SEC Championships. Wright ended her season undefeated in the 800-meter run. She is also the fifth woman in NCAA history to sweep the indoor and outdoor national titles in the 800.
Although only three UT runners advanced to their respective finals at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., last weekend, strong finishes by the men’s Evander Wells and the women’s Phoebe Wright prevented either UT squad from being shut out in the points race. “This meet wasn’t one of the better meets we had,” UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. “But we did have some positive sides.” Those positive sides came in the form of Wells’ fourthplace finish in the men’s 200 meters and Wright’s victory in the women’s 800. Wright’s winning time of two minutes, 1.40 seconds from lane four put her in elite status, as she became only the fifth woman to sweep the indoor and outdoor national titles in the 800. “I’ve messed up a couple of NCAAs in the past,” the senior middle-distance runner said. “And I was determined from the beginning of the season to get this one right.” Wright, who Clark said was the highlight for the women’s side over the weekend, didn’t get just this race right. She’s been unstoppable this season, lining up for 12 indoor and outdoor races this season and winning each of them. The senior Wells, said his 20.61-second finish in the 200 out of lane two “wasn’t too bad.” “Coming into the meet, I fell off a little bit after a little mishap at SECs with my hamstring,” Wells said. “But I still expected ... to go for the win and felt like I could do it.” Although the leg injury didn’t affect his race, Wells said it did affect his training up to the race. Even so, “fourth place isn’t too bad, especially against the competition I was competing against,” he said. Clark was content with Wells’ performance, though. “(Wells) ended up scoring today in the 200 meters,” he said, “which is a very good performance for him in the lane that he ran in. Lane two is difficult to run in, and he scored for us.” Senior Jackie Areson was
the last from UT to make it to her final heat, but she was unable to score for the Lady Vols, finishing 16th in the 5000 with a time of 16:17.07. The meet didn’t start out well for UT, though, as nearly all of the Vol and Lady Vol qualifiers were eliminated Wednesday and Thursday. Senior Kyle Stevenson, who accompanied Wells in the 200, bowed out in the preliminary round, finishing 23rd overall. He was followed by pole vaulters Robert Rasnick and Brad Holtz. The sophomore Rasnick finished 18th after his three attempts to clear 16-10 failed, and the senior Holtz was unable to clear the opening height, 16-4 3/4. Senior Matt Maloney was eliminated from the javelin after failing to register a fair mark. On Wednesday, sophomore Ellen Wortham for the Lady Vols was unable to qualify in the 400m hurdles, finishing 18th.
Things got even grimmer for the Lady Vols Thursday, though, as sophomore Brittany Sheffey fell a little more than halfway into the 1500 preliminaries. Clark filed a protest, believing something may have provoked Sheffey’s fall, but the NCAA jury of appeals denied it. “I believe (Sheffey) was capable of possibly winning the race,” Clark said. “So that was a misfortune.” Sheffey was able to recover and finish the race, though she finished 24th. In Thursday’s final event, the Lady Vols 4x400m relay squad of Wortham, freshman Martinique Octave, senior Kimarra McDonald and sophomore Charity Honeycutt, who replaced Wright, also failed to reach the finals, finishing in 19th. The Vols, with Wells’ fivepoint finish, earned 45th in the team standings, while the Lady Vols finished 26th off Wright’s 10-point finish.