Barca Blog - GameDay arrives, HBO boxing

Oct. 3, 2008

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The ESPN College GameDay show has officially set up shop at The Commons on campus!

I stopped by there yesterday afternoon to check it out. Here are a few pictures:

View GameDay Photo Gallery

Fans are encouraged to come by the set from 3:30-3:50 p.m. CT Friday and 8-11 a.m. Saturday. If you have any questions about the event (timeline, directions, parking, etc.), then Click Here for detailed instructions.

ESPN coming to West End isn't the only big news around here.

I was able to do something yesterday for the first time ever... attend a boxing press conference.

Did I have to go to Vegas to do it?

Nope, I just went down the McGugin stairwell to the Hendrix room to listen to super middleweights Jermain Taylor and Jeff Lacy talk about their bout, which will be televised live by HBO on Nov. 15 from Memorial Gym.

That's right, Memorial Gym.

The venue was decided on after Taylor's home arena in North Little Rock, Ark., was already booked for a Reba McEntire concert. Promoters say Nashville was a new and exciting place to bring an event of this stature.

And don't be fooled. This isn't some club fight between two over-the-hill boxers. Taylor (27-2-1, 17 KOs) is a former middleweight world champion while Lacy's (24-1, 17 KOs) only defeat came at the hands of one of the best fighters in the world in Joe Calzaghe.

The fight has been coined `All or Nothing'. The stakes are high with the winner guaranteed a WBC super middleweight title shot.

While I've never watched Lacy in the ring on television, I've seen Taylor several times and you're in for a treat. He doesn't shy away from getting hit and packs a powerful punch that would be great to see ringside.

When I first heard about the press conference, I imagined it was going to be an hour filled with verbal jabs between fighters with a high possibility of chairs being thrown during a melee (you know, the ones you see on ESPN).

The media event was nothing like that (foolish me). And actually, there didn't seem to be any animosity between the two fighters. They were even joking and smiling during the stare down.

To give you a little background, Taylor and Lacy were childhood friends and even represented the United States during the 2000 Olympics (Taylor won the bronze). The promoters downplayed the friendship and promised that even though the guys are close, that someone would be knocked out come fight night.

This will be a must-see event and will mark the first time HBO will televise a boxing card from Nashville. And it should be noted that former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines played a big role in bringing the match to campus.

There will also be fights on the undercard with Murfreesboro, Tenn., native Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards taking on heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon. Also, former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron will be fighting Lovemore N'Dou.

Tickets will be on sale October 10 at all Ticketmaster locations. Prices range from $25-$275.

Here are some pictures from the press conference: View Boxing Photos

To close today's entry, I'll post another video.

Anybody who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the Rocky movies. I'll even watch some of Rocky V if I come across it on WGN, so you know I gotta show a clip!

This part of Rocky IV always gets me fired up. ALWAYS.



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