Quick Slant: Name that horn

May 18, 2011

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

James and Fumi Franklin
As mentioned in last week's Slant, Coach James Franklin and his wife Fumi attended last weekend's Steeplechase.
Name that horn! We're looking for help naming the naval horn that we sound in Vanderbilt Stadium when the Commodores take the field and after each score. We also are planning to use the horn next season to signal fans and tailgaters that key events are soon to happen. We need something better than "the stadium horn!" Put on your creative thinking caps and have some fun with this. Use the Suggestion Box, which is linked from the front of this web site. The fan submitting the winning name wins a James Franklin autographed min-helmet.

David Williams' first on-line live chat was so successful we've scheduled another one for June 8. Details will be forthcoming.

It's a good thing that Florida's athletic representatives are likeable people and that the school strives to play by the rules. Otherwise watching the Gators win with so many of its programs would get pretty old. The Gators have a lot of natural resources and they are knee deep in money to fuel the competitive fires but fans might be surprised to know how many times their upper administration aligns itself with Vanderbilt's point of view on academic and ethical matters.

This is probably obvious but we established a record home baseball regular season attendance this year. The team drew 79,895 fans to 31 games; its 2,577 average attendance ranks it among the nation's Top 25. When put into perspective of how far we have advanced over the last five years or so, this is an impressive accomplishment. Our group attendance was especially up and judging from the excellent feedback, we can expect even more groups to spend fun times at The Hawk in the future.

Name dropping - Corey Chavous was back in town for our Florida baseball series last weekend. The former Vanderbilt corner and NFL veteran was checking out the vast array of talent for analysis on his web site, DraftNasty.com...keeping a promise, women's tennis coach Geoff Macdonald let his team shave his head after it defeated Tennessee and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16...golfer Trey DelGreco was subject of a May 17 feature story in the New York Times with his dad, former Tennessee Titan kicker Al DelGreco...football alum Joe Gentry flew in from Chicago and F-Trooper Butch Feher came up from Chattanooga to join the many honoring the NCC's Lucy Jones at her retirement reception last Saturday.



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