We are writing this on Thursday morning, August 14. Out my window I see the flags being raised over our soccer stadium in preparation for this afternoon’s exhibition game, which has taken greater significance as part of the SEC Network’s launch day. Tests have been made on soccer’s video board; a giant Star V logo was painted at midfield last night. The sounds of the Spirit of Gold marching band fill our suite as it practices on the adjacent John Rich Training Complex turf. The grass is cut, the power washers have cleaned the stands and sidewalks. All this and more are unmistakable reminders of the teamwork that is necessary for success and the tremendous sense of pride many of us get for being a very small part of something special and so much bigger than any one of us.
The eagerly anticipated DVD summarizing baseball’s amazing run to the national championship will be out at the end of the month. Everyone who has been involved in the production says it is terrific. In addition to the 30-minute review of games and player interviews, there is a special bonus…a nearly one-hour interview with national coach of the year Tim Corbin with announcer Joe Fisher. You can order your copy (copies!) on vucommodores.com for $29.95.
You might not have noticed the article on our new hires for the SEC Network. We are tickled to have added a trio of quality, experienced professionals to help bring our Vanderbilt games and stories to your living room. Kevin Ingram is well-known in Nashville with a solid resume. New Executive Producer Doug Stanton joins us after doing Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks games around the country for WGN for years. Dean McCondichie signs on as an Associate Producer after 15 years of experience working in the Nashville television market, the last 10 as the executive producer for Titans All-Access, a seasonal weekly team television show for the Tennessee Titans.
Ever notice how we tend to think a pundit who downgrades our chances is a dope and that anybody singing our praises is the smartest human on Earth? There are a lot of talking heads this time of year.
We just met with Daphne Newson, the General Manager of our stadium concessions, and she was telling us about a new line of specialty burgers, hot dogs and burritos that are being added to the menu this fall. It is yet another place where we are striving to create the best game experience possible for our loyal fans.