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Quick Slant: Sporting goods drive Saturday

Oct. 17, 2013

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

Nearly everyone has some gently used sports gear laying around the house taking up space and attracting dust. We have a good deal for you; bring that sports equipment to Saturday’s game and drop it off at the collection truck outside Gate 2 on Natchez Trace. Sports Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is handling the collection and eventual distribution to non-profit youth sports organizations throughout Middle Tennessee. Recommended items include balls for all sports, baseball gear, golf and tennis equipment, hockey and lacrosse sticks.

The November issue of Commodore Nation has some interesting articles. The cover story discusses Vanderbilt’s international student-athletes; you will read about how a top doctor at Vanderbilt’s Medical Center got Fitz Lassing back on the gridiron, a unique family tradition in golfer Charlie Ewing’s family, the service-first philosophy of basketball’s Jasmine Lister, a feature on Rod Odom and much more. Commodore Nation is sent monthly to members of the National Commodore Club.

It is understandable that the public thinks an “off week” on the football schedule means a sleepy work week for everyone else. That’s actually not the case. The football coaches still fill their exhausting schedules with recruiting, reviews, practice and preparation. Administrators use the flex time to catch up on the tall stack in the inbox. Quick Slant spent three days with our very good women’s golf team at a big tournament in North Carolina. Basically, an off week on a football schedule only means there is no game played that Saturday.



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