August 2011 Archives
The Stock Report has made an exciting partnership with local Murfreesboro artist (and die hard Blue Raider fan) Shane Read of Shane Read Creative. You can follow Shane on his Twitter account @srcreate . We are lucky to have Shane on board with our weekly background series and some other specific pieces. Make sure you visit his site and show him some love!!
Coach Rick Stockstill's weekly radio show, Rick Stockstill LIVE! begins its season-long run tonight at 7 p.m.. The hour-long program is broadcast live on the Blue Raider Network from Coach's Grill in Murfreesboro.
Blue Raider fans are encouraged to be part of the live audience and take part with their questions and comments. Email questions are also encouraged and should be sent to email@example.com.
Stations carrying the show are WMOT 89.5 (Murfreesboro), WNSR 560 AM (Nashville), WGNS AM 1450 (Murfreesboro), 100.5 FM (WGNS - Murfreesboro), 101.9 (WGNS - Murfreesboro), 103.9 FM (Bowling Green, Ky.), WBRY-AM 1540 (Woodbury), and WBRY-FM 96.7 (Woodbury).
Fans out of the Middle Tennessee area that would like to listen online can do so with the link below...
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As we start the first game week of the 2011 season we decided to throw out a treat for everyone with the first game so close you can taste it. This video was shown to the Blue Raiders on the first day of fall camp which seems like such a long time ago. If it doesn't get you ready to play football you might have some issues...
Here is the run itself....
Here is some great compliments thrown Tanner's way from the play by play team...
After another great game last night against the Chargers Phillip Tanner is making noise in Dallas. Here is a great link to an ESPN article about Phillip Tanner's play with the Cowboys in the pre-season...
CLICK HERE FOR THE ESPN ARTICLE
One of our readers was surfing the web when they sent in a cool picture of former Blue Raider and current Super Bowl Champ & Green Bay Packer Erik Walden today. In the photo Walden can be seen mounting what is a very small bike while a youngster carries his helmet. Don't worry its all in good fun and in fact after some digging it is a age old tradition for the Packers during training camp. This tradition dates back to the Vince Lombardi days as a way for the NFL players to connect with local fans and build good will. Players even keep up with the kids even after they are too old to give up their bikes.
Wikipedia had say this about the tradition..."During training camp in the summer months (held outside the Don Hutson Center), young Packers fans can take their bikes and have their favorite player ride their bike to the practice field from the locker room. This is an old Packers tradition dating back to approximately 1957 (the first years of Lambeau Field's existence). Gary Knafelc, a Packers end at the time, said, "I think it was just that kids wanted us to ride their bikes. I can remember kids saying, 'Hey, ride my bike.'" The practice continues today."
Here is a story that ABC News did about the story in 2009...
Being prepared is an essential factor in college football, its why coaches and players put such emphasis on watching film and having scripted game plans.
The same is true for fans that plan to attend practice during the Blue Raiders' fall camp this August. Whether you are a faithful fan that has experience attending practice or a rookie visiting practice for the first time, this guide will help you have the best experience possible.
This season all fall camp practices are open except for 5 sessions which gives fans an awesome opportunity to get up and close to the Blue Raiders while they prepare for the 2011 season.
Monday, August 8: 4:25 PM to 6:25 PM
Tuesday, August 9: 4:25 PM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 10: 4:30 PM to 6:35 PM
Thursday, August 11: 4:30 PM to 6:35 PM
Friday, August 12: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 13: 3:40 PM to 6:30 PM
Sunday, August 14: Fan Day (2-4 PM)
Monday, August 15: 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM; 7:10 PM - 8:50 PM (Closed)
Tuesday, August 16: 4:10 PM to 6:15 PM
Wednesday, August 17: 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM; 7:10 PM - 8:50 PM (Closed)
Thursday, August 18: 4:10 PM to 6:15 PM
Friday, August 19: 3:50 PM to 5:40 PM
Saturday, August 20: 3:55 PM to 6:00 PM (Closed)
Sunday, August 21: No Practice
Monday, August 22: 3:50 PM to 5:40 PM (Closed)
Tuesday, August 23: 4:35 PM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24: 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM (Closed)
Thursday, August 25: 4:35 PM to 6:15 PM
Friday, August 26: 4:05 PM to 5:45 PM
Saturday, August 27: 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Sunday, August 28: No Practice
Monday, August 29: Game week begins
*Remember all times are subject to change due to inclement weather
Where is practice held?
The Blue Raider practice fields are located on the northwest corner of the Middle Tennessee campus. Both fields are adjacent to the Dean Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium and the Reese Smith Jr. Baseball Stadium. All practices will take place on these fields except for scrimmages unless inclement weather forces a move inside Floyd Stadium.
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the large parking lot just off Greenland Drive.
How long is practice?
Most practices are usually in the 2-3 hour time range as fall camp is a critical time to get as much learning in as possible. Practice will begin with a period of warm-up drills and will progress into individual work, positional match-ups and then group competition which is similar to a game situation.
What to wear?
Make sure to pay close attention to the local weather reports and dress accordingly. Since there is no shade or covered areas prepare for the sun and heat with sunscreen, hats, etc.
Where can I sit?
There are metal bleachers located on the North end of the practice fields set up specifically for fans to watch practice.
What is the field setup?
There are two full football fields that run North-South and parallel to each other. There is only a small border around each field so we ask that you stay near the bleachers in the North end of the field and always be ready to jump out of the way if a drill is headed in your direction.
Why is there a horn and numbers that change?
Similar to the bells in school signal a change in classes, the horn at practice keeps everyone organized. Each day coaches review the plan for practice and develop a very detailed script for the day. Practice is broken down into segments or periods that contain certain drills. The horn signals to players and coaches that it is time to change segments and the rotating number corresponds with the specific period of practice so coaches can always find their place in the day's script.
Is there food available?
No there is no food or drinks sold at practice but there are several convenience stores and restaurants located right across Greenland Drive.
Can I take pictures?
No, photography and video is NOT allowed during practice. However, you can take as many pictures as you like following the end of practice.
Are autographs ok?
Absolutely, players and coaches will be available for autographs following each practice
Below is a list of the practices on tap for the Blue Raiders in the next few weeks. Most practices will be on the grass practice fields near Greenland Drive but could be moved into the stadium depending on inclement weather.
Remember fans are welcomed to attend practices except for the 5 sessions listed below.
Make sure to checkout our 2011 Fall Camp Guide for many of your questions about attending practice!!
*All times are subject to change due to inclement weather.
The image you see above is a shot of a boxing style "ring-side" bell that has been made specifically for MT Football by two loyal Blue Raider supporters; Richard Lewis, Exit Realty, and Danny Farrer, Precision Wood Products. Both are long time supporters of the Blue Raiders and recently came up with the idea to create the bell after seeing an interview new Defensive Coordinator Steve Ellis did when his new title was first announced. Ellis mentioned that this year the Blue Raider defense would "ring the bell and come out like Mike Tyson" because he wants his players to have an aggressive and attacking attitude. This is a very cool piece and has garnered more than a few looks this morning. Stay tuned during camp to see when and how this cool new toy is used on the defensive side of the ball.
Now that the lockout is over former Blue Raider, Erik Walden is getting to spend camp getting prepared to make a bigger impact for the Packers than he did last season during their playoff run. Here is a recent interview Walden did for Packers.com
Click here for Walden video