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Anchor Drop, January 1, 2021: Happy New Year from Anchor of Gold

At long last, 2020 is behind us.

New year celebrations in Paris amid COVID-19 Photo by Alaattin Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Well, at long last, 2020 is behind us and 2021 is here. We can all agree that 2020 sucked, but especially for Vanderbilt’s two flagship sports programs: the football team went 0-9 and ended up firing Derek Mason, and the men’s basketball team went 3-15 in SEC play, which was actually an improvement over 2019. As for baseball, well, they barely made it into the season before things were called off. And in the world in general... well, that sucked too, but how is that different from most years?

Anyway, in Vanderbilt sports news, Clark Lea seems to have made his first hire.

In a good sign, Syracuse blog Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician is not happy about this development.

Happy New Year? If 2020 hadn’t already supplied enough bad news, here’s some more for the Syracuse Orange football program

Look, we can certainly never argue with trading in your orange for black and gold.

The Hustler gives out its end-of-2020 sports awards.

Today’s Bowl Schedule

Peach Bowl (11:00 AM CT, ESPN): Georgia vs. Cincinnati

Citrus Bowl (12:00 PM CT, ABC): Auburn vs. Northwestern

Rose Bowl” in Arlington, Texas (3:00 PM CT, ESPN): Alabama vs. Notre Dame

Sugar Bowl (7:00 PM CT, ESPN): Ohio State vs. Clemson

Consider this your open thread for the bowl games.