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Anchor Drop, June 23, 2021: 73 Days to Kickoff

Vanderbilt faces elimination tonight against Stanford.

Missouri v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Today marks 73 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against East Tennessee State. 73 is 6’7”, 324-pound fifth-year senior Jonathan Stewart. Yet another opt-out along the offensive line in 2020, Stewart played in ten games in 2019 with three starts, and his return should be another boost to the line in 2021.

And tonight is what we didn’t want to happen: an elimination game with both Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter unavailable. After Monday night’s 1-0 loss to NC State, Vanderbilt will play Stanford, which eliminated Arizona 14-5 on Monday, tonight at 6 PM CT. Here’s where I remind all of you that Vanderbilt had to overcome a loss in the 2014 College World Series as well, though that came in the first game of the semifinals against Texas and not in a loser’s bracket game. The winner will return to face NC State on Friday. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN, and it’s the only game of the day.

In yesterday’s action, Texas eliminated Tennessee with an 8-4 win in the afternoon game, and you really do hate to see it. In the nightcap, Mississippi State rallied to beat Virginia 6-5.

Scoreboard

MLB: Reds 10, Twins 7 ... Pirates 6, White Sox 3 ... Astros 3, Orioles 1 ... Royals 6, Yankees 5 ... Nationals 3, Phillies 2 ... Braves 3, Mets 0 ... Red Sox 9, Rays 5 ... Tigers 8, Cardinals 2 ... Blue Jays 2, Marlins 1 ... Cubs 7, Indians 1 ... A’s 13, Rangers 8 ... Giants 5, Angels 0 ... Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 0 ... Padres 3, Dodgers 2 ... Mariners 2, Rockies 1.

NBA: Suns 104, Clippers 103.

NHL: Canadiens 4, Golden Knights 1.

Euro 2020: Croatia 3-1 Scotland ... Czech Republic 0-1 England.

Schedule

All times Central.

  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: Slovakia v. Spain (ESPN)
  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: Sweden v. Poland (ESPN2)
  • 12:05 PM: MLB: Nationals at Phillies (MLB Network)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: Germany v. Hungary (ESPN2)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: Portugal v. France (ESPN)
  • 3:07 PM: MLB: Giants at Angels (MLB.tv free game)
  • 3:10 PM: MLB: Rockies at Mariners (MLB Network)
  • 4:00 PM: Copa America: Ecuador v. Peru (FS1)
  • 6:00 PM: College World Series: Vanderbilt vs. Stanford (ESPN)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Blue Jays at Marlins (ESPN+)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Braves at Mets (MLB Network)
  • 7:00 PM: Copa America: Brazil v. Colombia (FS1)
  • 7:00 PM: NHL: Lightning at Islanders (NBC Sports)
  • 7:30 PM: NBA: Hawks at Bucks (TNT)
  • 9:00 PM: MLB: Dodgers at Padres (ESPN)