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Anchor Drop, June 28, 2021: 68 Days to Kickoff

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Welcome to the College World Series finals.

Florida v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

And we’re 68 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against East Tennessee State. 68 for the Commodores is offensive lineman Jason Brooks. The 6’4”, 275-pound sophomore appeared in one game in 2020, at Kentucky, and otherwise this was a redshirt year, as was the case for most true freshman offensive linemen — and at 275 pounds, he’s still a little undersized for the SEC.

And we are finally here: Vanderbilt is playing in the College World Series final for the fourth time in school history, all since 2014. The Commodores beat Virginia in 2014, lost to the Hoos in a rematch in 2015, and then beat Michigan in the most recent College World Series in 2019. This time, it’s Mississippi State. We know these guys: Vanderbilt took two of three from the Bulldogs in April, beat them in the College World Series in 2019, and lost to them in a 2018 super regional.

It seems that Vanderbilt is playing the heel in this matchup, after advancing via no contest thanks to NC State’s, ahem, issues and thanks to a lot of opposing fan conspiracy theories about the Opportunity VU program which provides a lot of need-based aid to all students, and included in “all students” are some Vanderbilt baseball players. To that, all I have to say is...

Yeah. Pretty much. Anyway, Game 1 is tonight at 6 PM CT on ESPN2. Game thread coming later.

Scoreboard

MLB: Mariners 3, White Sox 2 (Game 1) ... Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 ... Angels 6, Rays 4 ... Braves 4, Reds 0 ... Tigers 2, Astros 1 ... Red Sox 9, Yankees 2 ... Phillies 4, Mets 2 ... Nationals 5, Marlins 1 ... Twins 8, Cleveland 2 ... Brewers 5, Rockies 0 ... Pirates 7, Cardinals 2 ... Rangers 4, Royals 1 ... A’s 6, Giants 2 ... Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4 ... White Sox 7, Mariners 5 (Game 2) ... Dodgers 7, Cubs 1.

NBA: Bucks 113, Hawks 102.

Euro 2020: Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic ... Belgium 1-0 Portugal.

Copa America: Brazil 1-1 Ecuador ... Venezuela 0-1 Peru.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 11:00 AM: Euro 2020: Croatia v. Spain (ESPN)
  • 2:00 PM: Euro 2020: France v. Switzerland (ESPN)
  • 3:10 PM: MLB: Pirates at Rockies (ESPN+)
  • 5:40 PM: MLB: Phillies at Reds (MLB Network)
  • 6:00 PM: College World Series: Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State (ESPN2)
  • 6:05 PM: MLB: Angels at Yankees (MLB Network)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Royals at Red Sox (MLB.tv free game)
  • 7:00 PM: Copa America: Uruguay v. Paraguay (FS2)
  • 7:00 PM: Copa America: Bolivia v. Argentina (FS1)
  • 7:00 PM: NHL: Canadiens at Lightning (NBC Sports)
  • 8:00 PM: NBA: Clippers at Suns (ESPN)