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Anchor Drop, June 9, 2021: 87 Days to Kickoff

Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter are semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

BBVA Compass Bowl - Vanderbilt v Houston Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Good morning.

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We are now 87 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against ETSU. There is currently no 87 on the roster; Amir Abdur-Rahman wore 87 in his first two years at VU before switching to #2 last season. (Pictured above is Jordan Matthews, probably the most famous 87 at Vanderbilt.) Of course, freshmen haven’t been assigned numbers yet on the official roster.

Vanderbilt pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter were named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Yesterday, the NCAA released times for the super regionals, and I have to point out some stupidity in how the NCAA scheduled the four games on Friday == because, you know, weather. Per the forecast, Nashville is expected to be 81 degrees at 11 AM on Friday, which sounds a little warm — but nothing compared to some of the other regionals. (There’s also a considerable chance of rain in the late morning and early afternoon which should mostly clear out by the evening.) Fayetteville, scheduled for a 5 PM first pitch, is forecast to be 89 degrees (with a heat index of 99) — which, again, sounds bad, but I’m getting handed a note from Pinman and...

...oh, God, it’s supposed to be 102 in Lubbock at 2 PM Friday, with temperatures rising to 106 later in the afternoon? Who thought that was a good idea? And 102 in Tucson at game time? Granted, there’s not a ton you could do about Tucson, which already has the latest possible start time (6 PM local time) and would also be 101 at noon local time (2 PM CT), unless you wanted to have that game at 9 AM locally. Still, this seems like it could have been avoided. Why would you hand Nashville an 11 AM start time when it’s somehow supposed to be the coolest site of the four in the afternoon and also has a nagging threat of rain?

Anyway, rant over. Now if you want to hear me rant about how stupid an idea the Premier Golf League is, well, that’s for another day, but I am starting to really hate this trend toward super leagues.