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Anchor Drop, July 8, 2021: 58 Days to Kickoff

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Scotty’s back.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are now 58 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against East Tennessee State. 58 for the Commodores is long snapper Wesley Schelling. The 6’5”, 245-pound sophomore (redshirt freshman) from nearby Pearl-Cohn High School appeared in one game for Vanderbilt last year, executing all of the long snaps at Missouri.

And, the basketball team got some very big news last night: Scotty Pippen Jr. has elected to return for his junior year. Pippen was a First-Team All-SEC selection as a sophomore after averaging 20.8 ppg, second only to LSU’s Cameron Thomas. So Vanderbilt’s prospects go from probably being a bad basketball team again without Pippen to being maybe a fringe NCAA Tournament team with him. Also, I am not a crazy person.

In other news, former Vanderbilt running back Keyon Henry-Brooks, who entered the transfer portal in February, has a new home: Louisiana Tech.

Scoreboard

MLB: Rays 8, Cleveland 1 (Game 1) ... Braves 14, Pirates 3 ... White Sox 6, Twins 1 ... Tigers 5, Rangers 3 ... Reds 5, Royals 2 ... Mets 4, Brewers 3 (Game 1) ... Rays 4, Cleveland 0 (Game 2) ... Angels 5, Red Sox 4 ... Marlins 9, Dodgers 6 ... Blue Jays 10, Orioles 2 ... Brewers 5, Mets 0 (Game 2) ... Cubs 8, Phillies 3 ... Astros 4, A’s 3 ... Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 4 ... Giants 5, Cardinals 2 ... Yankees 5, Mariners 4 ... Nationals 15, Padres 5.

NHL: Lightning 1, Canadiens 0.

Euro 2020: England 2-1 Denmark.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 6:30 AM: European Tour: Scottish Open, First Round (Golf Channel)
  • 7:00 AM: Tennis: Wimbledon (ESPN)
  • 11:10 AM: MLB: Dodgers at Marlins (MLB Network)
  • 2:00 PM: PGA Tour: John Deere Classic, First Round (Golf Channel)
  • 2:40 PM: MLB: Rockies at Diamondbacks (MLB Network)
  • 3:10 PM: MLB: Yankees at Mariners (MLB.tv free game)
  • 7:00 PM: MLB: Phillies at Cubs (ESPN)
  • 7:10 PM: MLB: Tigers at Twins (ESPN+)
  • 8:00 PM: NBA: Bucks at Suns (ABC)