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Anchor Drop, July 18, 2022: 40 Days to Kickoff

The MLB Draft came for Vanderbilt’s recruiting class.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 UConn at Vanderbilt Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are now 40 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener at Hawaii. 40 for the Commodores is linebacker Tommy Eckels. The 6’2”, 225-pound redshirt sophomore from Kansas City appeared in 11 games last season, and I’m assuming they were mostly on special teams. I believe he’s a walk-on.

So, the first round of the MLB Draft has come and gone, and, well...

Yeah. Pretty much. Losing Druw Jones, the #2 pick in the draft, was basically expected. But I also don’t think we were expecting to lose all of Dylan Lesko, Brandon Barriera, and Noah Schultz to the draft. Instead, all three were gone by the 26th pick.

(On the other hand, Kumar Rocker went third overall... to the Rangers.)

In other news, SEC Media Days starts today; Vanderbilt isn’t up until Tuesday, per the recently-released schedule. Up today: Commissioner Greg Sankey at 10:30 AM, LSU at 11:35 AM, Ole Miss at 1:30 PM, and Missouri at 2:55 PM. No, I don’t know why the SEC invited a Big 12 school to Media Days.

Also, football single-game tickets go on sale today. I hope opposing fans are not reading this.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 7:50 AM: FIBA Asia Cup: Chinese Taipei vs. Jordan (ESPN+)
  • 2:00 PM: UEFA Women’s Euro: Italy vs. Belgium (ESPN2)
  • 2:00 PM: UEFA Women’s Euro: Iceland vs. France (ESPN+)
  • 4:00 PM: Copa America Femenina: Venezuela vs. Brazil (FS1)
  • 6:00 PM: CONCACAF Women’s Championship: Costa Rica v. Jamaica (Paramount+)
  • 7:00 PM: MLB: Home Run Derby (ESPN)
  • 7:00 PM: Copa America Femenina: Peru vs. Uruguay (FS1)
  • 9:00 PM: CONCACAF Women’s Championship: United States v. Canada (Paramount+)
  • 5:20 AM: FIBA Asia Cup: Japan vs. Philippines (ESPN+)

Scoreboard

MLB: Blue Jays 4, Royals 2 ... Nationals 7, Braves 3 ... Yankees 13, Red Sox 2 ... Rays 7, Orioles 5 ... Phillies 4, Marlins 0 ... White Sox 11, Twins 0 ... A’s 4, Astros 3 ... Cubs 3, Mets 2 ... Mariners 6, Rangers 2 ... Pirates 8, Rockies 3 ... Giants 9, Brewers 5 ... Diamondbacks 3, Padres 1.

FIBA Asia Cup: Iran 88, Japan 76 ... New Zealand 92, Philippines 75.