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Anchor Drop, July 22, 2023: 35 Days to Kickoff

Hello, five media members picked Vanderbilt to win the SEC.

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Austin Peay v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are now 35 days — five weeks — away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against Hawaii. Two players wear 35 for the Commodores. First, there’s running back Deago Benson, a 5’11”, 204-pound freshman from Midlothian, Texas; there’s also defensive back Payne Daniel, a 5’11”, 170-pound freshman from Nashville. Daniel is a walk-on, Benson is the feature here, a three-star running back who could get on the field as a true freshman.

It’s time for the annual tradition. At the end of SEC Media Days, eight people picked Vanderbilt to win the SEC East, and five of them picked Vanderbilt to win the entire SEC. But that’s not the annual tradition; I mean, it is kind of a tradition for Vandy to pick up some votes to win the conference from media members who are mocking the entire thing. No, the annual tradition is fans of other SEC fans taking this way too seriously.

(The funny thing is, Tennessee getting 14 first-place votes is just people being contrarian. But Vandy getting eight first-place votes? How dare they!)

Look, these things aren’t serious. The entire idea of a media poll is kind of a joke anyway, but why not have fun with it? Because really — who the hell cares? Apparently random Twitter users who haven’t had a bowel movement in over a month care deeply about the sanctity of the media poll.

In revenue sports news, Haley Lindley is still alive in the match play at the bowling Junior Gold going into Saturday, though future teammates Victoria Varano and Natalie Kent were eliminated — the latter by Lindley.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 12:00 PM: MLB: Royals at Yankees or Rockies at Marlins (MLB Network)
  • 6:10 PM: MLB: Mets at Red Sox (FS1)
  • 6:15 PM: MLB: Braves at Brewers or White Sox at Twins (FOX)
  • 9:00 PM: MLB: Pirates at Angels or Astros at A’s (MLB Network)
  • 12:00 AM: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Sweden v. South Africa (FS1)
  • 2:30 AM: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands v. Portugal (FS1)
  • 3:00 AM: Golf: Open Championship, Final Round (USA)
  • 5:00 AM: FIFA Women’s World Cup: France v. Jamaica (FOX)
  • 6:00 AM: Golf: Open Championship, Final Round (NBC)


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

FIFA Women’s World Cup: United States 3-0 Vietnam ... Zambia 0-5 Japan ... England 1-0 Haiti.