Author Pierce Greenberg

12 entries

Towson vs. Belmont 11/19/2011

Traffic is frustrating everywhere - but the steering-wheel-gripping angst is even worse in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on a Saturday afternoon. Most people are surprised to hear that, according to the latest Census, Rutherford County (where the 'Boro is located) is home to more than 260,000 residents - that's a 40 percent...

Belmont at Middle Tennessee 11/20/2011

"History repeats itself." According to wikianswers, this phrase comes from the sentiment of two quotes from different philosophers. The first, by Spanish philosopher George Santayana, is: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat." Then there's "Hegel remarks somewhere that history tends to...

Renfroe's Teams

Alex Renfroe never earned the national recognition of mid-major stalwarts Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward, or Eric Maynor. But he was damn-near close. Renfroe was the guy who helped put Belmo...

Chuck

I first "met" Chuck a little over a year ago. At the time, I was working at the big-time Nashville rag, albeit in a small-time position. I was a sports clerk for the Tennessean, meaning my Friday and Tuesday nights were consumed by the constant dinging of telephone calls. Most of the time, the person on the line...

Where's Belmont's banner?

Saturday was my first doubleheader of the season. After Lipscomb beat Kennesaw State, I traveled down Belmont Boulevard for Belmont vs. Mercer. But I couldn't get something off my mind as I drove ...

The White Buffalo

About nine months ago, during spring break from my senior year, my roommate and I decided to do something adventurous. Well, adventurous on a budget. While other classmates headed for Cancun or Florida, we decided to load up in an old hatchback and make a trip to Tupelo, Miss. from Nashville. On the way down,...

#omgnodunx

The dunk, the slam, the flush, the rim-rattler. These are all staples of Hoops Nation vernacular -- and nothing can get a crowd going like a well-timed #omgdunx. That is, unless you're at Belmont. Legendary Belmont coach Rick Byrd is not a fan of dunks -- not in practice, not in games, not ever. And I guess...

No Phones in Our Game

When discussing the Red Line with "others," they often like to point out a perceived grey area in the separation. "Well, what about a team like...Marshall? You're telling me they are a major program and, say, Temple, isn't? " person remarks. Well, yes. Even though Marshall hasn't made an NCAA appearance since...

The Struggle

There's something stale about writing about "your" team. At least, as far as I'm concerned. For the first dozen games or so, I tried to write about Belmont. I attempted to describe the nuances of each game, analyzing the ins and outs of Coach Byrd's dunk-rule, Marshall's texter (a post that uncomfortably went...

Nonsense

Nothing about it made sense. The matchup between 3-21 University of Tennessee Martin and undefeated Murray State probably didn't spawn many impromptu road trips for fans of Hoops Nation (outside of Murray, Ky.). But for some reason I found the wheels of my 2003 Focus station wagon tearing up the secondary highways...

Let's Go Peay - Story of the Slogan Ban

Disclaimer: I have no proof other than hearsay that the following story is true. In fact, it may be entirely false, but makes for a fun story, nonetheless. The portion regarding...

Homecoming... and Going.

People never realize how long and horizontally-encompassing the state of Tennessee is. From East to West, Tennessee's length is nearly as long as Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi combined. Thus, the first time I found myself on a bus from Belmont to ETSU, I fought boredom for nearly five hours -- and lost. After...

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