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Bye-Bye, Basilio

The KNS reports that local sports-radio prognosticator Tony Basilio has been "let go" from his position at the Horne Radio Network. I never like to see bad things happen to people, but I think Basilio probably deserved to get the boot as much as any on-air personality around here has. He saw himself as a sort of David to UT's well-funded Goliath, taking a confrontational position on just about every issue he could as it related to Volunteer sports. What really irritated me was his attitude of condescension toward local sports fans if they offered up opinions other than his own.

Sounding like a through and through Philly kid never really helped him either.

The last straw was likely his idiotic and belligerent criticism of the Men's Athletic Department's decision to re-work it's season ticket distribution. His stance was reactionary and poorly thought out, and it was a poorly chosen battle. I suspect, as I'm sure Basilio now does, that his current unemployment is what happens to poorly informed loudmouths who decide to get into a pissing contest with UT Football.

What really sucks, though, is that the alleged influence of the UT Athletic Department upon his firing will likely endear him to many critics of the University of Tennessee, and prop him up even more as a victim of the good-old boy system. It's a shame. Basilio was a buffoon on the air who liked to stir controversy with cheap sensationalism. He's not Dr. Bensel-Meyers.

I wonder if he'll keep that writing gig. I hope not. The only thing worse than his annoying voice is his smarmy writing style.
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