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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brace yourself. I know this will get a big reaction.

Sometimes I use imperfect logic. I can be stubborn in an argument, dug in. Sometimes it’s unreasonable. 

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Depending on the degree of importance on the matter I am not above shifting my thinking based on opinions or evidence presented to me.

Sometimes I may stick to my guns more because it winds up being funny. But overall, my stances and arguments and comebacks are based in thought. I can explain myself.

Saturday night I was reminded that Vanderbilt has a women’s bowling team when it won the NCAA championship, a great feat in any sport. But my initial reaction was the same as it would be for a lot of people, and I tweeted it in the shape of a poll.

Part jab, sure. Part fun. Part serious.

Well, I might as well have insulted the most sacred thing in the world.

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Pickers mailbag: Under-appreciated and over-recognized Titans

pickers vodaka bar847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings people.

Sorry for a couple days of silence. Not having the best year in terms of staying healthy.

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Hope you’ve heard the podcast from earlier in the week, which includes some good remembrances of Steve Watterson pranking Gregg Williams and Steve McNair and a review of Mike Vrabel’s off tangent on filming in the locker room.

On to your questions in our weekly mailbag brought to you by Pickers Vodka. Grab a bottle for yourself and take one to next party your invited to. If you’re out catching a game or meeting friends, I highly recommend a Moscow Mule with Pickers. Drink Responsibly.

PK: I just don’t see it. He’ll turn 30 this season and a team that loved him and is hardly stacked at receiver without him just let him go.

He seems like a lot of work. The Titans aren’t looking for many aging guys who they’ll need to massage or manage. If he is not a complete non-fit for their MO, he’s close, right?

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YAZOO PODCAST: Remembering a classic Steve Watterson prank on Steve McNair

YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve Watterson, the recently retired long-time Titans strength and conditioning coach, played a long game of cat and mouse with Steve McNair.

Watterson was hell-bent on getting McNair on a scale. McNair was equally determined to keep Watterson from knowing what he weighed.BlevinsPodcast

In this week's podcast, I share the story of how Watterson craftily managed to learn McNair's weight.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, is available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

We always welcome your feedback.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line.

Other topics: With the addition of Michael Campanaro, do the Titans now have enough at wide receiver? What did I make of Mike Vrabel's odd tangent during his recent press conference about reporters in the locker room?

Madison Blevins rejoined me for a conversation about that and more.

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As Titans move toward minicamp, Mike Vrabel pledges to monitor the pace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the first phases of OTAs underway, Mike Vrabel and his staff finally have players in the building.

The temptation for a new, first-time head coach to push the pace must be strong.

But just like he said he wasn’t going to try to accelerate relationship building with Marcus Mariota and his teammates, he’s not going to hurry his guys in leaning the playbook.VrabelPads

(Photo courtesy Houston Texans.)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have put more of an effort and more resources into building cosmetics and messaging since Amy Adams Strunk has controlled the purse strings.

I walked down a familiar hallway, that was unchanged, for Mike Vrabel's Monday press conference, and into a team auditorium that was slightly changed.

These two phrases that were on the wall during Mularkey's tenure are now gone:

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In their place are these two messages, which are also each on a second spot in the room:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Vrabel said multiple time after he was hired that he and his staff wouldn’t really be coaches until they had players.

So Monday was a big transition day as he got to stand in front of a room of them as phase one of OTAs, which focuses on conditioning, got underway.IMG 8024

It’s voluntary and he said he didn’t take attendance, locking in on who was there. He a few players made their position coaches aware they wouldn’t make the first day and offered a bit about why.

The early message beyond introductions:

“[We] kind of talked about what we thought the expectations were, or what were our objectives for the first two weeks,” he said. “We talked about learning, conditioning, and communicating, and really that's what

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Tajae Sharpe on Titans' receivers: 'Whoever we come against, they are going to have to prove themselves'

SharpeNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans gathered Monday morning, technically informally since OTAs are involuntary.

Mike Vrabel has talked about how a coach isn’t a coach until he has played, so in that regard, it’s opening day for him and his staff.

Among the many key components about what’s to unfold as the 2018 Titans are built is the young wide receiver group, which Matt LaFleur recently told some season ticket holders is undervalued.

The biggest change in the top four of Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis. Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor is the re-emergence of Sharpe, who missed last season after a stress fracture in his foot was surgically repaired.

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pickers vodka 847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We've arrived at the weekend and after a week with no mailbag, it's clear you were craving one.

So post uniform-reveal and pre-start of OTAs, let's dive into your best questions.

ProShopPK: Home teams get to choose what they wear, so in early season home games at Nissan Stadium, if they want to be in white they can so choose. You’re going to wind up in dark in warm conditions sometimes. I don’t know if it factored into their helmet color

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