Fan relations: 85 Affordability: 59 Stadium experience: 104 Bang for the buck: 115 Change from last year: +12Its hard for a t
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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Tennessee TitansOverall: 105 Title track: 93 Ownership: 97 Coaching: 116 Players: 103 Fan relations: 85 Affordability: 59 Stadium experience: 104 Bang for the buck: 115 Change from last year: +12Its hard for a team that has won just eight of its last 30 games to move up dramatically here, though a 12-point jump shows that fans are recognizing that a lot of positive things are happening. Ownership has stabilized, the teams facility underwent a major facelift and update, and the stadium is looking much better. None of that translates to wins, though.Whats goodBesides affordability, where the Titans third-cheapest ticket in the league earns them plenty of fans, the Titans fan-relations ranking is among their best (at 85, up 25 spots from 2015). Season-ticket holders are getting increasingly good treatment. The team has exclusive offseason nights at the stadium where they can mingle with different players, coaches and executives. Some season-ticket holders had special access at preseason practices, a scrimmage night at the stadium and at home games when they line the players entry path to the field. The Titans are working hard to provide perks to the people who invest the most and show the greatest loyalty.Whats badMany fans werent happy with the teams decision to stick with Mike Mularkey, promoted to interim coach last season, as the teams full-time head coach; hes ranked 116th overall, and worst in the NFL, in coaching. Mularkey was 18-39 in his time as head coach of the Bills, Jaguars and Titans, and a second chance for a guy with a bad record -- no matter how likable -- didnt seem to offer a cure to the Titans ills. That said, Mularkey has the respect of his players, hes a straight shooter who offers candid assessments with the press, and he has been a willing presence in the community. But its still too early to say if his smashmouth offense and partnership with new GM Jon Robinson will work.Whats newControlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has now been on the job for about 18 months, and she has slowly learned the ropes while making a lot of significant moves (shes up 14 spots this year, to 97th). The biggest was hiring Jon Robinson as general manager, and so far, so good for Robinson, at least as a personnel evaluator. The team overhauled the facility, totally recreating the locker room, and the stadiums relationship with Nissan has the building looking its best in years. Strunk also seems to have gained some traction with the league and her peers, getting named to the NFLs Hall of Fame committee.Next: Miami Dolphins?| Full rankings LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Chase Edmonds ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns, and Kevin Anderson passed for 327 yards to help Fordham outlast Bucknell 36-22 on Saturday.Anderson tossed touchdown passes to Austin Longi and Robbie Cantelli in the first half as Fordham (8-3, 5-1 Patriot) raced to a 21-9 halftime lead.Cantellis receiving TD was his 13th of the season and came on a 74-yard pass with just 1:04 remaining in the first half.Bucknell (4-7, 3-3) pulled to 21-15 early in the third quarter whhen tight end Andrew Podbielski recovered Chad Freshnocks fumble in the end zone on second-and-goal from the 1.dddddddddddddmonds scored on TD runs of 1 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter, the latter with 1:30 left to play to seal a win for the Rams.Freshnock had 28 attempts for 95 yards and a score for the Bison. John Chiarolanzio finished 14 of 32 for 140 yards. ' ' '