Former Tennessee Athletic Director Bob Woodruff was a crafty old dude. I had the privilege to interview him in his office during my undergraduate years at UT as part of a journalism project. I was researching the plans (that were never fulfilled) to retrofit the south end of Neyland Stadium so that the Vols basketball team could play a few selected home games there. This was the mid-1970s when Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Co. were lighting up men’s hoops like a bonfire. The old Stokely Athletic Center was not big enough to hold the excitement of those days. All-night lines for student tickets were becoming commonplace, especially for the big games like Kentucky (that 103-98 war remains the best basketball game at any level I’ve ever witnessed in person).
Now that former Vol Ball Head Coach Bruce Pearl has taken a job as V.P. of Marketing for Knoxville-based H.T. Hackney, I am consumed with an idea… Read More…
Oregon 48 Tennessee 13
11 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium | 102,035Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
With 8:53 left in the first quarter, a good old-fashioned late-summer thunderstorm unleashed its sound and fury. That was just after the Vols and their fans in a floodlit Neyland Stadium unleashed their own sound and fury to ruffle the Ducks’s feathers for a quick 6-0 lead. One hour and 10 minutes later, following a mandated safety break due to lightening, the sound and fury of Vol football in the house that a General built resumed in front of a full-throated Volunteer party that reached its apex with the Vols ahead 13-3 just after the first quarter break.
Tom Mattingly’s post of today on his blog The Vol Historian is a great reminder of how different communications were 42 years ago. Read More…
” the Vandy UT rivalry is all about pride. And about what is best for Tennessee.. and shows the best for Tennesse”
And a gentleman dressed in Orange standing next to him replied:
“And that was a damn good answer”
Today we say so long to yet another season of football played at Neyland Stadium.
You know what it’s all about.
I know what it’s all about.
But, have you ever been approached by someone who has never been to a game in Knoxville and is interested in knowing what it’s like? Do you just get all babbly and googly and teary-eyed, and just end up saying, “well, you just have to go and be there for the experience“?
I did just that to a friend in California, a Cal alum, and he ended up going to the Cal-Tennessee game played at Neyland in 2006. He came back all babbly and googly and teary-eyed from the experience, even though his school got soundly thrashed. He told all his friends back in the Bay Area that didn’t go that they should have, because it would have been nothing like they had ever experienced.
So the next time you get the question, send them to this great article in two parts written by freelance writer and editor Eric Angevine who lives in Charlottesville, VA. He is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com and the editor of the college basketball Web site StormingTheFloor.net.
For that matter, this is a must read even if you’ve been to a hundred games at Neyland.
Then both of you can get all babbly and googly and teary-eyed just from the read.
Today we are graced by the presence of the one-and-only TK. He’s one of those lovable folks who keeps everything. Including a list of all Tennessee football games that he has attended in person. I’ve known TK for somewhere around 40 years, and he is one of my earliest connections to UT football. He also was the instigator behind the email discussion group that eventually was transformed into this Vols in the Fall blog. We’ve had many long conversations about the fortunes and misfortunes of the Vols. So I thought it would be perfect during this bye week to have TK write a post for us that reflects on his nearly half-a-century experience of attending Vol football games, in Knoxville and elsewhere. Kind of like a segment on one of those Ken Burns documentaries.
So, TK, take it away…
Well, Hello Volunteers! TK speaking.
It’s a bye week for University of Tennessee football. Our Blog Master Fred (BMF? We could have a little fun with that) has invited me to do a recap of the 267 Tennessee games I have had the privilege of attending since my first one in 1966. Shouldn’t take more than a few words!
Picture this. Knoxville, Tennessee. Neyland Stadium, Sheilds-Watkins Field. Football Saturday. Countdown: 13 minutes and change before kickoff – the Pride of the Southland Band takes the field. 11 minutes and change before kickoff – the National Anthem. 3 minutes and change before kickoff – the “T” opens up. 1 minute and change before kickoff – the Volunteers erupt through the “T”… players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, all led by a blue tick coon hound affectionately named “Smokey”. It’s Football Time in Tennessee!!!!!!!!!!!!
And so goes at each home game in Knoxville, but I’ve seen ‘em on the road, too. At approximately three and a half hours per game, that’s about 39 days solid of Tennessee Football! Yes, 39 days spread over 43 years. Of my 267 games to date, through last week’s defeat of Georgia, I have never arrived at a game late, and never left a game ‘till time had expired. I’m proud to say that’s never changed. But as you can imagine, I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. Read More…