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- Brutally well written look at the Kiffin Debacle courtesy of Ed Berliner and the Examiner, who blames the UTAD for making the worst hire since Charlie Weis and noting that Tennessee fans "deserve someone who comes to work without a clown nose in his briefcase."
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Here's a little magic from John Ward and the Vol Network to go along with Joel's post over at Rocky Top Talk this morning discussing Shaun Ellis' miraculous runback of a recovered fumble versus the Auburn Tigers in 1998.
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How can you not love the sound of John Ward behind the microphone?
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Buy Nasonex Without Prescription, No, I didn’t quit writing, join the circus, get attacked by Somali Pirates, or decide to take up ad hoc piloting of random airplanes falling pilotless from the sky. I just decided that it was time for a few days off. This was due to a number of things. First there was the fact that—after the conclusion of the Final Four—there wasn’t much to talk about last week. Secondly, I have been working on trying to get a few things done which, hopefully, will improve a few things here at the Gate in anticipation of football season (and I do really hope that this is the case). Furthermore, my non-blogging life has required that I do things other than fixate upon football season which, according to the tell-tale little widget over on the right sidebar (that’s this way for those of you who are directionally challenged), is still more than 140 days off. Finally, there were three big points which put me in bit of a funk, one which I decided to wallow in for a day or so, those points are as follows:
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- Florida Gators, National Champions;
- North Carolina Tarheels, National Champions; and
- Connecticut Huskies, National Champions.
I guess 2008-09 just wasn’t meant to be my year. So it goes…
Anyway, all of that said, here I am back again with a number of stream of consciousness observations that I wanted to chase down, and now seems as good a time as any…
Who knew that Home Depot was a hotbed of College Football Conflict…
I live in Eastern North Carolina, I am within 20 miles of the University of North Carolina (a/k/a “Tarhead U”), Duke University, and NC State University. I am anywhere but in the heart of SEC country and quite a distance from anything resembling real football. The closest team of consequence would probably be the Carolina Panthers, which is not exactly the same thing. For this reason, I was a bit surprised this weekend at a brief exchange I had in the parking lot of my local purveyor of all things home improvement related: Home Depot.
My goal was simple: collect 18 bags of mulch for the yard. My mind was focused on trying to figure out if there was a way to get out of spending the rest of the weekend playing with wood chips and was less than attuned to matters related to football. I had already dumped 12 bags of the stuff, and thus was less than cognizant of my “yard hat” which has “Tennessee” emblazoned upon it in letters which could be read from across the room … a large room.
Thus, I was a bit taken aback when I stepped out of my truck to a firm and slightly louder than it should have been greeting from a man in a jeep with a huge-ish Gator head on the spare tire cover:
Again, not fully in command of my football fightin’ instincts at the moment, the best response I could muster was a thumbs up in my heckler’s direction, paired with a wink, and a half-perplexed “How ‘bout ‘cha?!”
The point of this seemingly inane tale of my trip to the hardware store (ahem, “Home Improvement Warehouse”) is not meant to warn of the pitfalls attending minor maintenance tasks, to assail Home Depot’s loyalties (I know they are based out of Atlanta, but their colors are orange and white, after all), or to provide a convenient excuse for getting out of those “Honey-Do” lists. It’s far more subtle than that...
Lane Kiffin is in the Gators’ heads.
At least in my semi-unbalanced mind, my harmless little weekend run-in—paired with the profusion of “Tennessee” signs seen in the video posted by HSH—it seems that Kiffin’s little barbs have hit their mark far beyond the confines East Tennessee. Some of the Gator faithful agree. Of course, as the Hoopmaster General discovered, the sparring does come at a bit of price in the form of craziness from the less than sane and those with an axe to grind (or a deadline to meet). Still, as John Pennington pointed out the Blackjack General’s messages are not simply confined to sound bites and quips, but are rapidly approaching the point of real tangible substance.
With no disrespect to Coach Fulmer, I’m betting that in April 2008 my assailant says nothing at all.
I like it!
Moving Right Along … to the Orange & White Game
Yes, you can get a small football fix this weekend by attending the Orange & White Game, scheduled to start at 3:00 at Neyland Stadium. All sorts of information on the game is available over at UT Sports.com. Tickets are $5.00 and all proceeds will go to benefit UT's Hodges Library. Besides, when else can you get to see the Vols play for $5.00?
For those of you planning on attending the game, I would encourage you to consider meeting up with the guys from Rocky Top Talk who will be meeting in front of the hallowed ground of the Real Gate 21 on Saturday, for more information check out the faux-schedule for the meet-up. Sorry to disappoint everyone, but Joel, Hooper, and Will will not be signing autographs, but many of the 2009 Vols will be, so don't get too upset.
On a more substantive note, the Spring Outlook / Team Breakdown is now available for download as well . It is full of stats and perspectives on the squad coming into the Orange & White game.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but hope to find somewhere to catch the game on the web. The Orange & White Game is sponsored by Dish Network, however, apparently it will not be televised anywhere, including Dish Network.
Either way, this is the best chance for Orange Nation to get a glimpse of the new look Vols…
“Are you using the autopilot, or are you flying the airplane?”
• Southwest Florida Int’l Air Traffic Control
“Me and the Good Lord’s Hands are flying this one…”
• Airplane Passenger, Doug White
Those are not words you like to hear from a pilot trying to guide a plane in for landing, but that is what airplane passenger Doug White had to say during his brush with fate earlier this week. If you haven’t heard about this story, you really should check out the article posted at CNN.com. White, along with his family were flying home to Louisiana on a twin engine plane when the pilot unexpectedly died shortly after taking off from Fort Meyers, Florida. There was no co-pilot on board. As a result, White—who had flying experience, but only in single engine planes—was forced to land the plane on his own.
Fortunately, with the assistance of Air Traffic controllers, White managed to land the plane safely.
For me, the audio recording of White’s conversation with the tower are particularly compelling. The FAA released the audio recording earlier today. It is a little on the long side and has several periods of extended silence (5-10 seconds), but giving it a listen will remind you just how great it is to be alive. From the tension and relief in White’s voice near the end of the recording, I am pretty sure that he is glad. Seriously, if you have a few minutes give the full recording a listen.
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That one makes my birthday seem like a blessing…
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Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel
• “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn
Vermox For Sale, Well, it seems that Bruce Pearl will be staying in Knoxville for the foreseeable future, which is good. The question, however, remains: What are we to make of this “Memphis Incident”?
For starters, I am greatly relieved that Bruce Almighty will still be wearing orange next season. That is the good news, not that there is necessarily some “bad” news, but keeping Pearl on the sidelines in Knoxville is definitely very good.
That said, what exactly are we to take away from the brief and furious flirtation (so brief and furious that I never even got a chance to comment before it ended) with the notion that Coach Pearl might bolt to the Pyramid City to take the reins as head coach of the Memphis Tigers? The real answer is probably “nothing.” Still there are a few thoughts that jump out to me—random observations, I suppose—which seem relevant, if less than timely.
Bruce Pearl is Happy at Tennessee…
It seems to me that Bruce Pearl sent two messages yesterday. The first is a very positive one, namely that he is happy as coach of the Tennessee Volunteers and has no desire to leave behind what he has begun. Bruce Pearl likes it here.
Why do I say that? Well first of all is the obvious: he is staying here. More importantly, however, is the what he said in his public statement last night. To me, it makes it clear that Pearl is truly happy to be at Tennessee.
I truly love my job, and I want it to be clear that I'm not interested in any other job. There's no place in the country I'd rather be than the University of Tennessee. My children are happy here in the Knoxville community—one is in high school, one is in middle school and two are currently attending the university.
My staff and I are building a consistent top-25 program and I'm honored and privileged to serve the greatest fans in the country. Tennessee has all the resources necessary to win championships, order Vermox online overnight delivery no prescription, Vermox natural, from our recently upgraded facilities to our ability to schedule.
It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!
Now in the era of sports double-talk and lip service (See Bobby Petrino at any point in his career), it is rarely advisable to take public professions of loyalty at face value. I understand that. Still, Vermox pictures, Order Vermox online c.o.d, there are different degrees of lip service and there are different types of coaches. Pearl’s statement was anything but tepid—it was largely unequivocal and pointed. In other words, he could have simply said “I’m staying, Vermox forum, Purchase Vermox online, ” and left the other assurances out of the discussion; he didn’t.
Second of all, for reasons unknown to me (considering I have never met Pearl), Vermox interactions, Vermox mg, I trust the man. Maybe that owes to the side of him that exudes infectious enthusiasm about everything to which he is tied; maybe it is because of his well documented history of loyalty at Iowa and Wisconsin-Green Bay; maybe it is because he is a con man and I’m snowed. Regardless of the reasons, Pearl is unique in my mind because I do believe that he is both loyal and trustworthy as a coach. My gut tells me that if he was not happy and was considering a move, buying Vermox online over the counter, Vermox alternatives, while he might not come out and say it, he would similarly not effervesce about how much he loves it at Tennessee.
Furthermore, buy cheap Vermox, Fast shipping Vermox, if he had wanted to leave, it would have been hard to argue with his decision given the suggestion that Memphis was prepared to offer up to $ 3.25 million a year (approximately $ 1.25 million more per year than his new contract is reported to provide).
Thus, Vermox long term, Where can i buy cheapest Vermox online, I believe him when he says that he never intended to leave, and that he truly loves coaching the BasketVols. If he truly wanted to leave, purchase Vermox online no prescription, No prescription Vermox online, he would have.
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…But he may not be Happy with Tennessee
The second message I got—and mind you I am seriously reading some tea leaves here—is that while Bruce Pearl may be happy at Tennessee, he may not be all that happy with Tennessee, Vermox maximum dosage, Kjøpe Vermox på nett, köpa Vermox online, and by that I mean happy with the fans and the larger Big Orange family. I completely agree with some of the points raised in Joel’s assessment of the “nightmare scenario” of Pearl bolting to Memphis. Pearl is stuck in a situation where, at best, what is Vermox, Vermox overnight, he is likely to always be second fiddle to the football program, despite the fact that he has elevated the program to a new level in only a few short years. Furthermore, where can i buy Vermox online, Vermox images, despite having brought success beyond that which Tennessee has known at any point in the modern era, Pearl still had to deal with vocal detractors this year and found himself defending the program.
I think that Pearl was terribly frustrated with his squad this year and their inconsistent performances on the court. I also think he probably did more than anyone outside the program could possibly understand to try to rectify the situation. Still, buy Vermox without a prescription, Vermox coupon, in the end, Pearl has indicated that he was disappointed in the way the season played out. The harsh reality for those Tennessee fans critical of Pearl is that—despite the fact that the BasketVols may not have lived up to the pre-season hype—their 2008-09 winning percentages of 62.5 % in the SEC and 61.7% overall were better than the Vols have done in 31 of the last 46 seasons (1962-63 through 2008-09). What’s more, is Vermox addictive, Vermox canada, mexico, india, Pearl knows this too.
Thus, I think Pearl’s willingness to let Orange Nation swing in the breeze for a few hours amounts to him sending a tiny note something to the effect of “A little gratitude would be appreciated…”
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Note to self, Vermox class, Vermox duration, be a little nicer to those that bring you success…
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At the end of the day, the here-and-there nature of all the chatter which had Pearl going to Memphis within 24 hours now appears to have been just that: chatter and rumors. Still, buy generic Vermox, Cheap Vermox no rx, Smiling Mike Hamilton’s quick decision to get the matter tied up quickly in the form of a nice new contract for Pearl, probably is what led to Tennessee scoring a huge win in the cross-state rivalry, online buy Vermox without a prescription, Order Vermox no prescription, and led to Memphis regaining its status as a program scorned.
In the end, it was the promise of an extension and a raise that iced the deal. Regardless of whether it’s right or wrong to be paying basketball coaches that much money, Vermox for sale, Cheap Vermox, the fact is that everyone likes getting a raise. Obviously, Bruce Pearl is not immune to this. That is hardly an unpardonable fault.
Furthermore, Vermox use, Buy Vermox online cod, given the way the debate of yesterday seemed to play out across the internet in real time only further goes to show that internet hysteria is viral. In a matter of one “traditional” news cycle the situation played out something like this:
- The "Bruce Pearl is Walking in Memphis" Saga: Blow by Blow
Calipari leaves for Kentucky, leading Memphis fans to bouts of heavy drinking;
Pearl denies having anything to deny (well, not really, but I am sure he would have);
That, is how things work in the internet age once the old rumor mill gets cranked up. In the end, it worked out okay for Tennessee because Smiling Mike was quick to act and keep Pearl from taking that walk in Memphis.
Lesson learned, duly noted…
I guess it is now safe to say that Smiling Mike and Bruce Pearl just re-wrote the song…
Put on my blue suede shoes Big Orange Blazer
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy—won't you look down over me
Yeah I got a first class ticket
But I'm as blue Orange as a boy can be
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Works for me (with apologies to Marc Cohn)…
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That Make it Great to be a Tennessee Volunteer
Now that I am finally done with my trial, I can begin to get back to things that really matter, namely spending endless hours blogging…
Needless to say, this has been a football season which could drive a Tennessee fan to drink, sniff glue, use leeches, beat up little old ladies on the side of the road, or some similar vice. Between mounting losses, SEC and BCS irrelevance, the controversy over the legacy of the Great Punkin, and bickering among the fans, the battle for the soul of Big Orange fans has never been more feverishly pitched.
That said, I am still convicted—perhaps even more so—that there is no other team I’d ever follow and that it is truly great to be one of the many Tennessee Volunteers. Thus, I thought I’d offer up a little list—just to remind the doom and gloom crowd that life really isn’t all that bad (and for reasons which should be fairly obvious, “21” is the top of the list).
Thus, here are 21 Things that make it great to be a Tennessee Volunteer:
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1. The Great Smoky Mountains
All of nature’s glory for the senses to behold.
2. Fort Sanders
I mean, it’s pretty cool to have your college be right in the middle of a battlefield—and a super cool neighborhood.
3. The Sea of Orange!
Such a sublime hue, chosen due to the American Daisy which used grow on the Hill.
4. Bobby Denton urging us “to pay these prices, and please pay … NO MORE!”
I doubt that I would ever intentionally pay more than the advertised price for a watered-down cup of sort-o-Coke-like-substance, but I appreciate the reminder. Not sure where is came from, but I like it!
5. The Sunsphere
Sure, Bart Simpson said it was a wig shop, but we know better…
6. Painting the Rock
The joys of conveying a spirited message, paint fumes, and geology…
7. The Vol Navy
Arrrggh, life on the High Seas of … er… Lake Loudon!
Can you guess which of these photos inspired the chekerbaord endzones? Love ‘em, no ifs, ands, or buts.
9. Counting the sides on Hodges Library
I’ve always lost count after about a million or so…
10. Cumberland Avenue
Our ramshackle but welcoming little strip.
11. Rafter Banners
Don’t they look nice?
12. The Pride of the Southland Band
Gotta love those circle drills and that “Pregame tradition unrivaled in college football” which leads to the opening of the “T”!
Also known as “the Torchbearer,” he and I go way back, thus I call him by name (after all, the statue was fashioned in the likeness of Tennessee’s own Victor Davis).
14. Ayres Hall & The Hill
Ahh, the traditions of the Hill and Ayres Hall, not least of which would include me barely passing Calculus…
Such a cute pooch, unless you’re an Alabama player, that is…
16. Bruce Almighty
In Bruce we Trust!
17. The Wizard of Knoxville
Best in the World—no contest, no discussion, no argument.
18. Rocky Top
Don’t you just love the fact that our “unofficial” fight song is about moonshine … and that opposing fans hate it so much? Despite having played Rocky Top over 4000 times while in the Pride of the Southland at Tennessee (yes, we did keep track with the hallowed “clicker”), I still never grow tired of hearing it.
19. The Tommy Bowl
It used to be simply “the Big Brown Box,” but thanks to Bruce and the Barbarians, it’s got a whole new name.
20. Neyland Stadium
How could you not stand in awe of the fort known as “Neyland” along the banks of the Tennessee?
21. The awe inspiring beauty of Gate 21 (Yeah, I’m biased)
Just look at it, makes you want to cry, doesn’t it?
Anyway, now that you’ve had a chance to look at my little list, maybe some of the folks out there will realize that things really aren’t all that bad, and will smile a bit.
Oh and, yes, you guessed correctly—I hope for this to become a new feature here at the Gate.
Now, it’s time to get ready for the ThunderChickens…
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Well, as Joel pointed out, the News Sentinel’s Dave Hooker recently came out with his Top 10 games in Tennessee football history. It is an interesting list, but (like Joel) I’m not so certain I agree with all of the games on Hooker's list.
Given the fact that I am still making my way through my "Great Games" series, it seems appropriate for me to chime in with my thoughts on this. At the risk of rendering some of my future posts in this series futile (not that they aren’t already), here is my top 10 games in Tennessee football history (with comparison to Dave Hooker’s ranking):
Gate 21’s Top 10 All-Time
Tennessee Football Games
No. 10: 1989 - Tennessee vs. UCLA
The Rose Bowl | Dave Hooker Rank: Unranked
I know that some will question this one, but this game still stands out to me as one of the best. I toyed with ranking the 1985 Auburn win at No. 10, but I have to go with the Vols 1989 trip to Pasadena to take on the Bruins. This game was early in the season, and at that point UCLA was highly touted. Tennessee had been beaten in both their prior trips to the Rose Bowl to play the Bruins (1975 and 1967), and many thought they would repeat that trend as the Vols came off of their worst season in recent memory, and a close call in their season-opener versus Colorado State. The Vols, however, stepped-up to the challenge and proved that their 5 and 6 record for 1988 was only a bump in the road as they came out gunning for the No. 6-ranked Bruins. The Vols completely shutdown the UCLA offense with their own brand of SEC defense, en route to a 24 - 6 victory. That game set the stage for the rest of the season -- one which included 10 more wins and only a single loss. The Vols would go on to win an SEC Championship, beat Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl that year, and end with a No 5 ranking.
Still, by my mind, it all started in California...
No. 9: 1999 Fiesta Bowl - Florida State vs. Tennessee
Sun Devil Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: No. 1
Dave Hooker had this game as No. 1, but I cannot in good conscience give it that distinction. While the 1999 Fiesta Bowl did give Tennessee its first Consensus National Championship since 1951, the game itself was not nearly as spectacular as others that season.
First of all, both Tennessee and Florida State played very sloppily throughout the game as a result of the more than 4-week layoff leading up to the contest. Second -- in fairness to Florida State -- they were playing with a back-up quarterback, Marcus Outzen, who (to my knowledge) never started another game after the championship, due to the injury to Chris Weinke.
Finally, the game was exciting, but probably only if you were a Tennessee or Florida State fan. The reason for this is that the two teams were extremely closely matched at most positions. All of that said, I have such amazing memories of this game and of finally seeing another championship for the Big Orange, that I have to include it in the Top 10, regardless of its flaws.
After all, a championship is a very special thing...
No. 8: 1939 - Alabama vs. Tennessee
Shields-Watkins Field | Dave Hooker Rank: Unranked
Obviously, I did not attend or watch this game. Still, the legendary status of this game lingers even today -- as does pretty much everything about the 1939 squad. I know this is hard to imagine in the modern era, but the 1939 squad not only went undefeated, but they also completed the entire regular season without being scored upon. Think about it this way, from the third game of the 1938 season until the conclusion of the 1939 season, Tennessee played 71 consecutive quarters without allowing a single point -- a record which stands to this day. The 1939 game against Alabama was but one of the legendary battles of this era between, then, Col. Robert Neyland’s (he would be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General during World War II) Vols and the Crimson Tide. In the minds of some, however, this is the game that truly cemented the rivalry and led to the designation "The Third Saturday in October."
Led by Johnny Butler and George Cafego, Neyland’s Vols managed to out-run, out-block, and out-wit the Tide in a 21-0 victory. The "feather in the cap" for the day came on Johnny Butler’s 56-yard run to the endzone in the 2nd-quarter. This was the last Tennessee-Alabama game that Neyland would coach until his return from military service in 1947.
No. 8: 1992 - Florida vs. Tennessee
Neyland Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: Unranked
For all the reasons I described in my post on this game, I really feel this was an extremely important game in the history of the program. Ignoring all of the side issues surrounding this contest -- the Faxgate affair, Johnny Majors' heart problems, the deluge of water that fell during the game, etc., I really feel this was a watershed game (no pun intended). First of all, it was the first of real battles between Tennessee and Florida during the Steve Spurrier era. Second, it was the first conference home game ever coached by Phillip Fulmer.
By my mind, this is the game that ushered Tennessee football into the modern era, and set the stage for all of the excitement during the 1990’s.
No. 7: 1996 Comp USA Citrus Bowl - Tennessee vs. Ohio State
Citrus Bowl Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: Unranked
Some might think this game an odd choice, but as I made clear in my article on this game, it really was one of the best games for Tennessee in the history of the program. Tennessee and Ohio State both came in ranked 4th (albeit in different polls) and both were disappointed that they did not manage to make it to a top-tier bowl. Both teams had a chip on their shoulder as they battled throughout a rain-soaked game. Tennessee held Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George to a season low, and fought to the end to win the day. This win, propelled Tennessee to a No. 3 final ranking -- putting them ahead of the Florida Gators who had given the Vols their only loss of the season.
This game established the momentum of the program for the seasons to follow. In my opinion, this game was a key step toward a national championship.
No. 5: 1959 - LSU vs. Tennessee
Shields-Watkins Field | Dave Hooker Rank: No. 6
I agree with Dave Hooker that the win against Billy Cannon and the LSU Tigers ranks among the all-time greatest games. No one thought Tennessee really had a chance in that game, and -- on paper -- they were right. Billy Cannon was the man-beast running back of his day, and was fearsome for his ability to shred defenses. On most days, when the 1959 Tigers played they put on a clinic. The iron wall of orange-clad defenders , however, shut LSU down and did a little teaching of their own. After fumbling the ball on their own 2-yard line, and giving the Tigers an easy six points, the Vol defense found a way to save the game. Their goal-line stop as the Tigers tried for the 2-point conversion probably ranks as one of the all-time greatest defensive plays in Tennessee history (See stop-frame image, right).
Here’s former Voice of the Vols George Mooney with the call.
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When it was all said-and-done, the Vols came out on top in a 14-13 thriller.
No. 4: 1982 - Alabama vs. Tennessee
Neyland Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: Unranked
This game was the final step in Johnny Majors’ rehabilitation of the Tennessee program from the doldrums of the late 1970’s. Before that win, the Vols had not beaten Alabama in 11 deplorably long years. After more than a decade, Tennessee finally managed to beat the Tide in the 35-28 Victory. The fact that it occurred during the waning days of the 1982 World’s Fair made it all the more special. This also marked then end of the Bear Bryant era, at least as far as Tennessee was concerned, as Bryant would never again coach a game in Neyland Stadium -- passing away in 1983.
This game single-handedly returned Tennessee to its position as a year-in-year-out contender in the SEC, and re-asserted Tennessee’s tradition of winning.
Before this game, Tennessee was a second-tier team in the minds of most, that changed on "The Third Saturday in October," 1982.
No. 3: 1986 Sugar Bowl - Tennessee vs. Miami
Louisiana Superdome | Dave Hooker Rank: No. 5
Ahh, the Sugar Vols. No one thought the 1985-86 Tennessee squad really had a chance against the No. 2 ranked Miami Hurricanes. The Vols, however, decided to make everyone remember them as they pounded Vinny Testaverde and the Hurricanes on both sides of the ball. While this game was played in a neutral venue -- the Superdome -- it really amounted to being played in "Neyland Stadium South" as the Big Orange faithful traveled by the thousands to cheer on their underdog Vols. This game single handedly elevated Tennessee to a "national" status as Tennessee destroyed Miami 35-7, in the Big Easy.
Here’s John Ward calling "yet another" great play by Tennessee -- namely Chris White’s 4th-quarter interception for a touchdown.
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No. 2: 1991 - Tennessee vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: No. 7
There really isn’t much that needs to be said the game referred to simply as "The Miracle at South Bend." It still stands as the single most significant non-conference regular-season game the Vols ever played. While some would point to the victories over Penn State in 1971 and 1972, those were played in Neyland Stadium, which gave the Vols the huge benefit of a home crowd. In 1991, however, the Vols had to go on the road and play the No. 5 team in the country. The reality is that Tennessee was beaten in this game by the end of the first-half. The fact that the team and the coaching staff never gave up and kept fighting stands as a testament to the 1991 squad’s character. It still stands as the greatest comeback in Tennessee football history, and serves as a monument to Winston Churchill’s adage "Never, Never, Never Give Up!"
Furthermore, the final play of the game as called by John Ward stands as one of the greatest (albeit somewhat botched) calls of his storied career.
(click play to hear audio)Don't you just love John Ward?
No. 1: 1998 - Florida vs. Tennessee
Neyland Stadium | Dave Hooker Rank: No. 2
Having just written about this game (reliving it in my mind along with the voices in my head) I still come to the conclusion that there has never been a more exhilarating and exciting game played at Neyland Stadium -- at least not in the modern era. This game was an absolute defensive slugfest from start to finish, and after the game was over, I was physically and mentally exhausted -- I cannot imagine what the players felt like. While I do have the 1999 Fiesta Bowl listed in my Top 10 as well (No. 9) in my opinion this game was the high-water mark for the 1998 team. This was the game that defined the team and the season. Winning the game against Florida completely changed the mindset of everyone in Orange Nation -- suddenly we all believed that a championship was possible.
Thus, even though you don’t get a trophy for winning a home game during the regular season, in my opinion, this was the Vols’ finest hour.
Well, there’s my list. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong (as I so often am)...