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Kevin - you have it nailed! great job everyone!
one more thing to point out to Texas A & M fans...when you google UT you get the Vols not the horn's...
This post was edited by muddy waters 2 years ago
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
Pat Summit only counts if you include UT-Martin. Don't think that is what they are looking for! But she is famous as the best women's basketball coach ever, the best woman basketball coach, and, arguably, maybe the best basketball coach ever (including John Wooden).
- From growing up a Tennessee fan, I have to admit that the names I remember most are Condredge Holloway and the Ernie and Bernie show.
- Next would be having my kids sit in the dugout in Gainesville, FL, watching Todd Helton play baseball. He was a good football player, he may be the best baseball player ever at UT. R.A. Dickey was pretty good, too.
- Watching Al Wilson play middle linebacker. Of the football players that I have watched in my lifetime, Wilson and Ray Lewis have to be the hardest hitting, meanest linebackers I have ever seen. No, I did not see Butkus or Nitschke play in their prime.
- The country around Knoxville is some of the prettiest that I have ever seen. The rolling hills, the lakes, Cades' Cove, Smokey Mountains, etc., are simply God's country.
Thanks to everyone who has posted in this thread. Getting some great feedback here, and you guys are showing why you are known for having one of the best/friendliest fan bases in the nation. Our board rules.
Keep the answers coming! Sure there are some things we've left out/forgotten.
Your team. All the time.
For restaraunts, Louies is hard to beat. The traditions have been covered pretty well. I would add that the UT gardens off alcoa highway are a beautiful place to go walk through with a pretty woman. I take my wife there every so often and she loves it down there.
Just a few things that haven't really been mentioned that I think are notable:
-The Pride of the Southland Band has marched in 12 consecutive Presidential Inaugural Parade, starting with Lyndon B Johnson's in 1965.
-The checkerboard endzones come from the checkerboard design on Ayres Hall, UT's first building (I think).
-"The Hill" is the hill where UT was first located and where a majority of classes are located
-Dr Bill Bass has his "Body Farm" across the river. He is one of the most renowned forensic anthropologists and uses the Body Farm to facilitate his research. He also has some fantastic books under the pen name Jefferson Bass.
For those of us that work in Agriculture. Having another real ag school is great. We welcome them and cant wait to play em.
as far as places to eat sam and andy and good times deli are it for me.
Howdy Vols! Thank you for the great responses so far! As we gear up to officially join the SEC family on July 1, we invite you to continue tell us more about your University so that we can share this information with Aggie fans. We're looking forward to sharing the Aggie Spirit with our new SEC family. Thanks & Gig 'em!
we are happy to have you guys on board.... I think you are a great addition to what is already the best league in the country.... Good luck to you and i hope you guys take care of business against Alabama next year!!!!!
Two important things I don't see:
Before every game the football team recites General Robert Neylands 7 game maxims before leaving the locker room. These words are second only to the lords prayer in many of our hearts. As a grown man I still get tears when I hear the players utter these words.
Our players tap a sign on the way out that says "I will give my all for Tennessee today" reminding them they are playing not just for a school but the entire state.
"Count it down with me. Five, four, three, two, one.
The national champion is clad in Big Orange!"
One more: after we beat you, no offense, our team would sing "we don't give a damn about the whole state of Texas cause we're from Tennessee, led by players from the opposing state
How can we forget the one thing that Tennessee always does... "is kick the sh*t out of Vandy"
I'm sure A&M will soon join us in that tradition!
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Personally, I would petition to rescind the the honorary degree.
One of my favorites pre-game rituals is where the Pride plays the opponents fight song and 3,000 to 20,000 opposition fans go crazy . . . and then they go straight into Rocky Top and the stadium absolutely explodes! GO BIG ORANGE!
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
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