Gameday Experience - NOT #1
Thursday of last week, I picked up an Auburn Plainsman not to read
the paper, but to look at the articles in the Sports Illustrated
On Campus. I saw an article for the best weekend in college football.
The first thing that struck me when I saw this was that Auburn was
not in the top 10. Although this irked me, I couldn’t help
but notice the ugly orange that was number 1. So, I decided to take
a positive approach to this (for once). I have a chance to experience
the “number 1 college football weekend experience.”
I was excited to see crazy tailgaters, an intimidating scene on
campus, capped off with an awesome pre-game and a great stadium
atmosphere. Much to my displeasure, this is not what I found.
started off with going to ESPN’s College Gameday. I went up
there and I was not very surprised to see a multitude of Auburn
fans in the crowd. I quickly found out that I was well on my way
to being annoyed by many things about the University of Tennessee.
I knew that I would hate the song Rocky Top after the game, but
I did not realize that I would be so ready to shoot someone for
singing that song 10 hours before the game. The UT fans present
did 3 cheers the whole time we were at Gameday. One cheer was, of
course, “Rocky Top.” The other two were “Auburn
Sucks!” (which took SO much originality) and “It’s
great to be a tenn-e-see vol.” I mean, really, does this fit
in that cheer? NO! Please, for the love, stop doing this! Think
of some real cheers and maybe get some originality. The last cheer
I heard was “V-O-L-S go vols go!.” Once again, this
is a stolen cheer from the New York Jets. Everyone knows that the
Jets made this cheer.
tailgating at UT did not even begin to rival the Auburn tailgating
experience. I mean, UT is in the middle of a rather large city.
How can you say that this is the best gameday experience? More than
half of the tailgaters I saw were Auburn tailgaters. And for the
actual game, I was not at all impressed with Neyland Stadium. I
have been to Sanford Stadium (UGA) and Ben Hill Griffen Stadium
(The Swamp – University of Florida) and both of these stadiums
just absolutely killed the atmosphere at Neyland. There was just
no character to this stadium. I was highly disappointed because
it was the worst possible 107,000 person stadium imaginable (I guess
size doesn’t matter, huh?). Plus, their pre-game was WEAK.
All they did was let the band play for about 7 minutes (and some
of this was taken up by playing OUR fight song). I didn’t
see them let the Davy Crockett dude ride around on a horse, they
didn’t let smoky fly around the stadium, and none of the fans
even knew their fight song. I guess I will give them a little credit,
though. I was impressed that their players can run through that
big T. That takes talent. It was probably the most talent their
team displayed all night.
most annoying thing about the gameday experience at UT was probably
the fact that NO ONE knows their fight song. Do they have a fight
song? I never heard of it. The only thing I heard was that AWFUL
song “Rocky Top.” It wasn’t even written for them.
It is an old country music song that they stole (of course) because
they didn’t know their fight song. Their band played our fight
song before the game, and I’m convinced that they had to do
this because they did not know their own song. Right off the top
of my head, I can think of 6 ORIGINAL cheers that Auburn does. This
doesn’t count things like “it’s great to be an
Auburn Tiger” or “Crazy Train”.
up, the UT gameday experience was 5th in my rankings of gameday
experiences. I would rank Auburn first (a little biased), Florida
second, Georgia third, Alabama fourth, and UT fifth. I mean guys,
YOU’RE BEHIND BAMA! Sports Illustrated should actually visit
these colleges instead of just making assumptions on what they think
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