The Auburn Tennessee Game 2013

I once spent an hour and a half trying to get OUT of the upper deck of Neyland Stadium in Knoxville after Auburn had taken a beating from the Tennessee Vols at home.


dad-cutout-auburn (Photo credit: ClaxtonCreative)

The view from the upper deck was amazing as 100,000-plus people watched the game.

And so it will be again today, too.  Another battle day in the Southeastern Conference.

I’m not writing to offer predictions or to team bash. Tennessee likely will take care of that on their own.

But I want to encourage you, if you have never been to an SEC football game in the South on a Saturday, before your life is over, you should surely try to make it. You’ll be treated to great sounds, smells outside from the campers that arrive on Wednesdays and leave on Sundays to be back on Wednesdays, and the sight of thousands of people wearing colors you couldn’t get most to wear on any of the other six days of the week–like a pair of bright orange pants, blue blazer and a white button down.

Good luck Auburn. We’ve come further in 2013 than most of us could have imagined.

I remember another point during that Auburn Tennessee game of year’s gone by. At half time, our cheerleaders were playing Rod Stewart‘s Maggie Mae over the sound system and when they got to the mandolin solo, I realized, “hey dummy, you have one, why don’t you learn how to play it!?”  And so when we got back to Montgomery after the long ride back, (BTW, Auburn got creamed that year and we’d driven up, watched the horrible game, spent 1.5 hours trying to get out of the stadium and then drove back home) I got out the mandolin the next day and have been playing it off and on ever since.

If you’ve never been to Knoxville, TN, too, you need to go. It’s a beautiful town tucked away in the mountains and when the trees turn, oh my.

It’s not late September, but nearly mid-November and the season soon will be coming to its close, but thanks Auburn and thanks, Vols, for some great memories with which I shall never part.

War Eagle.  And let’s scale back on Rocky Top today!


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