Posts Tagged Tennessee

Rock bottom for Rocky Top?

Not since the Hindenburg disaster have we seen such suffering.

ESPN’s SEC Blog writer Chris Low’s post from Saturday notes that the folks from Tennessee feel as if they’ve now hit rock bottom. The loss to Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington was apparently the icing on the cake.

“Sobering,” “embarrassing,” and “pain” describe the feelings that flood forth after a loss to Kentucky in football.

Oh, the humanity…

 

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Rocky Stopped. Dressing from success.

"Rocky Stopped" T-Shirt from Wildcat Wearhouse.

Soon after Kentucky’s improbable and amazing victory over Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Wildcat Wearhouse, a local Lexington t-shirt retailer who specializes in Kentucky sports-themed apparel was cranking out their “Rocky Stopped” t-shirts in an effort to capitalize in the unbridled euphoria in the Bluegrass state.

As UK fans have waited to celebrate a win over the Vols since 1984, it is probably safe to assume the Wildcat Wearhouse will sell quite a few of the $16.99 t-shirts—and they will most likely have a lot of competition from other retailers throughout Kentucky who will also be eager to cash in on Kentucky’s success on the SEC gridiron on Seniors Day.

In this case, it is safe to say that Kentucky’s win fits to a T.

 

 

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Was that the worst Tennessee team ever?

Amy Smotherman Burgess / News Sentinel Photo

In case you attended or watched yesterday’s historic Tennessee versus Kentucky SEC battle at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, and was wondering if you were watching the “worst” Tennessee team in history, the answer is no. At least according to the Web site GoVolsExtra.

What you saw was the third-worst Tennessee team in the school’s history, according to site writer John Adams.

“The 1906 and 1909 teams were worse. They both went 1-6-2 and didn’t score in 15 games combined,” notes Adam in his current column.

Oh. Okay. Thanks for clearing that up.

If you searched the Commonwealth from Pikeville to Paducah today you probably couldn’t find a Kentucky football fan who cares one iota whether that was the third-worst, or even the worst Tennessee team that trotted off the field in Lexington yesterday with their tail tucked between their collective legs. All that really matters is Kentucky won. Albeit won ugly. But in the history books of Kentucky football it will go down as one of the most unlikely and most satisfying wins ever.

Long live the new streak of Kentucky over Tennessee. 1-0. It’s a start.

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DickieV believes Joker Phillips is one of the “happiest dudes in sports today”

Iconic sports personality Dick Vitale posted on Twitter earlier this afternoon that Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips is one of four of “the happiest dudes in sports today.”

After yesterday’s historic win over Tennessee, who could argue?

When fans are calling for your head, one fast way to quiet them down is to win. And when that win is over your arch rival Tennessee–a team your program hasn’t defeated in twenty six games–“happy” is probably an understatement.

Dick Vitale Twitter post from earlier today.

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Bring back the Beer Barrel?

The Battle for the Barrel trophy.

Now that Kentucky has broken the 26-game losing streak to Tennessee, is it time to bring back the historic beer barrel which was once upon a time awarded to the winner of annual rivalry game? An alcohol-involved car crash involving two Kentucky football players in 1998 prompted the end of the beer barrel exchange.

The traditional ceremony was cancelled for the 1998 season and the two SEC schools mutually agreed to permanently discontinue the tradition before the 1999 game. Bring it back or forget about it? Vote here.

Read more about the Beer Barrel trophy on Wikipedia.

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“…lowly Kentucky”

Losing is never fun. But for some, it’s painful and perhaps permanently scarring. A writer at the Web site Nooga.com describes the Kentucky football program as “lowly Kentucky” referring to Tennessee’s loss on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Where’s the love? The reference is insightful as to how many around the sports world really feel about UK’s football program. When a rival considers a loss to you as a “catastrophe,” perhaps it is not actually a rivalry after all. But no doubt about it, it’s personal.

AP Photo / James Crisp

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Losing to Kentucky in football… The bottom of the beer barrel?

The Web site Vols in the Fall‘s reaction to Saturday’s Kentucky victory over Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington was to sum it up as “the bottom of the beer barrel” for Tennessee. Clearly, on the morning after the biggest win in Kentucky Football history in many years, UT fans aren’t feeling very Big Orange. They’re seeing red and feeling blue!

News Sentinel Photo/Amy Smotherman Burgess.

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