Posts Tagged University of Tennessee

Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips earns “helmet sticker.”

Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips.

Fresh off the Wildcats’ upset win over Tennessee, Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips joins the “star-studded list” of those receiving an ESPN College Football Nation Blog “helmet sticker” for week thirteen of the 2011 regular college football season.

The fictitious stickers (in this case) are awarded for extraordinary achievement. Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes was the first to award actual helmet stickers (1967) for individual player contributions. The eye-catching and coveted helmet stickers, worn prominently on a players actual football helmet, are more than a simple nod of recognition. Today, they are a time-honored tradition for twenty-two Division I FBS teams.

Earlier this season, Junior tailback CoShik Williams was one of five Southeastern Conference players who were also selected for an “SEC Helmet Sticker” by Chris Low, SEC beat writer for ESPN.com, for recognition of his performance against Jacksonville State in October.

 

 

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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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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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