Last weekend Jeremy and I went to our first (and most likely last) Tennessee football game. We had been planning on going to a game once I was a student, but then they started charging for the tickets and we nixed that idea. We didn't care enough to spend money. Last Friday I was at my field placement at school when someone who works for the college of social work (CSW) walked into my office and offered me two free tickets to the game. I decided it was high time Jeremy and I went, since people keep telling us we need to "experience" a UT game because they're so awesome (according to Knoxville people). Oh, and we'd get to eat (free) dinner at the CSW tailgating tent before the game. Free tickets, free meal, we were in.
UT was playing Alabama, so it was supposedly a big game. Older people think Alabama is UT's rival, younger people think Florida is. I don't think any team is UT's rival because how can rivals change all the time? I don't get it. Anyways, we dressed in layers and went to the game. UT's stadium is on campus. Campus is dry. Except football game days. It's still dry, but no one cares that everyone drinks out in the open. You just can't bring it into the stadium. I don't get it. We ate, went into the stadium, watched football, froze. The game wasn't very good and people were drunk and obnoxious. They're supposedly fans of UT, but they were pretty mean to their team. I don't get it. We left in the 3rd quarter because we were cold and didn't care about the game.
Overall, not a life changing experience. It was just another football game. I don't get why everyone here says you must "experience a UT game because there isn't anything like it." There is. It's called every other Division I team in the nation.... Yes, their stadium is huge, but it's still not much different than any other stadium. Plus, they don't have any crazy rituals like Texas A&M... Their games are WEIRD.
I took some pictures, but I can't find my camera cord so I can't post them. And I'm too lazy to really look.