Can't Make The Game, Pull Up A Stool

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) -- The Volunteer spirit is going strong after the Vols rocked Georgia, a team they had been waiting for all season.

Through out the game, fans pride was shown through how loud they cheered and what they wore.

For Vol fans, that meant piling on as much orange and white as possible.

But because of superstition, one Vol fan may never wear those colors again.

"Everyone is like, are you a Georgia fan?" said Sharon Bishop. "I'm like no, I'm not a Georgia fan, I'm a U-T fan."

You shouldn't let her red shirt fool you.

She had a very good reason for being decked out in Georgia red.

"I just left work and I work at the Target Superstore in Farragut and had to rush down," she said.

She was one of many that flocked to Ray's Entertainment Sports Grille to watch Rocky Top rock the Georgia Bulldogs 35 to 14 on Saturday night.

"This is the best game I've seen all year long," she said. "It's fabulous, it's so exciting."

It's also a big change for the Big Orange who had already lost to Cal and Florida, both highly ranked teams.

UT fan Jay Storm thought he knew why the Vol's had failed prior to Georgia.

"The problem so far this year," he asked, "I think it's a focus thing."

One thing is for sure, focus wasn't a problem for the Ray's crowd.

For nearly three and a half hours, their eyes stayed glued to the TV.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Sharon said.

As touchdown after touchdown piled on, the Volunteer Spirit was reignited through bells and high fives.

"Now there's enthusiasm in the locker room," said Vol fan Randy Gracy. "There will be enthusiasm for the Vol Nation and the Big Orange Army."

Meanwhile the few Georgia fans were spotted in the corner.

"It's been embarrassing," said Bulldog fan Christopher Kitts, "Georgia was totally unprepared."

Being in a bar at game time is a difference experience.

It's not as big or loud as Neyland Stadium, but fans say it's just as fun.

"You know how when you're in Neyland Stadium you get goosebumps," Sharon asked, "that's what it's like from just the crowd."

As for her new superstition, Sharon has some shopping to do.

"I'm going to wear red from here on out," she said.

All to support the Orange and White.

Fans also say the win is an example of why all UT fans should stand by their man.

On Saturday night, they say Coach Fulmer proved he has what it takes to lead the Vols to another SEC Championship.


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