Good morning, Ducks. The Tennessee Volunteers venture out West this week, expecting to be the next recipient of a savage beating at the hands of the good guys. According to Vegas the second half will be largely played by the Vols v. Sheldon High School’s Women’s Chorus.
Regardless of the outcome of this Saturday’s bloodbath, kudos for sure, to the Volunteers for breaking the trail for a conference somewhat limited in it’s knowledge of geography.
Tennessee is a state with a proud history. It’s where Davy Crockett was born on a mountain top (except that he wasn’t). It’s where Elvis Loved Tenderly (except for the gun) and where the Grand Ole’ Opry has played host to some of the finest music ever written (except for the country/western nonsense.)
As every elementary student knows, Tennessee is “The Volunteer State.” A state that prides itself on working and not getting paid, will obviously be rich in interesting trivia. Here is what our crack staff found out about this week’s opponent:
1. Besides “Volunteers,” Residents of Tennessee are also Called “Butternuts.” The Tennessee uniforms were a tan color during the Civil War. Butternuts is also rumored to be what happened to the Volunteer players when they realized that Oregon was on this year’s schedule.
2. Tennessee’s Most Famous Resident is Dolly Parton: What most people don’t know is that her personalized license plate is O O.
3. Other Famous Tennessean’s Include Johnny Knoxville, from “Jackass” fame, and Miley Cyrus from Jackass Fame: You guys must be so proud.
4. The name “Tennessee” originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, “Tana-see,” meaning “The Meeting Place.”: This was particularly appropriate when Tennessee first came up against Jadeveon Clowney.
5. Cumberland University, located in Lebanon, lost a football game to Georgia Tech on October 7, 1916, by a score of 222 to 0. This is a record . . . at least until this Saturday.
Just a couple more days until the throwdown with Creamsicle Uni U. One thing that I can say for Tennessee fans – they may be deluded but . . . I mean . . . DAMN, are they deluded?
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Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
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