Sunday, September 26, 2010

Game Day - Knoxville Part 2

Saturday morning we got up bright and early to get ready for the game. *Thanks to some GREAT family we had a beautiful condo to stay in with this great view of Knoxville! The temperature was in the low 80's and it was overcast.

We headed to Neyland Stadium to be there when the Blazers unloaded the buses. We anxiously awaited their arrival!

The Blazers unloading

Our blazer, #85 Nolen Smith

After seeing the Blazers off of the bus, we headed to our gate to find our seats. When we turned the corner this is what we saw.....a sea of Orange....:)

We picked up a roster.....WR #85....true freshman!

Our amazing family that let us stay in their condo also gave us some amazing tickets. This is a new addition to Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee Terrace....GREAT seats with an amazing AIR-CONDITIONED concourse with LOTS of food options. haha! It really was nice with tons of TV's so you didn't miss any of the game action. (it would have been better painted a different color....I kid, I kid)

After looking at all of the choices we decided to split loaded potato chips for lunch...I know, healthy, right? These were homemade potato chips, with bbq, coleslaw, and sour cream. YUMMO!

The toss


UAB really came to Knoxville ready to play! They spent quite a bit of their time in the Red Zone but just couldn't make anything happen. Not to mention, the FIVE missed field goals. The game went into double overtimes and Tennessee ended up winning 32-29...such a heartbreaking loss. I can honestly say that UT would be a HARD place to come into and not get a little overwhelmed. It is extremely LOUD in that stadium and of course you hear "Rocky Top" only about 25 times.

Being a Bama fan, you grow up not liking UT. However, I can honestly say that the fans were very hospitable and everyone that we ran into was friendly. Not sure it would be the same if we were in our Bama gear, but it was a very pleasant atmosphere!

After the game we waited around to see the Blazers.

Nolen and myself

Our "gang" and Nolen
I will say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE having someone on the field playing. It brings a whole new aspect to the game. HOWEVER, it is so stressful! haha! I think I had about 5 mini-strokes during the game! But it was such a GREAT weekend and we had SO much fun!!! And a BIG thanks to our family for letting us use their condo and their tickets!