Before I write about my weekend in Knoxville, allow me to share a few photos from our Wednesday night outing last week downtown. I even tried to curl my hair (and Amanda had colored her's... she's much more of a risk taker than me!) to look extra cute for the special evening with my canadian friend.
Friday we headed to Knoxville to go stay with our friend Bennett. I was tired, sore and very concerned about the knot I could feel in my ankle, but I was so glad to be with some dear friends. We hit up El Chico for a mexican dinner and then picked up another friend, Jenny, from the airport. We met up with a few of Bennett's friends at a pub for a bit before heading home to call it a night.
I slept like a champ.
We all slept in on Saturday, and I got up to find that my ankle no longer had a knot! I felt so much better about that and made do with the bit of soreness I still had.
We went to Wal-Mart to check out their UT gear. Here's the thing you should know about football in the south: it's big. Here's the thing you should know about UT football: it's big. Even when they're losing (kind of like they've been doing a lot this year), people love their UT football. When we walked into Wal-Mart, there were no less than 3 portable cd players around the front doors blasting "Rocky Top" over and over.
I found a great UT cap for $4, and the gals found a few items to wear that night and to take home. We stopped at Sonic for lunch, and then we spent the afternoon watching football on tv.
When it was time, we headed to go park and grab some food on the strip. Even the Bud Light bottles show their UT spirit in this town. They're orange and say Tennessee on them. Everything on the strip is orange. It's insane.
We had some awesome seats at the game on the 50-yard line. We even had the cushions with the back rests! This was especially nice because it ended up being pretty cold, and it allowed us to keep our bottoms off the cold metal bleacher.
We watched the band do their opening show. We cheered as the team ran on the field. We spotted Smokey the mascot. We booed when Mississippi State ran on the field. We cheered at the kick-off. It ended up being an awesome game. UT won 34-3... 2 of their touchdowns coming from interceptions. AWESOME.
After a touchdown, there are fireworks. Smokey is run across the field and back. (There is actually a hound named Smokey at every game.) Cheerleaders do push-ups. People hug and rejoice. Rocky Top is played for the 35th time.
"Rocky Top you'll always be/ Home sweet home to me/ Good 'ole Rocky Top/ Rocky Top Tennessee!!"
After the game we grabbed some food and realized we were all exhausted. We headed home to crash. In the morning we dropped Jenny off at the airport, and Amanda and I made the drive back to Nashville so she could catch her plane back to Canada.
The weekend was super fun, and it definitely went by way too quickly. It was so great to catch up with good friends and see a great football game.
Now if only I could find someone to take me next week to the Titans vs. Colts game here in Nashville. Did you know our TN Titans are the only undefeated team in the NFL? I have to admit... I'm a huge Colts fan. I love me some Peyton Manning. If I got to go, I'd cheer for both teams.
Here are some pictures from game day.
Smokey on the screen
Smokey the dog
Random Knoxville street art... impressive