Vol fans blame woeful second half on Tennessee band’s halftime show.
I kid you not.
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I’m sure their players watched every minute of it.
God, I love Vol fans.
I still blame the ’08 Kentucky Game on the Miley Cyrus song they played right before the 3rd quarter.
I still give credit to the 2007 turnaround to Soulja Boy being played during Ole Miss (and going forward)
I am sooo glad we don’t dance on the sidelines any more, it was the start of all our problems, no discipline.
I wonder if Barbara would take exception to that? After all, the Tennessee band came into kind of a mess with a lousy team and all of a sudden they are on the damn hot seat? Are you crazy? Do you know the Pride of the Southland used 17 freshmen against UGA? I just want you guys to be nice and fair an know Tennessee has probably the best band in the country.
+1, that’s funny right there
I got to see a few minutes of it as I was waiting to get out of the sardine can (seats) to go to the bathroom. I don’t know…the guy might have something. Easily the weakest thing I’ve ever seen in a halftime show. My brother and I may very well have been the Georgia fans laughing at him as we were laughing at several UT fans during this time.
And it wasn’t just people dressed up while the band was playing–the band hardly played at all. It was more like a movie with piped in dialogue and “acting.” And there was some bit about “follow the yellow checkerboard road.” It was bad.
That is truth about shoehorning yourself into a sardine can. Now I know why they claim such a large attendance. You have to have someone sitting in your lap in the upper deck.
I, too, went to the toilet and to buy one of those bowls of chili (which was cold) and missed the show. When I returned, my two buddies were standing there all wide-eyed. They were all like, “Did you see any of that halftime thing?”
“Man, you missed it.”
“Was it good?”
“It was something…”
This is why you don’t allow the band to take artistic license with the half time show. Go out there, play a few southern rock songs by 70’s bands, do a cheer for the crowd, and get off the field. Oh and if you have a talented twirler, light some batons on fire and let her throw them around.
I agree. Just play “Up, Up and Away” and “Born Free”
March in big circles, then little circles.
Then some big circles again.
That seemed to be the charm back in the day.
Dude may be on to something, I blame the Boise loss on those hideous uniforms.
And…..I blame the SCU loss on Russ. He wouldn’t get out of the house. I don’t care how disgusted he is with Bobo’s playcalling, he must participate. There, I said it.
Since then, I have seen nothing that concerns me as far as uniforms, bands or mascots go.
russ is a disgrace!
Disgrace might be tad strong. He is a fine looking animal.
Lazy would be a better description. Perhaps Joe T should spend some time with Russ.
He tried. It was taping his paws to the pull-up bars that gave Russ the attitude problem.
Hell, his attitude problem is why he parades around without wearing a cup. Disgusting exibitionist.
I know, I know. It gets in the way of his tongue.
Makes perfect sense if you are a Vol fan.
The halftime show was AWFUL. My buddies and I tried our hardest to be respectful, but about midway through, we were just howling with laughter and we just couldn’t make enough jokes. Some students a few sections over just started chants that drowned the band out.
As crazy as it sounds, this guy might have a point. The energy in the stadium was a lot different at the outset of the second half, and the band may have had something to do with it. However, UT started the game on offense, so it’s not like you need a lot of noise and energy in the stadium. The quiet helps your team. If I were this guy, I’d have a much bigger problem with the video “fire up” clip that they play to start the 4th quarter. Your team is down by 14 and has no momentum whatsoever. What does the UT audiovisual crew have to rally the troops? Loud metal? Hardcore rap with booming bass? No… they’re going to play a freaking emotion-tinged Kenny Chesney BALLAD with a bunch of clips of Tennessee teams from the 60’s running slowly past UGA players. Yeah… that’ll really rally the troops.
What was the wizard of Oz thing about?
Short version: they had a girl dressed up like Dorothy who loved Rocky Top, but she got caught up in a tornado and couldn’t find her way back to Rocky Top. She encounters a bunch of Tennessee fans who tell her to follow the orange checkerboard road, and they go skipping off through the band and the flag girls who wave checkerboard flags. For some reason, Dorothy doesn’t follow them, which would have ended the whole debacle then and there. Instead, she runs into the Tin Man (Alabama, a robotic play on Nick Saban, who needs a heart), the Cowardly Lion (actually a cowardly Kentucky Wildcat, who just wants to learn how to play football), and the scarecrow (South Carolina, and it’s funny to watch a Vol call a Gamecock a hick). But uh-oh, here comes the Wicked Witch! It’s Georgia! They dump water on Georgia, and Georgia melts. But who can show Dorothy the way home? IT’S PAT SUMMITT!!! Hooray. Dorothy asks her the way home. She says just to click her orange heels together. Ballgame. During all of this, the band’s pretty much just standing there, and occasionally they play somewhere over the rainbow. And, of course, they play Rocky Top for the 98th time when Dorothy finally gets back to Rocky Top.
Haha I have to see this!
Sick of hearing rocky top. It’s like good play….rocky top, bad play….rocky top, no play…rocky top. The band can entertain a UT crowd at halftime easily by running that dang dog around and repeating rocky top stanzas a million times
Its the kind of thing that you really just need to see for yourself. My wife found it on youtube last night; it entertained us for a good 20 minutes.
Here’s the link…finally. Work really interferes with my fun sometimes.
That’s surprising. I wasn’t at Saturday’s game. I was, however, in K-vile for the ’09 UGA/UT game and, as much I has dislike everything about the Vols, I have to admit the UT band put on an outstanding show at halftime. One of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Man, thinking about that game just brought up memories of our special teams and defense outscoring our offense; our DEs and LBs repeatedly getting torched by the bootleg, Joe Cox getting picked on a ball he was throwing out of bounds, and my (at the time) 9-year-old son asking me as the final whistle blew, “Daddy, can we never come back to this place?” …..
I know how your son feels, I had a blast there this time around and a few times in the past, but I always dread it.
And I was really disappointed on Saturday because I was actually looking forward to seeing their band! I remembered that they usually do intricate marching circles or something like that and it was really cool to watch. I’m not a band guy by any stretch, but it’s fun to watch some of the more difficult acts. Instead, we got poorly lip synced dialogue, a dumb attempt at humor, and something that every high school drama club that I’ve ever been around would have refused to be a part of.
I have to admit that my wife and I were impressed with the halftime show the UT band put on at the ’09 Peach…I mean Chic-fil-A Bowl.
Coach, that was one of the most bizarre halftime shows I’ve ever seen. He may be right. It was strange. Entertaining, but strange. And I’d have hated it if the redcoats did it.
Speaking of the redcoats, is it too much to het them to the freaking UT game. We’re cashing SEC checks like crazy and send the pep band to Knoxville. Jus ticks me off.
These days, the full band gets taken to GT, the Barn, and the WLOCP. That’s it. All while the athletic department swims in cash. Weak.
We were literally in front of the pep band. The row right in front of them. They did a good job, but my God, they would play after every. single. play! It started to get a little old…
And I agree with you–why would we not send the full band to Knoxville? Haven’t we always in the past?
I think it sucks that we don’t send the Redcoats on the road anymore. However, I suspect that it is all about money. The athletic department can easily afford to foot the bill to send them on the road, but when you consider that they’re also sitting in seats that UGA can sell to road fans instead, that’s when it becomes a bit of a bigger swing in terms of cash.
or maybe a travel ban was imposed on the Band because of flute section hijinx pointed out by
October 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM
Listen! This one time, at band camp…..”
Supposedly there was a kind of “gentleman’s agreement” among the SEC band directors that the schools would only take the full band to one SEC road game (doesn’t necessarily include the WLOCP because it is a neutral site game).
They idea was that it was unfair that some schools (UGA, Bama) could send their bands to more games than other schools (the Mississippi schools) could. May not be true, as the current director lies a lot and has shown that he won’t fight with the AA over anything. There would be no incentive for a school to go along with an ageeement like that though. Hurts the experience of the band members, the fans, and the team. That’s supposedly the story, though.
I have also heard that many SEC schools had begun limiting the number of tickets they made available to opposing bands. That way, they can restrict the size of the band coming to the game (obviously affects us and Bama the most). That may be more likely.
The third possibility is that the AA just decided they’d rather sell those tickets to students/regular fans instead of buying them for the band. That would be another situation where the director should stand up for the band, but… historically, that’s just not something he would do.
That’s lame. If they can’t afford to put the band on a bus, that’s their problem, not mine.
It’s actually an SEC-wide decision. Each band gets one SEC East away game and one SEC West away game. Our East game is always going to be Florida, and our West game is probably always going to be Auburn. Unless we play Auburn at home and Bama on the road one year.
As a former Redcoat, I feel like I lucked out in my tenure. My first trip to Neyland was the Hobnail Boot, and my last trip was the 41-14 beatdown. Those were the days.
However the execution of Marching Vol Band in its Georgia halftime show was much better than the execution of its football team
Listen! This one time, at band camp…..
Believe me. It was bad. Uncomfortably bad. Head-in-palms-of-hands bad. It was so bad it couldn’t be ridiculed. I had to get up and go into the concourse.
The SEC needs to mandate that when aTm joins the league, their band must travel to each SEC venue their 1st time around the league….Go to the 3minute mark & watch this performance…enjoy…
The precision resembles a Rubic’s Cube in difficulty. Kudos. The A&M guys I knew in the service never touted their band. Of course they were doing the Bonfire and may now have more time for the Band.
Call me crazy, but I thought the show was kind of awesome, if for no reason other than its audacity. The cheese seemed to be laid on deliberately thick, and I give them props for so openly trolling so many other SEC programs, which I’m kind of surprised you don’t see more of in halftime shows in this conference.
I was not there for the this weekend so i cannot comment on that half time show. But the worst I ever saw was UF’s during the 08 Cocktail Party. The Red and Black came out and did a damn good tribute to an 80s Rock Band, I think It was Journey. Then UF did covers of classic cartoon theme songs. The Jetsons, the Flintstones, it was f’ing disgraceful. We not only won the game we won the half time show too.
My Bust, 2007 not 2008
Call me crazy, but I am completely indifferent to whether any band plays at all during halftime. Halftime for me is time to use the restroom, restock at the concession, and dissect the trends of the first half with football-competent company. I recognize it as a necessary evil so that both football teams can rest and restrategize. I would move that gladiator fights on the 50-yard line replace band performances, if in the end, something must be done. Admittedly, my non-musicality and general underapprecation of culture may be informing this opinion.
I’m typically the same way, but what UT’s band did on Saturday was so powerfully awful that it simply couldn’t be ignored.
I was there for the game. It was indeed about the lamest, dumbest halftime show I have ever seen. Ever.
Ever heard of the Rice band in the 60s-70s?
Explaination of the sardine can that is Neyland stadium – At the hobnail boot game I had some UT people sitting behind me in the section that is actually closer to the moon than it is the field. We were all accusing people around us of being out of their section becuase there was no way that UT actually expected to get normal size human beings in those seats. It turns out that when Michigan expanded their stadium UT wanted to keep up. The most cost effective way to do this was to just shrink every seat in the stadium by 2 or 3 inches. True story.
That IS true. It’s like taking Sanford and stuffing an additional 10,000 fans in. utk treats their fans like garbage in this regard.
A fat guy has to fart to get people off his shoulders?
The Tennessee band hasn’t been good for a long time. They don’t play well and they don’t always play together. Recently they’ve developed the tinny sound you expect from Tech and they have no music program at the school. The three best band programs in the Southeast happen to all be in the SEC. That’s Georgia, Alabama, and LSU. Nobody else is close in in terms of the balance, the quality of the sound, and the sheer musicianship. If you appreciate a good band performance, there is nothing that matches the Redcoats at halftime.
Obviously that’s Tech that doesn’t teach music. Tennessee has no excuse for how they sound.
Isn’t that where they teach “Good Ole Rocky Top”?
Rocky Top was written by a native born Georgian. UT has to recruit out of state for a football team and a fight song, maybe they need to go on the road to recruit a band. That’s a hell of a note for the home of Music Row and Beale Street! If a marching band wants to ad lib the had better be the Marching Rattlers.
Does that mean that the Vol’s band director is officially on the hot seat?
One more loss attributed to the band and he may be history.
Ha!!! Here is link
"What an incredible turnout. It felt like a home game when you looked up in the stands and saw all the red. I expected it to be that way but maybe not as much as it was." -- Kirby Smart, Dawgs247.com, 11/27/21
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