Clearly, the Vols aren’t used to going to bowl games anymore. First, the school indicated to its fan base that it’s headed to the Music City Bowl. Tennessee fans jumped on tickets to said bowl as soon as they were made available. UT then pivoted to the Gator Bowl. Hilarity ensued ($$).
On Sunday, he jumped the gun and purchased a pair of tickets to the Music City Bowl for $250 before the matchup was decided. The 42-year-old fishing lure designer drives five hours from his home in Camden, Tenn., for every Tennessee home game, but the only bowl he’d ever attended was the 2016 Music City Bowl. Now, Tennessee was back, and Powley was going to make a return of his own.
Instead, despite initial reports that said otherwise, Tennessee ended up in the Gator Bowl against Indiana in Jacksonville, Fla., and Powley was stuck with rapidly depreciating tickets. He called up a family of Mississippi State fans he knows with an offer for a pair of tickets to see the Bulldogs take on Louisville in Nashville.
“They laughed,” Powley said. “And said I’m about the 10th person that they personally know that called them in the same situation.”
So much for that whole “act like you’ve been there before” attitude.