CSS repeated the classic (well, if you're a UT fan) 5 OT UT vs Bama game from 2003. For those of you who don't recall, that's the one the Vols won in the fifth overtime, after holding Bama out of the end on the final play of the fifth overtime.
As I watched some of the game this afternoon (including the entire overtime), I was reminded again of just how much I love football. In one of the first overtimes, the Vols are facing a fourth and nineteen. They make it, they can then look at getting in the end zone and keep the game going. They don't make it, game over and the evil empire wins. And even though I know how the game comes out and that it will all work out for the greatest college football team in the known universe, I still couldn't help getting the butterflies in my stomach as each team took a time-out and then the play went in motion. And the feeling of complete and utter euphoria when the Vols converted....sorry, but no other sport can duplicate that. And it's just a repeat, folks!
(Yes, I am terrible to watch a game with if I'm really into it....ask any member of my family or close friends who have been crazy enough to watch a game with me).
I felt this same thing a few weeks ago. The Y has the NFL Network and they were showing a re-air of the Titans vs Colts game here in Nashville last year. You know, the one that ended on a 60-freakin' yard field goal kick with about two seconds left and the Titans won. Yeah, that one. I watched it and even extended my time doing some cardio so I could see the end. And again, even though I knew how it would all end, I still felt that anxiety and then euphoria when Rob Bironas lined up and then made the big kick.
Great games...but they also bring back some memories of where I was when they aired. The UT vs Bama classic was the first week of my nephew's life and I remember telling him that UT would beat Bama to start his life on the right note and hopefully, they'd never lose to the Tide in his lifetime. (Alas, this turned out to not be true, but I think we can start a streak now so that he'll never REMEMBER a time the Vols lost to Bama. That'd be almost as good).
Ah, I love football. And just think--these were re-runs. I cannot wait for actual games to start up--games where I don't know the outcome and can be on the edge of my seat, rooting for my teams.
The first of September cannot get here fast enough!
Labels: football, tennessee sports, Titans
posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/15/2007 07:34:00 PM