Tom Mattingly: Walk-throughs become strolls down memory lane
Published 8/20/2011 at 10:46 p.m. 12 comments
Tom Mattingly recalls some great moments in Tennessee football history.
Tom Mattingly: Geography of no concern for schedule makers in neutral-site games
Published 8/13/2011 at 4:39 p.m. 4 comments
Sometimes you have to wonder if football schedule-makers or promoters ever took a course in geography. In an effort to make intersectional games "work" (that is, making them palatable for media exposure), geographic considerations often take a beating.
Tom Mattingly: Holloway's magic brought the Vols back from the brink in 1974
Published 8/6/2011 at 6:45 p.m. 6 comments
If all else fails, the saying goes, wipe the slate clean and start over. There are officially no mulligans, no do-overs, no second chances, if you will, in football, but when the ox is in the ditch, anything goes.
Tom Mattingly: 'Team game' summed up best in three recent examples
Published 7/30/2011 at 7:35 p.m. 16 comments
When the experts say football is a "team game," they really mean it. It takes a "team" to win. That's been true since the days of Pop Warner and Amos Alonzo Stagg. Tennessee coaches from the days of Bob Neyland ...
Tom Mattingly: Bob Jones went from Vol foe to unforgettable assistant coach
Published 7/23/2011 at 7:55 p.m. 3 comments
Here's an interesting question for all the armchair historians out there. Name an opposing quarterback who helped defeat Tennessee in a bowl game and became an assistant coach for the Vols several years later.
Tom Mattingly: Fall of Wyatt's tenure still mystery
Published 7/16/2011 at 5:57 p.m. 35 comments
Talk about a gauntlet. Whoever worked up the 1962 football schedule didn't do Tennessee coach Bowden Wyatt any favors. Not in the least.
Tom Mattingly: Jim Maxwell brewed up special run in 1971
Published 7/9/2011 at 6:47 p.m. 6 comments
The 1971 Tennessee football season offered Vol fans a crash course in what can happen when things are unsettled at quarterback.
Tom Mattingly: Choosing sides not straightforward
Published 7/2/2011 at 11:15 p.m. 2 comments
Here's a question for your consideration during what is often called the "dog days" of summer, when everyone can barely wait for fall, or at least for the arrival of the Vols back on campus.
Tom Mattingly: Beauty in the tie of the beholder
Published 6/25/2011 at 9:51 p.m. 2 comments
When, if ever, could the lowly tie game be perceived as a win?
Tom Mattingly: 1983 season ranks highly ... in memories
Published 6/18/2011 at 5:34 p.m. 15 comments
You may not remember it, but there was once a 9-3 Tennessee team that was not ranked by the Associated Press during the entire season. It's all right there in black agate type on page 171 of the "2010 Tennessee ...
Tom Mattingly: The stories behind the scores are memorable
Published 6/11/2011 at 6:43 p.m. 9 comments
There are times the game-by-game scores in the Tennessee Football Media Guide, pp. 165-173, are just a mind-numbing array of numbers, assembled neatly through seasons stretching from that first game in 1891, Sewanee 24, Tennessee 0, through recent years.
Tom Mattingly: Ward, Anderson were a memorable team
Published 6/4/2011 at 9:46 p.m. 47 comments
The day was June 2, 1998, 13 years ago this past Thursday.
Tom Mattingly: Freshmen of 1963 team made a big impact
Published 5/28/2011 at 4:41 p.m. 6 comments
The immediate future might not have looked bright for the Tennessee football program in 1963.
Tom Mattingly: Voices of Ward, Munson were special for listeners
Published 5/21/2011 at 10:21 p.m. 16 comments
The old Yankee Stadium in New York City has been torn down.
Tom Mattingly: Mind has an eye for great many UT details
Published 5/14/2011 at 7:52 p.m. 4 comments
No one can rationally explain exactly how it works, but the "mind's eye" is something special. Close your eyes ever so slightly, and you can almost see the great moments (and maybe some not-so-great moments) pass in review.
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