“Inspired to Poetry”

Sometimes big football games inspire what passes for poetry, or doggerel, as some folks call it.

That was the case after one of the early Tennessee-Alabama games at Legion Field in Birmingham.

The year was 1938, when Tennessee defeated Alabama 13-0. George Cafego ran 19 times for 145 yards.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Bob Wilson called it the “most shocking gridiron upset of the day.”

According to Al Browning’s book on the Tennessee-Alabama series, the game’s result inspired one Alabama fan to wax poetic:

Has anyone seen Cafego?

And which way did he go?

All I know he was going slow.

Which way did he take my dough?

True to the “form” of the series, Tennessee won when Alabama was favored.

It may not qualify as great poetry, but it was great music to Vol fans of that day.

Thursday, May 1, 2014