“A Vol Fan Supreme”

Found some vintage 1960s videotapes of Tennessee games this past weekend, courtesy of Allen Spain, a loyal Vol who has a marvelous collection of Tennessee “stuff.”

Among the “stuff” were the 1968 Orange Bowl game against Oklahoma and the 1968 contests with Georgia and Alabama. It was really fascinating to see the Vols of old and the old-time graphics and commercials, especially the ones for cigarettes.

There were the much younger Bill Flemming, Chris Schenkel, and Bud Wilkinson on the broadcasts.

The football was pretty good, too. The opening drive of the 1968 Alabama game was a thing of beauty, capped by a Richmond Flowers plunge for six points.

The players of that day are now in their late 60s or older, but, for their time, they were pretty good.

How good were these good old days?

When you think about it, these olden days were darn good, thanks to Allen’s preserving them for us.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017