Sometimes the cheers are for someone else, even if there might be a game going on.
The year was 1928. Tennessee was playing Alabama at Tuscaloosa, the famed 15-13 win that set the Vols on the path to gridiron glory.
Lost in the depths of history was a freshman game being played in Knoxville at about the same tine.
Herman Hickman, later to be a famous coach, writer at Sports Illustrated, man about town, and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, recalled the cheers of the crowd, however sparse it might have been. The youngsters on the field had to have been impressed by level of “support” they received.
What Hickman didn’t know was that Pat Roddy had been relaying wire reports from the game at Tuscaloosa, thus causing the “cheers” that came up every so often.
Ed Harris told this story in “Golden Memories of Ed Harris: 50 Years in Big Orange Country.”
Like most of these type stories, the account might well have been embellished through the years, but there’s a good chance there’s at least a grain of truth in it.
You be the judge.
Saturday, May 13, 2017