Monday, October 5, 2009

Tenessee Review

Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be. Back to Tennessee.

I have wanted to take husband to an away game forever and the dream came true this weekend. We HAD intended to attend the game without kids and with his cousins but son had other plans. He really wanted to go to the game (a child after my own heart!) and when 2 free tickets showed up, we could not say no. My mommy roach review word for the weekend was AUsome. The weather was perfect, I mean Tennessee knows how to do fall. We got to spend time with husband's aunt. She had a new friend for the kids to play with. Tiny Tim never knew attention until we came to visit. I forgot my camera and have no pictures of the river walk area we went to on Friday night. They have a VOL navy with tons of boats docked for tailgating and these boats were no john boats with trolling motors. We are talking yachts with waiters and fresh flowers. There were even AU boats parked complete with and Aubie inflatable. Roger and Donna are husband's cousins and they are HUGE Tennessee fans. They gave us the Tennessee game day weekend and we loved every minute of it (and all 4 quarters I might add!). Their tailgate friends treated us like family and feed us the best ribs in town. We had so much fun hanging out on the "wall" yelling at all the AU fans walking to the game.
And then the game...

If you have never gone to away game, buy your tickets now. You will never experience anything like walking into a stadium and being out numbered by 75,000 other people. Seeing it through my child's eyes was pure joy. He watched every play. He screamed louder then he has at any game. He would hug me and kiss me when we would score. After the first quarter, he looked at me and said, "I am going to graduate from Auburn and be an Auburn tiger for my whole life." Folks, my work is done.
If you have never walked down your opponents ramp singing, "It's great to be and Auburn tiger!", then you are missing out. If your child has never lost his voice from cheering on his team, then buy some tickets. If you have never watched Trooper Taylor wave his towel and bump chest with his team, buy a camera and get your tickets. I appreciate fans of all teams but I love my Auburn fans. When a Tennessee fan behind me was less then hospitable, it was Auburn fans who took me in. They found room for me and son close to husband and daughter. They wrapped daughter in their coat and gave her M&M's.Listen to my son scream at the end of this...

And this daddy held this baby the WHOLE game. We kept thinking she would pass out but she made it until 1am! To Roger, Donna and Channing....thank you just doesn't say enough. It was on my top 5 family trips of all time. To Betty, thank you for the food, the beds, the showers and staying up until 1am to see us home safely. And Betty, I promise we did not just come for the just happened to be that weekend! LOVE TO ALL MY TENNESSEE FAMILY.