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Well, Vandy did it.

Posted on: February 27, 2008 1:38 am
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I got close enough to Nashville to pick up the sports radio station that covers VU athletics right before 8 EST, when the pre-game show started, and I could hear our student section underneath Joe Fisher's voice.  And I knew right then, as I was trying my darndest to get through the snow and into Nashville, that we would have a good game tonight.  My doubts melted away faster than the snow hitting the interstate.

Of course, once I got into Memorial, the doubts crept back.  They really only went away when Keegan Bell got fouled with 1.8 seconds left.  I wish he would have made one of the FTs just so he would have gotten points to go with his amazing performance, but I knew we had clinched it.  Someone asked me if it was the most exciting game I had been to.  I said no because the result was in doubt much longer than the UF game last year.  And the end was less exciting than the last second shot we got off against the Vols last year.  And part of it is probably that I'm not sitting in the student section anymore.  But, still, this game made all that I've spent this year on tickets and gas worth it.

I'm trying to get to sleep since I have to get up early to drive back to southern Indiana and work (and, yes, I plan on wearing my Vandy hoodie again, plus it just feels so good to wear it in Kentucky after what happened 2 weeks ago, I'm not going to lie).  But I'm still just so pumped.  My friend I went with looked shocked when I started yelling out 'V-A-N-D-Y, Vandy, Vandy, oh hell yeah!' the first time they played 'Dynamite' after the game was over.  And then again the second time.  The third time, well, I wasn't as loud then, but I don't recall Dynamite ever being played 3 times in a row after a game.  And I somehow remembered all the words to the alma mater.

I'm proud of my university.  I'm proud that even though we don't have an athletic department, we produce teams that can compete and beat the best in the country.  I'm proud of our involvement in the Nashville community.  I'm proud of Perry Wallace because of the fortitude he showed as the first African-American basketball player in the SEC, his successes on the court, and his successful carer after graduation.  I'm proud of James Lawson's work to in the Civil Rights movement in Nashville, and I'm thankful that the university has made amends after his expulsion in 1960, welcoming him back as a visiting professor and telling his story on the LED boards in Memorial tonight.  I'm proud that students in our business, divinity, and law schools have come together to work together to work in the fight against global poverty.  I'm proud of Muhammad Yunus and his work with the Grammen Bank in Bangladesh.

And I'm proud that the woman who leads the invocation before UT's football games is a Vanderbilt Divinity School graduate.

I'm proud to be a Commodore.
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Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2008 6:59 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Nice post. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. I was in the 4th row of the student section over an hour and a half before tip off. I was in nearly the same spot last year at Florida and I honestly think Tuesday was louder and more fun.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 11:33 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

I've noticed quite a few 'Dores join the board yesterday and today.  Which makes me happy, as the date I joined CBS was the day of the VU/UF game last year.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2008 11:25 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

VURocks: Good for you. And welcome. Hope you will stay and enjoy yourself here. Araker is a good friend on these boards, but in my opinion the CBB board, generally speaking, is the best.

-cb4p




Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 9:41 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Was there myself.  I ditto ALL of your comments.

Yes, I TOO am proud to be a COMMODORE!

Who ya with?!  VU!




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 12:48 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Is he going to be on Indiana's short list?

 

I've heard that, but he went to and was an assistant at Purdue.  I think that takes him out of contention.



Good game, kinda hope we see you in the SEC tourney semis, if we can get past round 1 :)


Ditto for us



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2008 12:38 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

As much as I wanted us to win. . .I had a horrible feeling about last night. That place is just too dang tough to play. And you have a great coach, not the personality of a Pearl, but a great in-game coach. Is he going to be on Indiana's short list?

I heard Dan Patrick say on the radio that my Vols are going to spend less time at #1 than the macarena. . .ouch. . .and all thanks to your Doors. Good game, kinda hope we see you in the SEC tourney semis, if we can get past round 1 :)




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 12:35 pm
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Iverall, I feel that Vandy may go farther in the tourney than the Vols and it has to do with the coaching. While the Vols have more athletic players they will not play 40 minutes of defense or team play.. They will get beat...

Perhaps.  But we're not known well for our play on the road.  Saturday at Arkansas will be telling. . .



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 9:23 am
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Congrats.... Vandy played better than the #1 team and deserved the win... Iverall, I feel that Vandy may go farther in the tourney than the Vols and it has to do with the coaching. While the Vols have more athletic players they will not play 40 minutes of defense or team play.. They will get beat...




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 9:01 am
 

Well, Vandy did it.

Congratulations Vandy.  Glad to hear of your pride in Vanderbilt Araker as it is certainly not misplaced.  Never doubted your pride for a moment.  Memorial Gym being built for a stage the sound really resonates there and it was for sure rocking last night. Was quite the drive for you ,Skuchas, from Vermont.  Couldn't resist. Hope you reached home safely.

 



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Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 8:47 am
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