It’s feeling a lot like ’98 for Tennessee Volunteer football fans.
After a genuinely unbelievable game taking down the Crimson Tide on Saturday, I feel truly proud to be a Tennessean.
Feeling like a poser saying that last statement since The University of Tennessee is not my alma mater (go pokes), but growing up in Tennessee, I spent many Saturdays watching Vol football and hearing my dad scream at the TV.
Not always easy to cheer on a team like Tennessee.
Since this victory, though, I have had “Rocky Top” on BLAST.
Two years ago, Garth Brooks performed for a packed Neyland Stadium, and this video clip of him performing the classic “Rocky Top” while in Rocky Top is iconic.
This clip aged beautifully.
Brooks and his fiddle player took center stage to give this show an electric close.
“I have to ask you, have you and I ever played this song together?”
Brooks says at the beginning of the video clip to his fiddle player.
“Well, tonight will be the first and only time we play this song!”
The fast-paced twang of the song has fans not only singing along, but the stadium is roaring. You can feel the audience’s pride for them to sing the iconic song while in the orange and white checkered stadium.
Brooks shouts at the tune’s end:
“GOD BLESS THE VOLUNTEERS”
The two are having so much fun while performing this song, you can’t help but smile as you watch it… and it helps it’s damn good.
I’m still in awe that Vol fans didn’t burn Knoxville to the ground after that game.
Rocky Top, you’ll always be home sweet home to me.