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DOWNLOAD À On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era There is no college football team zealous and competitive than the University of Tennessee Volunteers When Clay Travis acclaimed author of Dixieland Delight decided to spend the 2008 season up close and personal with UT football he and every other college football aficionado thought he was in for a rollicking ride with one of the leading contenders for the national title After all when the Vols kicked off the season on September 1 the defending SEC East champions were ranked 18th in the country As head coach Phillip Fulmer prepared for the game he reflected upon a coaching career that included an astounding 147 victories two SEC championships and a national title With 34 years at UT under his belt as b. I fully admit I struggled with this book at the beginning What was the exact purpose What was Travis trying to accomplish by writing this book Is this just an elaborate excuse for him to live out his ultimate fan dream As the book progressed I think it found its voice It s about a man grappling with growing up and his obsessive fandom It s about a program evolving and a good man caught in the middle of itTravis is obviously a diehard Tennessee fan and at no point do I feel this clouds any of his writing in fact it s probably one of its strengths As you read the book I think you get a really good look into the kind of person Phil Fulmer is and what he brings to the table And if anything I think its about the tragedy of men like Fulmer losing their place in a world that obsesses with immediate results and the narrow focus of winning is all that matters We should all be so lucky to have men like him in our lives let alone as our coaches As a sports book I don t know if it holds up I really struggled with it through that lens I recently read John Bacon s Three and Out and I felt that book was far stronger on the football aspect that On Rocky Top That said I believe that On Rocky Top is the better book the better story And in the end that s all you can hope for

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DOWNLOAD À On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era Nded an era of college football Enlivening the narrative is a diverse cast of supporting characters including 65 year old Good Time Charlie Harris who has driven the UT big rig for almost 10 years; star running back Arian Foster a fifth year senior striving to become the all time leading rusher in Volunteer history; and multimillionaire booster John Thunder Thornton who defended Fulmer till the end A lifelong Volunteer fan whose grandfather played for the team during the 1930s Travis reports from the locker room to the sideline and has created a fascinating and loving chronicle of an impassioned state a celebrated football culture a beloved coach and the sensational collapse of a once mighty juggernaut. First of all On Rocky Top is a better book than Clay Travis s previous outing Dixieland Delight The writing is better the voice is better things are just better If you read Dixieland Delight and found it enjoyable and with potential but lacking in maturity level and trying too hard to be awesomely funny read On Rocky Top Everything is toned way down for the better without losing completely the author s sense of personality Perhaps this newfound sense of better writing is due to a few years of human growth the arrival of a newborn son or just the coincidence of picking the most disastrous year ever to follow your favorite team around with close access Whatever the reasons the change is goodEven if you re not a fan of Tennessee football I m not you ll be able to relate to this book if you re a fan of ANY team of ANY sport The fan experience is truly universal Especially in hard times of seemingly never ending agony A few of my favorite parts 1 Clay s superstitiousness in overdrive regarding a Chrysler Sebring 2 the reappearance of Clay s friends that I met during Dixieland Delight proving his circle hasn t changed much in the last few years 3 Goodtime Charlie and 4 Lane Kiffin is a snakeI also liked the internal struggle as Clay s fandom comes to know the Tennessee staff and players firsthand The way that putting a human face on the players and coaches makes it harder to be angry at them in times of defeat Inky s story of injury and how awful he feels thinking about his real time reaction in retrospect These moments of fan struggle and caring for the people behind the jerseys are where On Rocky Top really excels

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DOWNLOAD À On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era Oth a player and coach the Tennessee native had just signed a contract extension that projected to keep him at the university long enough to become the winningest coach in program history But when the Volunteers lost their season opener and the losses continued to mount it became clear that 2008 was going to be a season on the brink for UT football By December the team had suffered its second worst season ever and Fulmer the most beloved and recognized man in Tennessee had been fired Based on exclusive interviews with Fulmer UT athletic director Mike Hamilton university boosters team personnel players and their families and fans On Rocky Top recounts in vivid detail how a season of promise tragically e. The 2008 football campaign is one that most University of Tennessee fans are eager to put behind them and forget about It started off with great promise only to see it all coming crashing down in a manner of weeks leading to a free fall that saw the Vols drop from defending SEC East champs to the termination of long time coach Phillip FulmerWhen writer Clay Thomas agreed to write a book chronicling the season of the 2008 UT Volunteers football season he had visions of a trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game and possibly the chance to celebrate the 10th anniversay for the 1998 national title by competiting for another one Instead what he got was the story of a season in turmoil and a program at a crossroads And all of that is chronicled in his new book On Rocky Top A Front Row Seat to the End of an EraThomas chronicle of the 2008 season from a fan turned journalist perspective is a fascinating one It may be hard for a lot of UT fans myself included to relive the horror that was last year Thomas has some fascinating insights in the book including one that stated he felt comfortable in the stands pulling for the team than he did on the sidelines watching as things unfolded He also examines some of the aspects of the passionate fans both himself and others wondering if they know how the players view the games they play each Saturday and the impact what they say and how they act have on the players Thomas talks to Arian Foster and his family at several points in the unfolding narrative looking at how Foster entered the season with the chance to become the leading rusher in UT history and ended the season as a goat of sorts and possibly having his chances for an NFL career go up in flamesBut make no mistake that the focus of this book is Fulmer Fulmer began the season as the dean of SEC coaches and was facing a crossroads Despite making it to the title game three times in a decade the Vols hadn t won an SEC title since 1998 He was also bringing in a new offensive coordinator who was told he would be the next guy with Fulmer decided to retire in a few yearsAnd then the season began with a road loss to LSU and uickly spiralled out of control leading to the moment when ahtletic director Mike Hamilton felt the time had come to replace Fulmer One interesting chapter shows two boosters and their views on Fulmer and why he should be either allowed to stay and given time to right the ship or why he should be removed as head coach Both sides have some interesting arguements and in the end it comes down to a decision of whether to go with your head or your heart in keeping or firing Fulmer Hamilton looked at the bottom line with declining attendance and the lack of a bowl game on the horizon and made the callThe chronicle of what happened is peppered by personal observations by Travis wondering whye he cares so much about the team and its successes or failures He also examines the growing trend of bloggers and Internet chat rooms discussing not only Fulmer but also the players and their impact And along the way Travis litters in some history of the Vols not only their history as a team but his own moments that defined him as a Vols fanOh and he calls Urban Meyer a midgit wrestler too Pure gold if you hate all things FloridaThe book weaves in stories of the impact Fulmer had both on the field and and off it And it also makes you wonder if UT didn t sell out the last little bit of its old soul and that of the old SEC to try and become a national powerhouse by hiring Lane KiffinIf you ve a UT fan this is a must read But I think the story and observations go deeper than that If you re an SEC football fan or a college football fan this is essential reading The uestions about the cost and price of winning and being a national powerhouse are shaking as well as the implications of the new hires at various schools around the SEC Travis argues that a part of the identity of the South was lost when Fulmer was fired becuase he truly was one of the last of the old guard who attended the school he coached at and cares passionately about the program beyond the wins and losses Again read the chapters on the trainers or the man who drives the euipment to and from road games to see how Fulmer was than just the guy who coached the team on Saturday afternoons and how great a loss his firing truly will be to the UT program long termTravis asks some hard uestions and offers no easy answers in the book But if you want to really get inside the program and understand a bit of all that went on last year then this is a must read


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