[Epub] ↠ On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era Author Clay Travis – Anguillais.us

On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an EraThere Is No College Football Team Zealous And Competitive Than The University Of Tennessee VolunteersWhen Clay Travis, Acclaimed Author Of Dixieland Delight, Decided To Spend The 2008 Season Up Close And Personal With UT Football, Hethought 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 Both 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 Ended 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.

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ↠ On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of an Era Author Clay Travis – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    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 it.Travis 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 c...


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    I liked it.


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    Being a huge Tennessee Volunteers fan, as well as a 1990 graduate of this fine east Tennessee institution of higher learning, my review of this book is admittedly biased from the beginning That being said, Clay Travis has written a compelling and highly entertaining book on the 2008 season of UT football Unbeknownst to Mr Travis as he set out to write this book, the 2008 season turned out to be one of the most tumultuous and controversial seasons in the past half century, arguably ever in the annals of UT football history Long story short, Phillip Fulmer, who had been a player, assistant, and ultimately head coach of the Vols over the past four decades, finds himself in the middle of a terrible season, which leads to his dismissal by the UT administration The conflict present is should Phil have received time to turn the p...


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    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 Fulmer.When 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 Era Thomas 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, ...


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    An Excellent Read For Vol FansI really enjoyed this book read it in record time It s an excellent read, even essential if you re a fan of University of Tennessee Football If you follow Southeastern Conference football, or college football in general, you ll find it interesting If you don t care much at all for college football, you ll probably want to give it a miss.For the record, I m a Vol football fan Always have been Always will be I graduated from UT in 1979 at the start of the Johnny Majors era In my four years there, I went to most of the Vols home games it was sort of a requirement for those of use who lived on campus, where Neyland Stadium constantly dominates the landscape My years as a student with easy access to live home football games were not exactly the high point of Tennessee football successes I saw a lot of great wins and a lot of bad losses But it was always Tennessee Football with a loyalty that passes a lot of understanding That is the particular part that I thought made the University of Tennessee different what I thought made UT a family We learned to support our school and our teams, not to slink off after a loss like we were looking for ...


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    The 2008 Tennessee football season is one that most Volunteer fans would like to forget It was the year we watched our beloved team implode and have the worst season most of us could ever remember It was a season that would, ultimately, end with the firing of longtime coach, Phil Fulmer, and one that was the beginning of a 5 year so far drought of the quality football the Tennessee faithful are used to seeing a drought from which we have yet to emerge So, as one could imagine, reliving this terrible season is not something that makes a Big Orange fan happy However, I rather enjoyed the book, despite the pain it caused me to read it I love Tennessee football and this gave a lot of insight into the behind the scenes stuff that most fans don t ever see It gives you a glimpse into just how much the players and coaches care and it made me ashamed that I was one of the fans calling for Fulmer s head back in 08 I thought that the game had passed Fulmer by and that he couldn t compete One thing I always felt, though, was that he was a class act, and this book didn t change that belief.On Rocky Top i...


  7. says:

    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 good.Even 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 snake.I 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...


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    On Rocky Top A Front Row Seat to the End of an Era by Clay Travis Harper Collins 2009 796.33623 was intended to be nothing than an inside look at the Tennessee Vols 2008 football season It became instead a chronicle of the death march of the era of Phillip Fulmer s tenure as the Tennessee football coach A fine man was fired so that a pencil necked wimp of an administrator could try to demonstrate that he had grown a pair The always touchy football gods have turned away from the Vols ever since karma has assured that every small victory since has been repaid by pain, heartache and disgrace For instance, the former Athletic Director who caused this mess left in disgr...


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    Painful to read for any dedicated Vols fan, but it was an insightful peak behind the scenes of the disastrous 2008 season One of the things I appreciated about Travis s book is how it ocassionally wrestles with the question, Why do I care so much and gives you a look at how our obsessive fandom affects the actual players as people and their families He also situates the firing of Fulmer in the larger context of the radical change in SEC football over the past few decades the SEC has become a mercenary league ,noting how Fulmer was the LAST SEC coach to have played for his team and grown up in the state his school represents I m certainly on the Lane train as far as my passion for Tennessee football goes, but I do think it is fascinating how the culture of SEC football ha...


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    Best quote in the end Phil Fulmer Tennessee coach fired in 2008 after 150 wins represents the final capstone of an era when the SEC went national He is the final man to be born in the state where he coached, the final head coach to be a graduate of his school For better or worse, all of our football teams will be helmed by hired mercenari...

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