It’s gonna be quite a party in Knoxville tonight.
The Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide today for the first time since 2006 thanks to a walk-off field goal from Tennessee kicker Chase McGrath to cap off one of the best college football games we’ve seen all damn season to have.
The game more than lived up to all the hype – and before kick-off, some country stars hung out with one of the most famous Tennessee grads in the world.
Three East Tennessee natives and country music superstars Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney and Kelsea Ballerinialong with the legendary Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manningwere spotted at Saloon 16, just minutes from Neyland Stadium, ahead of kick-off for tonight’s big game.
Looks like the group even hopped behind the bar to serve – or maybe just consume – a few drinks.
I think these four will be consuming a lot of alcohol tonight.
Tennessee fans remind Alabama fans that “Dixieland Delight” is about Tennessee
Alabama came in third in the nation at Rocky Top today and was a seven-point favorite over sixth-ranked Volunteers.
Tennessee hadn’t beaten Bama in what felt like forever, with their last win over the Crimson Tide dating back to 2006.
It had been so long since the University of Tennessee had to teach its students about its traditions after defeating Bama.
Needless to say, Volunteer fans are hooked and it’s been great to see the football rivalry between the two schools slowly being renewed.
However, an even bigger argument may ensue.
And it’s all about Alabama’s 1983 hit “Dixieland Delight.”
For those who don’t know, the University of Alabama has been playing Dixieland Delight between the third and fourth quarters for as long as I can remember.
It’s one of the coolest traditions in all of college football.
However, according to the lyrics, the song is set in Tennessee.
The first line literally says…
“Rolling Down a Backwoods, Tennessee Backroad”
The song was also written by Nashville native Ronnie Rogers.
So this started a massive debate on Twitter between fans from Alabama and Tennessee. Is Dixieland Delight about Alabama or Tennessee?
From an unbiased perspective, this is a simple answer. It’s about Tennessee because the state is mentioned SEVERAL times in the lyrics, regardless of the band’s name.
Of course, you’ve got your Alabama fans in denial as well, but Tennessee fans have certainly reminded them of the cold, hard truth:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/10/15/morgan-wallen-kelsea-ballerini-kenny-chesney-hang-with-peyton-manning-before-tennessees-victory-over-alabama/ Morgan Wallen, Kelsea Ballerini & Kenny Chesney Hang With Peyton Manning Before Tennessee’s Victory Over Alabama