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2/23/2008 07:14:00 PM

Live from The Center Of The College Hoops Universe

The scene outside FedEx Forum three hours before tip of No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 1 Memphis: The weather was a tad cold for the mid-South, blue-clad fans were mobbing Beale Street, isolated packs of Tennessee fans were being heckled, and scalpers were still trying to get $200 apiece for upper-level tickets ...

Outside Memphis-Tennessee
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The fellow below had the ultimate Tigers-fan combo: A blue goatee and an "I HATE ORANGE" t-shirt.

Outside Memphis-Tennessee
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Memphis students lined up before 5 a.m. Saturday to gain access to the ESPN GameDay set. Then they lined up again later in the day to secure the choicest seats for the game.

Outside Memphis-Tennessee
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A pep rally -- with plenty of media coverage, and an awkward "we're No. 1 chant" in progress as this pic was snapped -- was being held on the FedEx Forum's massive patio.

Outside Memphis-Tennessee
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I'll check back in post-game. Feel free to kill time in the comments section ...

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Posted: 8:28 PM   by Anonymous Freebird
I'd love to be there?.. but I think I will settle for my 50" plasma, and no evening traffic.. :).. should be an AWESOME game though..
Posted: 8:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Go Tigers! It's time to avenge last year's disappointing loss.
Posted: 8:40 PM   by Blogger Anthony E
well this is unbelievable! i wish i could be there!
Posted: 8:45 PM   by Blogger Major
Memphis will look like the C-USA team they are tonight...just like last year baby! Vols by 18
Posted: 12:20 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hmm. Go VOLS!
Posted: 12:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wish I could have been there. Good Game Vols. It is great to be a Tennessee Vols. My girlfriend wore Memphis Blue that day and I wore Orange, was a great game for state of Tennessee.
Posted: 2:13 AM   by Blogger gomo25
Vols paint the Tigers Orange! GoVols!
Posted: 2:26 AM   by Blogger gomo25
Vols paint Tigers Orange! Go Vols!#1! Tigers are great,too!
Posted: 4:00 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What, no audio of the giant choking sound afterwards?
Posted: 4:56 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
If there ever was a time to say "GO VOLS" it is now,so "GO VOLS"!!!!!!!!! ROCKY TOP YOU WILL ALWAYS BE................... HOME SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET HOME TO....................MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOOD OLE ROCKY TOP..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ROCKY TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TENNESSEEEEEE
Posted: 3:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hey Memphis: It may have been your city, but never forget it is our State. The VOLUNTEER State.
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