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 on: Today at 03:29:20 AM 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by VinnieVOL
Even his cadence and delivery of "Natural. Gas." made me interested in natural gas for a few moments.   

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 on: Yesterday at 08:11:16 PM 
Started by VinnieVOL - Last post by Tnphil
I went to games for years and never took a radio with me....The first time I took one was when they came out with the ones with the headsets. I got in my seat and tuned it into John Ward and listened to the pre kickoff show.....The game started and we marched down the field in about 5 plays and Ward was always giving the last play while the next play was beginning.....We scored and Ward was giving the he's at the 5....4.....3...and we were already lining up for the extra point when Ward said....Touchdown Tennessee!!! I looked at my buddy next to me and said....I think John Ward is having issues up there he's a little slow today.....A man behind me leaned over to me and said....The radio is on a 8-10 second delay...LOL!

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 on: Yesterday at 02:18:12 PM 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by Black Diamond Vol
I'll always remember the bammer game from 98 or 2000 (not sure of the year, but it was a home game). Leonard Scott returned a kickoff 100+ yards, but there was a flag on the play and everyone in the stadium thought it was coming back.

There was an endless wait for the ref's signal, and then:

JW: "The penalty is against.........AL!...A!...BAMA!"

You could almost hear the entire state going nuts.
 

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 on: Yesterday at 01:18:21 PM 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by PirateVOL
I gotta say Manning to Kent is right up there for me.  So many from that one game!

"That touchdown pass is...... CAUUUUGHT!  I knew he had it.."

"Burgdorf is BLASTED, fumbles the football there is a scramble for it..."

Naked handoff, bootleg reverse
Nobody knows where the football is except Manning. 
Where is he, in the ENDZONE!



The Miracle at South Bend is always memorable to me, too... "The kick is up it is..  good.  NO IT IS NO GOOD!"
FIFY

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 on: Yesterday at 12:51:45 PM 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by VinnieVOL
I gotta say Manning to Kent is right up there for me.  So many from that one game!

"That touchdown pass is...... CAUUUUGHT!  I knew he had it.."

"Burgdorf is BLASTED, fumbles the football there is a scramble for it..."

Naked handoff...


The Miracle at South Bend is always memorable to me, too... "The kick is up it is..  good.  NO IT IS NO GOOD!"

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 on: Yesterday at 08:54:50 AM 
Started by VinnieVOL - Last post by PirateVOL
It's hard to believe that we're now beginning a second generation of Vol fans who never knew John Ward. To me (and most of you, I'm sure) he's as much a part of UT sports as Neyland Stadium and the color Orange. I can't even imagine having grown up as a Vol without JW providing the soundtrack.
HE WAS UT sports when I was first listening to him.  It was through him I first "saw" the Swamp Rat and the Artful Dodger (Holloway).  His calls of Holloway's exploits (Re: running for his life at times) were amazing.  On one play it seemed like Holloway ran sideline to sideline for 5 minutes till he threw a prayer to Seivers (who caught ANYTHING within 5 yards of him) for "Give him 2!"

It was through (a very horse) John I "saw" the VOLS win the 1967 SEC Championship in triple OT in Starkville.  As good as John was at football he was far, far better at calling basketball.  Over on VQ LWS posted a video of the 75 KY game at Stokely (I was there).  It was great hearing John's call over the video and you got an appreciation for how good he was.  Where the ball was, its general movement and who had the ball, often with who was guarding him.  very, very smooth.

As an aside, that video cut out my moment of fame.  Once Robey came down on King's back and he flung him into my lap.  Robey complained to the ref about it and the ref noted he was on King's back, did he want a foul on himself?  I WAS in the video but nobody would recognize me as I weighed 135# soaking wet in those days   Also, the video cut out the once a game charging foul on Grevey.  Every game they played Ernie G would draw a charging foul from Grevey, usually after a made shot.  Grevey would swish a long range jumper (probably a 3 these days) and just turn and run up the court.  Ernie would stand 10-15 feet away, pull out a KNS and read Mervin West's column and wait for Grevey to run into him.  BTW, KY was LOADED that year:  Phillips, Robey, Grevey, Givens

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 on: Yesterday at 01:49:57 AM 
Started by VinnieVOL - Last post by Black Diamond Vol
It's hard to believe that we're now beginning a second generation of Vol fans who never knew John Ward. To me (and most of you, I'm sure) he's as much a part of UT sports as Neyland Stadium and the color Orange. I can't even imagine having grown up as a Vol without JW providing the soundtrack.

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 on: June 22, 2018, 11:04:24 EDT 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by PirateVOL
Gotta give it to Henry!
Here's Martin, here's Henry, Dives! 
GIVE.  HIM.   SIX!!!!  THAT'S ALL!!!!

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 on: June 22, 2018, 10:23:48 EDT 
Started by Black Diamond Vol - Last post by BanditVol
Gotta go with Manning to Kent.  On.  Play One! 

My favorite game of all time, so thus my favorite call.   

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 on: June 22, 2018, 10:21:15 EDT 
Started by VinnieVOL - Last post by BanditVol
RIP John, and thanks for the memories.   

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