Montana at Tennessee
by, 09-03-2011 at 06:16 PM (755 Views)
KNOXVILLE, Tn. — I made the three-hour trek from Blacksburg, Va and Virginia Tech to arrive at historic Neyland Stadium just in time for a major thunderstorm to move through campus.
Shortly after the national anthem, the Tennessee band was moved into a nearby tunnel and fans were asked to take cover. In a nearby parking structure, tailgating tents were being blown around by heavy winds and lightning strikes were flashing throughout the stadium area.
Heavy rain also blanketed the stadium as a storm cell passed through. At 7:10 p.m., we are still looking at 30 minutes more of delays before the teams begin play.
It will be interesting to see how Montana reacts to the delay.
Could it be a positive thing that will make Tennessee more nervous and the Grizzlies more relaxed when play finally begins?
Or will it have the opposite effect?
Montana has experience with delays. Grizzly sports information director Dave Guffey told me, as we watched the rain pummel the glass of the Tennessee press box, that there had been a similar storm blow through Washington-Grizzly Stadium before last year's season-opener with Western State.
Tennessee might not be Western State, but maybe the storm is a good omen for Montana, which is 7-20 lifetime against FBS opponents.