Aug. 29, 2012
One day until kickoff. Breathe slowly and repeat.
If you're sitting at home, you're filled with excitement, like a giddy child waiting to open birthday presents.
Or you're stuck at work, counting down the hours (and seconds) while avoiding that last-minute deadline Lumbergh assigned after lunch.
|by Brandon Barca (Archive)
No matter what you're doing, you're craving Vanderbilt football.
And what better way to get the juices flowing than by getting a special 15-second tease of the 2012 intro video.
Fans cans see the entire open on the brand new monster video board right before the Commodores run out of the tunnel Thursday night.
This snippet should do the trick (for now, at least).
(Video credit: Dwayne Elliott)
Anchor Down Chant
A common theme inside the stadium this season will be... (you guessed it) Anchor Down.
Over the last week, we've documented James Franklin's impact on the growth of Commodore football traditions. Anchor Down has been at the forefront of his mission, becoming the hottest phrase of the summer in Nashville.
At a student pep rally last Friday night, senior defensive end Johnell Thomas gave a brief tutorial of the new Anchor Down chant, which will be accompanied by a video board element during the game. Franklin told the crowd that his squad concludes every team meeting with the battle cry.
Watch this video to see the students' response, and then practice at home with friends and family.
College Colors Day and Black Out
How can you help brand the Star V across the world?
Start by wearing black and gold to work and school on Thursday for College Colors Day.
It doesn't matter if you're coming to the game or not, show your Vanderbilt pride. If you're one of the 40,000 fans lucky enough to attend the game, make sure your attire is black. Coach's orders.
The Commodores will be sporting their new all-black uniforms, too, so you won't be alone.
More Gameday Fun (Get to Campus Early)
» With several events in town Thursday night, and the game starting at the tail end of rush hour, traffic will be a beast. Click here for traffic and parking tips. You don't want to miss the first quarter, do you? (In fact, make sure you're in the stadium at least 30 minutes before kickoff. The team will appreciate it.)
» There will be a new anchor presentation right before the intro video. We can't reveal any more details at this time.
» A new Commodore poster will be available inside Gate 2 of the stadium (gates open at 4 p.m.). Get one while supplies last.
» Every time the Commodores are facing a third down and need a stop on defense, a specific song will be played over the loudspeakers. Get rowdy.
» Continuing a tradition that started in 2003, the Freshman Run will happen during pregame. You want to talk about energy? Try listening to over 1,500 freshmen crammed in the tunnel, right next to the Commodores' locker room, waiting to explode onto the field. It's a rush (and the team feeds off the noise).
» The feel-good story in Middle Tennessee right now is the Goodlettsville little league team. The United States champions, and first ever from Tennessee, will be honored at midfield during a timeout in the second quarter.
» Rumors are floating around that there might be a big announcement on the multipurpose facility. "Stay tuned. We hope to have word for you at halftime," hinted athletics director David Williams in his live chat on VUcommodores.com last week.
» Vandyville opens at 3 p.m. Arrive to campus early and show your support at Dore Alley, the Commodores' pregame walk from the buses to McGugin. The festivity will start at 3:35 p.m. at the intersection of Natchez Trace and Children's Way.
» Joe Fisher's pregame radio show, which airs on NewsRadio 1510 WLAC (Vanderbilt's new flagship), will begin in Vandyville at 4:30 p.m.
» For the first time, Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt will have a retail location in the popular tailgating area.
» Coca-Cola, the game sponsor, is bringing a sampling display for fans.
» The Kids Zone is back and will feature inflatable games on the field next to Natchez and Children's Way.
» The National Commodore Club's tailgate will be located on the lawn between Gate 2 outside the stadium and Star Walk. Please RSVP in advance.
» Finally, Vandyville is expanding this year. More tents and more tailgaters will add to the atmosphere. Pat yourself on the back for making it a success.
For a complete gameday timeline, click here.
(Video credit: Kim Carper)