Oct. 25, 2013
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Traditions don't happen overnight, they usually take time to catch hold. There was a time when we had few traditions surrounding our football games but several good ones have developed over the years. Vandyville expands annually; the black Victory Flag, Star Walk, the Anchor Dash (freshman run) and "The Admiral" (the ship horn) come to mind. Other things, such as Dore Alley are emerging. For my money, our fans are starting to look forward to the Anchor presentation as we have improved the ceremony. Fans enjoyed seeing Pittsburgh Pirate star Pedro Alvarez drop the anchor last week.
Vanderbilt is pretty well known for having produced a number of high profile journalists, mostly the result of the Russell-Rice Scholarship program that annually brought one gifted writer to campus.
One especially prolific period came in the early to mid-1990's when stars such as Buster Olney (ESPN baseball), Tyler Kepner (New York Times), Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated), Mitch Light (Athlon) to name just a few came through the pipeline. Another alum is Willie Geist, who has become a celebrity as a regular on the popular Morning Joe morning show on MSNBC and then a host on NBC's famous Today Show. Willie is a big Vandy fan and made his annual trek down last weekend to watch the `Dores knock off Georgia. Wearing his Vandy gear in the pressbox, even the University of Georgia president asked to meet Willie.