Quick Slant
Quick Slant: Important to purchase bowl tickets through Vanderbilt

Nov. 27, 2013

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

On Thanksgiving eve we asked our fabulous chef Majid "Magic" Noori about the big eaters he has seen coming through his training table line. On the current football team, the Magic Man points to 265-pound defensive end Caleb Azubike, a.k.a. The Nigerian Nightmare, as a man that knows how to fill up a plate - several times. The all-time biggest eater in Magic's memory? He instantly blurts out "Festus." As in Festus Ezeli, the huge, former center on the basketball team who gained over 50 pounds eating Magic's chow. The NBA's Golden State Warriors now have the challenge of feeding the big man.

There are conversations with bowl representatives these days and they often include a question about potential ticket sales to the game. It's an annual question because to these bowls, the economic impact on their city is important. The question you must ask yourself as a fan planning to attend our bowl game is this: are you so concerned about sitting on the best yard line even if the seats are not in the designated Vanderbilt section or do you prefer to sit with die-hard Commodore fans who have purchased their tickets through our box office? We appreciate everyone who attends our bowl game but only tickets sold through our ticket office get credited to our total when bowl officials trade information. This can help make or break us with future opportunities.

It was great seeing former Vanderbilt Athletic Director and SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer and his son Steve at the football game last Saturday in Knoxville. He had just been to the funeral of former basketball broadcaster and LSU AD Joe Dean and has been busy traveling and even making plans to write a book.



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