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TECH - MTSU

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Okay so some of you transplants won't actually understand this that much but the football game between TN TECH and MTSU, called the Totem Bowl, has been revived - at least for one season. The game is Sept. 14, 2006 at MTSU. This is an old game tradition so if any of you all are TECH or MTSU Alumni - you understand.

For those of you who are not familiar with the game... TECH and MTSU met on the field for 74 consecutive years - becoming one of the longest rivalries in college football. The game was at some point sponsored in part by Harvey's Department Store. Fred Harvey himself donated a Totem Pole that became the trophy and namesake of the game. (Wouldn't it be great to have such community involvement today??)

Anyway, I wanted to pass this on for any of you who might be interested.

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I think it's great that MTSU is able to participate in games against in-state opponents. Having beaten Vanderbilt three times in a row, I think the two schools have a good chance to really build up a good rivalry between with each other. It's also exciting that MTSU will begin playing Memphis soon as well.

With the all of the coaching changes made, I'm really excited to see what the Blue Raider football program will be like in 2006.

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Yeah I think it is a good thing too although the 2 schools have very little in common these days. My sister went to MTSU and I went to TECH - back when the rivalry was still around. Anytime my parents went to a game between the two schools - they had to wear white so they could blend in with either crowd. lol. I'm still going to have to pull for TECH in this one though.

I think the MTSU/UofM game has a lot of potential too - call it the battle of the blue.

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Being from Memphis, I've never heard of the Totem Bowl.

It's an odd thing how the state is so geographically split up with the 3 divisions.

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Being from Memphis, I've never heard of the Totem Bowl.

It's an odd thing how the state is so geographically split up with the 3 divisions.

you're not missing much. neither school is really known for their football (unless you're a vandy fan :P ). they should call it the toilet bowl :D

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you're not missing much. neither school is really known for their football (unless you're a vandy fan :P ). they should call it the toilet bowl :D

I take it you're saying that those are the two schools Vandy manages to beat every year.

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I take it you're saying that those are the two schools Vandy manages to beat every year.

haha, nope. mtsu is the team that vandy is always supposed to beat, but never can. mtsu always plays their best ball against them.

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What, no one is going to post the score???

TN Tech 0

MTSU 44

i was, but i can't count that high. :D i wasn't expecting it to be that big of a blowout. great game. for us at least. haha.

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ok - sorry (been sick as hell). Went to the game, the first half was okay (left after half-time). Guess I was the magic component keeping TECH's defense together - LOL. MISERABLE game for TECH and MTSU didn't really look too good either. Anyway, it was fun to at least see the old rivalry again. Oh and it was the first time I have been to the new Floyd Stadium. That place looks like it was purchased from a sunday paper Kmart circular. Pretty amazing how far apart the schools have grown in just a few short years.

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That place looks like it was purchased from a sunday paper Kmart circular.

I'd be interested to know exactly what you mean by that. I wasn't quite sure if that was a compliment or an insult to Floyd Stadium. :)

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you're not missing much. neither school is really known for their football (unless you're a vandy fan :P ). they should call it the toilet bowl :D

MTSU was a power house in division II-A; there new to division I-A, and you have to give them time to build. Neither Alabama nor Notre Dame won National Championships there first few years.

That place looks like it was purchased from a sunday paper Kmart circular.

I think the Stadium has potential; the stadium has a cool design to it, but I agree that they went cheap on the materials used in construction (aluminum). To join Division I-A you have got to compete with the bigger schools in recruiting and your facilities is a big impact to the recruits. They should have put a little more time and money into the stadium and used concrete slab and brick rather then aluminum.

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Sometimes nicer facilities come when a team begins to win a lot. When I was going to Florida State games as a young child in the mid-to-late 80's the place looked like an erector set, and wasn't even truly bowled in on either side (the end zone bleachers looked temporary). Today FSU has what has got to be one of the best stadiums in all of college football, and that's got to be due to FSU's success on the field, not the other way around. MTSU has a decent stadium. If the Blue Raiders start winning a lot of big games for a lot of years in a row, we'll very likely see major stadium improvements.

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It is a very ugly stadium and cheap looking, hence the reference to Kmart. Don't take it too seriously though - I went to TECH back in the days of the rivalry so I am programmed to dislike anything MTSU. MTSU was never a powerhouse - they were pretty much on-par with the rest of the OVC.

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