A few years back, the Vols tried to incorporate more tradition and history into their pre-game activities with the reading of Gen. Neyland's Seven Maxims. The list includes:
1. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
2. Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way score
3. If at first the game - or the breaks - go against you, don't let up put on more steam.
4. Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.
5. Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle for this is the winning edge.
6. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
7. Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
As you can imagine, reading that aloud wasn't one of college football's more electrifying moments. Given the Vols success in recruiting Samoans and Hawaiians, maybe they should look to another island country for something more tribal to bring back the intimidation of Neyland Stadium. Something more in the mode of The New Zealand All Blacks (rugby) who chant The Haka before every game: (Ht - Roll Bama Roll).
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