03 August 2008
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
February 2004. I could not discern the weather as the university bookstore was connected to the billiards and bowling hall by a maze of doors and stairs. There was a break in the action thanks to my opponent being a no-show so I decided to pick out a souvenir. UTK, along with Texas at Austin, houses its men's athletic programs completely separate from the women. They even have slightly different logos - the women have sky blue script reading "Lady Volunteers" over the traditional big orange T. I saw a big ol' tumbler that was the same style as the USC one, only different coloring. This is when the whole collection idea began. Four-plus years later, the whim is still going strong.