‘Gotta Win ‘Em All’: Tennessee Drops Pokémon-Inspired Schedule Release

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    Tennessee Basketball

    The Pokémon-inspired schedule release from Tennessee Basketball. Photo via (@Vol_Hoops) on Twitter.

    The Tennessee Volunteers have combined the college basketball world and the Nintendo Pokémon world in a spectacular – and unexpected – fashion.

    On Wednesday afternoon, just hours after announcing their 2022-2023 SEC schedule, Tennessee’s social media team dropped one of the most unique videos that is sure to give a wave of nostalgia to some select video game users.

    The video goes through the season schedule and inserts a Pokémon in the place of each opponent, creating some laugh-out-loud surprises.

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    Some of the best and most funny surprises include:

    • Alcorn State as “Seedot” – a Pokémon that looks just like an acorn.
    • Ole Miss as “Garbador” – a Pokémon that looks like a heaping pile of trash.
    • Vanderbilt as “Jigglypuff” – a Pokémon that looks like a pink round ball.
    • Texas as “Ditto” – a Pokémon that looks like a blob but can shapeshift into other pokemon (UT vs UT).
    • Arkansas as “Lechonk” – a Pokémon that is a big hog.

    The creative schedule release video is something that is becoming more and more popular in sports leagues as content creators continue to have more innovation and tools at their disposal.

    The NFL’s schedule release has almost become its own day on the calendar, simply because of the videos that are posted by the teams. The Los Angeles Chargers had an animated schedule released earlier this year that was also animated and humorous.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.