On October 23, 1937, the Vanderbilt Commodores hosted the Louisiana State Tigers at Dudley Field in Nashville.
Earlier that year, Leon Trotsky and his associates were executed for trying to assassinate Stalin.
FDR was president of the United States, and he was flexing his muscles in the Supreme Court court-packing scheme.
Daffy Duck premiered for the first time.
The Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic.
Amelia Earhart disappeared in her bid to become the first woman to fly around the world.
J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit was published.
And then, on the third Saturday of October that year, the Men of West End wearing Black-and-Gold defeated the sixth-best team in the country, by one point: 7-6.
It was the highest-ranked football team that Vanderbilt had ever beaten since the days that rankings had begun to be given.
And it would be the highest-ranked team Vanderbilt had ever beaten for a long, long time. Then, seventy years later, almost to the day, the Commodores finally, finally did it again.
The date of Saturday the 20th of October 2007 -- the third Thursday in October -- may be known for other reasons in the state of Tennessee. But in Commodore Country, it will forever be remembered as the date that the Commodores recorded their greatest victory since the days that Dan McGugin commanded the sidelines in Nashville.
On this past Saturday, before more than seventy-thousand partisan fans in Columbia, South Carolina, Bobby Johnson again led his Commodores into history, by defeating the sixth-best team in the country and doing so in convincing fashion, 17-6.
And not only that. It was also on this day that one of Vanderbilt's long-time, personal nemeses, Steve Spurrier, was finally vanquished for the first time.
Humble pie has never tasted so good. And believe, after today, I'll eat my humble pie with a smile on my face.
I said this week that the loss against Georgia for homecoming was as devastating to the Vanderpsyche as the 30-point loss to Auburn the week before.
But apparently, no one told the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Instead, they walked into Williams-Brice Stadium and, as Steve Spurrier said, "whipped" the Gamecocks.
I have felt so many emotions since learning of the game on Saturday. But I must admit that I did not get to see it yet. Instead, I was in Connecticut, arguing cases with my law school's trial advocacy team. Because of that, I don't feel like I can give my normal NI commentary.
Nor do I feel that I can adequately describe how this game affects me as a fan or as an alumnus of the University. Let it suffice to say that the feelings that led me to write my Response to a Requiem after the devastating loss to Auburn.
Because I have not yet seen the game, I will forego my usual commentary on the articles and comments of the day, and instead simply list the Vanderbilt articles of merit that you should look at, by media source:
• Vandy rises to test: M. Adams helps V.U. stun No. 6 S. Carolina
• Moore's star shines in all directions: 2 interceptions highlight return to home State
• Defense makes statement with turnovers, sacks: Blitz packages get to S.C. quarterbacks
• Coach isn't surprised by victory: Bobby Johnson does not believe in "The Hump"
• Moore sparks upset as Vandy upends S. Carolina: Hometown coverage of D.J. Moore
• Vanderbilt upsets South Carolina: statistics and reports from Brett Hait & the City Paper
• S. Carolina natives celebrate a return home: B. Johnson and D.J. Moore headline a long list of V.U. personnel with S.C. connections
• Wheeler rolls into end zone at USC: hometown coverage of Justin Wheeler, V.U. receiver
• Born to Coach: Great feature-length article on Bobby Johnson subtitled 'Johnson has revived Vandy'
• Poor performance puzzles Gamecocks' Spurrier: game notes and analysis from the Charleston Post and Courier
• Cock 'N Misfire: S. Carolina offense "inept" in loss to "perennial conference doormat"
• 'Dores deep-six U.S.C.: Top-10 ranking spoiled, Gamecocks have not scored T.D. in 6 quarters
• Vandy win like poetry in motion: Dave Climer compares game to poem in Johnson's office
• Vandy win is one for the ages: How does this win fit in V.U. history? Brett Hait fills us in, with thoughts from the players
• M. Adams starts on a high note: Quarterback has 207 yards, 2 touchdowns in historic victory
• Vandy goes cautious with M.A.C. opponent: Johnson thinks V.U. will overcome "temptation to be overconfident"
• SEC East race anyone's, even Vandy's: At least we can count on Kentuckians to give us some credit
• Instant analysis: Vanderbilt v. S. Carolina: Fox Sports doesn't give V.U. a lot of respect
• SEC football players of the week announced: D.J. Moore is defensive P.O.T.W.; Brett Upson is special teams P.O.T.W.
• Vanderbilt's upset not surprising to players, coach: Sporting News talks about historic perspective of the win
• Commodore Notebook: Homecoming, One Week Later
• 'Dore duo get SEC weekly awards: Press release from V.U. Athletics
• This is not your Same Ole Vandy: VandyMania.com declares the end of S.O.V.
• SEC Ratings: Getting respect from Big Arnge fans?
• UT's road gets no easier: even more respect for V.U. out of Yew Tee?
• SEC is craziest conference: If we win, then the world must be upside-down, apparently
• The 120 at 1:20: Rivals.com has moved us all the way up to 57th. Just two spots below Troy.
• Correspondent Chris weighs in on Vanderbilt's huge win: VSL breaks it down
• Who wants an interception? VSL examines V.U.'s defensive output so far
• D-Fence! Vandy Tailgate credits the defense and D.J. Moore for stopping the 'Cocks
• The Marv = Nostradamus: Who Ya With pithily remarks that "the Cocks get slammed in the 'Dore"
• Oh what a wonderful feeling, dancing on the ceiling: WYW's Marv gives us a general thoughts post, including some MacAdams praise
• YES! Carolina 6-17 Vanderbilt: though he posts the score like he's British, Phillip is back
• Vanderbilt puts one together: The Valiant Underdog valiantly returns to the blogosphere with a nice effort
• BlogPoll calling: OTS' ballot: Some love from some 'Bammers, who put us in the Top 25
• Putting 1-7 into perspective: A Notre Dame fan pays attention to our win over S. Carolina
• Spurrier says Vandy 'great team': No respect for the 'Dores or the Ol' Ball Coach
• SEC Stock Tips: buy Vanderbilt, and buy Bobby Johnson, 'cause Ryan Ferguson sees both on the rise
• SEC Power Poll, week 8: Another Kentuckian shows some love; 'Dores at 9
• Weekend Thoughts on the SEC: A blog I haven't read before argues that we've "found a quarterback" in Mac Adams
FUNNIEST OF THE DAY
• Nobody expects.... the VANDERBILT COMMODORES!!! I.e., the Spanish Inquisition.
Well that's it for this edition of NI. We're back this week, and even though it's Miami week, we're gonna be out there putting forth our best effort just like we hope the Commodores will be doing, too.
And in case you've forgotten the math: we're 4-3 -- we have 5 games left, and we just have to win 2 of them. Come on, Vanderbilt. We can do this.