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The tradition has been a fan favorite ever since the very first Music City Bowl in 1998. It's where the gauntlet is thrown and the stage is set for Monday's game.
Thousands of fans supported their school turning Broadway into a sea of fans divided into red and white, and black and gold factions, and each school brought their best to get the fans geared up.
Vanderbilt's biggest moment came when the twirlers lit the ends of their batons on fire and threw them into the air.
NC State answered by firing a cannon during the team's fight song.
The performances naturally left fans split on who they thought won.
"Vanderbilt of course because this is our house," said Mika Wells, a Vanderbilt alumna. "Why wouldn't we win?"
"Of course I'm going to say NC State won but we truly were the better band," said Patty Clapper, NC State fan.
"I believe Vanderbilt won because of the energy of the crowd it was a lot of fun," Mackenzie Brannan said.
Bowl officials said they'd already sold some 55,000 tickets as of Sunday night for the 11:00 a.m. game Monday at LP Field.
Sunday, December 30 2012, 08:02 PM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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