Peyton Manning in attendance for Tennessee baseball against Notre Dame in super regional
Peyton Manning likes Omaha so much he wanted to see his alma mater make it there two seasons in a row.
The two-time Super Bowl champion played for Vols football from 1994-97, winning an SEC championship and finishing runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in his final season.
Manning, whose "Omaha" audibles were made famous during his NFL career, was in attendance to see the Vols face Texas in the College World Series in Omaha last season. Tennessee can return to the CWS by winning the three-game series against Notre Dame.
One interesting — and slightly worrying — note for Vols fans about the quarterback's presence is the so-called "Manning curse," a theory that Manning's presence leads to poor results. The curse gained steam thanks to ESPN's alternative Monday Night Football "Manning-casts" during the 2021 NFL season.
It's more than just a social media thing, as the curse was acknowledged on a live broadcast with golfer Phil Mickelson in November 2021.
The last time Manning was in attendance to watch the Vols, the football team was thrashed 41-17 by national champion Georgia.
Notre Dame led Tennessee 5-0 through three innings on Friday.