Absolutely true phenomenon. During the '98 Nat'l Championship run our daughter, the oldest of our 6 children, lay near death with an unknown illness. We saw every game that season except the last game of Sept. To this day I can remember which hospital we were in for each game. Our other children were farmed out to friends while both of us spent 2 months at her bedside. The Vols gave us joy and relief, if only for a little, from the terror of those days. Great article.