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KaTom Restaurant Supply Team Puts Orange Foot Forward as East Tennessee Gears Up for Football Kickoff

With the kickoff of the college football season upon us, Team KaTom decided to show its team spirit Friday by donning colors, logos, and even face and hair paint in support of favorite collegiate squads. Being that we're in East Tennessee, the building was awash in Big Orange, but there was some diversity among our band of restaurant equipment retailers. Some showed pride for their own alma maters or for institutions important to their families and homeplaces. Others - we're referring here to at least one University of Florida fan who declined to be photographed - may have just used the opportunity to be the dissenter.

Of course, being in the south and just a few miles from the University of Tennessee's flagship campus in Knoxville, there's a lot of excitement about the coming action on the gridiron. With the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation, the Vols are looking strong this year, despite being overlooked for any of the preseason rankings. That has a lot of Team KaTom optimistic about what the coming season, the first with Head Coach Butch Jones, may hold. Still, there's at least a 50 percent chance the Georgia, LSU, and, yes, even Florida fan(s) in our midst will still have reason to gloat the Monday after they get their respective shot at Tennessee.

What do you think of our school pride? Not bad for a bunch of restaurant equipment and supplies salespeople, eh?

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James strikes his most heroic spirit day pose.

Speaking of striking a pose, at right Brandi, Donny, and Anthony build a pyramid of big orange. That head you see sticking out around the wall behind them? That's Charles and what he's doing is a perfect photobomb. Bravo, Charles.

JessicaJenniferOur operators, Jennifer and Jessica, are the first face of KaTom for most of those who call or visit us. On Friday, those faces were bathed in orange.

At left, Erik dressed to impress in his vintage zippered shirt and jersey jacket. He explained he had to dig pretty far back in his dad's closet for the throwback duds.

Channeling the movie
A League of Their Own, Ashley reminds everyone that there is no crying in football.

JennielHeatherlFrom her orange flip-flops to the temporary tattoos of the Power T and Volunteers mascot Smokey on her cheeks, Jennie, at right, went all-out for our spirit day.

Heather even has a personalized jersey to help her show her support for the Tennessee Volunteers.

LyndsayBerniceLyndsay thinks UT's college football future with Butch Jones at the helm is so bright, she had to wear her sunglasses.

Bernice gives the Volunteers a thumbs-up as she consults a KaTom customer on the phone.

DonnaDonna dons orange and thinks good thoughts for the Vols' college football 2013 prospect.

CallieOf course our own KaTom mascot Callie got in on the spirit day excitement, wrapping herself in a Tennessee blanket on her bed overlooking the main entrance to KaTom.

As previously noted, a handful of other college football teams got the votes of various of our restaurant equipment suppliers.

OliviaB,D,LDespite the SEC rivalry with the University of Tennessee, Olivia, right, donned her Louisiana State University pride, from LSU purse to a custom pedicure. With family connections to LSU, Olivia said the "cajun just gets in your blood."

Though he bypassed Tennessee orange for the colors of his alma mater, Mars Hill University, Derek was still accepted by Vol fans Brenda and Lyndsay because his chosen college football team competes in a different division.

GroupSherriShuntia mustered the same courage Olivia did in displaying her Unviersity of Georgia Bulldog pride. It was a decision not everyone supported, as evidenced by Brandi's joking thumbs-down.

Sherri says she got the Buckeyes bug thanks to a childhood spent near the Ohio State campus. She showed her pride from her head, which bore a bright red bow, to her feet, onto which she tied hand-decorated Buckeyes shoes.