Deep in the bowels of The Daily Times Sports Collection, Information and Dissemination Command Center a lot of events come across the radar screens. In the mass of basketball tournaments, league signups, team car wash notices, hiking, running cycling, pancake breakfasts, kickball standings and other items, one popped out this week as it went through the sorter to determine if it would be added to Sports Look or a brief.
They’re going to playing a round for Barry on Nov. 1.
For those who haven’t had the experience, there’s a whole generation of UT students that went through a rite of passage with at least one visit to the Backdoor Tavern. Many made multiple trips to mix with the West Knoxville professionals and mixed bag of regulars. Some of those trips might even be remembered.
Often directing the chaotic orchestra of ringing horse shoes, thumping juke box, big gulp cups was Barry, who owns that unique world view that allowed him to never meet a stranger but aggravate the best of friends. His trademark phrase “I like your style” has been copied, put on shirts and become a point of reference. One of three sons of UT postwar hoops legend Ted Cook — better known around town by his Joe Toddy moniker, Barry maintained the same love of golf his father found.
The BDT crowd is holding a tournament for Barry to help with his healthcare costs as he awaits a transplant. The call is going out to those who knew the place as Toddy’s, and might have lost the name but remember the smile behind the bar. It’s a format as off-beat as Barry himself. Golfers get just two clubs to use and there will be a random club for use at each hole. Signups are at the tavern and there’s a fundraising party afterward.
Duffer or pro have no worry, they’ll still like your style.