November 23, 2013
The 1-2-3 Punch!
What I typically refer as OH-tober, the October portion of Tennessee’s schedule which usually hosts the toughest of our SEC rivals, evolved this year into NO-vember. Tennessee managed to get out of Oh-tober with one silver lining, the win over top ranked South Carolina, giving Vol fans some hope as we starred down the barrel of what should be considered the toughest schedule in College Football!
This November seemed like a scene out the movie Casino, where Nicky Santoro gets pulverized by his mob buddies and buried in a corn field while still breathing. The Volunteer faithful lay helpless in a pool of orange blood as mobsters Auburn, Alabama, Missouri, and their other cousin Vandy steadily put us to rest in the SEC.
Since Coach Phillip Fulmer was shown the door, Tennessee has continued a disastrous trend of 5-7 seasons and becoming one of the worst teams in the SEC. While other programs pony up, hire top notch coaches, and start piling up the wins, Tennessee seems to be riding the same old stag of a horse called “rebuilding year” or “the ‘ol young team” horse which died years ago. How much longer will Vol fans stand and watch us continue to just barely keep our heads above the quicksand before the University takes notice?
August 19, 2019
Back in the Saddle!
So, for the first time ever since becoming a Vol fan, I had gotten too frustrated with the same old storyline about Tennessee football. For over a decade now, Vol fans had started each season saying “this is when we start to see something”. What we ended up seeing was a rinse, wash, repeat season where hope quickly was squashed early in the season. Then lady luck would seem to appear and the Vols would have a good game or, dare I say, a good win.
Fan’s hope restored!!
However, that good game or good win would be immediately followed by the Vols getting knocked back down….way down!
Fan’s hopes dashed!!
Then another surprising good game or win. Last year coming against #11 Kentucky.
Fan’s hope restored!!!
But the season ended with a resounding THUD as the Vols layed an egg for the remainder of the season ending in 5-7. The once storied program of college football and frequent leader of the SEC again had a year that frankly wasn’t even worth of Division I play.
Honestly, I wasn’t going to go through that rollercoaster again. So I decided to take the year off of my usual obsession of Tennessee Football. Didn’t bother with my usual attendance to at least 2 or 3 home games and there were very few games I even watched. It became very liberating having those Saturdays, that I spent fuming over our losses, to just sit back and enjoy college football as a whole.
Does that make me less of a Vol fan? NO… I still bleed orange and white. I just get to do it with fewer spikes in my blood pressure.
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