September 24, 2018
Gas Station Sushi
How many of us have had that “late night craving” that ended up sneaking into the fridge and binging on anything remotely appetizing? Not knowing that you’ll wake up the next day with uncontrollable heartburn and frequent trips to the bathroom. Well that’s what happen to Vol fans as they approached Tennessee’s matchup with Florida, who had just recently had a 30 year streak of beating Kentucky squashed by the much improved Wildcats team.
Tennessee’s chances looked good right up until kickoff.
The Vols came out looking like a team thrown together who hadn’t played a snap in years, quickly fumbling away any chances of beating Florida again at Neyland Stadium. The mistake prone team found themselves in a quickly lopsided game at 33-3 just into the 3rd quarter.
The gas station sushi showed its ugly head as Vol fans suffered mass nausea watching their beloved team give away any chance of a close game to Florida. Would they have had a chance anyway? Probably not as Tennessee is in yet another “rebuilding” year under Pruitt with players recruited by Butch Jones. Players that were marketed as the real deal but are showing they couldn’t live up to the hype.
The game sparked a couple controversies, one being between head coach Pruitt and Quart’e Sapp which was quickly squashed in the days following the game.
The other of coach Pruitt kicking a dry erase board on the sideline in obvious frustration at the team and their lousy performance. National media quickly jumped on this as if Pruitt was over his head taking on the job at Tennessee. Personally I would of preferred Pruitt go “Bobby Knight” style and using the dry erase board to break over player’s heads in any attempt to light a fire under a team not willing to “give their all for Tennessee”.
Imagine for a moment, Nick Saban being the head coach of that team…. Now what would he of done?
With Pruitt having plenty of experience under Saban and Kirby Smart, his actions on the sideline proved that he is passionate about getting this team together and making them at least competitive in 2018. With the real meat of the SEC schedule starring down at the Vols. Pruitt better hope he can get that team together sooner than later, otherwise Vol fans will see their beloved team again have zero wins in the once dominated SEC.
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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