September 16, 2012
Corso’s Kiss of Death
September 15, 2012: Knoxville, TN
For the first time in several years, excitement had reached the level impatient Vol fans had been waiting on and drawing ESPN’s College GameDay to the University of Tennessee campus for an early battle royale with Tennessee’s recent nemesis the Florida Gators.
Derek Dooley and the Vols kept fans in the game for the first half playing the kind of Florida vs Tennessee matchup that was worthy of the attention. Just like every good story, it has a dark side and this one was titled “2nd half” as the Vols came out after halftime looking like a Division II school Florida booked for homecoming.
Florida quickly running away with the game in both 3rd and 4th quarters making Tennessee players look completely unprepared for this game and causing a black hole funnel from the stands as the life of the fans quickly got sucked away. What started out as a season of hope, being Dooley’s 3rd year and sentiment that the team’s play would eventually catch up to the sales pitch Dooley had been giving fans since his hire.
With the rest of the schedule looming and the alway infamous October schedule, Vol fans certainly have reason to be concerned about another losing season…..
August 19, 2019
Now comes the fun part! In response to Vanderbilt’s announcement that they will start selling alcoholic beverages at college football games to raise revenue, Tennessee has done the same starting with this year’s BYU game.
Fortunately my drinking days are long behind me but even before this announcement came, like everyone else, I have had some pretty bad experiences in my beloved Neyland Stadium with some drunk ass hole near me and my family ruining the game experience for everyone around them. Now there are plenty of assholes in all fan bases anyway but you add alcohol to the mix and you get Asshole x 10!
So for the money I have spent to watch my Vols not only comes at a heavy price with tickets, travel, lodging, food, and the tons of cash I’ll drop on Tennessee gear but I just forked over all that money so I can be next to some asshole who couldn’t care less what comes out of his mouth and is running it constantly and now, YES, staying nice and drunk through the whole game.
I’m all for everyone having a good time at the games just don’t ruin it for the rest of us. While colleges may see the $$ in serving alcohol, they could easily lose it in ticket sales for those of us not wanting to be put in that situation to watch, what is now, a mediocre team.
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