Perhaps what appeals to me most about college football is how it reflects so many aspects of life both good and bad. When I wrote my book Rebuilding Year, I drew a comparison between a team on the field and the lives of the fans off of it. It’s dark times down in Oxford right now with the team announcing it will self impose a bowl ban and more is likely to come. While fans of other teams will take shots at Mississippi and Hugh Freeze, Continue reading
The strange thing about Mike DeBord is that despite all the criticism from fans, he really wasn’t all that bad. He averaged 36 points per game, second only to Alabama in the SEC. He scored Continue reading
I can’t even look at Facebook for how many posts there are about how bad 2016 stunk. From celebrity deaths to political issues not going the way they wanted, 2016 has given people a lot to be disappointed about. Just add the Tennessee football season to that list of grievances. As the Vols literally limp into the final game of the season here are Continue reading
On October 3, 1863, with the country divided into bloody carnage, Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November be a day we give thanks for the things we have. That year the Fourth of July was spent counting carcasses at the freshly finished Battle of Gettysburg which made a Friday the 13th look like Steel Magnolias. Today we live in a country beset with outrage. In a nation where oppression means only Continue reading
It’s been a long time since the days when we used to read two or three articles about the coming Tennessee game in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Today we have the information super highway where we have infinite material regarding everything from Tennessee football to Continue reading
The cold wind blows and as the old Jedi of Rocky Top, Phil Fulmer, told us it’s Kentucky time. It’s been a strange year for Kentucky and Tennessee. Remember October 1st when Butch Jones wept on the field at Sanford Stadium and we all loved him. He was 5-0. On that very same day Kentucky fell to 2-3 including a lost to Southern Miss and Mark was calling Bob looking for work. Now Butch has dropped 3 of 4 and of course he’s an idiot now. Stoops has an outside shot at Atlanta. They will meet tomorrow and because you’ve read everything else, here are three things they aren’t saying about Continue reading
It has been revealed through a carefully dvr’d and played back clip that Butch might have said “F#ck them all” about our fans. He has since backpedalled in true Butch Jones politically correct coach speak. Continue reading
In the wake of an heartbreaking upset to South Carolina, Vol Twitter went into its usual meltdown. Anger had consumed Vol Nation and given the circumstances it’s certainly understandable. But just because it’s understandable to do something doesn’t mean you should. Anger is a deadly sin for a reason. It impairs our judgement so severely we make decisions that seemingly make sense. But upon a more sobering look are downright foolish.
Anger Can Cloud our Reality
Anger leaves us vulnerable to opportunists. It’s a human flaw that when we are angry we are more likely to believe false accusations about the target of our anger. This week someone citing “a reliable source” claimed that Butch had banned walk ons from the Vol Walk. Immediately Vol fans went into full rage mode despite having no hard evidence to justify the claim. Imagine you worked in an office and you blew the big Harrison account. Everyone’s mad at you. Someone decides to claim based on a trusted unnamed source that you had acted inappropriately with the secretary. Now you are under investigation for something you didn’t do. If you hadn’t blown the Harrison account (or lost to South Carolina) no one would believe this unfounded rumor. The anger leads to the kind of mob mentality history has shown us from the Salem Witch Trial to the Red Scare. For the record, the rumor turned out not to be true.
Defense of Anger
I’ve been called a sunshine pumper. This is an honor I wear proudly. If being positive is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Others want to be angry. They defend their anger like a mother defends her children. You’ll hear things like:
“It’s not disloyal to your team to criticize the coaches.”
This is correct but criticism is a questioning of a methodology. It is not:
Fuck you Butch Jones, fuck you Josh Dobbs, fuck you Mike Debord. Bitches
— Brogle (@bryceogle_) October 30, 2016
This isn’t criticism. This is just hate plain and simple. Think of it this way. If you took a golf lesson, and your instructor said, “you shouldn’t take the club back so far, you might hit it straighter.” This would be a good example of criticism. Constructive criticism anyway. If your instructor says, “You suck and you’ll never be good at golf you stupid idiot.” You need to get a new instructor. With a level head, I think it’s quite obvious the sense this makes.
Twitter is a means for launching an idea and seeing if it will replicate. It is the grapevine of the 21st century and some want to replicate the idea our coach is an idiot. They also use this device to try to convince recruits to come to Tennessee and where they would play for that coach. Last season I had this talk with Georgia fans who were on twitter calling Mark Richt an idiot. This hurts recruiting. If everyone was telling you the cook was terrible but you should eat at his restaurant, you would think they were nuts. In our anger, we fail to realize that we are negatively recruiting our own team.
The advent of social media has made the idea of free speech a little more complicated than in previous generations. We now have the power as individuals to publish content worldwide. Something people at most newspapers and television networks didn’t have in the 90s. I am not for the suppression of free speech. You have the right to be angry but I would simply suggest that you ask yourself this question, “Do I really want to be?”
It’s game day and after being spoiled with four consecutive primetime Verne and Gary games, we have to wait all the way until the night game… for South Carolina. You have all day to read the same old stuff about this game after you have read the same old stuff all week. Here are three Continue reading
Tennessee should be favored in the all of their final five games leading to its first ten win season in almost a decade. With LSU’s performance last night, Florida could fall hard in Baton Rouge on November 19th. These Continue reading