Vol Fans: Stop It Already
Most Tennessee fans are complete pansies and should be punched in the face.
Yeah, you read that right. Our fan base is full of apologists and weaklings. The next Tennessee fan that says that Tyler Bray should be suspended should be immediately stripped of every Orange-colored item they own. There should be a University sanctioned task force created to forcibly remove that Wal-Mart jersey from their body, physically destroy that faded Orange coozie with the 1986 UT logo on it, strip those shit-stained lucky Orange and White boxers right off of their yellow asses, and pry that single-bar-facemask UT helmet license plate off of their truck with a crowbar. Now, before you call me a young punk and say that I "jest don' unnerstand what wearin' that urnge shirt means," I've been watching UT football for more than 30 years, so spare me. What I see today is a fan base full of people who are so beaten down by losing that they've resorted to latching on to reputation and character rather than success on the field. The "suspend Tyler" crowd refuses to believe that the Vols are going to be a good football team in 2012, so they're beating the rush and trying to get a jump on the excuses early. Here's a newsflash, Vol Nation: That’s what Vandy does with grades and admissions. Is that what we’ve become?
We were once a proud bunch who made Neyland Stadium a miserable place for visiting fans. Sure, it’s easy to blame the soft attitude of fans on the lack of success of the team on the field, but that’s all the more reason to embrace the natural behavior of great football players rather than condemn it. Do you want the Vols to win? Winners have thugs, miscreants, and all-around rabble rousers. Did you enjoy the late ‘80s and ‘90s? So did I, and I loved every thug player that ran through that T. Reggie Cobb? Travis Henry? Raynoch Thompson? Miscreants, all of them. Shaun Ellis smashed a cocktail glass into a coed’s face in the summer of 1998… result? Championships. Everybody’s golden boy, Peyton Manning, showed a female trainer his balloon knot and we named a street after that guy. Were all of you calling for those guys to be suspended? Of course you weren’t, because we were near the top of the world during that era. But today, you believe we are inferior, so you want to stand on some false principle of character.
When did it all go wrong for Tennessee? Most would say that it was in the 2001 SEC Championship Game against LSU. Some might say it was against Florida in 2002. Some believe that the death knell for the program as we knew it was against Alabama in 2008. But that wasn’t it. Our program went south the day our coaches decided that character was more important than winning and our fans went along with it, and that was the day in January 2005 when Tony McDaniel was kicked off the team after punching someone in the face during a pick-up basketball game. Now, I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking I can’t possibly be justifying Tony McDaniel’s actions that day. Of course I’m not doing that; I’m saying that I don’t care about it. College guys get into fights. Tony got arrested and sued and punished. The 2005 Vols needed him, but Phillip Fulmer decided to bow to public pressure and get rid of him. What followed was the Vols’ first losing season in 16 years, and the beginning of the end for Phillip Fulmer. In the years that have followed, notable talents such as Lamarcus Coker, Janzen Jackson, Nukeese Richardson, Mike Edwards, and Darren Myles have been booted for off-the-field offenses. Gone are the days when the athletic department ruled campus and the fan base thumbed their noses at every self-righteous opposing fan living in a glass house, and the wins are gone with them.
Go right ahead and keep campaigning for Tyler to get suspended. I’ll keep believing that you need to be punched in the face. You never know, Tony McDaniel could be waiting for you around the next corner.