Before more sane heads prevealed and tomorrow night's top ten tilt between Tennessee and LSU was postponed until Monday night, the Vols were prepared to forfeit the game should it not be moved. The concern by UT was the students (both players and trainers) and staff who would have to fly into Baton Rogue where Hurricane Rita is expected to hit later today.
Now, a cynical part of me wonders if we hadn't lost to Florida, how willing the Vols would have been to forfeit the game.
But, I am proud to pull for a school that realizes that sometimes in life there are more important things that a football game. Don't get me wrong--I love the Vols and I love UT football, but in some cases, other things take priority.
And can I just come out and say, I'm tired of feeling like UT is the bad guy in all this. They have made reasonable requests such as having the game earlier in the day or moving it due to logistical issues of not having any rooms in the area for the players and staff to stay at. But it seems to me every time we hear about it, LSU is saying how unfair it is for UT to even make such a request and it's their tradition for a night game...yada, yada, yada. (Sorry but getting liquored up all afternoon so you can treat opposing fans and teams like dog-doo is not a tradition....) I'm sick of hearing about it. Yes, you've been through a lot down there. I am sympathetic. But you know, we're asking for some help and consideration here to accomodate another team and show sportsmanship. If the shoe were on the other foot, I know my team and university would show you far more consideration than you're showing us.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/23/2005 03:49:00 PM