In just six days, football season kicks-off here in Big Orange Country. After an off-season that was a roller-coaster ride, I'm ready for the season to kick-off so we can focus on the important things--the University of Tennessee football team on the field.
I wonder if this season can compete with the drama that unfolded in the off-season. Maybe not, but at least it's football time.
A friend asked me last week how I honestly thought the Vols would do this year and after making my usual, orange-tinted glasses prediction of undefeated, playing for a national title, I said we'd be 6-6 or 7-5 in the regular season. And it seems that John Adams agrees with me
. I still think the Vols will surprise someone they we "shouldn't" beat at some point in the season. And, I think we'll struggle against someone that we should beat. And I agree with Adams that the quarter of a century domination of the Wildcats won't come to end. Some traditions must be maintained.
Needless to say, I'm excited about football season. It may not be a great year, but it will be a good year, no matter what. The north end of a south bound horse of a coach is gone and we can get back to focusing on the things that matter--like how can we pull out a win over Florida, Georgia and Alabama?
One thing I love about UT football is the passion and camaraderie it inspires among fans. I know that other schools fans love their teams, but there's something special about UT fans. There's a web site
that chronicles it and it could be the precursor to a book (which I would buy and read).
And speaking of the passion, I think this next story
is a perfect example. Megan McGlothlin loves UT and her husband, who was a walk-on player a few years ago. She loves them both so much she took bridal photos in and around Neyland Stadium (otherwise known as "God's House.") Reading the article this morning and seeing the photos, I had several thoughts.
First: That is beyond cool!
Second: Man, this is true love. And it's kind of hot.
Third: I wonder how big a donation she had to make to the University for that to happen.
Fourth: I bet Kiffin would never have gone for that because, as I said before, he's the north end of a south bound horse.
Fifth: Thank heavens there are people out there who are as passionate fans as I am about the Vols. It always makes me feel better about myself as I gear up for the week of orange leading up to the first game.
It's here, at long last. The long wait is over and it's time to kick things off.
Labels: tennessee football
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/29/2010 06:40:00 AM