I had to check my unofficial Tennessee Vols Football Schedule this afternoon, just to be sure it really is Bama week. Let’s see, the game after Mississippi State but before South Carolina — ok then, it is in fact, Alabama week.
So why doesn’t it feel like Alabama week?
Sure, we’ve had the “Make fun of Bammer with pictures” thread and the traditional “I Hate the Alabama Crimson Tide” post on the message board. But aside from that, it just doesn’t feel like the third (or fourth in this case) Saturday in October is just days away.
We’ve not seen the swagger from Tennessee fans heading into this weekend’s match-up, and understandably so. At 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference, I’m not sure many in the Vol Nation are being accused of overconfidence.
And yet, while depressing, that’s not my biggest concern. It’s the absence of “Bammer Trolls” from VolNation this year that is most surprising and honestly, the most upsetting.
The best I’ve come across was today when some poser tried to spam a paltry Bama board (that had only been around a couple of weeks) as “the best Alabama football site in the state”. While he exhibited the stubbornness of an Alabama fan, his attempt was weak.
For the most part, the Tide fans that I’ve witnessed this week on the interwebs have been downright, well, courteous. Even the spammer I mentioned above was uncharacteristically polite.
Hopefully, I’ve just missed the traditional invaders in crimson on VolNation.com this week. It is entirely possible that our super-duper moderating team has quickly dismantled any and all incoming enemy threats. But just for argument’s sake, let’s assume just for a minute, that is not the case. What or who could possibly be responsible for taking all the fun out of my week?
It’s not like Tennessee’s program has dropped to the level of a “directional school”, have they? Surely that’s not possible. It has to be something else. But what?
Maybe it’s just to early. The game is still four days away.
Maybe Bama fans have forgotten how to handle themselves when sporting such a high national ranking (#2).
Maybe they are scared.
No, more than likely, it’s a feeling of arrogant superiority — plain and simple. And why not? It’s not a game they have circled on the schedule since the Spring. It’s certainly not a revenge game, not after the shellacking laid down last year. It’s not even an underdog game for them.
Vegas believes Alabama is the better team, as do even the most fanatical of orange-blooded Tennessee supporters. Anyone and everyone is picking against the Vols. More so (or at least as much) than any previous game in the series that I can remember in some time. It’s disturbing to say the least.
What am I going to do about it you ask? Well, I’m just one man, and aside from hoping for a miracle, all I can offer are a few links that will remind you of better days.