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Where is the Big Orange Fervor?
Posted: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 9:38 AM
by Beano
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Weíre down to four days until the Vols kick off their 2006 season against the highest ranked team to visit Neyland Stadium for an opener since UCLA was ranked 9th in 1978. So why do I feel like the Orange Nation is treating it like the Orange and White game. I realize their passť but where are the car flags? Why arenít the windows of businesses on the strip painted orange and white? Why arenít the phones ringing off the hook on talk shows around the city? Why are people actually going to work nearing mid-week of the opener? Why in other words are we not as passionate and unconditionally in love with The Big Orange?

Did we give all we had to give in pursuit of the 98 National Championship and we now have nothing left to dream of? Have ticket price increases, donation requirements, coachís salaries, and an increasingly corporate crowd squeezed the life out of the core fan base? Have player misbehavior and a lack of Tennessee born and bred players on the roster caused an inability of the average fan to identify with the team even though the ďTĒ is still emblazoned on the helmet? Have we become such an instant gratification society that nothing but a thrill a minute offense that culminates in a National Championship can satisfy us? Has the saturation of football on TV taken away the enjoyment and thrill of a fall Saturday on campus? Or are we simply a spoiled lot?

I donít have the answers. Iím part of the problem. I still love College Football above all other sports but I donít anxiously await the start of the season the way I once did. Iím ashamed to say that I now have a harder time counting down the days until my Fantasy Football Draft than I do making it to the first Saturday in September. Maybe you can help us unravel the mystery on todayís show which will come to you live for Ponchoís in South Knoxville. Help us determine what was the Grinch That Stole the Big Orange Passion.


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