Fans Refuse To Give Up

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford

Knoxville (WVLT) -- No question, the Vols loss in the Swamp is a shot to the heart and the gut.

But at Buffalo Wild Wings on Cumberland Avenue, we found a number of Big Orange fans refusing to be called fair weather.

They are proud of UT, no matter what.

"This is pretty much the game of the year that all the Vol fans look forward to," said Meredith McNelly, a die-hard fan of the orange and white. "I think this is the number one rivalry in the SEC."

Vol fans were no doubt pumped up for today's game against Florida...

"All Vol," said Will Kirkpatrick, another fan. "It's pure orange!"

If you looked closely, you would have seen a little bit of blue mixed in the Buffalo Wild Wings crowd.

Despite the big rivalry, some Vol fans actually shared a table with a Gator.

"People can hate on me, but you can't really hate on that score," boasted Jeremy Crenshaw.

Believe it or not, Crenshaw is actually a Tennessean.

"I believe that UT fans are just ridiculous," he said, "so I'd rather go the other way."

Through cheers and songs, the Volunteer spirit couldn't be stronger.

"They're as loyal as any fans you'll ever find," said Kilpatrick.

And win or lose, these fans will always keep their heads up...

"They'll be wearing the orange tomorrow," said Vol fan Neal Fischer, "they'll be wearing the orange on Monday and they'll need to wash it by Tuesday."

Many fans did tell us they're more disappointed in Coach Fulmer than the players, but that they are still looking forward to next week's home game against Arkansas State.

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  • by Rosemary Location: Seymour on Sep 16, 2007 at 12:45 AM
    I loved Phil Fulmer in the beginning and I love him now. This is relatively a young team. My first thought during the Cal game was how poised and smooth the offense looks and how lackluster the defense looks. I think it was Will Overstreet who said that the defense needs to step up and play SEC football. I agree. It's as if the defemse and the offense are two different ball teams. This program has seen many successes and yet everyone is ready to lynch the coaches namely Phil Fulmer. Why? Because of Florida? We are not the only team that will lose to Florida. Was this game really lost due to bad coaching? Yes there is a lot of work to do and there is a lot of football to be played. Let the coaches do their jobs and stop Monday morning quarterbacking.


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