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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