Growing up, I was thought of as the rebel between my brother and I, I loved to take risks that he didn’t want to or wouldn’t take. I’ve always been that way.
In fact, I’m considered the rebel of the family, as I am a Tennessee fan that grew up in a house full of Alabama fans, minus my brother, who really couldn’t care less about college football.
Some people claim that the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry is a ‘bigger’ rivalry than the Iron Bowl.
I just don’t see it, I seriously don’t see it. The Third Saturday in October has always raised tensions in my house. In fact, I remember running back to my room as a little boy, crying because Tennessee lost to Alabama.
I was eight years old, the last time Tennessee beat Alabama, the iPhone wasn’t invented, neither was Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter or Netflix.
Mike Shula was Alabama’s head coach the last time that happened and current Tennessee Athletic Director, Phillip Fulmer, was roaming the sidelines as the Vols’ head coach.
It’s been awhile since that happened and sadly, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Moral of the story, if you want to be a rebel, be one. Just don’t make the decision that I made 21 years ago, you’ll regret it if you do.
With that being said, win or lose, at the end of the day I’ll still love my Volunteers, no matter how bad we are.