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What Their Fans Are Saying: Tennessee Edition

© Randy Sartin | USATSI

© Randy Sartin | USATSI

How are Tennessee fans feeling ahead of tomorrow’s game vs. Kentucky? To find out, I spent part of the afternoon on their message boards — because that’s where all the sane, reasonable people hang out, right?

They still don’t like Jarrett Guarantano

Scrolling through, it seems most fans blame either Jarrett Guarantano for Tennessee’s early woes, or Jeremy Pruitt for sticking with him for so long. The Vols have used two other quarterbacks this season — Brian Maurer seemed to the answer until he suffered two concussions — but the hate for Guarantano runs deep, even though he took over for JT Shrout to lead the Vols to a 30-7 win over UAB last Saturday.

From a 20-page thread entitled, “JG – All I need to say”:

I honestly don’t like watching the games when he’s in. He’s lackadaisical when playing as compared to Maurer. I honestly hope he sits the rest of the game.. and season. He’s probably the most boring player to watch and his decision making sucks.

He makes it hard on a fan not to turn it to office reruns.

Young man you hate getting yelled at, but here’s a secret: WE ALL DO! What makes it most difficult to get behind JG is his attitude when he makes mistakes. Don’t you dare roll your eyes- take the feedback you earned it after all. That’s probably why he hasn’t improved bc he doesn’t listen! Too busy rolling his eyes and pouting. He’s matured but not enough. Run the ball for the rest of the game and get this over with. At this point when JG starts throwing pics he doesn’t stop.

JP would play JG if he had a leg cast!!! He is a terrible QB. He is too slow getting rid of the ball until the receiver is covered. Also throws the ball behind them , etc. Shrout gets one series then in comes JG. Sorry coaching!!!
i wish he would be benched unless the other are injured!!!

Those comments are only from the first two pages. Yeesh.

They’re all about bringing back the Beer Barrel

For our younger readers, the Beer Barrel was given to the winner of the Kentucky/Tennessee game from 1925-1997. The barrel, painted orange, blue, and white, became one of the most unique trophies in college football, with students from both sides stealing it every now and then to spice things up (in 1953, UK students dog-napped Smokey, the Tennessee mascot, to get revenge for UT students taking the barrel). In 1998, the trophy was retired following the tragic drunk driving accident that killed UK football player Arthur Steinmetz and passenger Scott Brock. The vehicle was driven by Kentucky football player Jason Watts, who survived the accident.

It seems like every year there’s a movement to bring the barrel back, and with Neyland Stadium now selling beer, Volunteer fans think it’s time.

Beer in the Stands…… Barrel on the sidelines……Very simple

Everything has gone so far PC I don’t think it’ll ever happen. Shame too. It seemed like a cool tradition.

Agreed 100% I understood retiring it at the time due to the circumstances but enough time has passed. Respects have been paid for long enough.

Keep the beer barrel retired and bring in a whiskey barrel … might have to be resized, but I’d bet any number of distilleries in TN or KY would be happy to supply the barrel.

Long as it’s not Butch’s trash can.

I’m all for bringing the barrel back, but I know one person who isn’t, which is all that matters.

They’re really pumped about the team wearing orange pants

Tennessee must not wear orange pants often because when it leaked out that they’re wearing them on Saturday, fans FREAKED OUT. Seriously, there is a six-page thread about it.

Dem ORANGE BRITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!

Great! Love the orange pants.

Ok, thats it – Kentucky is DEAD. DEAD I tell you!

Automatic win.

With this information in hand, I can confidently pick Tennessee to win by a hundred.

Kensucky might as well go ahead and forfeit…dem orange britches are gonna run right over em Saturday! GO VOLS WGWTFA!!

Interestingly, Drew’s dad — the biggest Tennessee fan I know — is not happy with this news. According to Franco, dem orange britches are bad luck.

They have the lamest jokes about Kentucky

I shouldn’t have expected anything less, but man, Tennessee fans still roll out the lamest insults about Kentucky — or rather, KENSUCKY harharhar. A sampling:

UT will smear KY Jelly….

I think our dog is coming to howl and will Volunteer to chew up a mildcat.



pussy cats

Smelly Cats


I could keep going, but I think I’m going to go read the back of my shampoo bottle instead.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

8 Comments for What Their Fans Are Saying: Tennessee Edition

  1. rlee7932
    4:08 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Tyler, they don’t need to make up lame memes to shame UK fans. All they have to do is read and publish some of the ignorant posts on KSR whenever politics comes up.

    • coal miner
      4:21 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Who’s side are you on

    • UKfanman01
      4:38 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Rofl, now that’s HILARIOUS!

    • Alex90
      4:55 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Enjoy the loss Saturday UT fan

    • Bluehender
      4:55 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah I’m sure there’s no ignorance in Tennessee politics…

    • catsarerunnin
      5:25 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      Their state song is Rocky Top. Enough said.

    • JDizzle14
      5:28 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

      U know who is to thank for THAT!!!

  2. AtlKatFan
    5:59 pm November 8, 2019 Permalink

    Tell me why it is not a “whiskey” barrel? makes much more sense!