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  • So, I'm in the military, and rarely in or around Knoxville these days. As a result, I keep up with the Vols through a combination of pay sites such as this one, free sites like KNS, and social media (mainly twitter). I know that twitter is the knee-jerk reaction capital of the world and all, but I can't help but notice how negative so many people seem to be on there. It's not just other fans that I see, but a lot of media personalities. Is the overall feeling in Knoxville one of gloom and doom or is it just a very outspoken minority?

    The way I've seen things over the past year is this (and I don't expect everyone to agree): The football team this last year pretty much performed how I expected with the obvious exception of the Kentucky game. Granted, I would've liked to have pulled out a big upset this year, but we pretty much did what we should have by my estimation, again with the exception of Kentucky. As far as the basketball program goes, it's been about what I expected again. We've got a lot of guys who are inexperienced to begin with and are trying to learn a new system that their skill set may or may not be best suited for. It's frustrating, I get that, I guess I just don't see being super negative doing anything to help bring either program back to prominence. If we want Tennessee to be elite again sooner rather than later, wouldn't the best way be to show these kids that if they come here they will have unconditional support from the most loyal fan base in the country? I know I'd wanna go play at a place like that. Thanks!

    Oh, btw, none of that is directed at these boards, so far I've found the people on here to be largely realistic and down to earth. Just wanted to get opinions from people closer to where it's all happening. biggrin

  • First thanks for what you do!

    I'm not in Knoxville anymore but there has been a lot of doom and gloom by the media. I also follow a number of sites and all I can say is if you pay attention to who is doing the writing in time you'll learn they are always doom and gloom. As for me I come here for all of my updates and UT news and I also like Volnation but the rest is pretty much knee jerk reaction to everything.

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  • It's not just the media. There is plenty of gloom and doom in the fanbase. Of course, most of them do nothing but look at the win and loss record and don't consider anything else about the program, like where it had fallen to and what has happened since the head coaching caravan ended.

    shtooo's approach is the perspective of the rational, informed fan who understands the sport and its cyclical nature. Sadly, that is increasingly rare these days.

    BTW, shtooo, thank you for your service and welcome to the asylum.

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  • Welcome and thanks for your service! You have heard of the silent majority, well what you hear most often is the vocal minority. They think if they yell it loud enough for long enough that A) it will come true or B) someone will listen to and believe them. Just my two cents but there you have it!

    "Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning

  • +1 for being in the military.. I'll now read the rest of your post

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  • shtooo said... (original post)

    So, I'm in the military, and rarely in or around Knoxville these days. As a result, I keep up with the Vols through a combination of pay sites such as this one, free sites like KNS, and social media (mainly twitter). I know that twitter is the knee-jerk reaction capital of the world and all, but I can't help but notice how negative so many people seem to be on there. It's not just other fans that I see, but a lot of media personalities. Is the overall feeling in Knoxville one of gloom and doom or is it just a very outspoken minority?

    The way I've seen things over the past year is this (and I don't expect everyone to agree): The football team this last year pretty much performed how I expected with the obvious exception of the Kentucky game. Granted, I would've liked to have pulled out a big upset this year, but we pretty much did what we should have by my estimation, again with the exception of Kentucky. As far as the basketball program goes, it's been about what I expected again. We've got a lot of guys who are inexperienced to begin with and are trying to learn a new system that their skill set may or may not be best suited for. It's frustrating, I get that, I guess I just don't see being super negative doing anything to help bring either program back to prominence. If we want Tennessee to be elite again sooner rather than later, wouldn't the best way be to show these kids that if they come here they will have unconditional support from the most loyal fan base in the country? I know I'd wanna go play at a place like that. Thanks!

    Oh, btw, none of that is directed at these boards, so far I've found the people on here to be largely realistic and down to earth. Just wanted to get opinions from people closer to where it's all happening. biggrin

    Thanks for your service. +1

  • shtooo said... (original post)

    So, I'm in the military, and rarely in or around Knoxville these days. As a result, I keep up with the Vols through a combination of pay sites such as this one, free sites like KNS, and social media (mainly twitter). I know that twitter is the knee-jerk reaction capital of the world and all, but I can't help but notice how negative so many people seem to be on there. It's not just other fans that I see, but a lot of media personalities. Is the overall feeling in Knoxville one of gloom and doom or is it just a very outspoken minority?

    The way I've seen things over the past year is this (and I don't expect everyone to agree): The football team this last year pretty much performed how I expected with the obvious exception of the Kentucky game. Granted, I would've liked to have pulled out a big upset this year, but we pretty much did what we should have by my estimation, again with the exception of Kentucky. As far as the basketball program goes, it's been about what I expected again. We've got a lot of guys who are inexperienced to begin with and are trying to learn a new system that their skill set may or may not be best suited for. It's frustrating, I get that, I guess I just don't see being super negative doing anything to help bring either program back to prominence. If we want Tennessee to be elite again sooner rather than later, wouldn't the best way be to show these kids that if they come here they will have unconditional support from the most loyal fan base in the country? I know I'd wanna go play at a place like that. Thanks!

    Oh, btw, none of that is directed at these boards, so far I've found the people on here to be largely realistic and down to earth. Just wanted to get opinions from people closer to where it's all happening.

    thanks for your service and also thanks for such a great post!

    just stick to this site and you will find rational and informed folks for the most part...rockon

  • muddy waters said... (original post)

    thanks for your service and also thanks for such a great post!

    just stick to this site and you will find rational and informed folks for the most part...rockon

    Will do! Glad Wes finally teased enough content that I gave it a shot. woot

  • Thanks for your service. +1

    Remember, winning cures everything. Losing breeds negativity.
    All the perceptions will change if we start winning.

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  • shtooo said... (original post)

    So, I'm in the military, and rarely in or around Knoxville these days. As a result, I keep up with the Vols through a combination of pay sites such as this one, free sites like KNS, and social media (mainly twitter). I know that twitter is the knee-jerk reaction capital of the world and all, but I can't help but notice how negative so many people seem to be on there. It's not just other fans that I see, but a lot of media personalities. Is the overall feeling in Knoxville one of gloom and doom or is it just a very outspoken minority?

    The way I've seen things over the past year is this (and I don't expect everyone to agree): The football team this last year pretty much performed how I expected with the obvious exception of the Kentucky game. Granted, I would've liked to have pulled out a big upset this year, but we pretty much did what we should have by my estimation, again with the exception of Kentucky. As far as the basketball program goes, it's been about what I expected again. We've got a lot of guys who are inexperienced to begin with and are trying to learn a new system that their skill set may or may not be best suited for. It's frustrating, I get that, I guess I just don't see being super negative doing anything to help bring either program back to prominence. If we want Tennessee to be elite again sooner rather than later, wouldn't the best way be to show these kids that if they come here they will have unconditional support from the most loyal fan base in the country? I know I'd wanna go play at a place like that. Thanks!

    Oh, btw, none of that is directed at these boards, so far I've found the people on here to be largely realistic and down to earth. Just wanted to get opinions from people closer to where it's all happening.

    +1 for your service Shtooo. Keep safe.

  • As many others have said, thank you so much for your service. In answer to your question, I would say that it's like anywhere else. You've got some level headed fans and media. I live in Florida, so I'm in the same boat. I will use twitter, free sites, and GVX247 to keep up. I also listen to TNSports Radio online. It is so funny because you get all asspects of our fanbase on that station. With the exception of Tony Basilio, they seem to do a really good job of informing in an honest and fair way. Basilio and his callers though are the types of folks that are looking to jump off a bridge on most days.

    RustyVols77

  • welcome and Thank you for your service. This board usually is great about being reasonable and it's like one big family. There is some very good debate and discussion on here daily.

  • shtooo said... (original post)

    So, I'm in the military, and rarely in or around Knoxville these days. As a result, I keep up with the Vols through a combination of pay sites such as this one, free sites like KNS, and social media (mainly twitter). I know that twitter is the knee-jerk reaction capital of the world and all, but I can't help but notice how negative so many people seem to be on there. It's not just other fans that I see, but a lot of media personalities. Is the overall feeling in Knoxville one of gloom and doom or is it just a very outspoken minority?

    The way I've seen things over the past year is this (and I don't expect everyone to agree): The football team this last year pretty much performed how I expected with the obvious exception of the Kentucky game. Granted, I would've liked to have pulled out a big upset this year, but we pretty much did what we should have by my estimation, again with the exception of Kentucky. As far as the basketball program goes, it's been about what I expected again. We've got a lot of guys who are inexperienced to begin with and are trying to learn a new system that their skill set may or may not be best suited for. It's frustrating, I get that, I guess I just don't see being super negative doing anything to help bring either program back to prominence. If we want Tennessee to be elite again sooner rather than later, wouldn't the best way be to show these kids that if they come here they will have unconditional support from the most loyal fan base in the country? I know I'd wanna go play at a place like that. Thanks!

    Oh, btw, none of that is directed at these boards, so far I've found the people on here to be largely realistic and down to earth. Just wanted to get opinions from people closer to where it's all happening. biggrin

    thanks for posting here and THANK YOU for your service to our country cheers +1

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  • If only there was a way to block all players and possible recruits from reading the negativity from stupid fans (I.E. Everyone on Volnation) they would realize that there is a ton of people who want to see this program succeed and understand that it's moving in the right direction. All recruits should receive a free membership to GVX247.com so they can see the true fans who bleed orange and back them up. GO VOLS!