I love Tennessee week. When the Florida Gators release their football schedule every year, I mentally circle the Tennessee game. The college football season begins two weeks prior, but this is it’s true start. The Gators have gone through a few games already, but week three typically brings the Volunteers while opening the SEC schedule. This season was a little different due to the conference expansion, but even so this is the week where the rivalries begin. Georgia, LSU and Florida State will follow, but it begins with Tennessee.
As I’ve previously mentioned, this season is a different one for me and I couldn’t be happier. With that happiness comes a life that is busy, busy, and busy again. I’m not complaining, and never would, but it means there are sacrifices to be made when it comes to one of my many loves – The Bull Gator.
In the past, this week may have included a list of things I hate about the Vols. It definitely would have included a clip of Lawrence Wright. I couldn’t go without telling you how many times Peyton Manning beat Florida (uh, he didn’t). And there would have been an overwhelming number of poorly constructed jokes lobbed in Tennessee’s direction.
This year, things are different. You’re getting the first post of the week on day three. Or, more accurately, on night three. My priorities have changed. Add that to the fact that, as you surely know at this point, this isn’t my job. It’s my hobby, and not my only one. I have a “day job” I actually enjoy and it keeps me busy. Then I come home to the most badass two-month old I’ve ever known. Put that all together with the fact that my brain has started to turn itself off before 10:00 on a typical night, and you get a part-time blogger that loves this week more than most others, but doesn’t have the time to say it.
Know, though, that I’m no less of a fan. I’ve spent the week with a raised level of hatred directed at that other orange. I can hardly contain my excitement for what will come on Saturday. Anticipation each season reaches a high around this time. It’s there for me. I feel it like all of you do. I’m ready for Saturday and I can only hope the Gators are too. They’re in for a challenge and there’s plenty more to say to that, but other things call for my attention at the moment.
Updates are erratic and come either rarely or in bunches, but know I’m with you yelling Go Gators! It’s Tennessee week and I proudly hate alongside of all of you.
Okay, okay. Here’s the clip. Right around the two-minute mark is where things get beautifully nasty.