Tenn vs LSU: I hate it when I’m Right

I’ve said I do not like LSU.

I said that they have a uncanny ability to snatch victory from us at the last second. That every time we are ahead they manage to show up and smack our hands out of the cookie jar.

Saturday was no different.

Deftly, after having played what was arguably their best game all year. They didn’t quit. Penalties were low. No dumb turn overs. A nice mesh of run and pass plays. The underdog fighting against what was an almost certain loss.

They were doing the impossible. Name a Vols fan who wasn’t on their feet at the 14 to 10 lead in the 4th. Try to recall the exhilaration, the adrenaline and taste the beer you spilled on your shirt.

We lost it.

We lost focus. With the upcoming joy and celebration in our eyes on the last play, we easily snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

We talk about wide receivers who picture the touchdown before the catch the ball….and then don’t catch it.
Running backs who are picturing the open field…but never get their.
Quarterbacks who drop the snap picturing a beautiful throw.
All loss of focus.

We did it again.

17 seconds. 14 points on the board. 13 men on the field. 7 Maxims. 2 yards. 1 Game. No victory.

Some call it a miracle victory for Les Miles and his crew. Hooper of RTT summed it up well: Where victory is Pyrrhic, not moral.

Either way I call it what I, and many other Vols fans have called the entire season. A single word that sums up our anguish at their struggles, our frustration at the our errors, and agony for the players who are trying very hard to do so much.

Painful.

One Response to “Tenn vs LSU: I hate it when I’m Right”

  • How can I put this delicately? I dislike Tennessee, however, greater than that: I hate LSU. That being said, I too had a taste of victory when I saw the “final” score of the Vols victory. Then when I saw that flag, my stomach turned a bit.

    I saw there was a large shuffle in the final play, when 3 players ran off the field and 5 ran back on? I just assumed that they knew what they were doing. They didn’t.

    Long ago, I said frequently: Stupid penalties can lose the game for you. I was speaking in the General Sense. Now I say it in a very Literal Sense.

    Sad to see, heartbreaking to watch.

    However, you can take great comfort in knowing, that my boys fared a similar wrath against a Big 12 team. Some might call it a shoot out, I call it a shot in the foot. When my disgust wears off, I will blog on the Georgia “game”. -vd

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