It's sweeping the land!
Someone defines "apathy" as "Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference." That pretty much sums up how I feel about this football season. For the first time in I-Can't-Remember-When, I made no attempt to watch a nationally-broadcast UT football game. Sure, I got scoring updates via text message, but that was only because I signed up for them from ESPN earlier in the year - back when we had hope. When I got the final score message, I was surprised by what I didn't feel - no anger or disappointment.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who "missed" the game. Several comments to Joel's postgame ramblings and GhostofNeyland's "The Mercy Vols Strike Again" posts mention they didn't watch all or part of the game. Sure the lure of Offense on your local ABC station is a powerful temptation, but, still, in years past no self-respecting Vol fan would voluntarily switch away from a game against Spurrier.
I've heard UT is putting together a pretty good recruiting class, and throwin' the bums out might put that class in jeopardy. All I can say is, I'm glad I don't have to make the choice between a great class coached by men who make the Apple Dumpling Gang look like Danny Ocean's crew in an empty stadium on pay-per-view or a good class coached by someone who bears no resemblence to anyone walking the home sideline right now in a stadium filled with crazy people in Big Orange on the SEC Network, er, ESPN. It's basically a coin-flip. Here's a quarter.