There are currently two teams in the SEC with 4-6 records (1-5 in conference); coincidentally, they played each other this past weekend. Two teams with identical records, but the perceptions of their fan bases couldn't be further apart.
The Ole Miss fanbase, on the other hand... what can I say? If we can be accused of having somewhat unrealistic expectations since 1998 (and I think we can all cop to a bit of overexuberance at some point between then and now; I know I can) then the expectations of Ole Miss fans regarding their football team is downright ludicrous. Perhaps this is a lingering result of Ole Miss dominance of the SEC during the late 1950s and early 1960s; SEC fans' memories are long lived, and pride dies a slow, noisy death. But even a 1-5 record in the better division of the toughest conference of college football is no excuse for a fan quitting on their team. Just read the open thread for the game. Or the postmortem. They've given up. They're over it. With all we've been through - a new coach with a heralded pedigree but a shaky resume', 2AM bar brawls, having a game won but then losing it in the worst imaginable way - no one quit. Not the coaches. Not the players. And not us. We've picked ourselves up, dusted off our britches, combed our hair, and BOOM back on the horse.
So hold your heads up, Vol nation. Are we in a dark period of Volunteer football history? Yes. Will this young team and coaching staff have further struggles this year and next? Almost assuredly. And through it all, will we continue to say, with pride and conviction, that it is GREAT... to BE... a Tennessee VOL?
You're damn right we will.