I understand that winning in Neyland Stadium is always a big deal and is always important. This year, maybe for the first time since Carolina joined the SEC, it’s almost as important “not to lose.” Gamecock fans already feel that way about trips to Vandy and Kentucky so it’s not a foreign concept. (Last year’s loss in Lexington is still seethed about by the Garnet and Black feathered followers as something that is inexcusable and should never happen.)
But Tennessee? Rocky Top? Lulu and Junior-land? If you’re like me and you were there when Taneyhill and crew fell just a bit short at 55-3, or painfully watched us lose in OT twice with great chances to pull upsets…it’s just different trying to feel that way about the Vols.
They weren’t around or paying attention for any of that horrible negative history us older fans have endured. They just expect us to do well. Imagine that. For once, maybe us “Old Dogs” should learn some of their “New Tricks.” A second win in Knoxville would help us make that transition.