The easiest way to tell it’s college football season? Not by looking at a map of the leaves. It’s not about hearing Kirk Herbstreit’s voice on TV or seeing the sad state of his FanDuel balance after finishing his tough week 0. You can find this video here.
That was the mid-inning entertainment this weekend against the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies are a Double A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They claim to have “the friendliest baseball stadium in America” in their Twitter bio. But when Rocky Top starts rocking, all that Southern hospitality goes out the window…especially if your name is Lane Kiffin.
Never mind the fact that Kiffin is coaching a completely different sport, won’t be playing against the Vols this year, and was last hired by the University of Tennessee during Obama’s first term. The Smokey family, and all of Tennessee, grab mustard and make a fuss. Do you think this kid just happened to decapitate Kiffin’s grinning face on his first attempt? This takes years of practice. This is the generational well of anxiety that finally works. This is not a viral stunt. It’s a tradition.
Kiffin previously spoke about being asked to wear a bulletproof vest when he returned to Neyland Stadium as part of Alabama’s coaching staff in 2014. With a layer of Kevlar between you and the Thousand Islands, the danger of flying seasonings is considerably less. -I hope you can win the Vols. Because there is no hotter source than pure hate.