Maybe it's because I consider myself more of a "casual fan". Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the UT Volunteers. I want to see them win every game they play and there is no other college team I want to see succeed at the expense of the Vols. However, I am not going to wrap so much of my identity around the actions of a group of 18-25 year olds that I would ever seriously consider killing myself when they fail miserably when playing a game. Sorry, but I have never drank the orange Kool-Aid. I don't use the term "we" when referring to the team's actions, both on and off the field. I'm not on the roster of either players or coaches, their success or failure is not because of me nor in spite of me. I don't get personally offended when a player is accused of committing a crime, although it is offensive when a player is actually convicted of a crime but is allowed to continue playing, I do not believe in success if it means sacrificing your reputation. Maybe it's because I wasn't raised in Tennessee and was never brought up in the culture of UT sports. My oldest son is certainly a bigger fan than I am and is far more emotionally attached than I ever will be. Or perhaps it happened during the Peyton Manning era, when I let myself buy into the hype, only to be crushed every time he lost to Florida. My cynicism was rewarded the year after he left and UT runs the table on their way to a National Championship. Now, with a coach in his second year and a team that's lost two of its brightest stars, I am supposed to jump on the bandwagon and ride it over the cliff in an act of mutual destruction? Give me a break, it's only a game. edit: I am also going to post this at VN where I am sure some of the 50-post-wizards are going to erupt in apoplectic rage at my heresy.