Earlier this year I made one of my smarter decisions. I quit caring about UT athletics. Didn't follow UT news, didn't watch games, just totally gave up on it. The entire Donnie Tyndall debacle? I maybe watched five minutes of his entire career here. Think about that. What did I miss? Not a damn thing. More recently I made a really idiotic decision. All the hype around this team, everyone talking about it all the time, it got me interested again. I was really close to make the drive to Nashville last weekend. Then this weekend, when I had the opportunity to sell my tickets for a pretty good sum, I passed. I cared too much about seeing the game to take the money. Horrible mistake. On par with Pete Carroll calling a pass at the end of the Super Bowl. It worked out terribly for me. Just think about how things have gone lately. We tried everything we could to hang onto Fulmer for another fifteen years, until he finally completely imploded. We replaced him with an up and comer, who still hasn't found any real success. We replaced him with a guy from a school better known for women's basketball than football. He might have been the worst coach in conference history. And finally we are here with Butch, who was, depending on who you ask, anywhere from our fourth to sixth choice for the job. In terms of wins and losses he seems to be only a minor upgrade over his inept predecessor. We've lost to Vandy. Lost to UF ten times in a row despite them having some horrible squads over that time. Keep in mind that Florida's "losers" (Ron Zook and Will Muschamp) are a combined 5-2 against the Vols, which should be 6-1 if not for an atrocious personal foul mistake in 2004. Baka shows no sign of slowing down and it's hard to imagine they aren't soon extending their streak to ten wins. Georgia tends to screw up a lot, so we may break that streak, but we aren't beating them consistently. The future is bleak. The problems don't stop with football. We decided to follow up our most successful period in basketball by hiring and middle of the road coach in Cuonzo Martin. He underachieved for almost his entire stay in Knoxville. He left an empty roster for a guy that was ultimately fired for NCAA violations everyone with half a brain already suspected existed when we hired him. So that guy is replaced by recently fired Rick Barnes. Someone not good enough for your school? Send him our way, we'd love to have him. Just ask Mike DeBord, Willie Martinez, or John Jancek. Baseball is also a joke. Todd Raleigh wasn't even successful at a lower level. The guy we picked to replace him was probably the most proven winner we've in any hired in any sport in a decade. And guess what? He has sucked! Go big orange. There is no reason to care anymore. We have losers in place everywhere. Our current administration has no history of hiring anyone but losers. It's institutional. UT sports are a terrible investment, both financially and emotionally. Really sit and think about it. It's a good bet that it's the worst investment in your life. When was the last time UT brought us a really, really great moment? How many times has UT made you inconsolably furious for days since then? Do yourself a favor and let it go. You'll be much happier. Go Vols (as in go away).