Sorry, but I’m mixing these MAC teams. The Vols played Bowling Green to open the 2021 football season and will play Akron in a few weeks.
Ball State is this season’s opening opponent.
You may have noticed that I didn’t write “Excitement is building among ‘all’ Tennessee fans” in that first paragraph. It’s because I read my emails.
Mark writes: Smokey Gray Uni’s, have they ever won a game wearing those horrible uniforms? Funny thing, Bama seems to be just fine wearing the same clothes they’ve been wearing ALWAYS!
Maybe spending a little more time winning football matches compared to how you’re going to look like running around the field and losing 5 or 6 football matches might make more sense.
My answer: You will always be disappointed if you compare Tennessee to Alabama in all things football. But don’t confuse coach Josh Heupel with former coach Butch Jones.
I doubt Heupel spends much time thinking about the uniforms the Flights will wear. I also doubt he spends a lot of time wondering if fans like or dislike the uniforms the Vols wear.
He has an offense to perform and a defense to repair.
Larry writes: The funniest part of UT’s spin on football season ticket sales was missing out that an estimated 10,000 weren’t renewed. They sold 16,000 new tickets. Wow, but had a net increase of only about 5,000. Wow.
Either a lot of people died, moved out, or just balked at the crazy price increases. I gave up my 2 tickets that we had had for 68 years. The price has gone from $800 something to $3,700.
UT only cares about millionaires and corporate donors.
My answer: Tennessee and the trustees constantly remind us that a large, passionate fan base is a vital part of their athletic department and a great selling point for the entire university.
So, I wouldn’t say that UT only cares about millionaires and corporate donors. He cares a lot more about them.
Joel writes: I just canceled my football season tickets which would have been my 52nd season. I haven’t missed a game at Neyland Stadium. In a precarious economy with my retirement accounts losing money, I felt the need to save this money ($1000) to ensure that I could continue to live comfortably in the future.
My answer: Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about saving money. Once I can no longer work, I know I can count on the contributions of my loyal readers to lead me through what could otherwise be a dark existence.
I thank them in advance.
Glad to hear you’ll be comfortable too. And while you may lament the abandonment of those subscriptions, at least you won’t have to worry about traffic, long lines in the restrooms, or a nearby drunk bumping into you.
Christopher writes: Recently, Roman Harper’s prediction (on the SEC Network) for the Vols to go 10-2 has faced many challenges. However, when you replay the 2021 season, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to conclude that games for Purdue, Pitt and Ole Miss were only a few whistles away from turning into wins.
So that begs the question: why not 10 wins in 2022? We are better everywhere.
My answer: Your optimism is not exaggerated. Only Alabama and Georgia have a significant talent advantage over the Vols. And they have a significant talent advantage over just about everyone.
Tennessee is certainly capable of winning the rest of its games. But the odds are against that’s why I agree with 9-3.
Like last season, you can’t expect every close game to go your way – unless you’re the 1998 Vols.
John writes: I live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and subscribe to KNS. I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I appreciate your time on the air with Tony Basilio. It’s radio gold. Thanks for the entertainment.
My answer: I have so much fun being on the radio with Tony, Brian Hartman and Matt Dixon every Thursday, I forget I’m on the radio. In fact, I should probably pay more attention to that.
Mike writes: After listening to you for months on the Tony Basilio Show, I now realize that the decision to join Tony on Thursdays was pure genius on your part. You two really complement each other so well. It’s really entertaining radio.
My answer: Thanks. It is also excellent publicity for my column.
Tony spent an entire show ridiculing me for writing a column about Tennessee baseball a month before the start of UT’s football season.
You cannot buy such advertising.
John Adams is senior columnist. He can be reached at 865-342-6284 or [email protected] Follow him at: twitter.com/johnadamskns.