The first rule of writing about the Tennessee Vols is don’t make Vol Twitter mad.
The second rule of writing about the Tennessee Vols is DON’T MAKE VOL TWITTER MAD.
I’m pretty sure I broke the rules on Friday.
It started innocently enough. The day before a game, Tennessee’s sports information department always sends out an email with broadcast information, game day guide, and game notes.
While perusing the game notes, I noticed an interesting stat. The Vols are the only SEC team that hasn’t committed a turnover through the first two games of the season.
Pretty interesting. So I tweeted the stat from my phone and went about my morning.
Tennessee is the only team in the SEC that hasn’t committed a turnover so far this season.
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) October 9, 2020
I opened Twitter a few minutes later and saw I had numerous notifications. I expected there to be some “nice stat!” type replies to my tweet.
Instead, my notifications were littered with the replies of people who were not happy I had apparently jinxed the Vols.
Here’s a sampling.
Omg. Why do that?
— .. (@VOL_FAN121) October 9, 2020
We’re screwed now
— Nash (@nash10639) October 9, 2020
Great now we’re screwed!
— Jeremy (@JeremyEpp1209) October 9, 2020
*throws interception on first play tomorrow* thanks…
— crawford herbo (@CrawfordHerbo) October 9, 2020
I bet you walk down to the end of the dugout in the 8th inning and tell your pitcher he’s throwing a no hitter too, huh?!
— Jason Spears (@Jason__Spears) October 9, 2020
Welp, now we’ll set a record for most turnovers. Thanks 🙃
— I’m A Vol Coug Aight (@volcoug) October 9, 2020
Dude SHUT UP!
— Bronco West (@west_bronco) October 9, 2020
Why would you say that? Now you know what the law of football requires, don’t you?
— Randy Hubbard (@randyhubbard3) October 9, 2020
There’s plenty more where those came from.
And here I thought I was just tweeting a fun stat.
Lesson learned. There are no off days for Vol Twitter. They bring it 365 days a year.
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