Readers who aren’t Tennessee Vols football fans on South Carolina loss

I owe Tennessee football a thank-you. Because of the staff’s high-profile season, I’m now receiving literary contributions from fans exterior Tennessee.

Missouri and South Carolina fans weighed on this week. But most of my emails got here from disgruntled Tennessee fans after a surprising 63-38 loss to the Gamecocks.

Mizzou Jeff writes: Since attending the Tennessee-Missouri recreation, I’ve discovered myself on event singing my model of “Rocky Top.”

“Good ol’ Rocky Top,

Rocky Top, not once more!

Good ol’ Rocky Top,

Rocky Top makes me sick.”

My response: Glad your journey to Neyland Stadium impressed your creativity. But “once more” and “sick” do not rhyme.

Tony writes: As a USC Gamecock class of 1964, initially from NJ, I hope QB Hooker wins the Heisman Trophy. He is from Greensboro, NC.

My response: Hooker wasn’t at his greatest within the loss to South Carolina. And his season ended within the fourth quarter when he suffered an ACL damage. But he nonetheless ought to be a Heisman finalist. He ranks ninth nationally in whole offense and has thrown 27 landing passes and solely two interceptions.

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