If you haven't read the message boards since Saturday night, I'll give you a sample:
Lose the orange pants, Derek Do-Little, they're cursed.
No halftime adjustments.
Fulmer never lost this bad to rivals back-to-back.
Matt Simms should never take another snap.
Can't wait to see Justin Worley start Saturday.
No halftime adjustments.
What did loyal Tennessee fans ever do to deserve this?
It's all Mike Hamilton's fault.
Mike Leach is chomping at the bit.
UT will never see the Top 25 again in our lifetimes.
That fink Lane Kiffin took the halftime adjustments to USC.
And, arguably the most damning — now UT fans know how Vandy fans feel.
That's pretty much the gist of it. These are tough times to be a Tennessee football fan.
No arguing that point. Especially after Alabama delivered a state-of-the-union speech.
But let me interrupt the finger-pointing and teeth-gnashing to ask:
Didn't you know that going in?
Didn't you know 2011 was going to be another humbling, grimace-inducing demonstration of how far the program has fallen and how hard it is to get back?
It's easy to talk patience in July. It's still easy to talk it in late September when you're 3-1 and routinely scoring 40 points on catered opposition.
By late October, though, patience might still sound good in theory but practicing it is another story.
A nice win over Cincinnati elevated hopes for a trip to Florida. Those hopes were dashed.
Georgia's perceived vulnerability elevated hopes that were likewise dashed.
Then the schedule presented the most difficult daily double in UT history.
Never before have the Vols faced No. 1 and No. 2 on consecutive weeks. LSU was better, 38-7. Alabama was better, 37-6.
An offensively challenged team, minus its quarterback and best receiver, matched against the No. 1 (Bama) and No. 3 (LSU) defenses in the nation.
What did you expect?
Maybe a first down in the second half?
That either the Tide or the Tigers would have to punt at least once in the second half?
OK. That wouldn't have been too much to ask.
But to think the Vols, in their diminished state, were going to hold up for 60 minutes against two teams, either of whom could (and one probably will) win the national championship, it wasn't going to happen.
I'm not here to make excuses for the Vols. You can be patient or not. It's your dime, spend it how you want.
I'm not here to promise you Dooley and his staff are the answer to lead the Vols back to a BCS bowl. There isn't enough evidence to make that call yet. They're still playing with a short deck.
Dooley is 20 games into this deal. He's 9-11. He's won the games UT was supposed to win and lost the games UT was supposed to lose.
That's not such a bad thing. The indication of progress is that you get to the point where you're supposed to win a lot more than you're supposed to lose.
The Vols were supposed to lose — and lose big — to LSU and Alabama. That's what happened.
It's tough to swallow. But didn't you know that going in?