John Adams: Vols need to take another chance in gray

John Adams
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones runs out of the T with players before the first half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones runs out of the T with players before the first half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

Stay gray, I say.

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Comments » 16

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

John, you need to take a chance on writing a half way intelligent article. Your odds are about one in a hundred and you're way over due.

chbradshaw writes:

Another mindless column from the Derek Dooley of sports columnists.

Tennball2 writes:

I wonder if Missouri was wearing gray yesterday?

FatherVol writes:

As if the color of the uniform actually influences the performance of the players! Methinks an introductory course in basic logic is called for, Mr. Adams.

This Big Orange Country!

BrassMonkey writes:

in response to Tennball2:

I wonder if Missouri was wearing gray yesterday?

Exactly. Missouri beat Georgia, Tennessee did not. They are 0-1 in grey jerseys. If you want to determine wins and losses by jersey color then they need to pull out the black jerseys that they have won 100% of their games while wearing.

VolDoginFl writes:

I vote for all orange.

johnlg00 writes:

It is clear that those who don't like the gray unis will never change their minds. However, this is another triumph of tradition over experience. The guys on the team have SAID they like the "new" look; various recruits have SAID they like the look. The team undeniably played with exceptional passion and energy.

I disagree with FatherVol, whom I generally respect as a man of intelligence and principle, that appearance and, more importantly, self-image don't have any impact on how a team plays. In the military, most good armies place strong emphasis on the importance of "military bearing" in making soldiers FEEL like soldiers and thus more likely to ACT like soldiers at need. The expression "clothes make the man" is a cliche because it is TRUE. Employees and job applicants are told to dress for the job you WANT, not for the job you HAVE. There are countless other examples.

It does not MATTER what those of us who aren't out there sweating and bleeding think about what makes guys more willing to do that with a good attitude. I agree that all this fiddling with uniforms and colors may well be a fad--Alabama and Penn State are just two examples of teams that have looked pretty much the same for 50 years or more, mostly with success; some of the other "alternative" looks I have seen recently are just silly-looking.

All that said, if gray unis or feathers sticking out of their helmet ear-holes, or any other "stupid" thing makes players BELIEVE they will play better, then it WILL make them play better. Surely no one would argue that if Howard had been wearing the traditional orange and white then he wouldn't have fumbled at the goal line. But it MIGHT be possible that he felt enough of an extra burst of energy going on the field that day that he was able to make enough of an effort that he was in a position where that play MATTERED. As I said, nothing will likely change the minds that are already made up, but it is worth considering that the opinions of old fans have themselves only so much influence on how young players feel, which is to say, not much.

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

I vote gray pants and orange jerseys.

ellen writes:

I agree Stay Gray. The grey uniforms do the same thing a new suit or outfit does for a job interview. It gives you a feeling of worth, confidence, I can do this. If you think for minute it doesn't go to your head your wrong. Tradition wasn't getting it. Stay Gray

jandjhome#228397 writes:

General Neyland is cringing.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to jandjhome#228397:

General Neyland is cringing.

General Neyland hardly ever gave press interviews, either. How well do you think THAT would go over these days?

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

General Neyland hardly ever gave press interviews, either. How well do you think THAT would go over these days?

If he was stacking up 11 win seasons and adding to the NC trophy case occasionally, I'd be up for it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

If he was stacking up 11 win seasons and adding to the NC trophy case occasionally, I'd be up for it.

Yeah, but he might not have gotten the job in the first place if he wouldn't talk to people. All I was really saying is that times change. Expectations are different for coaches and players. Players expect people to care more about what they think than about what others think for and about them. Is one era better than the other? Who knows? All we can say for sure is that, well, things CHANGE.

namici#1422384 writes:

in response to Tennball2:

I wonder if Missouri was wearing gray yesterday?

cconner#493482 writes:

Very late comment...but players who are here for a few years, and the lady states we may not remember their names.

Those players are Tennessee. They are the tradition.

We have enough historians, we need pioneers.

H_I_McDonough (Inactive) writes:

Why do we suddenly need gimmicks? The black on Halloween was cool back vs USC, ONCE. What, 6 years ago? But just because they played UGa well doesn't mean we should dedicate every big game to to a new color! Should we start wearing the Lady Vols' light blue next?
Do not let Oregon's cute little outfits dictate the almighty SEC!

Adams, you idiot many schools might have 3 colors. We actually have 4! (5 with black outlines on white jerseys!) BUT in Neyland Stadium, we are the Big Orange, in Orange jerseys, white pants & shoes and orange stripes. The Power T helmet must NEVER be altered!
Our boys signed to play for the Big Orange. Period. Have we ever won in orange shirts and pants. or shoes?? I know we've been embarrassed a few times. Usually Bama. Remember:117=TRADITION

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