I have been a Tennessee fan for over two decades. I have lived through championship years - and losing years. I have lived through good coaches - and bad coaches. I have lived through close calls, big wins, and devastating losses. (You can ask my dad how I used to handle losses - it wasn't pretty!). I am no fair weather fan - I am in for the long haul, season in and season out.
It was hard to watch Saturday night's game against South Carolina. Tennessee came in as a two-touchdown favorite, and probably a little confident as well. An SEC game - on the road - is always a tough test, no matter who it is. I watched Tennessee, riddled with several injuries both before and during the game, crumble on both offense and defense. A number of second-, third-, and sometimes fourth-string players struggled to give Josh Dobbs time to throw - and allowed South Carolina to run all over them. We had a chance to tie with a 50-plus yard field goal with five seconds left to go - it was straight enough, but not long enough. I watched a lackadaisical, energy-less Vols team lose to an unranked SEC team.
Weirdly enough, I am kind of glad that they lost. We are over half way through the season, and Tennessee hasn't played a complete game yet. They have been a second half team all year - underwhelming in the first half, and dominating in the second half. They did not fit that description Saturday night - they played the same throughout the game. They needed to learn - you can't play that way for a whole game, throw a number of interceptions, and get stupid penalties - and expect to win the game. That's not the way it works.
When was the last time where you had a “complete day”? A day where you accomplished everything on your list, got everything just right, and finished the day on the right foot? It feels good to have days like this – but we know that, in reality, every day is not like this. We are not always going to play our “best game” every day – we get tired, we get frustrated, we get angry, and we let the day ruin us. We cannot be hard on ourselves when we do this – we have to dust ourselves off, get a good night’s sleep, and try again tomorrow, Lord willing. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever – He is with you through the “complete days” and the not-so-complete days. Ask Him for His wisdom and guidance – give it your best, and just call it a day.
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