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Questions from Earl and them.

questions from earl and themIt’s been kinda quiet here on the aVy’ front of late. Intentionally so. I decided I’d make one last video then shut it down for a while and enjoy the holiday with family and friends, which is exactly what I did. Hope you were able to do the same thing.

But with Christmas behind us and the onset of 2013 mere hours away, now seemed like an appropriate time to break the silence, but not without a little help from my friends.

You see, over the past few weeks, I’ve received any number of interesting questions — questions from the metaphorical “Earl and them.” Questions I thought it was time to answer here on the aVy’ site.

So, without further ado…

Questions from Earl and them:

Have you ever noticed that Peyton Manning kinda looks like Stevie Ray Vaughan or is it just me? —AL

Well, AL, first let me say this — I’ve noticed no such thing. And I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the reason why is because Peyton Manning looks absolutely nothing like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

But let me also say this: I seriously doubt it’s just you. Instead, I’m guessing that a modicum of alcohol was involved as well. Possibly some weed. Because given the right mind frame, I suppose anything is possible.

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I’ll tell you what I have noticed, however. Jimmy Hyams seems to have a quarter cup of Glenn Campbell in him.

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They even both wear tan shirts. It’s like they’re little Rhinestone Cowboy brothers or something!

But, back to the original question. I’ve never noticed that Peyton looks like Stevie Ray Vaughan. It’s probably just me, though. And by It’s probably just me, I mean I’m concerned about your drinking problem.

Next question:

When, exactly, did the Woo in Rocky Top start? And what’s your take on it? I think it sucks and also believe it’s why we’ve fallen on such hard times in football. Do you like the Woo? And do you think the Woo’s to blame for the current state of Tennessee football? —CC

Excellent questions. First, when did it start? I can’t say for sure when the Woo began, but I can tell you this. I grew up in Knoxville and I don’t ever remember the Woo back in the day. In fact, I don’t remember it through my college years, either (graduated in 92).

Shortly after college I moved to Seattle, but I still kept up with the Vols (obviously) and always made it home for at least one game per year. And it was during this era that I first remember the Woo.

I moved back to the Southeast for good in 1998 and I’m positive the Woo was a fixture by then if for no other reason than because I totally remember it the championship year. So, based on all that, I’m putting the onset of the Woo sometime in the mid 90s. But, just to make certain, I did some googling and stumbled across this little gem — a story (in part, at least) about one fan who doesn’t like the Woo.

While the story didn’t provide the answer as to exactly when the Woo came to be, Bob McClellan’s timeline corroborates mine. So, I’m sticking with my answer. The Woo started in the mid 90s. (It’s worth noting that Bob McClellan just happens to be one of the very first readers of aVy’. He’s a good man and he and his family own and operate a fantastic clothier — M.S. McClellan & Company. Needless to say, they’re all VOL.)

But back to CC’s questions. What’s my take on the Woo, he wants to know. Well, unlike Bob, I never had any real problem with it. In fact, my first impression of the Woo was that rednecks really loved to sing it. I thought it was fun to sing, too. Which, you’ll note, makes me a redneck.

And given that the Woo came in during the heyday of modern-day UT football, who am I to question it? I mean, hell, a national championship lay in the shadow of the Woo’s very onset. It’s hard to argue with that.

But I’m still about to do just that. Because now that we’ve fallen on tough times, I’ll be the first to admit that the Woo has lost some of its luster. In fact, I now find it annoying. Assuming the winning had never stopped? The Woo should have continued unabated. But now that the winning most certainly has stopped?

I say get rid of the Woo.

So while I’d not go as far as CC and blame the current state of things on the Woo, I will say this: Butch Jones marks the third person who will try to lead this program to its new identity. Maybe our new identity should be a Woo-less one.

Woo for thought, don’t you think? (What’s your take on the Woo?).

Next question:

Why do so many guys wear stupid-ass girl jeans? –Chris from Nashville

Extra points for Chris sending in the following picture as an example of exactly what he’s talking about:

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WOW. That’s such a good question. Obviously, it’s impossible for me to be 100% confident in my answer, but I’ve gotta think it has something to do with Rascal Flatts. Particularly the chubby dude with spiky hair.

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They don’t look a day over fast cars and freedom.

Actually, wait, that’s not fair. I can’t blame the guys-wearing-girls’-jeans thing on Rascal Flatts. I mean, sure, they’re key players in the whole deal, but to pinpoint the entire thing on them just wouldn’t be right. So, instead, I’ll blame it on women. That’s right, ladies, it’s your fault.

I mean, first, I’d be willing to bet that over half of such jeans are purchased by girlfriends / wives. But second, women are constantly trying to get guys to dress like girls and it starts the moment guys are born.

Example: your baby boy. Guys, you know what I’m talking about, right? When your wife tries to go all “cutsie-cutsie” on your junior associate a la a little phenomenon I like to call The Little Lord Fauntleroy Syndrome whereby your boy is paraded about in any number of questionable outfits which border on (a) costumery — not a word, but still — if not (b) public humiliation.

questions from earl and themYou know, the saddle oxfords / tights combo that makes your little fella look like he’s about to head out to the ballet? (Nutcracker, indeed.) And don’t even get me started on all that smocking.

Know what I say? Buy Junior a NASCAR onesie and get on with it. Or else, before you know it, you’ll have a grown man on your hands singing along to the chorus of Me and My Gang in the blink of an eye.

Good question, Chris. Hope that helped.

Okay, next question:

Now that football season is over, what’s next for allVOLyall? Will you be doing more videos? –Earl and them in the JC

First, huge props to this person for going all “Earl and them” on me, as well for helping me come up with the title for this post. And, second, my answer:

What’s next is more of the same. Irreverent, quirky takes on the world of UT sports. I mean, I ain’t sayin’ it’s right, but I am sayin’ it’s all VOL, know what I mean?

So, sure, football’s over. And truth be told, it’s probably my favorite sport. But that doesn’t mean I don’t follow basketball. Because I do. And that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty to cover. Because there will be.

Will there be more videos? Absolutely, though I am putting that dude on a shelf for a bit. (Names, anyone?) But, believe it or not, those videos may have created some potential opportunities for me and this site, two in specific, that I’m still kinda flushing out. In fact, I’ve got a meeting on New Year’s Day that I’m really excited about. So, yes, there will most definitely be more videos.

But, this site will never be just those videos. That’d get old pretty quick. Besides, was doing great before the videos. So it’s not like my goal for aVy’ is about to change any time soon. And that goal is to provide Vol smack in a way in which no one else is providing it. A quirky way. An irreverent way. A random way.

But in a way that’s still 100% all VOL, y’all.

So, to that end, and again, what’s next, Earl and them wanna know? More of the same.

In the meanwhile, here’s to 2013. I hope it’s your best year yet. Happy New Year, everyone!

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  • goonsquadsarah

    “And by It’s probably just me, I mean I’m concerned about your drinking problem.”

    Word. I’m just not seeing it.

    But it makes me happy to think about it.