Within the Range of Anger to Depression

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified five stages that a dying patient experiences when informed of their terminal prognosis. The stages are: denial (this isn’t happening), anger (why is this happening), bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…), depression (I don’t care anymore), and acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes).

This could have been taken at any Tennessee game within the last season and a half against a conference foe with a winning record.

Based on what I’ve read today on the Tennessee message boards and other such venues of self-expression unhindered by anonymity, the bulk of the Vol Nation is somewhere in the range bounded by anger and bargaining, but moving quickly toward depression.

It doesn’t matter how predictable and predicted each of the last 19 Tennessee games have been.

It doesn’t matter how the current situation of the Vol football program is rooted in the distant past.

Acceptance is a long, long way away.

LSU’s manhandling of the Vols in the second half on Saturday beat the denial out of even the most optimistic and uninformed.

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