Isn't any win beautiful? Should we be looking for the cloud in the silver lining? How do Vanderbilt fans handle winning a game that seemed to be going wrong most of the night? Can we maintain our composure? Where are the drinks? Lets find out...
During the Game:
The Smoldering Ember: This fan finds him/herself seething at watching poor execution and an inability to run the ball with any consistency against a team that should not be considered an even match-up. They tend to simply post innocuous comments that could be interpreted as passive aggressive remarks about the competency of the coaches, players, fans and administration without ever lashing out.
8 to 10 mint leaves, plus 1 large mint sprig for garnish
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1/4 ounce chilled club soda
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
2 teaspoons Frangelico
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and turbinado sugar with the club soda. Add ice and the bourbon, Frangelico, pineapple juice and pure maple syrup and shake well. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with the mint sprig.
The Don't Care: Like true nihilist, these fans cant bring themselves up to get upset. They have braved the Woody years, the Dowhower years, and the Robbie Caldwell year. Losing to MTSU is numbing and plain sad. There may have been emotions there before but they died like a severed pinkie toe....
45 ml vodka
30 ml coffee liqueur
30 ml cream
Add the coffee liqueur and vodka into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Pour fresh cream on top and stir slowly.
The Panic: These fans are not as measured in their response to the struggles on the field. Another stalled drive and we might have heard "WE ARE THE WORST TEAM IN FBS. WE WILL NEVER WIN ANOTHER GAME!! OUR COACH COULDN'T TELL HIS ASS FROM HIS ELBOW. WHY DO WE ROOT FOR THIS TEAM?? UGH I HATE EVERYTHING!!!!"
2 oz gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice; shake and strain into a rocks glass.
The Believer: It ain't over till the fat lady sings. Who calls a roughing the snapper call? These fans know we will pull this out. They won't let two more interceptions break their spirit. Its all about believing in the team and players and nothing else matters...
Surfer on Acid
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce Jägermeister
1 ounce pineapple juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
After the Game:
The Still Angry: How do we fall behind MTSU and barely squeak by? This team has a lot of question marks and most of them center around the QB. Beating MTSU isn't something we should be happy about - its just something we should expect. These fans tend to hold onto their anger when it comes to poor play rather than enjoying the win. For them, any opponent not from the SEC shouldn't pose a challenge. Its hard for them to take glee because they see danger around every corner...
1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
1/2 ounce creme de cassis
1/2 ounce lime juice
Pour the tequila, cassis, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Top with ginger beer.
The Firework: WE ARE AMAZING! These fans usually are the same ones who were screaming about the ineptitude of the coach but can also be the "I told you so" faction of the True Believer fans. The team vindicated them and they will quickly forget all of the poor play and missed FGs to simply remind you that we won, MTSU lost and all is right with the world!
3 ounces Crown Royal Black Canadian whisky
1 1/2 ounces blood orange liqueur
1/2 ounce Black Lime Syrup
1 pitted cherry and 1 blood orange wheel, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled double rocks glass and garnish with the cherry and blood orange wheel.
The Gentleman Scholar: Good teams find a way to win. The running game showed progress even with the sometimes questionable play calling and ultimately Johnny McCrary found his footing and led the team to the game tying and winning drives. Mason has shown a great deal of progress in his time management and overall coaching. These fans are happy but not satisfied. They view this as the team advancing and making the strides the need to...
75 ml bourbon
2 tsp sugar
4-5 mint leaves
Place the mint and sugar into a rocks glass.
Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint.
Add the bourbon.
Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
Let's enjoy the win, drink up during the bye week and get ready for the OBC and his 'Cocks. GO DORES!