These tweets are, somehow, about a team that is 0-7 this season.
Say what you want about their record.... but this Vandy team shows fight week in and out— Alyssa Lang (@AlyssaLang) November 21, 2020
Vanderbilt is a really hard job to evaluate. Probably staring down 0-10 but this team competes every week. Team certainly hasn't given up on Derek Mason— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) November 21, 2020
Vanderbilt is “probably staring down 0-10” but “is a really hard job to evaluate.” As long as you compete every week, wins and losses don’t matter. “Say what you will about their record,” but they play hard.
Now, imagine these tweets being written about literally any other Power 5 program in America. You can’t, because at every other program, there would come a point when playing hard every week just isn’t good enough and no member of the college football media would say something as stupid as “but they compete every week!” Instead, we’d be in a cycle of tweets about this being a “scoreboard business.”
(And for the record, anybody who watched the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game three weeks ago would dispute the notion that this team “competes every week.”)
Meanwhile, just what the fuck is this nonsense?
Third week in a row Vandy's defense has given them a path to win (holding Florida under 40 points counts). Just can't get anything done on offense. https://t.co/Zx5Fx88CKG— Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) November 21, 2020
Is there another program in America where a media member would treat giving up 38 points as a good day for the defense?
Last year after the LSU win at Vandy you could hear a Tiger player yell “This some fucking prison shit in here” from the visiting locker room, which adjoins the media facilities https://t.co/M0Ofag8pff— Steven N. Godfrey Jr. (@38Godfrey) November 21, 2020
Approximately everyone’s visitor’s locker room is a dump because why on earth would you invest real money in something that’s not going to be used by your team, ever. Vanderbilt is roughly the only program that regularly takes crap for the state of its visitors’ locker room, and because bashing the facilities is a thing among Vanderbilt’s own fans, that’s apparently not limited to national media who watch the team maybe once a year:
Ha ha ha .....— Chris Smith (@CSmithScout) November 21, 2020
Dan Mullen is purposely keeping his team away from Vanderbilt stadium as long as possible so they dont have to be crammed up in the small locker room
Basically ...VU's football accommodations are crappy! #JustSaying
“Ha ha ha.” (Seriously though, if your reaction to this is not “Dan Mullen can die mad about it,” just what the hell kind of fan are you?)
And lest you think this is limited to football:
I know that Vanderbilt didn't win a game in the SEC this year, but firing Bryce Drew after three seasons when his top ten pick got hurt in November seems like a bit much. You are, after all, Vanderbilt. https://t.co/4LAH41K2uX— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) March 22, 2019
Yeah, this isn’t just a football thing.
Listen, since we’re probably going 0-10 and probably going to fire the coach, the awful takes are going to be coming for the next month or so. Brace yourself. Because the media hates Vanderbilt fans and doesn’t think they deserve to expect the team to win a fucking game.