The mid-inning entertainment at this Tennessee Double-A game was kids throwing mustard bottles at Lane Kiffin’s head | This is the loop
What’s the easiest way to say it’s college football season? It’s not by looking at foliage maps. It’s not by listening to the voice of Kirk Herbstreit on your TV or watching the sad state of your FanDuel balance after a tough week 0. It’s this video right here.
It was mid-inning entertainment at the Tennessee Smokies game this weekend. The Smokies are a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They claim to have “the friendliest ballpark in America” in their Twitter bio. But when Rocky Top rocks, all that southern hospitality goes out the window…especially if your name is Lane Kiffin.
Never mind the fact that Kiffin coaches in a totally different sport, doesn’t face the Vols this year, and was last employed by the University of Tennessee during Obama’s first term. When September rolls around, the Smokies — and the great state of Tennessee as a whole — pick up the mustard and go. Do you think this kid can decapitate Kiffin’s smiley face on the first try? No sir. It takes years of practice. They are generational wells of angst that eventually get better. It’s not a viral stunt. It is tradition.
Kiffin has previously spoken about being asked to wear a body armor when he returned to Neyland Stadium as a member of Alabama’s coaching staff in 2014. Now we know why. Flying Condiments are considerably less dangerous when you have a layer of Kevlar between you and the Thousand Islands. So here’s hoping that when the dust settles and France is cleared we’ll have Rebels-Vols in the SEC Championship game, because there’s no hotter sauce than pure hate.