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'Time to die' t-shirts all the rage on Rocky Top

OK, maybe not all the rage, but they are available if you so desire.

The back story, for those who are unaware: Florida’s Chris Rainey was Time to die.jpgFast-forward two days, and we’re on the brink of a bitter SEC rivalry game between Florida and Tennessee, one played annually the third Saturday of September and always one of those dates circled on the calendar regardless of the records of the two schools.  So, of course, an entrepreneurial Volunteer fan (or fans) has decided to up the ante of the rivalry by making light of a potentially serious domestic issue and producing t-shirts with the message “Time to die” on the front and “Vols b-tch” on the back.

As Clay Travis, a Nashville radio host who posted the pics seen in this piece,  wrote on Twitter, it “had to happen”.  Travis is probably right; such a “statement” plastered on a piece of fabric ahead of a huge rivalry game was probably inevitable.

Still, though, there are certain lines of common sense taste that shouldn’t be crossed, and this is one of them.  Hell, even someone like me recognizes such a boundary, and I’m a dolt.

But, hey, the person or persons responsible for these probably got a laugh and/or a couple of bucks out of a serious situation, so that’s all that matters these days, right?

All Volunteer fans shouldn’t be painted with a broad brush because of this, but the person responsible for it should be slapped upside the head with said brush.  Maybe it’d knock a little decency and class into him/her.

Doubtful, but it’s worth a shot.

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42 Responses to “'Time to die' t-shirts all the rage on Rocky Top”
  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 16, 2010 9:31 AM

    Maybe Kiffin’s problem was he bought into the culture in Knoxville. I mean you hang out with drug addicts and there is a good chance you’re going to do drugs.

  2. rolltide says: Sep 16, 2010 9:42 AM

    I love it.
    John, if this upsets you so much, stop covering the SEC and ask to be transferred to the Cal-Stanford beat. Less feelings get hurt there.

  3. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 9:58 AM

    We are talking about red neck, mountain hillbillies here…those shirts are Sunday go to church proper and in many cases a step up from the hunting outfits normally in vogue there. Remember suspenders are a must they are NOT optional.
    ……and it is also one of the few stadiums with hitching posts and stables as part of the parking facilities. That is 21 st century Knoxville.

  4. JoeG says: Sep 16, 2010 10:04 AM

    I’m amazed that the University would even authorize such a shirt to be printed with their logo… Here at Oregon last year there was a shirt that said, “Welcome to Autzen… Where teams go to R.I.P.” Originally the guy wanted it to say, “where teams go to die.” but they only way the University would authorize it would be to change it. No way something like that would fly.
    Fans can be lowbrow all they want, that’s their right, but the Universities need to be above that.

  5. 305CANES says: Sep 16, 2010 10:33 AM

    That’s great!

  6. St.ex says: Sep 16, 2010 10:49 AM

    JoeG. – The university obviously did not endorse the shirt. I wonder how often you are “amazed” throughout the day?

  7. fatediesel says: Sep 16, 2010 10:52 AM

    @JoeG: There’s no way the University would authorize those shirts. Whoever is selling those would be doing it illegally without the University’s consent.

  8. LogicalConsideration says: Sep 16, 2010 10:55 AM

    rolltide, as a fellow Bama fan (going to the game in Durham) I have to say I would be appalled if a Tide fan did the same before the Bama-Florida game. This isn’t some minor run-in with the law to be made light of. Remember, a female lacrosse player was beaten to death by her male lacrosse playing boyfriend (or ex boyfriend) at Virginia a couple of months ago? Nearly the same circumstances. Rivalries may be bitter, but that doesn’t mean class isn’t called for. Some lines you do not cross.

  9. Fyrstorm says: Sep 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    The University will take action. They used a University LOGO to make a profit for themselves. Thats a no-no!

  10. gator_prof says: Sep 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    Entirely expected…it would be funny IF stalking/domestic violence was such a serious issue.
    Vols fans really need to check themselves. This time last year, they were all making excuses for Kiffy and preaching want a wonder coach he was….what a difference 12 months make.

  11. Deb says: Sep 16, 2010 11:35 AM

    @LogicalConsideration …
    Thanks for the response to rolltide.
    Honey … we all love our rammer jammer, but this guy was terrorizing his girlfriend and threatening her life. Not funny. Neither is the Vols Bitch.
    Maybe for halftime show the Vols band will kick the cheerleaders around the field? Good grief.

  12. TJ says: Sep 16, 2010 12:06 PM

    JoeG, I’m sure the shirt is unuathorized. Just like the “Our Dixon your Booty” shirt I saw at the Oregon/USC game a few years back at Autzen.

  13. cmoore7 says: Sep 16, 2010 12:35 PM

    Of course the high and mighty come out to chastize Vol fans. If domestic violence is such a serious issue, why are Chris Rainey and Courtney Upshaw still attending school? I’m sure no Florida of Bama fans sent text messages to these girls threatening them if they did not drop the charges. You all are clowns.

  14. SuperVol says: Sep 16, 2010 12:53 PM

    So you advocate violence to teach the folks who made the shirts a lesson? lol…fine example you set
    “but the person responsible for it should be slapped upside the head”….it is a good thing we have you around to make sure the lines of common sense are not crossed….dolt is accurate
    really folks….this is just satire…you know, making fun of a serious situation…you all need to relax
    As blitz4848 pointed out…This is the 21st century, have a drink, maybe it will kill that bug you have up your butt

  15. volfromfla56 says: Sep 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    Come on, it’s capitalism at it’s finest. It’s not like the fans are the one sending text threats. Lighten up.

  16. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    @cmoore7
    I believe it’s called “due process”
    Would have responded to the 2nd part but don’t speak “hillbilly”………………

  17. stnmmc says: Sep 16, 2010 1:05 PM

    Look folks, domestic violence against women is apalling. In my 34 years of life I have never had any situation that called for the beating or threatening of a woman. But then agai, I like my women like I like my coffee….
    …ground up and in the freezer

  18. edgy1957 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:10 PM

    gator_prof says:
    This time last year, they were all making excuses for Kiffy and preaching want a wonder coach he was
    ***********************
    Did he date your niece and then leave her by the wayside like a used condom? I ask because you seem to bring him up on EVERY topic related to Tennessee when he’s not even part of this discussion. Frankly, I’m surprised that you guys at Florida haven’t blamed him for Bruce Pearl’s problems that just cost him $1.5 million and recruiting privileges.
    FYI, while I think that the person who came up with the T-shirt stepped over the line, it a little payback for you Gator fans that are so holier-than-thou. You must know that the Fulmer Cup, the invention of a holier-than-thou Gator fan, was in just as bad taste but many of your Gator brethren post it on their blogs as a way to tweak Tennessee’s noses, even though they’ve NEVER COME CLOSE to winning it. Every time that you guys get on your high horses, you set yourself up for ridicule around the SEC from fans who are tired of your act and THAT predates Lane Kiffin.

  19. MikeBorio says: Sep 16, 2010 1:24 PM

    What’s all the fuss about?
    The girl was a fatty, and he was simply suggesting it was “time to diet”. One little typo and everyone is so bent out of shape.
    I bet next time he just goes with “luz lbs…bitch”.

  20. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:34 PM

    @ Stnmmc
    “In my 34 years of life I have never had any situation that called for the beating or threatening of a woman.”
    *******************************
    …….you might change your mind if you met
    >>>> edgy

  21. gameover1299 says: Sep 16, 2010 2:30 PM

    Thanks for the publicity guys.
    50% of all proceeds earned from the sale of these shirts will be donated to the defense of men accused of domestic violence.
    Those bitches got what they had coming.

  22. edgy1957 says: Sep 16, 2010 2:32 PM

    # blitz4848 says:
    …….you might change your mind if you met
    >>>> edgy
    ************************
    It would amaze me if you actually bred because you obviously hate women (even though I’m not one) and love homosexuals (even if you believe that I’m one and I’m not). I’d say that you’re joking except I’m of the firm believe that you’re Betarded.

  23. gator_prof says: Sep 16, 2010 2:36 PM

    Edgy,
    I don’t understand what you are talking about.
    I have always been contrite about the Gator arrest situation, not ducking it or saying that it is no big deal. I think that Rainey should be off the team for good and getting mental help. I do think that they should continue to keep him in college to get a degree if he isn’t convicted of a felony.
    It is one thing to not like an opponent, but the “violence on women” thing shouldn’t be on a T-shirt period. Have the “payback” be on the field as you guys have done in the past (recall the ol’ ball coach’s last game in the swamp….Fulmer did have the last laugh). If your team cannot back it up on the field, you shouldn’t reduce yourselves to stuff like this to get “payback” as it just makes the fan base look classless (even though it is only a portion)
    Regarding Kiffy, this time last year, everyone except USC and UT fans thought that he was a jacka$$ with a thin coaching record. Now that group has been reduced to just USC fans…soon to be an empty set. My point is that you guys were blindly defending that POS last year to the death despite the way he handled himself and the discipline issues (waiting how many days before suspending kids accused of attempted armed robbery?)
    Anyway, we will see how things go on Saturday. We have our OL back and will likely try to establish the running game early. I don’t like what Meyer is doing running the option with John. To do this effectively, the QB has to be a viable run threat which he isn’t not. If John goes down, UF is screwed. We are better off with a run/play action UMiami type of O with the current crop of kids.

  24. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 3:13 PM

    @gator_prof
    You are experiencing Edgy at his usual blowoff.
    When he doesn’t have a real answer or comment he lumps everyone together and paints ALL who disagree with him as Bigots, etc….
    It’s more fun to just bait him and watch him go off on one of his 1,000 word rants that stays on topic for maybe 30 words and then goes 10 other directions to convolute the original topic.

  25. smokey says: Sep 16, 2010 3:51 PM

    What most of you don’t realize is that Vols Bitch has nothing to do with this story and has been a slogan of sort for much of the student body for in your face type of remark. However, people and media want to construed things to fit whatever they want. Somebody took this on their own without the university’s consent. Now that said, SEC is passionate about football and no one can compare, so Florida jabs UT and vice versa. Stupid liberals don’t understand.

  26. TATORNUTZ says: Sep 16, 2010 4:00 PM

    100% tasteless,a true fan would not acknowledge such trash,come on UT fans.Domestic violence is not something to joke about whatsoever.

  27. gameover1299 says: Sep 16, 2010 4:25 PM

    smokey obviously has no idea where Vols, bitch came from.
    Slogan for the student body my ass.
    Our lame ass, nerd students have no business claiming that phrase.

  28. SuperVol says: Sep 16, 2010 4:34 PM

    # TATORNUTZ says: September 16, 2010 4:00 PM ET
    100% tasteless,a true fan would not acknowledge such trash,come on UT fans.Domestic violence is not something to joke about whatsoever.

    lol…whatever…so you are bent out shape about college kids and their satire of what is a very serious situation
    It is so serious that Rainey has yet to booted from the team even though he admitted he sent the text
    you condemn UT fans…lol….question, who does the victim of Rainey’s crime fear? Gator fans…thats who
    She signed papers to that effect(not to prosecute) and told the judge, “I don’t fear for my safety. … People all over the country have been calling my cell phone. I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”
    More afraid of the repercussions….that says it all
    Should Rainey ever play for Florida again? Should his victim fear the Gator Nation?
    Thats what we should be talking about —- not your moral outrage about a T shirt

  29. RockyTopJeep says: Sep 16, 2010 5:04 PM

    stnmmc says:
    I like my women like I like my coffee….
    …ground up and in the freezer
    Nice… lol :) In my 36 years, I expected a coffee joke on this one, new for me, great!

  30. WingT says: Sep 16, 2010 5:05 PM

    Hey Blitz, you might want to heed the advice you gave gator_prof. You, Edgy and Deb are the three most excitable posters around here. All of you get super defensive, resort to name calling and generally, have never ever been wrong.
    Roll Tide

  31. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 5:18 PM

    @ SuperVol
    By afraid of GATOR Nation are you refering to the same type students who were satirical?
    I don’t know of any alum or adult fans that would condone that kind of behavior…she was never in physical fear of Rainey–her sister made the call!!!!
    Listen to the 7:43 sec 911 call.
    Rainey needs help and shouldn’t/hopefully won’t be playing football for the foreseeable/if ever future. He has owned up to it and now the school admin, Gainesville police, compliance dept and AD are processing all the info. This will play out soon enough.
    Don’t condemn the GATOR NATION for acts of immature students…….
    We will plug in our 28th freshman this season and move on—the GATORS are younger than the VOLS if you can believe that and have less experience but in all honesty have way more high quality athletes that still need to be molded into a TEAM. Good Luck Saturday…………..
    ***********G O G A T O R S***********

  32. blitz4848 says: Sep 16, 2010 5:24 PM

    WingT
    Believe I only name call with/about Edgy and that doesn’t count……………
    Oct 2nd & Dec 5th [[[ GO GATORS ]]]

  33. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 16, 2010 5:52 PM

    Blitz,
    It was on the radio that 16.2% of the kids who have played under Meyer at UF have been arrrested. Is this accurate?

  34. edgy1957 says: Sep 16, 2010 6:18 PM

    gator_prof says: September 16, 2010 2:36 PM ET
    Edgy,
    I don’t understand what you are talking about.
    *******************
    You’re RIGHT and NEITHER does the Blitz. I said NOTHING about the arrests and if you both saw that then you’re making it up in order to address an issue that I’m NOT talking about.
    I’m talking about the holier-than-thou attitude that has come out of Gator land about every other program except theirs. The Fulmer Cup was invented by a holier-than-thou Gator fan that has seen it be as embarrassing to the U because it shows that while their original intention was to show how much holier that the Gators were than the others, it has turned out that they’re seeing it get pretty bad for a program that hired a coach that everyone looks at as Mr. Clean (I’m not saying that he isn’t but that if you get the rep, it ends up biting you in the ass. Paterno took a lot of shit when his program started seeing a lot of arrests during that early part of the 2000s).
    As for Kiffin, he STILL has NOTHING to do with any of this but you’re sitting around making snarky comments and I can only wonder why you bring him up, even when it has nothing to do with him.
    As for the payback, you need to expect it because your fellow Gators are bringing it on yourselves. Hell, Betarded , with the arrogance of The Old Bald Coach, says that I envy Florida’s program when he knows there’s no way that a team with 3 times as many national championships will envy a program like yours (Not that there’s anything wrong with Florida but I’m NOT envying them and NO TROJAN fan will EVER). If the Fulmer Cup disappears, a lot of fans will stop looking at the program and their fans as being arrogant and holier-than-thou but as Betarded has proven, that’s never going to happen.

  35. harloeisdead says: Sep 16, 2010 7:05 PM

    I wonder when the “45 unanswered points” shirts come out.

  36. Deb says: Sep 16, 2010 8:43 PM

    @edgy1957 …
    You’re a Trojan fan?????
    What about Texas?

  37. edgy1957 says: Sep 16, 2010 9:18 PM

    # Deb says:
    What about Texas?
    ************************
    What about Texas? Are you talking the national championship game? Yesterday’s news. I don’t dwell on the past but I do dredge it up for those that do….

  38. Deb says: Sep 16, 2010 10:22 PM

    No, I’m not talking about the NC game, so stop being a prick … if that’s possible. How stupid of me to address a civil question and expect a civil answer. Of all the evil spewed at me on the other board, only two people ever drew blood because I was acolossal idiot who thought they were above crossing those lines. Congrats on being one of the two.
    My eye caught the line you wrote about no Trojan fan being jealous of Florida. I thought you were a Texas fan and was just asking for clarification.
    Sorry I interrupted your war with Blitz. Won’t happen again.

  39. SuperVol says: Sep 16, 2010 11:22 PM

    blitz4848 says: September 16, 2010 5:18 PM ET
    By afraid of GATOR Nation are you refering to the same type students who were satirical?
    I don’t know of any alum or adult fans that would condone that kind of behavior…she was never in physical fear of Rainey–her sister made the call!!!!
    Listen to the 7:43 sec 911 call.
    Rainey needs help and shouldn’t/hopefully won’t be playing football for the foreseeable/if ever future. He has owned up to it and now the school admin, Gainesville police, compliance dept and AD are processing all the info. This will play out soon enough.
    Don’t condemn the GATOR NATION for acts of immature students…….
    We will plug in our 28th freshman this season and move on—the GATORS are younger than the VOLS if you can believe that and have less experience but in all honesty have way more high quality athletes that still need to be molded into a TEAM. Good Luck Saturday…………..
    ________________________________—-
    First of all I am not referring to the victim fearing anyone…it is a quote directly from the victim…”more afraid of the repercussions” —you would need to ask her if that means Gator Fans–That my friend is why I asked the question
    How exactly do you process “time to die bitch…u and ur”….good luck with that
    Florida is younger than Tennessee? I dont think so….Tennessee will be starting 11 underclassmen Saturday(4 FR)….24 of our 44 2 deep are underclassmen….15 of UFs 2 deep are underclassmen….(…Tennessee will start 7 seniors…UF 10……
    No doubt that UF has edge in depth and talent….and they are not younger either
    good luck
    gbo

  40. edgy1957 says: Sep 17, 2010 12:37 AM

    Deb says: September 16, 2010 10:22 PM ET
    No, I’m not talking about the NC game, so stop being a prick
    *********************
    I’d stop being one when I was being one but apparently you wanted to be a prickess. What part of that was being a prick? Is it that time of the month — is that prick enough for you? If you think I was being a prick then maybe you’re being a son of a blitz and are using the Betarded side of your brain. Look my response over and take it for what it was – an ACTUAL reply without any animus.
    FYI, I am a TROJAN not a fan….

  41. blitz4848 says: Sep 17, 2010 12:09 PM

    @ deb
    sorry to see you are now a target of the
    “flaming Trojan up his A$$” = Edgy

  42. Deb says: Sep 17, 2010 12:33 PM

    @blitz …
    My fault. As the snake says when he bites the little girl “you knew what I was when you picked me up.” Nothing he could say to me here would match what’s already been said. And none of that rambling made a lick of sense anyway. His posts used to be coherent, and though his humanity is lacking, his football knowledge was exemplary. So I don’t know what’s happened. That “I am a TROJAN, not a fan” bit makes it sound like he’s a condom. I don’t get it.

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