...I'm just talking about Smokey!
I'm not saying New York City is a tough town, but last weekend a giant 10-foot inflatable University of Tennessee Smokey got stabbed.
Here's the story:
TrafficNYC is the official UT bar in New York. If you're in the Big Apple on game day, love the Big Orange, then that's where you need to go. There's even a Big Orange in the Big Apple Facebook group.
Last weekend, while UT was kicking a little Cincinnati tail, across the street at the Iowa bar, the Hawkeyes were getting their hats handed to them by rival Iowa State. And some extremely drunk farmers living in New York wandered across the street to the UT bar. Soon they started cutting down UT flags and badmouthing Rocky Top, gaining the ire of the 50 or so people assembled in the bar. Essentially, the owner and bartenders explained to these corn-growers that they needed to leave with them because their only route of escape was through a gauntlet of 30 or so angry Vol fans calling them "a-holes."
As they left, one pulled a knife and stabbed the 10-foot inflatable Smokey outside the front door. They darted across the street and weren't seen again.
Smokey was quickly taped up, and apparently the stabbing has given the UT mascot some much-deserved street cred here in the city. As one Facebook commenter noted, he may soon have a rap career.
So it's tough in New York, but rest assured Smokey's tough. And a lot of my fellow Manhattan Hillbillies have his back.