Awkward Fan Photos: Tennessee Fan Edition

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It’s time for another edition of awkward fan photos.

This time a Tennessee fan takes his turn on the fandom stage.

You might notice that this fan isn’t wearing any actual UT gear. So how do we know that he’s a UT fan? He Twitter attacked me for being gay with Vandy’s James Franklin and talked trash about UT beating Vandy. Really. See, I think James Franklin is a good football coach so that means I want to be a gay with him.

Get it, get it!

Once you’ve climbed up from the ground and dusted yourself off from rolling on the floor laughing, let’s dive in.

And beware Twitter insulters, you might just find yourself on the OKTC awkward fan photo stage if you inject yourself in to the conversation with idiocy and I catch it.

Twitter profile pics are a goldmine for awkward fan photos. And I retweeted this guy’s comments last week and y’all immediately insisted that he needed to be included in awkward fan photos.  

Yep, the OKTC crew is our eyes and ears. Don’t hide those awkward fan photos just because you share the same fan base as another fan, share them. We apportion ridicule fairly on OKTC. And humor knows no fan color.

How do we love this UT fan picture?

Let me count the 13 ways. 

1. This is the picture a UT fan chose to show the world to represent himself on Twitter.

A purchased! official Dollywood snapshot.

This really happened. 

2. Does anyone else on earth have a cropped Dollywood photo as their actual Twitter profile pic.

Even Dolly Parton doesn’t do this and she owns the park. 

Also, who still buys park photos in an age of cell phone cameras?

Well, now we know, the guy with the beeper attached to his jorts.

3. Jorts!

Even Florida Gator fans are laughing at you. 

The way this photo is cropped, it’s like even the Dollywood photographer couldn’t believe this was real. The photographer could have just cut you off mid-thigh and everyone would have assumed that your jeans went all the way to your ankles. 

But, no, that’s your pale white knees.

Even the Dollywood photographer was making fun of you.  

4. As if it wasn’t bad enough that you’re wearing jorts, your fly is halfway down.

Again, you chose this picture to represent yourself to the entire Twitter universe. 

5. You have my braided belt from 1995. 

I wondered what happened to that thing.

Glad it’s being put to good use. (And by “good use” I mean holding up jorts on an idiot at Dollywood).  

6. Jeff Gordon: Destiny t-shirt.

You know what else is “Destiny?” Everyone who wears this shirt struggling through pre-algebra in 11th grade. 

Also, did you really tuck in the Nascar t-shirt?

Must have gone straight to Dollywood from church. 

In related news, how many 1998 national champion related items does this guy own?

Over/under has to be at least 52, right?

7. Goatee, bang. 

Remember when it was 1993 and everyone had goatees?

It’s 2012. 

8. How about the ill-fitting Jeff Gordon hat that manages to somehow look like a swim cap?

Did you really go double NASCAR gear at Dollywood?

Were you afraid that someone might think you were an Earnhardt, Jr. fan with only the Gordon t-shirt or the Gordon hat to connect you to your favorite driver?

Gotta eliminate the confusion. 

9. Zack Morris’s cell phone still works!

Replete with cell phone belt clip. 

Double score. 

By the way, unless it’s possible you might receive an immediate order from the commander in chief to input the nuclear codes — which would take 45 minutes on this model cell phone — I think you can risk the .4 additional seconds that might pass from pulling your phone out of your jorts pocket to answer it.

You’re wearing jorts at Dollywood. 

No matter what you do for a living — and I’m guessing security guard at a Pigeon Forge go-cart racetrack — time is not of the essence.  

10. Is that a Lady Vol change purse on the left side of the braided belt?

I’m going yes. 

11. Was this photo taken inside a Dollywood cage?

Not that Dollywood is Niagara Falls, but why is there a protective cage in front of a barren hillside here?

And why would you pick that place to awkwardly lean against a fence and pose for a photo?

And why is it so tall? Is the tree famous?

12. Final thought before this picture was taken: “Where should I put my hands?”

Answer: Not there.

13. Odds this guy thinks Derek Dooley needs more time to turn around the football team, but believes Barack Obama didn’t do enough to fix the country in his first term?


Pull your cell phones out of your cell phone holders on your braided belts and dive in with whatever I missed in the comments below.


And if you like OKTC’s awkward fan photos — you do, the number of readers are insane for these — then catch up with prior editions below.

At OKTC we ridicule all awkward fans equally.

Meet the awkward Bama fan couple, which remains the Mona Lisa of awkward fan photos

Meet the awkward Kentucky fan couple 

Meet the Kentucky hottie twins

If you have an awkward fan photo that you’d like for us to deconstruct, send it to and we’ll be rapidly on the case thanks to our OKTC beepers.

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.