October 14, 2012
University of Tennessee fans enter second stage of grief
University of Tennessee football fans announce today that they have officially entered anger, the second of five stages of grief associated with the Kübler-Ross theory. Fans were previously in denial, the first stage of grief, but quickly transitioned to the second stage following a 31-41 loss to Mississippi State last night. "Denial is characterized by a refusal to accept the reality of the situation, for instance that the season is for all intents and purposes over," said Knoxville psychologist Jenna Bruner. "But once an individual realizes that denial cannot continue, they manifest anger with themselves or others. In this case fans have become enraged at Derek Dooley and his orange pants." UT fans are soon expected to bargain with God. They will later move to depression and finally acceptance. The Kübler-Ross theory was first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, whose research on grief was inspired by her time as a Cubs fan.
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