Tennessee fans have finally received the long awaited validation that their Vols are once again relevant in the landscape of college football. Unfortunately, it isn’t yet in the form of wins on the gridiron. However, they will be happy to find out that their iPhone is a fan of the Volunteers.
If you were to ask Apple’s Siri, “Who is your favorite college football team?” the response is this: “I always like to root for the underdog. I guess that makes me a fan of Tennessee right now.”
Just to be clear, all Siri equipped iPhones and iPads currently give the “Tennessee” response, regardless of fan affiliation or who owns the phone. In all actuality, Siri’s response is triggered as a result of the recently released AP pre-season top 25 college football rankings that will also accompany Siri’s reply on your iPhone screen.
Each week during the season, and in this case the pre-season, Siri will proclaim the team that resides in the 25th and final spot in the AP rankings as her favorite, proving that she's no fair weather bandwagon fan. Hence, the "I always like to root for the underdog" statement that Siri uses to preface her current allegiance to the 25th ranked Volunteers.
It is fitting that Siri prefers Tennessee at the moment with all the hype and fanfare surrounding the Vols heading into the season, and while she is not likely to remain loyal to Tennessee throughout the entire year, the important thing is that she bleeds orange now.
Siri’s reply also makes for the perfect novelty for Vol fans who want all of their friends and family members who are fans of rival schools to know exactly who their phones are rooting for heading into the 2015 season. So, if you see a Vandy or Bama fan throwing their phone against a brick wall, you'll now know why.
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS