Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Man in the Straw Hat

Did you happen to catch the USA Today article featuring the Alabama spring football game this week? Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was quoted in the article as saying "We do nothing to promote it (the spring game). We don't advertise on the radio. I was in Georgia this past weekend and they advertised their spring game every other commercial on the radio, getting people to come. We don't do anything, they just come."

Oh really Coach Saban? Then why is the official title of your spring game "the Golden Flake A-Day Game at Alabama?" Why is your spring game also sponsored by Cook's Pest Control? Then why did USA Today run a full page story on your game? Why did you arrange for ESPN to televise the game live? Why did the University of Alabama pay for an advertisement to run several times during the ESPN telecast that featured Alabama football players with the theme "This is Alabama Football - at some places they play football but at Alabama we live it." The ad touted Alabama's 92 first team all-americans, 56 bowl appearances, 31 bowl victories, 21 SEC championships and 12 national championships.

And you say you don't promote the Alabama spring game Coach Saban? Really? It seems to me you did everything you could to make this a big time recruiting tool. Another reason why Saban is my least favorite college football coach. I really don't care if you promote your game, heck USC does the same thing, but don't deny that you do it! I guess this is to be expected from the guy that claimed he wouldn't leave LSU for the NFL and he wasn't interested in leaving the Miami Dolphins for the Alabama job.

In Austin Powers in Goldmember, actor Michael Caine says "Don't play the laughing boy. There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch."

The two things I hate in this world - the arrogance of LSU/SEC fans and Nick Saban.

Here's the link to the story:


At 4:36 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Scott -

I agree that the SEC is the most annoying thing about college football(it just beats out the overtime format for the number 1 spot)...and Nick Saban is the most annoying thing about the SEC! I just wish he would have stayed in the pros where his players were grown men and didn't respond to his tyrannical coaching style and his house of lies.

One of the reasons that I am an atheist is that Nick Saban has a national title. No God would allow that to happen.

As for the SEC, I must admit that if I was an SEC fan I'd say and do the same things they do. Hopefully I wouldn't be so ignorant, but I would definitely hang on to the facts that point in my favor: More national titles held by current coaches than any other conference. More 4- and 5-star recruits than any other conference.

Of course, the disconnect is that SEC fans use this information as an argument that their particular TEAM is better than team x, which doesn't hold water. However, nobody can deny that they do indeed have the strongest conference right now.

Hey, you should do a post with your list of "top 5 things you would change about college football if you could" and then us readers can respond with our own lists.

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