Sam Burnham, Curator
Oh, come on, Nick. Give us a break.
Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban is not happy with The tide of students rolling out of Bryant-Denny before the end of the ridiculous games the gridiron juggernaut insists on scheduling year, after year, after year, after year. Once the Tide goes up by 50 against West Monroe Christian Academy or whatever JV team they payed to come to Tuscaloosa, the parties back at the frat houses offer more entertainment and the kids leave en masse.
I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t stay to see that asinine stupidity either.
The phenomenon isn’t new, just as the terrible cupcake games aren’t new. In fact, the school is so bothered by it they developed an app students can download that tracks their movements. Students located in the stadium late in the game can earn reward points as an incentive to hang around.
I didn’t notice an exodus of Texas kids ducking out before the end of the LSU game this past Saturday. Maybe Texas has an app too. Maybe kids want to see a real ballgame.
Sports Illustrated quoted Saban as follows:
“Everybody wants to be a part of the team," he said. "Everybody wants to be No. 1, but everybody don't want to do what the beast does. Everybody wants to be the beast but they don't want to do what the beast do. So everybody's got to make a sacrifice. You want to be the lion? Everybody got to do something. Everybody wants to be No. 1. If I asked that whole student section, do you want to be No. 1? Nobody would hold their hand up and say I want to be No. 4. They would all say No. 1. But are they willing to do everything to be No. 1? That’s another question. You can ask them that. I don't know the answer."
”The Beast” that pulls its starters to the bench while leading New Mexico State 62-10 wants the students to stay on the front line rather than get pulled early.
Saban also told a press conference that the Tide is only scheduling the teams who are willing to play them. He says he’d love to play tough teams every week but can’t find anyone to play them.
Let’s take a look at that non conference schedule: Duke, New Mexico State, Southern Mississippi, Western Carolina. Despite playing in the much respected SEC West, their conference schedule includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. Mississippi State is decent but they’re not beating Bama. That leaves only LSU, Auburn, and Texas A&M as respectable opponents. That’s only three games out of 12. If they lose one of those the committee still will be trying to cram them into the CFB Playoff somewhere.
For comparison, this year gives us Oregon-Auburn, Texas A&M-Clemson, LSU-Texas, Georgia-Notre Dame. How are we to believe that no one will play Alabama? I don’t. That’s how.
Why risk it? If the committee will put you in the playoff despite having only two quality wins just grab a couple more cupcakes off the tray and blame your fans when they’re bored with your pitiful schedule.
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