I’ve never heard, and I hope I’ve never made, a statement about college football as outrageous, over-the-top and offensive as the one Nick Saban made at his weekly press conference/psychology lecture Monday.
Listen. These were his words. His exact words.
“Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event,” Saban said. “It may be 9/11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to a catastrophic event. Pearl Harbor got us ready for World War II or whatever, and that was a catastrophic event.
“And I don’t think anyone in this room would’ve bet that we would lose back-to-back games to Mississippi State or ULM, no disrespect to either one of those teams.”
That’s right. The head football coach at Alabama included the lost lives in New York, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Hawaii with the lost games against Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe in his very serious discussion of “catastrophic events.”
Yes, I’m sure that in the annals of history this year’s Alabama football season will be recorded among the events that changed the course of the world forever.
Never forget, never again? Remember the Alamo?
Oh no, my sons, my daughters, remember Bryant-Denny!
Let the name fall with pride from every lip that henceforth speaks it!
Let us not forget our soldiers fallen on the field of battle with Louisiana-Monroe (even though, unlike real soldiers, they usually get up to play the next down)!
Let us be as one in this time of tragedy, for if you cut us, do we not all bleed crimson?
Amen. Roll Tide!