Last week, an Auburn fan was shot by an Alabama fan after an argument over which football team is better this season (the two teams play each other Saturday in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.).
Let’s go over that again: An Alabama fan shotthe fan of another team because he felt compelled to defend his football team’s honor.
An aberration for an Alabama fan? Perhaps. And perhaps not.
After Texas A&M made it uncomfortable, the top-ranked Crimson Tide prevailed, 27-19, at College Station, Texas.
A venting Saban said after the game:
“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys. All that stuff you write about how good we are. All that stuff they hear on ESPN. It’s like poison. … It’s like taking poison. … Like rat poison.”
His team is ranked No. 1, and Nick Saban says praising his players is like giving them poison? Well, I guess it’s like when you have a rose and it has a thorn. You know, just like every night has its dawn. Just like every cowboy sings a sad, sad song. … Just listen to the Poison, players, unplugged …
And here’s another dose of poison for all you players out there … as I make my picks for Week 7 of the college football season.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave quarterback Wilton Speight the ultimatum after a mediocre first half against Florida in Week 1.
Said Harbaugh: “Your next move is crucial, and it can go one or two ways.”
I feel you, Wilton. I didn’t struggle like you did (picked 70 winners out of 82 games; 85 percent) in my Week 1 picks — without even thinking — but I benefited from a lot of one-sided games. Making picks for Week 2 — again, without even thinking — might be tough. My next move is crucial.
But, then again, I’m still not thinking about it, so it should be about the same.
Nick Saban addressed rhetorically, profoundly, and angrily during a tangent/rant earlier this month to media members about predictions and picks.
Said Saban: “You guys make all these predictions about everything, about guys who are going to be great players, that have been here for two years. Who’s gonna win all the games? I don’t even know why we play. Why do we even play?”
I have no clue. I’m down with just picking who wins and not playing the games. But that’s just me. I’m clueless.
But so Nick and everyone else won’t have the desire to not play the games, I’ve decided to make my picks without even thinking. That way it won’t really feel like a prediction, even though it is.
(It’s not really prediction if you don’t think about it, right?)
Two preseason polls were released Thursday, and Alabama was at the top of both of them. This is getting to be quite redundant.
The Crimson Tide, which fell to Clemson in the national championship game earlier this year, is once again the preseason favorite in the ESPN and the Amway Coaches’ polls. Florida State, Ohio State and USC are in the Top 4 in both polls. No surprise, right?
Maybe, but there are some noticeable differences between the coaches and ESPN voters.
Ole Miss is in a tight spot with the resignation of Coach Hugh Freeze.
Though the university said the current NCAA trouble isn’t the reason for Freeze’s departure, it certainly will be a reason for the difficulty finding a replacement.
The NCAA alleges 21 charges of misconduct involving academics, boosters and recruiting. Ole Miss already has a self-imposed bowl ban for this season, and it likely will find out further sanctions by the NCAA in September or October.
And ask anyone around college football (outside of Ole Miss) about what kind of coach interim Matt Luke will be, and they’ll be quick to say, “Who is Matt Luke?”
Though the walls are crumbling in Oxford, not all is lost for the Rebels.