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.
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Saban was clear: “If our players think anything of (the college football playoff poll), then that could be an issue. These are the things we try to categorize as the poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on.”
I say, “Double standard!” Perhaps Alabama needs to consider a Saban buyout.
But seriously, though, if McElwain beats Georgia on Saturday — instead of being worked, 42-7 — no doubt Florida officials would conveniently excuse the phantom death threats. As the saying goes: Winning cures all ills … including outrageous public claims and doses of “poison.”
It’s time to pick, again without thinking. Took a beating last week just like everyone else. But I’ve invested a lot of time into this, at least 3-5 minutes this month. So, I’m not giving up.
Already heading into Week 8, I’m still at 78 percent. That’s not horrible.
So no matter what anyone thinks, I’m not bringing in Colin Kaepernick to make my picks this week, OK? Did you read that?? I can still make it through the rest of the season without bringing in someone else.
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.
Arguably the most pleasant surprise of season 2 of the Netflix series “Last Chance U” was Florida State transfer and quarterback De’Andre Johnson.
Johnson appeared to show genuine remorse for his past actions (he punched a woman at a bar and was kicked out of Florida State), leadership skills, ability to be a team player and to be a fantastic athlete. He proved he was as good, if not better than East Mississippi predecessors Jonathan Franklin III (Auburn), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), and Bo Wallace (Ole Miss).
But despite that, he landed no Power 5 scholarship. He accepted an offer to play for Florida Atlantic. And as preseason camp begins, the disappointments are continuing.
A lot of damage was caused by storms rumbling through the Southeast this week. When one resident of Rankin County in Mississippi was asked by WJTV to describe the destruction near his home, the Mississippi State fan took the opportunity to bring up the weekend’s 55-20 victory over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald rushed for 258 yards in the victory at Oxford, Mississippi.