I know that there are fans of all teams that post unkind or thoughtless things on FB, Twitter and even here on RBR after another team's loss. And, although I shouldn't be, I am still surprised that some teams’ fan bases don't have class after they win.
I received a message last night via a social network from someone after the game that just kind of rubbed me the wrong way and felt like a dig. I decided to sleep on it before posting a response and see how I felt about it in the morning. I woke this morning and sat down and wrote my feelings out. I didn’t attack the person who sent me the comment. Instead I expressed that even though we lost, I still love my team and I have class enough not to stoop to someone else’s level. I decided to share what I wrote here with you, the people who would understand it more than anyone:
First, no one can win forever. It's never easy to lose, but it's how you act after that loss that shows you have class, pride and character.
Second, Coach Bryant once said: "It's awfully important to win with humility. It's also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won't know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back."
Some people should take the "win with humility" part to heart and realize that one day they too will be in this position and they should ask themselves how they would like their friends and acquaintances to respond to their loss.
And finally, as Alabama fans, we have plenty to be proud of as of late: 19 straight wins, a national championship, 29 straight regular season wins and our first Heisman Trophy winner.
I am proud to be an Alabama fan and I will be Crimson and White until the day I die. One loss is not going to change that. I was at Bryant Denny Stadium last year and saw Mark Ingram make his statement for the Heisman against South Carolina and I was at The National Championship Game to witness our championship win. No one can take those memories away from me and I am proud beyond words to have witnessed them. I love my team and always will, through the good and the bad!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!
“What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference - the precious present moment.” – Coach Nick Saban
Losing doesn't make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder. – Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant