I wasn’t going to say anything about this but it has just been bugging me. I heard Coach Saban say that he appreciated the fan support Sat. night and no disrespect to him, but as a fan I’d give our support no better than a C.
To begin with we were not that loud. Compared to my recent experiences in Fayetteville and Columbia we were down right quiet. And, those folks had far less people!!! I don’t think we were close to the volume we had last year in BDS for LSU and that was with 10,000 less people.
Where I was sitting the fans pretty much sat down the whole game. I stood up tjhe whole game because I always stand up...I’m too nervous to sit down, it helps you yell louder, and it is too tight where I sit to sit down anyway (the guy who holds the seats next to me is huge and takes up 1 ½ seats...if you are reading this Steve...I AM talking about you.) At any rate some of the fans behind me, Alabama fans mind you, even got mad that I was standing up. I definitely stood out like a sore thumb.
But to me the worst part was the way many of our fans left early. To begin with the South End Zone Upper Deck was about half empty at half time. I don’t sit up there, but we need those folks to be engaged. I’m guessing a lot of it may have been students...but the lower bowl student section did stay together pretty well and they did yell.
Then, when we missed the final field goal with still enough time (about 2 ½ min.) for Ole Miss to actually come back it was mass exodus. True, it would have been a great comeback...but it could have happened (have you seen us defend the onside kick?) Why, just last year we had the ball with about 3 ½ min to go, up 9 against UT, and we had to block a last second kick to win!! And, have we forgotten 98 in Baton Rogue. We were down 16-7, and stunk all day, with 3 minutes to go we were on our own 40 and then we won by 6. Don’t tell me Ole Miss, with Massoli, playing against our D was not capable of that. But then again I actually thought we still had a chance at SC when we got it back with like a minute to go.
I’ll admit the game was very late (I actually had to drive 350 miles after the game to be in church the next morning so I was wanting the game to end as quickly as it could but, it just drug on) and I’ll admit we were not playing very good. But...don’t talk about how the team was not fired up etc. Julio freaking Jones played with a hand still recovering from surgery and GMac, (for all his bad play) took some hard shots but did not leave the game. I’d say the players were playing with more heart than I saw in the fans except maybe the students.
So, the bottom line is do we, the fans, really think we have a small part in the team’s success? If you don’t, and you have Tide Pride Tickets, how about giving them up so the thousands on the waiting list can buy them. And, if you are coming to the game, and you are just going to sit on your hands and watch the game, I’ve got news for you...all the games are on TV now. Stay at home, or just hang out on the quad and watch on TV. Just be sure to sell your tickets to someone who cares.