This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am Exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
Leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil.
Success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.
-- Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant's prayer
This is the day. Or it was.
Let's face it. This is the day that belonged to us. If you want to be generous, say that Auburn took it from us. If you want to be honest, say we gave it away. Either way, today will not, for it cannot, turn out the way it was supposed to unfold. The weather in SEC territory confirms this fact (it's currently 36 degrees, wet, and overcast where I sit right now, a mere two-hour car ride from Atlanta).
So what's an Alabama fan to do? We still have today, and we don't want to waste it. Here's one man's take on how to use it for good.
First, by the time you read this, it will be at least 9:30 AM. Most of us have already broken our nightly fasts, so I'll pick up from there. In case you'd forgotten, College GameDay has already been on for over an hour. Do. Not. Watch. ESPN will show and/or discuss the unpossible play from last weekends barf-o-rama at least five more times, and nothing good can come from you reviewing what happened.
It's over, man. Drop it. Move on. Please. Do it for yourself. Do it for the loved ones in your life.
What to do instead? The possibilities are endless. Are you married? Get back in bed and reap the benefits of that contract you signed with the missus (or mister...NTTAWWT). Your kids won't let you do that? Well, then, go spend time with those little imps. Play a board game or six. Get out the finger paints. Use every cushion in the house to build the coolest fort ever. Single? Man, you're free. The world is your oyster. You can literally do whatever the hell you want. Go do it.
At 11 AM, three CFB games will come on the air, the most compelling of which will be the OU/OSU game (although all four Central Florida fans will rant about how big their game with SMU is today; furthermore, you won't hear from any Marshall or Rice fans about their game -- there are no Marshall or Rice fans). If you're a family man, resist the temptation to watch any of these games. Not a single outcome will make any real impact on our team (please don't try to convince me that, if hell freezes over, a one-loss OSU will go to the BCSNCG instead of a one-loss Alabama. Comon, people. Seriously.). Continue spending some well-earned quality time with your kids. Be the greatest parent you always knew you could be. Married, but no kids? Get back in that bedroom! There are so many tantric positions you've yet to even consider. Single? Complete your Christmas list. Write a novel. Learn an instrument. Go back to sleep. It's your call (and I can't tell you how jealous I am).
At 2:30, Texas plays Baylor in the Big XII title game, which, despite the aforementioned Marshall-Rice blood feud, could actually be the most underwhelming matchup of the day. One team has no defense, the other lost Cold McCoy to injury. Soooo boring.
Then, the witching hour. 3 o'clock. Tigers vs. Tigers. Barf.
Now, despite the soft
-headed-hearted kindnesses shown by some of the RBR gentry here recently, we all know, in the words of our resident crazy old coot, Fitty, that NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM AN AUBURN WIN. This is true. Another oft overlooked fact is that, in terms of a reality-based worldview that acknowledges that Alabama will not play in the BCSNCG this year, Alabama fans actually have greater odds of happiness tonight than AU fans. Let me break it down.
For AU fans to achieve the ultimate nut and make it into the title match, they need an AU win and an anOSU loss (Shut up. FSU is not going to lose to Duke. Just shut up already.) They need two games to go their way.
Bama fans only need one. We only really need a Missouri win. A Mizzou win keeps AU out of not only the BCSNCG, but a BCS bowl game altogether. In the never-ending recruiting wars, this would be an enormous coup. We only need one game to go our way today.
Therefore, as anyone who has watched AU play this year can attest, Bama fans will most likely not be happy tonight. The odds have not played out this year, especially in recent weeks. The evil Tigers will probably beat the other Tigers. And if that happens, don't be too surprised if MSU shocks the world tonight and defeats anOSU, thus sending the slimy booger-eaters to the big game. I'm not predicting it, mind you, but it would fit with the way the stars have aligned themselves lately. It would fit it to a T.
In short, don't watch football today. Do feel free to check you iphone (or whatever) around 5PM to see if Mizzou has already put the game out of reach, but be careful that you don't tune in for another odds-defying comeback by the barn. You don't need that. If Mizzou does win, they'll show the replay, but I likely won't watch that, either. Somebody else will still be wearing our crown. So do yourself a favor. Free yourself from your football attachment, get out of that rut, and live your life.
You can always join the few, the proud, the Alabama basketball fans who will be hoping to see the Tide get its first road win of the season at 8PM. Just have your finger ready for the mute and/or power button...in case they raise the topic of football during the broadcast. Peace.