There has been some confusion the last couple days on how to properly use the Swinging Cactus. Let me make this perfectly clear, swinging a cactus is serious business and not to be taken lightly. It is to be used only in the most desperate of times. In the rare event a cacti swinging is warranted, only RBR Managers (i.e. myself and Slice of Life) are allowed to bring out said cactus.
What is this Swinging Cactus of which I speak? Well, to answer this question let me point you to a game thread back from late September 2010. You may remember a certain first half against Arkansas that didn't go so well. Todd broke out the cactus and 'Bama ended up winning the game. TIMING IS EVERYTHING.
How not to use a cactus
Stupid looking cactus
When Alabama is winning by 25 cactus...
Recruit picks Auburn over Alabama cactus (cause, lol)
Wrong words/font cactus
Acceptable use of the Swinging Cactus..
— News that the NCAA is investigating Alabama and it's not for improper use of textbooks/suits.
— Alabama is losing (i.e. end of 1st quarter against A&M 2012, end of 1st half against Arkansas 2010, end of 1st half against USCe 2010.)
— In the event Alabama loses a game....
— AJ McCarron is seriously hurt during a game.
— Nick Saban (or Kirby Smart) were to quit mid-season and take the job at Auburn..
Possible but unlikely reasons to swing a cactus:
— Alabama player not named AJ McCarron is hurt in a game (Any injury to any player is horrible but a serious injury to AJ would be cacti swinging worthy)
— Alabama players are arrested for doing stupid things (Skittles Four)
— An Alabama player leaves the team mid season (Unless under NCAA investigation. See reason above)
Finally, you never WANT to swing a cactus. The reason for Hoodoo Friday is to avoid swinging a cactus. But if the situation calls for it and the football gods have turned their back on our sacrifices, this is how you swing a cactus..