On Monday I posted links to various media reports on the A-Day game and the buzz about the attendance.
Over the last few days, many blogs took the opportunity to make stunned observations, bash or playfully tease Alabama for the record turnout. Pretty incredible how 92K showing up for a free game in Alabama makes an entire state mentally deficient, but 75K paying $5 admission at Ohio State almost passes without mention. There's no way I could provide links to them all, but here are excerpts from blogs ranging from the biggest to incredibly obscure.
One more note before we get going. PLEASE don't litter the comments sections of those that bashed Alabama with inflammatory comments. First of all, it's not worth the expenditure of effort and secondly, it just fuels the negative stereotypes when we fall for the baiting. I just assembled this list so you all can see the range of what's being said. Remember, we represent the school everywhere we go and identify ourselves as fans...even on the internet. If I might be so bold as to adapt the famous Gandhi quote to this situation: "When they ridicule you, respond with dignity and then you win."
Anyway, onto the recaps:
Might as well start with one of the heavy hitters of the blogging world, Deadspin and their post, "They Have a Love For Nick Saban That I Can't Understand":
Check out the venom in the comments section. There are countless "jokes" about incest, dental care, poverty, education, etc. all while referring to Alabamians as having no class. Pot, meet kettle.
Sunda Morning Quarterback, whose site I enjoy had this to say:
We'll give SMQ a free pass on this one as an SBN colleague and a Southern Miss fan...seeing as that's punishment enough.
Rocky Top Talk`s Corn From a Jar chimed in too:
Maybe Epps is right. Maybe that makes me less passionate. But maybe I'm just more realistic. And it couldn't be that Alabama fans are less realistic, could it?.
ESDBS: We already linked to this one because of the podcast, but the jokes are good, so here it is again:
Even some guy from Colorado that participated in the triathalon on Saturday is getting his digs in at the school and the state. I also wonder what grocery store they went to. Both groceries I go to have organic sections. I know, because I checked. I even found them on my own without having to ask.
My favorite so far has to be from Mississippi State blog Hail Dear `Ole State:
Hopefully they'll forgive me for quoting their post in full.
Donkey Carnival has this to offer:
hogonsports.com observes the obvious:
It says that we are a football country, dammit!
Like I said, it's a small sampling, but it's always interesting to see what's being written about us.