Well, it's good to be back, though I wish under better circumstances. Honestly, for my own sanity (and for the sake of my family) I have purposefully kept my distance from RBR. Call it denial or maybe even wisdom, but I have enjoyed not being emotionally destroyed over a football game. I remember that feeling from the loss to LSU in 2011 and I never want to feel that way again.
If you think I walked away from the game free and clear, this morning my computer had a "Roll Tears Roll" sign taped to the screen. The FSU fans here are in full gloat mode, though I'm sure for those living in Alabama it's much worse and for that I am sorry.
I have spent the better part of three days watching Nick Saban and Alabama be the butt of every HOT SPROTS joke on the internet and have had to endure the endless preaching from the morally superior of this fan base. I get it, some fans reaction to the loss has been quite startling but that doesn't make you better than anyone else. In fact, if all you do is bitch and complain about our fan base, you may need to do some soul searching of your own. And to the high and mighty Alabama fans out there, if you think you're better than all of us "gumps", go jump off a cliff or do something else with your life.
With that said, on to the news of the day.
Cremated remains found at Jordan-Hare Stadium following Auburn's Iron Bowl victory | AL.com
Auburn officials are not sure if the remains are human, but bone fragments were discovered scattered within the ashes. "It could have been grandma or it could have been grandma's dog," said Scott McElroy, associate professor for turfgrass and weed science at Auburn University.
I imagine some crazy Auburn fan running on to the field after the game and pouring the remains of a loved one (most likely an animal, amiright) while everyone is celebrating. I bet some fans were wondering how they got dust all over their shoes....
Alabama fan killed over football game, sister says - News-Record.com: Local News
Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker said both Birmingham women were Alabama fans and at a party for the annual rivalry game. The victim’s sister, Nekesa Shepherd, said she witnessed the killing and had no doubt it was about football, even though it was unclear to investigators whether the violence was motivated by the game. “That’s one of the things we are investigating,” Coker said Monday
Okay, maybe we are ALL better than that fan..The narrative will be the shooting was over the football game but a few other reports show that isn't necessarily the entire story. Doesn't matter, this just further proves Alabama fans are nothing but a bunch of lunatics..
Did you think Auburn's Chris Davis stepped out? You can sign an online petition for OT (poll, updated with video) | AL.com
Per the petition:
"Chris Davis from Auburn was clearly out of bounds in running the missed field goal back for a touchdown in the 2013 Iron Bowl. There was way too much riding on this game for that to have been missed - a SEC Championship and National Championship. I think they should put together an overtime play for Auburn and Alabama. Yes, I know how impossible that sounds and how much trouble it will be BUT sometimes you have to make wrongs RIGHT and with so much riding on that game the SEC and NCAA needs to make it right for the players, university, fans, coaches, SEC and SPORTS in general. ...
"SEC and NCAA- do the right thing and make this right for everyone involved!!"
Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s Folly: Great Coaches Protect Their Players
That’s what Saban should have done. He should have shifted the blame from his field goal kicker to himself. Saban’s paid millions of dollars to take the heat. Instead he offered no comfort to a broken-hearted kid who was receiving death threats. That’s shameful and a moment that should give pause to every athlete thinking of playing for Alabama and every parent who expects a coach to look out for their son. Alabama’s not one of those problem programs that always seems to be in trouble. It has a graduation rate of 71 percent, and while that’s a tad below Notre Dame’s 94 percent, it’s still about average for Division 1 programs. A lot of good coaches and support staff at Alabama work hard to play by the rules. Their fan base is the envy of the nation. Alabama shouldn’t believe it needs Nick Saban more than Saban needs Alabama. Alabama knew greatness before Saban and will after. The players and the university deserve a coach who will stand behind the players when they lose, even when it’s their fault. And this one was Saban’s fault.
Maybe I'm wrong but I believe Saban put the blame on the entire team, including the coaches. Was Saban's call at the end of regulation to kick the field goal pretty stupid? It sure was but blaming the loss on that ONE decision, and forgetting the missed field goals and ALL the missed tackles, isn't fair either. You win as a team and you lose as a team. No one player or coach is spared.
Don't Worry Alabama Fans, Nick Saban's Football Dynasty Is Still Alive And Well - Forbes
–And speaking of recruits…Saban is arguably the best recruiter in college football history. In 2011, he had the number one ranked recruiting class. Same for 2012 and 2013. And yes, his 2014 class is, so far, also the top-ranked one in the country. Saban calls his recruits the “raw materials” that set the base for the program. His cupboard is overflowing with the talent ingredient.
We still have three national titles in four years and a single loss doesn't take that away. Yes, I REALLY wanted to see this team go for #4 but it wasn't in the cards. No matter what happens this year, Alabama fans are still living in the greatest run of this program's storied history.
I've been holding up three fingers to every rival fan that has tried to throw the loss in my face. #FAU and #F-FSU
USC hiring Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, according to report | AL.com
According to the 247Sports report, Washington may try to keep much of Sarkisian's current staff in place and promote defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to head coach. Among other potential targets with UW ties are Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, a Washington assistant from 1979-90, and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who was offensive coordinator under Sarkisian at Washington from 2009-11.
I haven't heard any further news about Nuss to Washington but I'm sure, at the very least, he'll get an interview. I have also heard that Jimbo is going to Texas and that Major Applewhite will be Florida's new OC....Rumors, y'all.