What made Nick Saban complain about Alabama football fans
Nick saban spoke for about four minutes at a stretch, uninterrupted.
He was sitting at Baumhower’s Victory Grille for his weekly radio show when a caller asked how Saban can get the team to cut noise from Alabama which is set to win by significant margins.
“Like,” the caller said, “with Arkansas we were supposed to blow them up and then you don’t, and it’s because you created such a gaming atmosphere that we go to the games. knowing we’re gonna win. We don’t know by how much. “
Then Saban started to respond.
“I’ll tell you, I’m glad you go to the game that way because I never go to the game that way,” Saban said. “I have too much respect for the other team, I’ve been in too many games, whether we won when we weren’t supposed to win or the other team beat us.”
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The rat poison, Saban said, will always be created by the media and the reality of the world is not based on what can be read on the internet, what anyone is thinking or what the line is for a game.
“The most important thing is that every time a team loses two games, everyone says the team is like over,” Saban said. “It’s really quite the opposite.”
He referred to how Texas A&M had just lost two games before defeating Alabama, and those two losses made the Aggies dangerous. The same, Saban said, can be said about LSU and the number of people who thought Alabama would blow up the Tigers because they are “no longer good.”
Again, it is quite the opposite.
“They are competitors,” Saban said. “They have moms and dads. They take pride in their performance. They have things they want to accomplish and they want to do and they want to be good. They don’t just throw in the towel. They work harder. hard to try and improve. And everyone wants to beat us. We’re going to get everyone’s best game. I don’t know why people can’t figure that out. ”
Cheers from fans began to fill the restaurant as Saban continued.
“You can tell it’s not fair to our players that they get everyone’s best game, but they do,” said Saban. “They have to be able to compete through that and play over it. I don’t know. When I came here everyone was happy to win a game. Now we’re not happy to win a game anymore. not happy to win a game. “
The cheers grew.
“We think we should win games by anything,” Saban said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the players either, because our players are doing their best to be the best they can be and to be criticized for what they work hard for so you can have fun. appreciate and have pride and passion for what they do and what they do.
He said that these are just students who go to school every day, study and have to run after training if they miss the study hall.
Applause and cheers echoed through the restaurant.
“I mean, come on. Give me a break,” Saban said. “It’s not professional football. These guys aren’t paid to play here. They all represent you. You should be proud and happy to support them, to appreciate what they do and to be grateful for. . ”
The applause and woo-hoos are sustained as Saban’s voice rises and pushes the microphone to the limits.
“You know what else?” Saban said. “Nobody wants to win worse than them. Not me, not you, I don’t care what kind of fan you are. Nobody wants to win more than the players who play. Nobody.”
Alabama radio voice Eli Gold began to intervene, thinking Saban was done. He wasn’t.
“And no one feels worse than when they lose,” Saban said. “Nobody. So for all the self-centered people who can’t look past their own self, okay, to appreciate what other people are doing.”
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