Oklahoma caught most of the country by surprise on Thursday night when it knocked off Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl, and everybody responds to being surprised differently. Some people scream, others laugh, and every once in a while somebody will take a flying leap onto a group of Oklahoma fans and then start delivering bicycle kicks.
This Alabama fan, well, she went with that third option.
You'll have to forgive her, Alabama fans aren't used to losing.
Her name is Michelle Pritchett, and she's the mother of three boys, and she says she did what she did to defend her son.
“Everyone's making me look like such a bad guy,” Pritchett told Yellowhammer. “What I did was probably not the thing to do. But they were taunting us. They began by going after me. But then they crossed the line and started taunting my 16-year-old son.
“It started off being friendly, just us going back and forth about the game,” Pritchett recalled. “But what ended up happening had nothing to do with the game. It escalated. When they said something to my son, I told them to shut their mouths. They were telling my son to come down there and ‘do something about it.' I said, ‘no, that's not going to happen. This crap needs to stop.'”
The fan Pritchett attacked had a slightly different story. Michael Connolly, a junior at Oklahoma, told Sports Illustrated that both sides were talking trash to each other throughout the game. Connolly says Pritchett's son then challenged them to a fight and they told him him "no, come down here."
According to Connolly that's where what you saw in the video began.
Of course, no matter who said what or started it, the fact is that there are other ways to handle things that don't involve leaping onto a group of people and throwing punches and kicks, whether you are sober or drunk -- and Pritchett maintains she was sober. And while Pritchett made sure to apologize to the Tide, Nick Saban and Alabama fans, she also wants it known she'd do it again if she had to.
“I hate to say it, but I'd do it again if I had to. I'm not going to let anyone go after my son.”
Well the part where the Oklahoma fans went after her son must have happened before anybody started recording, because as far as I can tell, the only person here going after anybody was Pritchett.