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Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Posted on: September 9, 2010 6:46 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Football fans like to boo. It's in their nature, and it's something that's borne out in the stands of nearly every college football stadium every fall (IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: universities with Top 20 law schools. Stanford, Michigan, Duke... yes, they'd just never). Football is such a full-throttle expression of physical potential that as we watch it, our emotions follow those same extremes. Sure, people boo at baseball games, but it's far less, well, lusty, and baseball players never get the sense that they may attacked and killed by fans. Football, though--how there's never been an all-out prison-style riot at a football game is just mind-boggling.

So when a team makes the token effort to discourage booing, usually with posted reminders and maybe a pre-game announcement about sponsorship, the concern is noted and then immediately discarded and set ablaze the first time the home team gets called for pass interference. It's football; we ignore politeness. Boooooooo.

Ah, but when the cry for fans' sportsmanship comes from demi-god Nick Saban? That gets noticed awfully quick:


"Our football program and our stadium is probably the largest window that anyone looks at in the state of Alabama and maybe the University of Alabama," he said. "And I just don't think there's any place for booing anywhere in college football, and that includes booing the other team. ..."

Penn State "is a class program with class people that have been there for 45 years and done wonderful things for college football, the game of football, and a lot of people over a 45-year period," Saban continued. "And I think it would be a (bleep) crying-(bleep) shame if we booed 'em when they come into the stadium like we did last week's team. I just don't understand that."

Saban's concern is meritous, to be sure, and the best way to express dominance has always been through the power of setting an example, not following one.

And yet, Saban's never tailgated 3/4 of the way to blindness and then sat in stands, unable to directly communicate with that jerk of a ref who just called another phantom hold and whose side is he on anyway, hey? So Saban's asking favors of people whose situation he's somewhat unfamiliar with, and that's a tenuous proposition at best. Perhaps the fans obey Saban's wishes and don't boo JoePa and his charges before the game. Perhaps. But man, if those Nittany Lions actually win down there this weekend....


Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:33 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Yes genius and you just showed a whole ton of class with this post. It sounds to me that you might have a little animosity toward us because wait; does UNC still have a football team?

See what I mean?  Thanks for making my point. 

It's the only thing you can ever fall back on: our kids can beat up your kids.  Good for you.  Your state is still a giant wellfare queen and an drain on the country.

It's not hard to understand why kids in the deep south (I believe many of 'bama's players actually come from fla) start playing football as they're physically able to; it's a ticket OUT.  Conservative deep southerners don't want to hear about shit about race and/or poverty issues but they sure enjoy cheering for that fraction of our society on Sat's.

Yep, a team riddled with complex investigations right now

Yeah, launched primarily by the university.  We expect our student-athletes to be able to read and write, play by the rules; we're not an sec school.  We're ACC, and if this means always being the "sec light" or whatever, fine. 

I have lived anywhere from New Jersey to California and back to the east coast and trust me the lack of class at sporting events is all over the place.

Ha, yeah yeah yeah, people online always seem to have similier stories; have lived everywhere, financially well off and successful.  yadda yadda yadda  ;)

Bottom line: peopel of alabama maybe need to switch up their priorities.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:24 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Well I am opposed to a coach who goes balistic on the sidelines, publicly confronts players to show his authority, leaves a college program that's on the rise to "fullfill a desire to coach at the next level" only to leave that program after making promises to them, and then wants to sit up on his high throne and call out fans who worship him and his team for booing the opponent.

Ha, touche!!!

saban is an ass: period.

He just happens to be correct on this paticular issue. 

No booing college athletes; period.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:21 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Yes, we boo our opponents. Is it right? Hell no. Are we the only school that does it? Hell no. EVERY school boos

Simply isn't true.  Your school does boo, and boos a lot; poor sports all around.

Every school does not boo or are poor sports.

Don't try and lie or tell yourself that "all" schools do it because they don't.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:17 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

seems normal practice to me.Like when you burp at the dinner table.  Or pick your nose.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:13 pm

Did the NC Dept. of Tourism approve this post?

It’s funny how you can have a positive image of a program like NC, and even of the state itself, until some narrow minded, bigoted, mouth just vaporizes that image.  Good job French Embassy.  I’m sure the rest of North Carolina appreciates you making the whole state look like clueless hicks.  I’m from Alabama, went to school there, and like most of the people I know there, the terms “hippie, f___, and liberal, never crossed my mind about SJSU until YOU brought it up.  Sounds to me like you’re the one with too many Rush Limbaugh books on tape.   Likewise, when I think of Penn State, there are really good memories of a class coach and program, and historical matchups with Alabama.  Didn’t even think about them being from the North, and Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg never entered my mind.  That is until your lover dk13beso felt it necessary to discuss.  Seems he’s the one hung up on Civil War history.  Maybe you can help ease him into more current events.  At least get him up to the First World War.  But do be gentle with him.  He sounds a little fragile.  Maybe a little unstable.   I don’t know you and dk13beshole from Adam.  But I swear… your post and comments make both of you sound just like grumpy old opinionated bigots.  Whether it is indeed the case or not, that’s what you sound like, and that is the impression myself and others will have about North Carolina and UNC.  At least dk13beshole has one advantage.  No one knows where he is from.  He can just run off at the mouth all he wants, and all it does is reflect on him, and on NC.  You two enjoy each other.  You would make such a cute couple if it wasn’t for all the social issues and hang-ups.               

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:14 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I won't be booing him if he leaves.  On the contrary, I'll celebrate the National Championship and SEC Championship he's won (and may still win more), and I'll be more than pleased with the stock-piled 4 and 5 star athletes he's brought in and the massive improvement he's made in team gpa and graduation rate at the same time.  Look it up.

The last college team he left was so talented Les Miles and two losses couldn't keep them from winning it all.

Whenever he decides to leave, The University of Alabama football program will be better than when he arrived.


Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:14 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

North Carolina? Really? Did the words "fans without class" just appear on a post from a NC fan? That makes sense seeing as how you ARE one of those "hippie f___ liberals". You're the reason we don't think much of the North. I suppose you're worried about your copy of the Koran being next?
What happened to half the starters on your team AND a coach? Oh yea, they got caught cheating and then tried to drag down players from other teams with them. Very "classy".

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:20 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

 Booing them when they come out of the tunnel is one thing, doing it all game long to certain players and razzing them is uncalled for. Some people take it too far but I don't see why the home team can't boo them when they come on teh field  ... seems normal practice to me.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:04 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Agreed.  Go Raiders!

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:51 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

French Embassy - this is in regard to your post on page 1 @ 4:02 am.  When you replied to the excellent post by Flagman as follows:

'I'm sorry flagman, but did you say "small percentage"?  If you call probably 7-8 out of 10 "small", than ok.

It's at least that much, flagman.  In all honestly I imagine it's due to the fact there isn't much else to cheer about in the great state of alabama: near the top in poverty, devorce, obesity, shore is all jacked up now (now which part of the country is always voting for the anti-gov't deregulators?? hmmmm....) etc.'

So by your saying that 80% of the stadium will be booing PSU you are really providing some insight into your own lack of intelligence and inability to deal with "the opposition" in sports!  lol!  Most of the rest of your post really doesn't even make sense!  Really in the 11 years I lived near Chapel Hill and UNC, I have never heard any of those fine fans speak in such a belligerent, stupid manner.  I'm with you, Flagman, excellent post, and you deserved someone with some brains to respond.  There will always be booers and haters on each side of any football game, imho.  Ignorance abounds!

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