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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: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:50 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I agree.  Booing college players is low class.

I agree, it is low-class to boo a team just because of the logo on the helmets.  I don't have issues with individual players getting boos when they make cheap shots (does anyone here really believe Blount of Oregon didn't deserve every boo he got after throwing punches last year?).  When the opposing team is coming out onto the field before the game starts, there's no call for it.

However, as a few have already mentioned, EVERY school has people that do it, because EVERY school has at least SOME low-class fans.  There is NOT an exception that I have ever seen.  That doesn't make it right, and it irritates me to no end when fans of my school does it, but fans of other schools need to stop coming across with this holier-than-thou attitude.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:48 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I agree.  Booing college players is low class.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:39 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Are you serious? On what are you basing your subjective numbers? The answer is nothing. You label an entire fanbase and state with a broad brush in order to imply you are enlightened, I suppose. You're the embodiment of ignorance. People like you label all Muslims as terrorists.

Before you start labeling groups of people ignorant, you should work on your grammar and spelling! You used 'than' instead of 'then'. Divorce isn't spelled 'devorce'. 'In all honestly' should be 'In all honesty'. Boo's should be boos. These are the errors in only this post. I don't have the time nor the desire to edit all your posts for errors.

You're damn right people in Alabama vote against ever increasing government regulation. A review of this government's track record and a brief study of history should be enough to convince anyone of the dangers of the institution of government. Surely you've heard of tyrants like Hitler, Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot. Those are just examples from the LAST century! Louisiana Governor Jindal ordered skimmer barges to begin removing oil from the gulf. It was lovely government regulators that prevented this for weeks while they ensured enough life jackets were on the barges!

By the way, how's Tarheel football going this season?

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:26 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Booing is justified during a game if the coaching staff is calling s hity plays and needs a friendly reminder from 105,000 fans that expect better.   Booing the other team is also justified if they wear maize and blue and start with the letter "M".

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:13 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Saban is only saying this nonsense because it's JoePa coming to town.   Its a respect your elder thing.   Ok, I get it Nick you want to shake his frail hand and get his autograph before he dies...  but this is going a bit overboard don't you think?    Joe's been around the block, his squads have been boo'ed before.    &nbs

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:12 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

BOOOOhoooo.   Please give me a break.  If I pay money to see a game, it's my God given right to Boo.  What is this Pop warner football?  Are we afraid feelings will get hurt?

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:49 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

dk13beso & French Emabassy, both of you have shown by your own derogatory, inflamitory, bigitious, and anti southern remarks that both of you are far worse than anyone you accuse of being backwards.

If you both have so many other things to do in your area of the world, please, please go away so the fans of college football can debate, discuss, and enjoy these boards with out having to sift through the worthless drivel you both write.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:47 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

What a classy comment from a "HICK" in Carolina?

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:43 am

Home Field Advantage

Home field advantage is a huge part of college sports.  The biggest part of that isn't celebrating the home team's touchdowns, but making life miserable for the visitors.  It's supposed to be intimidating.  The home team is supposed to get at least ten yards, often enough more, because the opponents can't hear the snap count.  Turnovers happen because the QB and wide receivers, or sometimes even the center, can't communicate.  They're supposed to feel the hate and make mistakes because of the tens of thousands of people bringing the cursing, insults, and whatever else they can come up with to get inside their heads.  If Saban wants the crowd to be polite, he should be coaching tennis.

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:15 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Nobody expects fans from alabama to have any class.
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? Yep, a team riddled with complex investigations right now. 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. Also in the places I have lived when people find out where my family is from it is the same kind of biased opinion about how we are so dumb, smell funny, and have no teeth so please don't try to make a statement that we may be the only people lacking class. In many ways my friend this argument is a double-edged sword.

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