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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: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:04 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I was at Penn State from 1980 - 1984, and attended the Alabama-Penn State games at Beaver Stadium. Alabama has been a favorite of mine since then. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate fans who appreciate well-played football. I am willing to bet 99.6 per cent of Tide fans will be gracious hosts tomorrow. The remaining 0.4 per cent? Every team has out-of-control fans who don't represent their team very well.

Good luck to the Tide and to Penn State, of course. I am hoping it is a competitive game that is enjoyable for us fans, and while my head tells me Alabama will win by ten points, my heart hopes for the upset.


Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:48 am

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.  Wow, talk about an ego!  Alabama is good because Saban is good recruiter, motivator and coach.  Alabama has a historically successful program and there is no doubt that he can coach a team and have them focused but he also thinks very highly of himself.....almost to the point that he believes he is justified in his actions of ridiculing others.  Maybe he should spend a little more time with his family instead of bashing fans or having automatic doors installed in his office.  Fans are going to boo opponents at football games Nick.  That's just their's not about's about creating a hostile environment....something you should know about.  My suggestion for the fans would be that next time you throw a temper tantrum on the sidelines they should in turn boo you!

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:29 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I applaud Nick Saban's initiative.

That said, I would correct one error made at the outset of the article, namely that universities with top-twenty law schools don't have fans who boo. The author cites Michigan on his list of places where booing is not to be heard.  For the record, consider the behavior of numerous Michigan fans when the Ohio State University Marching Band takes the field in Ann Arbor, even when the OSU band plays a musical tribute saluting the merits of the University of Michigan. Regrettably, there's much, and very perceptible, booing, to be heard.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:01 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Look at all the nonsense from nearly every poster. I went to Alabama, we have intense fans. Yes, we boo our opponents. Is it right? Hell no. Are we the only school that does it? Hell no. EVERY school boos. Whether it is the other team, the refs, or the opposing fan sitting in front of them. Don't act like Alabama is some hillbilly school with no class. We have our fair share of classless jackasses among our fans. So does EVERY school. Quit looking like some ignorant tool trying to put down our organization when I bet if I went and sat in your stands, I'd witness the same classless acts from your fans.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:58 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

My recollection of the games played at Beaver Stadium in the early/mid 80's did not include boos against Bama, although Ray Perkins got a few for his animated complaining on the sidelines.

After I graduated, anyone I have ever met that is from Alabama or is an Alabama fan has praised Joe Paterno and Penn State.  In fact, they are the only fans I have met who across the board respect Joe's principles and the accomplishments of his team on and off the field.

I'm not implying that EVERY Bama fan feels this way, but I was surprised that during my encounters, they all feel that way.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:02 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

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.

If there isn't a loud roar of boo's Sat night it's likely only due to coach Satan's comments.  He knows the deal and doesn't want his team's fans to embarrass the program or the state anymore than they do just simply being.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:54 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I've read all this crap and have to chime in before you no-nothings bleed from the gums from running you collective mouths so long and hard.  There may be a few scattered boos when PSU takes the field but it will be nothing near the degree you project in your rants.  And you, "Baby Blue" from North Carolina, your 2 cents is actually worth far less than that.  ALL schools have a small percentage of fans that will "act out" regardless what part of the country the opposing team is from.  Michigan guy, I've seen your fans first hand and they are sure nothing brag about, especially when they are on the road with the team.  Post again after the game Saturday if you have any balls at all.  You people no nothing of how Alabama fans feel about Penn State.  There has always been a mutual respect between the fans of these two schools and it will be on display Saturday.  Mark my word!!!!    Roll Tide. 

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:23 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Ha, good post, dk13beso.  I concur.

"damn Californians and all their race-mixin' and such; foriegners.    ^^&* tree hugers!"

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:18 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I thought the good folks in Alabama were booing last Saturday's opponent, the dreaded San Jose State Spartans, because a few wily Tide fans realized that the visitors were from California. For most of the audience; the Golden State represented an area of the US that they only have heard of; let alone been to. The fear of the unknown is what prompted this reaction from the crowd. Despite St. Nick's pleas this Saturday, the boos will be even louder and hateful when a team from the Commonwealth of PA comes calling. There is little doubt that Dixie citizens remember Shilo,Antietam, and of course, Gettysburg.After all, the South will rise again.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:04 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Can we be perfectly honest here?  Ok, they treated San Jose State like that because they're a bunch of "hippie f___ liberal Californians" and we all know they don't think much of the North.

There, I said it. 

Nobody expects fans from alabama to have any class.

There may be some empty seats due to the Koran burning party in fla.

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