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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: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:48 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Well when you get down to it, booing people who are playing a game is ridiculous to begin with, and it doesn't matter if you paid to get into it or if the players are getting paid.  Either way people generally aren't booing college athletes, they are booing the uniform/logo on helmet/name of school/coach.  Yes, booing is ridiculous, but to think that Alabama fans had vendettas or a reason to hate #82 on San Jose State is equally ridiculous.  Booing a team may be silly but booing players is just plain mean.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:13 am

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

Saban is such a tool... He's gonna leave Alabama for the NFL as soon as he forgets how awful he was with his last go-around.... (see Seahawk Pete)
Then Alabama fans can boo him too! (just like Michigan State, LSU, and Miami fans)

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:24 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I never boo any college team, that is a ridiculous thing to do.  NFL athletes who are paid? Sure, let it rain.  I would never boo even our fiercest rival, that is pointless.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:59 pm

Nick Saban is very opposed to booing Penn State

I highly doubt that these comments would have been made if JoePa weren't the coach of the opposition, and if the opposition wasn't Penn State.  Although they haven't played in 20 years there was at least once a very relevant and healthy rivalry between PSU and Bama, one of mutual respect so in this case booing the opposition when they come on the field wouldn't really be prudent.  You boo who you hate, and Bama fans do not hate Penn State.  Either way, we still have Rammer Jammer for the beginning and end of the game to let out our bit of low classness (I do love that chant too!).

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