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Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:41 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before the Iron Bowl on Friday, Cam Newton and his Auburn teammates warmed up on the field to a couple of specially selected songs.  Newton had already been showered in fake money by the Alabama student section as he made his way to the field, and once he was out there the songs "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Take the Money and Run."

Obviously, the selections were in reference to the rumors that Newton's father Cecil Newton, a preacher, was shopping his son to the highest bidder after he left Florida. Honestly, when I heard about all of this before the game started, I found it to be rather amusing.  Maybe it wasn't the classiest way to go about things, but it wasn't exactly harmful.

Well, unless that was what motivated Newton to lead the Tigers back from a 24-0 deficit and win the game, but considering how things went in the first half, i doubt that's the case.  Either way, the man who was in charge of those musical selections has been fired by the school.

"Our processes require that all music and videos played in the stadium prior to and during every game be carefully scripted and approved by a senior administrator in the Athletics Department," Alabama public relations director Deborah Lane said in a statement. "The former staff member deviated from the script that had been approved for the game with Auburn, and the University took steps to immediately terminate his contract."

"The University of Alabama takes great pride in our football team's long-standing tradition of playing the game with dignity and class, and showing respect for players and coaches of opposing teams. We are disappointed when the actions of any staff member undermine our deeply held values and expectations."

Am I the only one who finds this to be a bit of an overreaction?  So the guy played some songs that weren't on a pre-selected list,* it's not like he set the building on fire here.  Now, had he started playing some Justin Bieber, then by all means, fire him. Heck, lock him up, but all he did was play a couple of songs as a joke.

A joke on the best player of the school's biggest rival, in what was the biggest game of the season for both schools.  I mean, isn't stuff like that what a rivalry is basically all about?  You're not supposed to like your rival, and I don't see any problem with having a little fun with him.

Besides, that's nothing compared to what Newton probably heard from fans in the stands.  Are the students who threw money at him going to get in trouble too?  

*By the way, I'd love to be in on those meetings.  "Listen, I'm cool with 'Who Let The Dogs Out' but if you think I'm playing 'Zombie Nation' you can just get the hell out of this meeting right now."
Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:53 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

While I agree with your statement of being overtly politically correct.  I disagree with the fact the statement liberal robots.  I think you need to look up the definition of liberal and maybe change it to conservative. 



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:32 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Another case of political correctness overkill.  We are all going to be a bunch of liberal robots soon.  Why fire the kid for having an imagination?  I thought it was funny.



Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:06 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

i'm sure the person who got fired is really hurt. that's funny i think. not a bama fan or tiger fan. the dj forgot money talks. blame nick saban for the loss. grat coaches don't blow 24pt leads.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:45 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

24 points!Smile



Since: Aug 28, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:40 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Its his fault they gave up a 21 point lead at home...



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:38 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

The Chicago White Sox did the same thing some years ago when the stadium DJ played Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" during pre-game right after the Cleveland Indian's Chuck Finley and wife Tawny Kittain (girl in the Whitesnake video) had a well-publicized skirmish. Escept the Sox did not even let that guy finish out the game. As the movie title suggests, he was "gone in 60 seconds"...almost literally!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:30 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Bama', really??  You have someone under 'contract' to play music.  Get some sophomore in the music department to do it for free.  It's not like music guy played anything racially insensitive or from Skynard or Molly Hatchet.  If you need a hug, just say so. 



Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:26 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Somebody had to take the fall for the O-Line throwing the QB under the bus and the leading receiver on the bench during a 4th quarter drive,injured because he was returning punts. Why not fire the popcorn guy too? That DJ should suck up his 15 minutes of fame by hitting every talk show that wants him!



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:26 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Let me get this straight, Son of a Preacher Man was done by Dusty Springfield in 1968 and Go On Take the Money and Run was done by the Steve Miller Band in 1976.  Just a wild guess, but I think that Cam Newton and his teammates probably never heard of these songs.  My guess is that Cam aint listening to Dusty or Steve on his ipod.  Just a thought.



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:17 am
 

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

The way the team played in the second half, maybe some players should be benched or some coaches fired.  The DJ has a good sense of humor and his/her job is the get the fans riled up and supporting the home team.  He did his job, not sure the Alabama team did theirs.



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