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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."

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:39 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Why fire the guy....Auburn should hire him....but like I said before...the more you try to get to Cam Newton the better he is obviously going to play.

Wouldn't have fired the guy tho....I find it funny.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:29 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Fire me boss for I'm the piano man, fire me boss today, your football team stunk it up in the 2nd half & I'm not feeling alright

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:16 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Wake and Dep:

As an Auburn fan, I would like to say two things personally.  One, I don't care about the music especially b/c it just feeds the us against the world mentality of the team.  It's not like it got them all sad and down.  What I do have issue with is the students throwing monopoly money at Newton as he came on the field.  Basically not matter what school or situation, nothing should be thrown at players (or anyone else) no matte what it is.  (LSU fans tend to throw heavier objects than paper.) 
Two, I think the larger point is who bama fans love to spread how they're the most "classy" fans and program in the nation.  They'll gladly tell you if you ask.  So when one of their own decides to play this music, the students throw the money, etc., and then the media decides it's worthy of noting, it only makes sense to accidentally show those same bama fans just how "classy" they really are in reality. 

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:12 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

I'd hate to see what they would do if we busted out the "your mom" jokes...

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:25 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

I was in Tampa right after Hurricane Katrina and the Bucs were playing New Orleans.  Ther Bucs cheerleaders came out and performed during a time out to "Rocked you like a Hurricane".  I think that would classify as insensitive. 

This hardly warrants the firing of the guy. He was making fun of a rival.  Who cares.  Besides have you listened to much of the garbage teams play in pregame, those songs were most likely a great improvement over their "approved list".

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:19 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Can't anyone enjoy creative humor?  Whatever happend to "sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me?"  Has that gone out the window because of the mamby-pamby-left-wing-politically-c

orrect-socialists who have infested academia?  Really, what's next, games without spectators at Cameron because the Duke Students are too creative with their chants?

People, this is funny stuff. like dressing up the Navy goat in Army clothes or planting a different type of grass at midfield of the Yale Bowl so it spell out MIT.  This is funny stuff.

What is not funny is the abuse the Boise kicker is taking.  It would be one thing to have posters at teh next game saying wide right, or aim here.  But internet death threats are so gauche......

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:56 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Lol @ song choices


LOL @ idbowhunter for not being able to detect sarcasm hahahaha wow

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:03 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

Pretty funny music.  It should be the defensive coordinator who should've been fired for the defensive meltdown (and maybe the OC for calling conservative plays).

As for Cam.  Who goes to Blinn College for juco football (unless he had a craving for darn good ice cream)?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:53 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

from now on Sonny, type your comments into word first, spell check them, and then paste, so we avoid reading such terrible spelling ever again...

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:45 am

Alabama fires 'DJ' from Iron Bowl

I've always wanted to visit Aurburn.  Where is it?  Tennersee?  One of the Caraliners? Can't be in Alabammer.

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