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Alabama has two faces

Posted on: July 12, 2008 10:16 am
 

And both of them are ugly.

On the football field, player after player after player gets into trouble with the law. Most of them stay with the team. Most of them will play as much as they are needed to play this season.

In the football broadcasting booth, Kenny Stabler gets into trouble with the law. And he's gone. Talking a "leave of absence" for the entire year. Maybe the leave was his idea. Maybe it wasn't. The way Alabama handles things, it's hard to take anything that comes out of that football program at face value.

If I'm an Alabama fan, I'm sick to my stomach. But I'm not an Alabama fan. Maybe you are. So I'm guessing you're just mad at me now.

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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 11:07 am
 

Alabama has two faces

I heard he once got caught molesting a dead horse....



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 11:05 am
 

Alabama has two faces

Are you kidding me.  CBS let's this crap get posted.  This is a joke, right?




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 11:45 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

No doubt Notre Dame is in dire straits.  What does that have to do with Alabama having thugs on the squad?  You are confusing the issue.  The issue of the article was the two faces of Alabama.  As a resident of the state, I can tell you this article is on point.  You can hate it, you can argue it, but the facts are the facts and the areests are the arrests.  Saban is NOT the enforcer fans proclaimed him to be. 

 

Notre Dame is not a good team right now.  HOWEVER, we have ZERO arrests - can you say the same thing?




Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 8:52 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

Quit hatein on the tide. I know it's like 40 something days till the season starts but you don't have to start the crap talking now. Lets do it like the BCS pole.




Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:33 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

To all you Penn State fans, this is why you guys will always be my and most Alabama fans second favorite team. You guys have a ton of class.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 7:22 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

What has Bama been great at this decade, besides getting their ass kicked by teams such as LA Monroe.nealpat, exactly what has Memphis done on the football field EVER???  Not just this decade, but ever???  I know the city has put on a good bowl for Bama in the past, but the team itself has done squat.  At least get something to stand on before you start taking shots a team that is currently down on its luck. 



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 4:37 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

Seriously, does any NCAA football program not run into some form of trouble from time to time?As an Auburn fan, I love seeing Bama negatively mentione in  the press but really I only care about the large numbers in the loss column. This blog is as weak as it gets. Every school has its bad apples but for some reason CBS shows its bias through and through!



Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 2:50 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

I am not an Alabama fan or alum, but rather a Penn Stater.  I will come to defense of Penn State South - our off-field issues have certainly been equal to if not worse than 'Bamas.  But any criticism of JoePa these days carries overtones of age discrimination - so I guess we get a free pass.  Saban makes the most money, so his program gets the most scrutiny??  That doesn't make a lot of sense.  Instead of singling out schools, how about taking on the NCAA?  These players get into trouble partly because they can't work during the school year, and partly because they are getting money and perks from unscupulous boosters and agents.  Either not enough, or too much money. 

We have seen nasty off-field issues at USC, U of Florida, Miami, Florida State, West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio State, etc.,etc.  One school is not better or worse than another.  Unless you hire body guards for 24/7 oversight, men 18-22 are going to get in trouble.  But instead of bodyguards, how about we pay them a stipend, as JoePa has been suggesting for years?  Then you have another hammer - screw up and you lose your scholarship and your money. 

College football has behavior issues off the field.  Let's address them rather than sensationalize them.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 12:21 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

Sorry, guys, this is what comes of writing a post when I should be working. My comments above should have been in support of Alabama, another team that I recall with fondness from my undergrad years at Penn State. Had the pleasure of seeing Bear on one sideline and JoePa on the other -- football legends even back then.

My best to Alabama AND to UGA, and apologies for the confusion.

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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2008 12:12 pm
 

Alabama has two faces

IHateOrange1,

This is not an excuse -- more of a "I share your pain." note. Penn State's off-the-field troubles have been "discussed" many times by many people over the last few years. Many posters used those incidents as a excuse to mock the PSU program, call for Paterno's retirement (and/or head on a platter), and otherwise try to make those players/incidents representative of our overall program.

On the other hand, mature fans of other teams saw that Penn State's ills were not isolated to Happy Valley; those fans have offered words of support. I, in turn, offer words of support to the Georgia Bulldog community.

First, keep in mind that "arrest" does not always equal "guilt". In the most sensational Penn State case, the charges against Austin Scott were dropped b/c the accuser was found to have no credibility. In other cases, outrageous charges were brought that were later reduced or dismissed. And, yes, in some cases the player was found guilty, and appropriate action was taken.

Second, for every player arrested or charged, there are many others who are focusing on their sport, their studies, and their ambition to succeed in a positive way. Don't let the few represent the majority, and don't let other ignorant people try to do that. UGA has a long, proud football tradition; don't let a few bad apples taint the entire history.

Good luck to the Bulldogs in 2008 and beyond.



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