But holy jeez, you guys have been bringing it with the unintentional comedy lately. First it was the soap-operatic search to replace Mike Shula and the continuing insistences on the part of Bama fans that Jesus Christ our risen Lord himself would trade significant parts of His anatomy to coach the Tide. Then it was the outpouring of hosannahs, kisses, hotel keys, and everything short of firstborn children to mark the arrival of Nick Saban. (And I'm giving y'all the benefit of the doubt with the firstborn-children part.) Now we have fan reaction to the 81-57 beatdown that the 12th-ranked Tide got from unranked Auburn last night.
Now, I'm not criticizing anyone for simply being pissed off about getting a furious, unlubricated, four-on-the-floor rogering from an eight-loss team. That's understandable. But check out this message-board posting a sportswriter friend of mine sent me this morning:
5853. Here's you a stat!
by [Internet handle redacted], 1/24/07 9:46 ET
Alabama's margin of defeat, 21.5 points. Top 10 team my a$$. Not even a top 20 team in my opinion, and I'm an Alabama fan! Steele's ailing, Davidson is the softest 6'10 guy I've ever seen. He had 18 or so last night I know, but he gave up at least 25 on the interior to 6'6 and 6'7 guys. I've never liked him at all. He's been horrible since day one. Gottfried is a below average coach, and he's not that good of a recruiter. If so, he would get some CULTURAL DIVERSITY!!! That's right, I said it. You know Gottfried, white people can play basketball too! I promise you wouldn't have to worry about them playing hard every game either like you do with the so-called "great" athletes you have now. They play when they wanna play. That's bad coaching.
Yes, who among us has never looked at his favorite basketball team and thought, "You know, we could really get to the next level if we could just sign some more white dudes"?
Then, of course, we've got the not-all-that-cryptic racism attendant in his implication that the black guys "play when they wanna play" while upstanding whiteys would work hard every game. But that's probably a whole post all by itself.
Anyway, Mark Gottfried: White guys! There's the answer to your road woes. Somewhere Fisher Deberry's head is about to explode.
Bama's next hoops superstar.
ADDED: No, no, wait, wait. Bama's next hoops superstar is clearly this kid. (Hat tip: Westerdawg.)