Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chasing Bear Bryant


“It’s not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” Paul Bear Bryant

Georgia Bulldog fans dressed themselves in black to psyche out Alabama’s Crimson Tide for the Saturday night game. Frat boys painted their shirtless bodies with black. Little did they expect the evening to turn out as more of a funeral. Bama, under Nick Sabin’s coaching, came to play and play they did, ending the first half with a 31 to zip lead. While Georgia managed to adjust somewhat the second half, the game ended 41-30. I’d say that’s a funeral.

The real story is that when the Tide rolls like this, fans dream that the new coach is chasing Bear Bryant’s legend.

In August, Forbes magazine featured Sabin on the cover with the headline, “Sports’ Most Powerful Coach.” The story begins with this question: “College football has long been a big business. But the money and control Alabama gave Nick Saban raised the stakes to an unprecedented level. Is he worth it?”

Football, and especially football in the South, is akin to religion, and I am very religious in autumn when the boys are on the field and the leaves have only begun to think about falling.

Make no mistake, Forbes is right. This is big business. As University of Alabama President Robert Witt says of the recent $500 million capital campaign, “We have had 100,000 donors in that campaign, and a major reason they support us is football.” Tight-fisted Alabama taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for Saban’s salary or the athletic program. A higher caliber of student is attracted to the university and fundraising is easier. And many faculty members have quieted their criticisms for these very reasons.

But Bulldogs, remember, the good guys always wear white (and red). Roll Tide!

Photo Note: Nicolas Bryant and his daddy were all decked out in Bama attire for Nic’s first game watched on ESPN.

12 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

OK, OK, we get it, the bulldog left his fangs at home, did you know there was discussion of canceling the game because of gas shortage. To bad we did not save gas......

Sheila said...

You have my condolences Sarge.

Kilroy_60 said...

Saban is not worth what he is being paid, regardless of whether The Tide rolls or not. As for most powerful, Steve has never been as adept at assessment as Malcom was.

I should also mention, I stumbled by to give you a thumbs up on StumbleUpon. {my page}

Sheila said...

Hi Kilroy,
Glad to see you again. Bama fans are just happy to see Saban is guiding the team toward the top again. Price tag isn't an issue.

Marion said...

Baby Nic looks as if he's quite calm watching his first game...and he looks great in red! Enjoy the Fall, Sheila!

Lorelei said...

He's getting so big! (The baby, I mean). ;-)

Sheila said...

Thanks Marion. Happy Fall to you too! I love hearing the Canada geese as they fly over honking in all their glory. Most folks around here complain about what comes out of the other end and fail to enjoy this beautiful and timeless ritual of fall.

Nic started so small that I only dared hope for this day. He does actually watch TV which is mostly limited to White Sox baseball and Alabama football.

Lorelei, Nic started his first solids during the game and they were buffalo chicken wings. These little ones do grow up so fast.

Sarge Charlie said...

Was it unfair, no. How about Sarah being the grandmother, not unfair Sheila.

Sarge Charlie said...

Good morning Sheila, just so you know I have made a new post I would like your opinion. You are a star.

Naomi said...

Baby Nic looks really cute in his little red outfit. You must be very proud of him Sheila!

UmmFarouq said...

My daughter explored the ruins of Petra, Jordan, in her Alabama cap. Roll Tide, Roll, no matter where we live.

There was no one like the Bear. The day he died, my 5th grade teacher had to leave the school and go home.

Opaque Tights said...

we got it indeed