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“I Hate Auburn” Guy Compares Being Called Out By Saban To Being Called Out By God

Earlier today, after asking Alabama and Auburn fans to show more respect to one another, Nick Saban was asked specifically about a Tide fan attending Media Days who was wearing an “I HATE AUBURN” t-shirt.  Saban said that he would tell the man, “I would tell him it’s not personal, that it really isn’t personal” and that “That is not really the way that we should respect the opponents that we have.”

As soon as Saban’s media session ended, the press members raced to the lobby to find 28-year-old fork lift operator Eric Blackerby.  When told of Saban’s rebuke, Blackerby said that he “felt this big,” holding his fingers an inch apart. 

“It’s like I went to church and God told me He didn’t approve.”

As Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News writes — perfectly, I might add — “Only in Alabama.”

So will Blackerby become a household name like Harvey Updyke?  If so, it won’t be because he’s poisoned trees.

“I’m not going to poison no trees.  I don’t agree with that.  I wrote a blog condemning the destruction of any landmark at any university.  It’s not cool.  I’m just extremely passionate.  SEC football is a religion, and that’s the difference to me.”


(UPDATE — Originally we attributed the above column to Kevin Scarbinsky.  Our apologies.  It’s been a long week.)



Yes, may I be so bold as to inquire behind the reasoning in deleting my link that substatiated Saban's instance if hypocrisy? The link supported what had been written. The irony is that this site never has issue with sourcing innuendo from sources like Brooks but I sourced hard fact. This is a free site so you don't owe me anything but it gives the "appearance" of protecting Nick just like lot of the national and local media (sells more subscriptions so I get why). Will you share the reason in this case?

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Why did you delete this link? It perfectly validated the Saban quote.


I hate ole miss. I would enjoy nothing more than seeing them lose every game they play in every sport without exception. My hate is for the abstract entity that is ole miss, not their fans, coaches, or players. I think most of us have a 'good natured' hate for our rivals, not one that would drive us to harm another fan or the school itself in any way. Hate is probably the wrong word, but 'I intensely dislike ole miss' wouldn't sell too well on a t-shirt.

Eric Blackerby
Eric Blackerby

This is Eric Blackerby. Kevin didn't write the article you reference. Jon Solomon did

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A little hypocrisy? I seem to remember a red faced Saban a few years ago in the Iron Bowl screaming at his punter on national TV (who just shanked a punt), "Don't you know how much I HATE these guys?!"

Doc Johnson
Doc Johnson

He wasn't called out by Saban, John, you ought to change that. Saban was asked a question about him, and Saban answered it by saying he didn't agree with the guy's shirt. Saban didn't call him out.


See John : )

I told you he was GOD!!!!


Forklift driver and a blogger, eh?


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We try to delete all links because some people have come here and posted links to their own sites... as a means of free advertising. We delete all links that we catch.

We don't go post links of our stuff on other people's sites or messageboards.

Just standard operating procedure for this site.

Thanks for reading,


Eric Blackerby...

You are correct. After typing non-stop for three days I'm a little fried. Had Scarbinsky on the brain.

Many thanks,


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