Last week, ex-Auburn coach Pat Dye made news by saying that Auburn might not win another game this year. Yesterday on Paul Finebaum’s radio show, Dye wouldn’t talk about his old school at all:
“I don’t want to talk about Auburn today and I’m not going to talk about Auburn today. I’ve already said enough.”
Fair enough. But Dye did speak about Alabama. He spoke highly of Alabama. And when you speak highly about Bama in the Yellowhammer State, you’re by default talking about the state of Auburn. Or at least many Tigers fans will take it that way. If one program is way up, then other can’t help but be way down… in their thinking.
Of the Tide, Dye said:
“I believe it’s the best college football team I ever saw. This is a football team in Tuscaloosa that is good enough to win a national championship and don’t make any mistakes. When you don’t turn it over and don’t beat yourself, I can’t recall seeing a better football team.”
That’s a helluva statement. Personally, I still think last year’s team might have been a bit better than the current Tide edition — which is like comparing Jennifer Aniston to Angelina Jolie — but Dye’s seen a lot of football in his time. If he says it’s “the best college football team I ever saw,” it means something.
To a Bama fan it probably means Dye is trying to jinx the Tide and set them up for failure.
To an Auburn fan it probably means, “WE CAN NOT FALL BEHIND ALABAMA EVER!!!!!”
Such is life the Heart of Dixie.