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Alabama Governor Piles On Bama Play-Calling

If you read this site with any regularity, you know I’m no fan of politicians who involve themselves in the world of sports.  Just try and do the jobs we elect you to do and don’t worry about steroids, college football playoff systems, filling out your bracket on ESPN or… play-calling.

This week, Alabama governor Robert Bentley added his name to the long list of folks in the Yellowhammer State who feel the Crimson Tide threw the ball too much in Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M, especially near the goal line at game’s end.  Asked if he would have run or thrown the ball on 4th-and-Goal from the Aggie two — a play that resulted in an interception — the gov said:

 

“I would actually have run the ball for four straight times.”

 

An honest answer no doubt (that shows just how much rope Bama’s coaching staff is given even after winning two BCS titles in three years).

But a better answer would have been: “Nick Saban knows more about football than I ever will and his record as a coach is a helluva lot better than mine as a governor.”

 


9 comments
I4Bama
I4Bama

You can almost hear Saban saying, "If a soldier had repeatedly contacted me and wanted an Alabama state flag to fly in Afghanistan, I think I would have sent it to him every time."

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

Well, I have no doubt I could manage the St. Louis Cardinals better than any soon-to-be Hall Of Fame manager. I just will never get the opportunity.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Interesting. We constantly say we want politicians to tell us what they really think, and when one does, we criticize him for saying just that. Everybody, to include Saban by now, thinks they should have run it 4 times.

 

Now, does the govenor know more about football than Saban? No. Do most sports writers know more about football than Saban? No. Do most sports bloggers? No. Do we want sportswrtiers and fans to shut up when they have an opinion? No, thats what makes this a business. We just don't want politicians (or any other group of folks we don't like on that day) to say anything other than what is politically correct. Did Saban call the wrong set of plays? Yes. Could I have done better? Of course not, but I still think he should have run the ball right into the center of that line three more times than he did. Am I right? We'll never know, but that's my opinion and I am entitled to it.

 

The govenor will ofcourse, get hammered for what he said because guys like me are in the minority. And maybe thats a good thing.

bradleygator
bradleygator

“Nick Saban knows more about football than I ever will and his record as a coach is a helluva lot better than mine as a governor.”

 

This pretty well sums it up.  I would have run it 4 straight too though.  I guess after two National Titles in three years and another sec title probably on the way, Saban gets a mulligan on this one.

jcgbmt2012
jcgbmt2012

Hindsight is 20/20. They expected A&M to attack the run. They tried to catch A&M off their feet. It failed. It's easy to look back and say they should have done this or that. The fact of the matter is that Alabama really shouldn't have been in a situation in which they needed a final touchdown to win with less than two minutes left. Alabama had far superior talent but they were outplayed and outcoached. They made mistakes and A&M didn't. That's fuel for success (For A&M). Gig'em

All_Vol_Yall
All_Vol_Yall

i flat-out amazes me that people are second guessing that man. after all he's done for their program and in a season in which they're a shoe-in to go to a BCS bowl game and finish in the top five. the governor, of all people. what a LOSER. well put, john. agreed w/ every word. 

RAB83
RAB83

John, I agree with you, but you also have to admire a pol who is simply a fan and not afraid to be a fan. Gig 'Em

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @BonzaiB 

 

You seem to be lumping me into a group I don't belong with.  I've never written that politicians should "tell us what they really think" and even if I were to write that, I'd certainly want to know their real opinions on matters in their field -- economy, education, environment, etc.

 

I have, however, consistently said that I want politicians to stick to politics and governance and not dive into the sports world.

 

In this instance, the governor of the state of Alabama -- who carries a lot more weight than any blogger or media member -- just threw some extra heat in the direction of Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.  If I were Saban or Nussmeier and this guy questioned my work in public, I'd donate a chunk of cash to whoever runs against the Gov in his next race.  That or I'd start publicly questioning his daily decisions on state matters.

 

But let's make one thing clear -- what I wrote has zero to do with political correctness.  Absolutely nothing.

 

I simply believe politicians need to pipe down regarding sports because their words go a lot farther than anything I or anyone else might write or say.  If Joe Blow says it it won't make national news.  If one of the nation's 50 governors says it, it will.

 

As always, thanks for reading the site,

John

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @John at MrSEC Not directed at you at all. I was commenting on people in general (and lumped myself in with the group that most folks would disagree with on the issue) So, actually in a not too direct way was saying you nailed what the popular impression was going to be, being the level headed analyst you are (and that is not sarcasm, I read this site because you normally do nail it).  I was just presenting my contrarian view on the subject. Should have made it more clear, but was dashing off to something else.

 

Anyho, I like a politician who says what he is really thinking, and if folks disagree with that, they can be held accountable. 

 

Sportswriters make money because they all say things we either want to hear or want to disagree with on a topic most of care about. The voice of the fans, I get it, and no disrespect to the craft intended. Again, if I did not think you knew what you were talking about on sports topics, I would not read this site. I come back not because you are right all the time, but because you use a logic I can understand when you address an issue.

 

On this one you used logic. You nailed what most people are going to think, and the govenor will wish he did just what you said he should have done, cause people are going to be po'd at him. I just happen to be in the minority (and not saying I'm right).

 

Cheers.



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