Once every few years a team will play in weather so bad that lightning could lead to a delay in game action. It doesn’t happen often — I myself have only attended one lightning-delayed game in a lifetime of going to games from Auburn to Wisconsin.
But when lightning strikes at Alabama, the Crimson Tide know what to do.
In a classic sign of just how meticulous Nick Saban is, he had his football team ready when his team’s rout of Missouri was delayed a few weeks back. Center Barrett Jones has revealed that when the officials sent the team to their dressing rooms:
“We immediately jumped into our lightning-delay plan. We really did. We had a specific plan on how we manage that. We had meetings. We had it all set up. We had it all ready. It wasn’t us. The coaches had a plan on how to handle it…
We treated it like halftime. I’ll just say we had a plan.”
Now, in fairness, Saban and his coaches might have cooked up the lightning-delay plan the week of that specific game because forecasts had called for severe weather in Columbia. This might not be 100% proof that Bama’s coach is prepared for everything. (After all, the Tide didn’t look too prepared for Jordan Jefferson and the option in last year’s Game of the Century I with LSU.)
But if you ask a Bama fan about Saban’s lightning-delay plan you’ll probably be told that he knew he’d need one on that day. How come? “Who do you think controls the weather?”