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Bama Teammates, Fans Defend Kicker From Twitter Fools

638-moronWelcome to the Twitter age.  People losing their ability to communicate in any form that requires more than 140 characters’ worth of thought.  Cowards and buffoons empowered to send ugly, threatening comments to people they may or may not even know.  A rising sea of snark, sarcasm and cynicism washing us over us all.

Ugh.

If you like being a nogoodnik smartass on Twitter, you are part of the problem.  (And don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter right here!)

Sadly, never is Twitter nastier, more cruel, or more unhinged than when the topic is sports.  Once again, the SEC is at Ground Zero of a nut job uprising.  This time, Alabama placekicker Cade Foster — who missed three field goals against Auburn on Saturday (in a 34-28 loss) — has received death threats from Bama’s Harvey Updyke/Fringe Nation.

Thankfully, the majority of the Alabama fanbase has piped up and launched a “bamafans4cade” Facebook page.  One UA sophomore actually wrote an open letter to Foster on her blog apologizing for “fake” Alabama fans who had launched a verbal assault on him.

Bravo to Kaitlin Goins and the many Crimson Tide fans who’ve shown their support to Foster via Facebook.  It’s good to see there are a few rational folks still out there.

Meanwhile, the ugliness directed at Foster has brought out the best in his teammates.  Quarterback AJ McCarron tweeted the following:

 

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Linebacker CJ Mosley was a bit more harsh in his response:

 

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Couldn’t have said that one better myself.

Yeah, it’s the world we live in.  But as Foster’s teammates and the majority of Alabama fans are proving, we don’t have to put up with it.  That’s why we reference these kinds of things on the site.  If everyone took a “crap happens” attitude, the problem would only get worse.  Hopefully, by calling attention to nonsense like this, one or two folks might stop, re-think their actions, and delete their next 140-character threat before they send it.

 

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Auburn Bound For SEC Championship Game After Another Amazing Ending

postgame-links-150x1501Auburn 34 – Alabama 28. Video Highlights

1. Missed Alabama field goal with one second left turns into improbable Auburn victory.

2. Nick Saban: “First time I’ve ever lost a game that way. First time I’ve ever seen a game lost that way. “

3. Dennis Dodd: “When Saban looks back, he may admit to himself he was outcoached.”

4. Alabama kicker Cade Foster receives death threats on Twitter after missing three field goals.

5. Alabama made one decision to kick, another not to kick in the fourth quarter.  Both backfired.

6. Alabama’s chances to return to BCS title game? “It may not be impossible. But it’s not going to happen.”

7. AJ McCarron’s 99-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper to put Crimson Tide up 28-21 longest play in Alabama football history.

8. Auburn rushes for 296 yards on the Alabama defense – third-most of the Nick Saban era.

9. Overshadowed by the ending, Auburn’s game-tying touchdown was pretty nifty as well.

10. Watch Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s postgame news conference.

11. Peter Thamel:  ”Auburn not only ended Alabama’s run for three consecutive championships, but it may have also cannibalized the SEC’s chance to capture an eighth straight national title.” 

12. Auburn AD Jay Jacobs: “An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss.”

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