April 5th, 2012 10:28 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas
Tags: Charlie Triumph, Crimson Tide, Missouri Gary Pinkel
Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino returned to practice this week, just two days after wrecking his motorcycle and winding up in a neckbrace. Missouri’s Gary Pinkel — also a biker — sent his best to Petrino on Tuesday. Yesterday it was Alabama’s Nick Saban’s turn.
During yesterday’s presser the Crimson Tide coach said, “I wish Bobby well. I hope there’s nothing serious there.” He also launched into a story of his own experience with motorcycles:
“I love motorcycles. I loved motorcycles when I was a kid. I was not allowed to ride a motorcycle when I was a kid.
My best friend Charlie Anderson had a Triumph, and I mean that thing was hot. Where my dad’s service station was, there was a long straightaway, and they used to race.
Every time no one was looking, I’d get on Charlie’s Triumph. I took it to my girlfriend’s house, and she lived on the side of the mountain, and there was a curve, and the water was running across the street, and a dog was chasing me down the street.
I didn’t get hurt, didn’t hurt the bike, just slid out.
My dad found out about that, and that’s the last time I’ve been on a motorcycle.”
So how does Saban get his kicks now? “I try to enjoy life. I still water ski. I ride them jet skis as fast as they’ll go, and every two years I get the fastest ones they make to replace the last ones.”
Five million bucks a year will buy a lot of jet skis.
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