Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Simmer Down Bama

Obviously there were some sad Bama fans last night. I was one of them. Of course I wanted to see my team play in Atlanta on Saturday. I wanted to see AJ holding up that crystal ball in January.

I was so proud of all the posts I saw on Facebook from my fellow Bama fans congratulating Auburn and telling them good game. Because, lets face it, it was a really good game. It was the most intense Iron Bowl I can ever remember watching. I was proud that, for the most part, my fellow Bama fan friends were losing with class.

But I was disappointed this morning when I woke up to hear about death threats and harassing message to Cade Foster. Lets take a step back Bama nation and chill out. Simmer down a little.

Cade Foster did not lose the game. Cade Foster could never lose a football game on his own no matter how many kicks he misses. Yeah there might have been so many more points on the board IF he had made them, but that doesn't mean the blame falls solely on him. Alabama lost as a team. There were dropped touchdown passes, missed tackles, and a lot of mistakes that Cade Foster had nothing to do with. They lost as a team. They made mistakes and Auburn capitalized on them. Auburn deserved to win that game.

And yes it was a sad and disappointing loss, but it can't go on forever. I think people are forgetting that we've had an unbelievable last few years and a great season this year. Those boys have worked their tails off. Many of them, Cade Foster included, have poured the last four years of their lives into this game not just for themselves, but for us. We should be thanking them instead of ridiculing them. 

Part of me, as bad as I wanted them to win, feels like maybe Bama needed this. Countless times this year I've seen people trying to sell tickets or leaving early because "Bama is going to crush them anyway". Maybe we needed a reminder of why we should go to support them no matter what.

I also think that we sometimes forget that these are kids out there playing. Grown adults are ridiculing and threatening kids. It's sad. It's pathetic. I hope that the general public don't accept those crazies as representatives of the true Bama Nation. Real fans stand by their team no matter what. They support them and build them up. They realize that these are kids giving up a lot to play a game they love for a bunch of complete strangers.

I say all this to take a moment to stop and say thank you. Thank you to the players who have worked so hard. Thank you for the time you put into the game for me to enjoy it every Saturday. Thank you for providing traditions for me to carry on with my daughters. Thank you true Bama fans for setting an example of how to win and lose with class. 

One proud Bama fan

Roll Tide!!!

 It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.
Paul "Bear" Bryant


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