*And the rest of you SEC-loving, Alabama Crimson Tide-cheering cretans, whom I love with the love of the Lord, of course!
I’ve never made much of a deal about it, but I’m not a fan of either the Southeastern Criminals (er, Conference – sorry) or of the Alabama Crimson Crud. I don’t like to make a big deal of sports, because I’m a uniter, not a divider. But this year has absolutely baffled me.
At the end of last season, the Crud was getting steamrolled by a clearly superior team from Clemson, which started the season at #1 and has won all of its games, though one of them was a near-miss against UNC – clearly a stinker. Every week they would win again and fall in the polls because “they hadn’t played anyone.”
Pretty soon, Nick Satan and his minions made it to the top of the polls, until they ran into a buzzsaw AT HOME against LSU and got their elephants handed to them. Yeah, they scored a couple of touchdowns at the end to make it look close but that game was a beatdown. The rest of their schedule has been the most pathetic collection of sad-sacks you can imagine. The ONLY ranked team they have played was LSU who spanked them hard.
- They have managed to beat Duke (4-7 in the “mighty” ACC), New Mexico State (2-9 – was able to recently get a close win over that powerhouse program Incarnate Word), Southern Mississippi (7-4 in Conference USA??), and the 1-AA Western Carolina (3-8 in FCS!). If anyone but Alabama arranged a non-conference schedule like that they’d be laughed out of the polls. Alabama got credit for beating up on these teams.
- But, you say, they have to play a “tough” SEC schedule. When is this nonsense going to end? The SEC schedule may have ONCE been tough but now there are about 5 good teams, a couple of mediocre teams, and the rest that couldn’t compete in the Big East. South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee (which seems to have climbed back to mediocrity), Arkansas, and Mississippi State? No one but the most loyal of SEC fans with the SEC blindness glasses on is going to call that a tough schedule. “Patty-cake, Patty-cake, bakers man.”
- The ONE team they played that was worth anything was LSU and they got whooped.
Granted, they have a game coming up against the 3-loss Auburn Tigers (and people of goodwill everywhere are saying, “War Eagle”) but even if they win that, why is Alabama still in the hunt for a spot in the tournament?
Dr. Scott (and other delusional, uh, devoted Bama fans), can anyone make a reasoned case for Alabama to be included in the discussion for the National Championship tourney that doesn’t include…
A) Well, they are Alabama, and
B) They play an SEC schedule! (because every one of the other contenders has played a more difficult schedule, except perhaps Clemson).
What has Alabama done, besides putting on a jersey with the letters A*L*A*B*A*M*A to deserve being considered ahead of Utah, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and others? (By the way, I’m not a fan of any of those programs.)
So, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and here’s a Turkey Day Football question.
Why is Alabama even in the picture, CB?
Of course, I say this with all the love I can muster, Dr. Scott.
NOTE: The purpose of this post is to foster unity and further fellowship in the SBC.