You know what I hate hearing more than an Auburn fan say “Told ya so, War Eagle!”??? It’s hearing anyone say anything bad about one of our players. I say ‘our’ because since I have started writing for gridirongirl I feel more of a part of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Family than I have my entire life. And even though I don’t have a single athletic bone in my body, I feel like I am a part of this legacy, putting each game in the history books and looking forward to the next in my own little sassy way for the Bama Ladies. It’s just in my heart and that is what makes me such a diehard fan.
I have been reading and hearing negative things about my team all year long and frankly I am tired of it. Flat out tired of hearing ‘fair weathered fans’ talking about how the O line isn’t jelling or the defense is not stepping up. I must admit that I was speechless last night. I couldn’t have strung a sentence together at the end of that game to save my life. But I slept on it, I prayed on it and now I am here to say what I thought about last night’s game.
It was a good game, a damn good game. Probably one of the best Iron Bowl’s I have ever watched. Just like I predicted, it was full of trick plays and came down to clock management. I also said, just like these rivalry games always go, you just never know what the outcome will be. And when you think about it, let’s face it…it had to happen sometime. No team, no person, can stay on top forever.
However, what really ticks me off is that our kicker, Cade Foster, is receiving threats. Are you KIDDING ME? He missed some field goals so he deserves (insert some God awful phrase here)? Uh No. Let me break it down so maybe you can understand it:
So let’s say you are at work and you ship out the wrong color remote control car…three times in one week…do you think you deserve to receive bodily harm or even die for that? Do you think you deserve to be harassed UNMERCIFULLY for weeks on end? No? Well why not?? Oh, because you made a simple mistake right? You already feel bad for messing up, you will probably get chewed out by your boss, but life goes on. Same thing here, we are all human, right? It was a football game, not LIFE. Get over it and MOVE ON. If that isn’t enough to convince you, might you have forgotten that Cade Foster was a part of the same team that brought Alabama three titles in just four years! (Go look up the stats, trust me, it’s true. DO NOT MAKE ME BREAK OUT MY CALCULATOR AGAIN) I think he is due a slip now and then! Spoiled fans! You should be ashamed of yourselves! YES, YOU!
It really breaks my heart to think ANY of our players think that we don’t love them and have their backs ALL the time. I can’t speak for all fans but I can sure speak for myself and everyone here at gridirongirl when I say that I love them all dearly and want nothing but the best for each and every one of them in football and everyday life. These guys eat, sleep and breathe football all year long and I think they have earned our respect, I know they have mine.
What is the one bright light that comes out of all this negativity? The unity of the Alabama Football Team. How they have shown so much character and good sportsmanship by standing united to take the blame for a loss. I think it shows tremendous class that they have ALL tweeted, posted, spoke out in interviews in unity. The team lost the game, not one guy.
So while I could have written about what this means for the future, what ifs ands or buts we could have/should have done, I simply cannot. Today my mind has been consumed by this one thought and how much more proud I am today to be an Alabama fan than I was yesterday or have ever been.
Thank you, Alabama Crimson Tide Players, for making me so proud.