NEWSFLASH: Bama fans are irrational

Intrepid Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky unravels the mystery of why Alabama players weren’t drafted. And guess what?!? The fault rests with the fans.

This ranks right up there with dog bites man for revealing new information.

Alabama fans are passionate about Alabama football. I didn’t know that when 92,000 showed up for A-Day last year. I didn’t know it when over 78,200 showed up for A-Day this season.

Who knew fans were passionate about their teams.

How awful.

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But Scarbinsky’s argument is specious. The passion and attention at Alabama isn’t really that different from most SEC schools. Take this comment:

Too many people think too many Alabama signees are better than they are because they’re Alabama signees. They think too many Alabama players are better than they are because they’re Alabama players.

You mean like Auburn fans Philip Marshall and Charles Goldberg? Like how an unrated AISA high school player is somehow the best linebacker in the state?

Yes, fans can be irrational. We see it everyday in Newhouse newspapers like the Huntsville Times and Birmingham News.

4 or 5 freshmen could start
As many as four or five freshmen could start, Nick Saban said during the Crimson Caravan speaking engagement in Talladega last night.

That’s both good and bad. Long term getting young players experience yields benefits; however, it could make for a very rough start to the season. Freshmen need time to develop—and make mistakes. But sometimes you don’t have much of a choice.

Here’s video of Nick Saban from Crimson Caravan via Fox6:

Cheesesteaks wid an Alabama twist

The Philadelphia Daily News writes a story about Homewood’s Wayne Salem and his sandwiches.

Salem, 54, is third-generation Lebanese, his great-grandparents having migrated to America from Beirut in the ’20s. His father, Ed Salem, an All-American football star at the University of Alabama who played for the Washington Redskins in the ’50s, opened Ed Salem’s Drive-In in 1950 and later owned several restaurants and bowling alleys.