note: I had planned to post this and another essay this weekend, but was enjoying the bye week so much I forgot. So, here it is on a Monday. Hunter was kind enough to share a different perspective on the win. Enjoy.
By Hunter Ford
Terrence Cody and Alabama were helped by dumb luck in the gut wrenching, jaw dropping escape from defeat last Saturday.
I’m not saying Cody’s second blocked kick, the one that kept Tennessee from converting a 44-yard game winning field goal, was lucky. It was not luck, it was true grit. It would have been lucky had Cody and the Tide sat back and hoped Tennessee’s kicker would miss.
Instead, Mount Cody and Alabama took matters into their own gifted hands and smothered the Vols flight to glory before liftoff.
After more than 48 hours of serious contemplation, I am more proud of this Alabama win than most any others I can think of.
What bothers me is that Cody’s actions after the blocked kick have not been criticized (at least publicly) more by Nick Saban or by concerned Tide fans.
Cody’s dumb but good luck was that the referees did not penalize Alabama when Cody took his helmet off and hurled it across the field, BEFORE the play was completed. Alabama’s dumb luck was that no Volunteer had a bead on the ball, the one that was lying there seemingly for minutes, suspended in time, waiting for someone to scoop it up and take it to the end zone for the winning score. Yes, officials have said it shouldn’t have been a penalty, but why chance it? Yes, the ball looked like it crossed the line of scrimmage, but why chance it?
A couple of weeks ago I was miffed as I watched Tim Tebow take his helmet off and pump his fists after making a perfunctory first down run against Arkansas. I told a good friend I thought “Golden Boy” got a pass from the refs. Any other player would have been flagged.
I believe that Alabama will learn from its game with Tennessee and become stronger. I would bet that Saban has discussed a lot of things, including Cody’s helmet malfunction, with his troops in private.
But I’ll still offer this advice to Cody and any other player who might be tempted to pull their bonnet off (on the field) in exhuberation.
The fans will see your face at the press conference if you do something worthy. The TV cameras will show you grinning ear to ear ON THE SIDELINES, if you do something phenomenal.
Daniel Moore will paint your portrait and it will be hung in barbecue joints from Mobile to Florence from now until the end of time. Part of being a champion is controlling and harnessing your emotions and focusing on the task at hand. Keep it cinched up tight AT ALL TIMES on the field. You have the rest of your life to celebrate. ROLL TIDE!