Research shows that losing the Iron Bowl has a profound psychological blow on fans. According to K. Schweitzer and D. Zillmann’s “Perception of threatening events in the emotional aftermath of a televised college football game” from the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 36, no. 1 (Winter92 1992), fans of the losing side were influenced beyond the game viewing of 1990’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn. According to the research, “Affective reactions to a football game were expected and found to influence the perception of a threatening event outside of sports. The outlook of fans distressed about their team’s defeat proved to be more pessimistic than that of fans exuberant about their team’s victory. In December 1990, distraught fans deemed a feared war with Iraq significantly more likely and devastating, in loss of life, than did their ecstatic counterparts.” The experts summed up the study thusly, “The findings show that postgame emotions are indeed capable of influencing the perception and evaluation of feared future events.”
If watching an Iron Bowl could do this to fans, imagine what listening to some of the more idiotic, err I mean, eccentric callers on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network could do to someone. The lawyers should go right to an insanity defense. Maybe Updyke wasn’t in his right mind.
Or maybe the guy just doesn’t care about private property rights.