The Roots of Clay’s Rage

As the SEC gets ready for the 2012 season with Spring Practice, fans still have time to savor the great moments of the 2011 season. One of the best things about 2011 was the humiliation of Tennessee fan Clay Travis.

The last year wasn’t good for Travis the fan. He launched the 2011 football season by attempting to get Alabama football players declared ineligible by posting pictures of various Crimson Tide players in suits. These photographs illustrated exactly nothing.

Nothing other than Travis’ obsession with black athletes and their sartorial choices.

Travis sucked as much at prognostication as he did at being a fashion reporter/investigative journalist. Just enjoy these lines from Travis’ December column after LSU won the SEC Championship Game: “That’s why the LSU Tigers are your 2011 AP National Champions. We don’t need them to play another game to prove that.” (SOURCE)

For the record, LSU was not the 2011 AP National Champions. I guess that is why we play the games and don’t take someone’s word for it.

Of course, Travis went further with his anti-Alabama hope: “Every single breathing person who isn’t wearing crimson-colored glasses — and even some Bama fans will admit it — knows that LSU is the best team in the country.” Oh, and this piece of excellence: “LSU could lose to Alabama and a 13-1 LSU team with a division and SEC title would still be better than a 12-1 Alabama team with a head-to-head split and a bowl win.”

Alabama 21 LSU 0.

A mauling. A thrashing.

And it wasn’t even as close as the score.

Travis did his best to harm Alabama in 2011, and all it yielded was another national championship trophy in Tuscaloosa—the ninth of the poll era and 14th total, and yet another loss by his beloved Tennessee Volunteers to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Many Alabama fans naturally wonder what drives someone like Travis to such a lunatic obsession with the University of Alabama. We’ve been wondering the same thing about the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s weird Saban obsession. The basic answer is fear, but there is more to Clay’s rage.

The answer is in Clay’s own writings. Travis confesses Alabama made him cry.

Travis admitted, “Throughout my youth, year after year, Alabama beat Tennessee. It didn’t matter how bad the teams Bama trotted out wearing crimson jerseys were, the Tide won. That culminated in a 9-6 loss in 1990, a defeat so crushing that it represented the last time I ever cried over a sporting event.” (SOURCE)

Based on Clay’s rage, one doubts that was the last time he cried over a football game.

The 2012 BCS Championship Game was likely the most recent in his seasons of tears. Five straight losses by his beloved Volunteers to the Alabama Crimson Tide have turned Travis into a full-time crybaby on a mission. He tried to hurt Alabama with those lame pictures. When that didn’t work, Travis turned his attention to the dangerous influence of Nick Saban and Alabama within the Tennessee Athletic Department.

Travis wants to purge the Saban influence by firing coach Derek Dooley and getting rid of all those other persons tainted by an association with Alabama or Saban—persons like athletic director Dave Hart.

Another loss by his beloved Tennessee team might send him over the edge into further McCarthyesque witch hunts in Knoxville.

Here is hoping it happens this football season.