Iron Bowl of basketball? Do you hear the crickets?

Alabama vs Auburn: Battle to not be the worst in the SEC

By Hunter Ford

I have really tried, all week, to reach out and be an ambassador for Alabama basketball. I have talked face-to-face with friends about the Alabama basketball team, and the importance of the upcoming game with Auburn.

Even my most ardent Tide friends looked at me like I had spiders crawling out of my eye sockets.

I have been like James Spann, trying to convince everyone that global warming is not real. Well, James, it is pretty cold tonight. I’ll give you that. I have been like Jay Leno trying to make everybody forget what a slime-ball he is for stealing the Tonight Show from David Letterman. I have been like Obama trying to convince the country that his healthcare program is going to work.

I friended people on Facebook and asked them their opinions on what could make Alabama basketball relevant again. Crickets chirping put me to sleep those nights.

This all began before the polar vortex froze everything. Then, I thought, maybe, some other bored, snowed-in folks might get interested. More crickets. I felt like Daffy Duck trying to steal the show from Buggs.

I felt like Kevin Scarbinsky.

I’m attempting to be a good writer for a website that is devoted to Alabama athletics. Not just football; all Alabama athletics.

Perhaps I should write about something that really interests Alabama fans. It is, after all, all about the consumer…right? Jacob Coker is transferring from Florida State. That is great… a second string QB with a bum knee. I hope that works out. Bobby Humphrey’s kid committed to Alabama. I’m excited about that, but it’s a long way from high school to the College Football Playoffs. I should be spending my time coming up with a better name for that. What marketing firm got paid to come up with that? I want to work for them. Nick Saban did the electric slide.

Alabama and Auburn will play tonight for the right to be “not the worst team in the SEC.” Has anybody seen Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro? “Fourth place!”

What I should have done was write a piece about the January 26th anniversary of the day that Bear Bryant died.

I remember Alabama’s basketball team playing an important role in that time. The Tide went to Los Angeles, wearing black arm bands in Bear’s memory, and beat UCLA on national TV.

Times have surely changed. The delayed Alabama-Auburn basketball game tonight will be televised in Montgomery on a channel known as “BounceTV.” No joke. Look it up.

I’m going to watch, because I care, and I want Alabama to beat Auburn in checkers, hop-scotch, tiddly-winks, Scrabble….whatever. I won’t be alone. Kevin and the crickets will be watching too. ROLL TIDE!