If you want to listen to the Rick and Bubba Show, that is your perogative. But to do so as an Alabama fan or supporter, do so with the understanding that you are supporting a program that is as orange and blue as the Jordan-Hare student section, with the same approximate alchohol induced I.Q.
The duo like to talk about letting the free market decide the success of businesses. We agree. That’s why we’ve taken exception at the program in the past when it has taken shots at the University of Alabama.
One of those is an ongoing caricature of Alabama fans that host Rick Burgess portrays. Burgess, whose son was on the team at Auburn…a walk-on that Rick hilariously staged an “announcement” for over the airwaves so son could use daddy’s hot mic…uses the character “Dickie Nadmeyer” to express his inner aubie.
This morning the two ushered in the character to revel in Alabama’s weekend loss to Ole Miss, using the personality to poke fun at Alabama and its fanbase yet again.
The show is mildy entertaining, but rarely if ever portrays the University of Alabama, its fans or athletics in a positive light. And apparently Burgess couldn’t wait until a Tide loss to roll out the offensive character again.
In recent weeks, however, segments of the show were devoted to a friend of the show who was presented with a scholarship named in his honor at Auburn. For days it was a living commercial for Auburn University as the two sucked up to someone who supplies them with hunting gear.
The show has seen its best days come and go, and while we’ve seen Rick wear Auburn gear on camera, talk about spending the weekend at Auburn games and promote Auburn in a positive light, I don’t recall ever hearing Burgess, Bubba or any of the cast do the same for Alabama. Bubba does a similar character Burgess will claim is the antithesis of his character, aimed at Auburn. But “Dippin’ Dan” is as impotent as Burgess’ raspy, nails-over-a-chalkboard voice. Compare the bias between the two characters and it’s not even close.
I understand the show isn’t local but regional, and that it isn’t their burden to bear to give both schools equal time. But that doesn’t stop Burgess from slinging venom at the Tide when the opportunity presents itself. Is it possibly because in Rick’s past as a player he was spurned by Alabama, as possibly was his dad, both of which were relegated to playing/coaching at the Division II level? Who knows.
But I do know that as an alumnus of the University of Alabama, I don’t appreciate the humor. And if they want to go down that road, it’s their choice. But Alabama fans need to listen knowing that they’re supporting a show that revels in the missteps of their university. So with that, let the free market do its thing.