Roll Bama Roll takes on Brian Cook of MGoBlog once again. Toddâ€™s eloquent title says it all: Brian Cook is, Among Other Things, a Coward and aÂ Liar
Iâ€™m exhausted talking about Cook and his anti-Saban rants. However, I believe Cook illustrates the problem with any civil discourse in the Internet era. Once a person (or faction) becomes entrenched in a position, there is no hope of reasoned discussion.
Cook is a good blogger; but each of his posts involving Nick Saban is filled with such venom that Iâ€™d swear I was reading
Phillip Marshallâ€™s Auburn website a Josh Moon column.
Cook has ignored facts in his quest to paint Saban as the anti-Christ of college athletics. Unfortunately, his quest is not original. The Miami media (with Sabanâ€™s own help) had a large head start.
But the larger lesson from the Cook saga is discouraging. If someone as proficient, and competent as Cook behaves this way, then what is the larger application to modern discourse?
This whole saga reminded me of this line from the Gorgias:â€œas make-up is to gymnastics, so is sophistic to legislation; and as cookery to medicine, so is rhetoric to justice.â€
Cook has no facts on which to base his latest post. But that doesnâ€™t matter. He isnâ€™t interested in truth; his only interest is the rhetoric of debate.
And that is sad.
While Iâ€™m on Roll Bama Roll, they have a new Guide to Alabama football hitting the newsstands. According to RBR, it has been spotted at Booksamillion in Brookwood Mall. (Had I been able to get Brookwoodâ€™s WiFi to work last night, Iâ€™d have hit the mall and snagged myself a copy. I guess Iâ€™ll have to wait until later today to get the pleasure.)
The Montgomery Advertiser runs with this EXCLUSIVE previously unreported informationâ€”Alabama is thin and will need help from the most recent recruiting class.
Which freshman will make the biggest impact? Well, Nick Saban isnâ€™t saying.
From the Daily Sentinel:
Saban said naming names creates only added pressure and could hurt a playerâ€™s confidence if that predicted early success doesnâ€™t come.
â€œItâ€™s not fair,â€ Saban said, â€œlet the guy create his own expectations.
â€œNow we think guys are going to go from the high school prom to the SEC and expect them to change the game. Some do, but itâ€™s unfair to put those expectations on them.â€
Football creeps closer
As the week closes out, we get that much closer to SEC Media Days. That means fall camp is just around the corner too. I know as we swelter under the heat it doesnâ€™t seem close, but we are almost through the doldrums.