hunter fordIt is not quite “the thrill that will getcha when you get your picture” on the cover, but the Alabama Crimson Tide has made the online edition of Rolling Stone.

It’s an excellent article, written by Michael Weinreb. He calls Alabama the “most iconic and revered and successful program in the south, if not all of America.”

Further, he says the Tide, which under Nick Saban has played mostly old-school offensive football, has now gone “electric.” Alabama is averaging 42 points per game and nearly 600 yards of offense after four games. The Tide also has more yards passing than rushing, but the author points out Alabama still has a stable of running backs and plenty of defensive talent to balance things out.

So the acoustic, play more than two chords and you’re showing off, version of Alabama offense is gone?

Weinreb said: “Instead, they looked like a 21st-century squad, and this was both exhilarating and frightening, because if they have mastered this, too, what the hell are the rest of us supposed to do now?”

I have never heard of a Rolling Stone jinx, so I’m hoping this won’t be the start of one.  Alabama didn’t fare well last season after AJ McCarron made the Sports Illustrated cover.  Still, it is cool to see the Tide in RS.  If they were on the cover of the print version I would buy five copies for my mother.

Rock and Roll Tide! Here is a link to the article:

3 thoughts on “Rolling Stone: Alabama goes electric”

  1. Fun read, albeit it sounds like it’s written by someone who doesn’t watch a ton of football. Thanks for the tip, Hunter.

    I agree with the point of the article; America wanted football to speed up because they thought that gave them the best chance to beat the best fundamental football teams, and they were right.

    But now the leader of those old school teams is speeding up and the results are speaking for themselves already.

    I’ll say it again; be careful what you wish for…

    1. Last year Nick Saban said Alabama could run fast paced offense if it wanted to. He is doing it out of necessity (to help Sims, not because it is Sban’s preferred strategy) but it is working well so far. Saban still wants to control the ball control the clock and keep the other offense off the field… Nationally.. I think trends will change…back to the “center” eventually

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