Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dem's fightin' words

Sometimes I don't miss my home state at all. And yeah, this is one of those times.

Predictably, the great cornerstone of Alabama psychic energy -- all things Alabama vs. Auburn -- has collided head-on with the state's gubernatorial election.

It seems that there's a rumor that Republican Tim James has promised to either cut Alabama coach Nick Saban's salary or run him off.

James is an Auburn man. His daddy, Fob, was an All-American back for the Tigers who served as governor first as a Democrat than as a Republican.

During his first campaign, back in 1978, the elder James had to deal with a purported letter written by Bear Bryant that an Auburn man in the statehouse couldn't be very good for Alabama football. Turns out it was just terrible. James was elected, and in his first three years in office Alabama won two national titles and got robbed of a third.

Thirty years later, a James' campaign is back on the defensive. Up to now, Tim James is best known for telling illegal immigrants that they'd better bone up on their English if he's elected. (Given the quality of the public schools in his state, maybe he should cut a second commercial aimed at the teachers.)

But I digress. Suffice to say, this Auburn-Alabama stuff is a lot more entertaining when watched from a couple of states over. To live through it, moment after moment after moment, is like a yearlong bad ozone day for the brain.

Read more here.

mg

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michael,

Though I'm an AU alum and wouldn't agree with you on much, having grown up in AL but now lived in Charlotte for 23 years....your comments on watching from a distance are SPOT ON! ugh

Bigdawg said...

MG,
There's even worse news out there. By the time football season rolls around you guys are going to have to change your name to the Black Tide. Maybe your football team can even dress all in black. It was a disaster for the Dawgs but maybe it'll work for you.

J said...

This is more evidence that the 'Bama-Auburn rivalry is the biggest rivalry in all of organized sports. Stuff like this makes Yanks-Red Sox look like a school playground spat over who got in line for the slide first.