”You know, there’s a tremendous balance between humility and confidence,” Saban said. ”And this game is a struggle. It’s a struggle every day. And you’ve got to embrace it every day. And you’ve got to go out there and try to earn it every day, to be as good a player as you can be.
Respect every opponent. I like this message from Coach Saban. These players practice their hearts out and they are doing something they love to do — play football. We absolutely should respect them and welcome them to our town and our school. As Coach Stallings once said about the importance of these games; “If you think there is such a thing as an unimportant game, just try losing one.” I also remember another great teacher who said “in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Everyone, welcome out guests to campus today and show your love for the greatest sport on Earth.
“They really like the challenge,” says Stewart. “This senior class, for example, will have played Tennessee, Nebraska, LSU and Alabama. They enjoy going into those stadiums and they enjoy playing those types of games.”
Coach Saban recently commented that the football playoff system will eventually result in fewer teams competing in the top division of college football. The Hilltoppers get a $1 million payday today, which will go a long way to covering their expenses for they season. That’s why the smaller schools play these types of games. They love football and this helps them grow and it helps them support their program. Make no mistake, they also play these games because they want to win them. Don’t expect them to quit.
Speaking on his weekly hour-long radio show, Saban said, “A thousand tickets? I’ll buy them and give them away. We can’t sell out with all the games we’ve won?”
Saban said fans need to show their appreciation for the players and the team for their accomplishments since last home game — winning a national title and beating Michigan in Arlington, Texas.
Coach Saban is right. I’ve been a long time defender of the student section for leaving early. I went to school there and I understand the social aspect of it, but there is a difference between leaving early and not showing up. Some fans, of the sidewalk variety (I love all of our fans), commented to me in a friendly debate that students should have their tickets taken away and those should be sold to fans who really want to go. Well, here’s an example where those fans should be buying the extra tickets. Get down there to the quad today and hold your fingers up. Someone will sell you a seat.
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