Since his arrival in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has been a source of consternation for the folks at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. After some research I have discovered that the AJC is something called a “newspaper” which was apparently how people in ancient civilizations got their news.
Recently this dinosauric relic has published articles about how Nick Saban is a monster for offering a grayshirt scholarship offer to a player who is recovering from major knee surgery, and unsubstantiated rumors about Kirby Smart’s imminent departure to be the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.
One would think that a major media outlet primarily dedicated to coverage of the Georgia Bulldogs would be more concerned with asking the tough questions about why the UGA coaching staff has not been able to achieve a high level of success despite recruiting and geographical advantages. Apparently taking cheap shots at Nick Saban and Alabama makes for better copy.
Presented below are 10 headlines; five completely made up by me and five copied directly from the AJC’s website. Try and discern the difference:
- Five Reasons Nick Saban May Be Overrated
- Report: Alabama Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran to Leave Tuscaloosa for Job with WWE
- Report: Cleveland Browns May Lure Saban Back to NFL
- The Dark Side of Nick Saban
- Is Alabama DC Kirby Smart the Montreal Alouettes’ New Coach?
- Nick Saban Switches Injured Recruit’s Scholarship to Grayshirt
- Nick Saban Offers Scholarship to Ten Year Old QB Phenom
- Nick Saban Makes People Cry
- Is Alabama’s Athletic Department Responsible for the Fiscal Cliff?
- Report: Trump to Resurrect USFL with Saban as Commissioner
The fake ones are numbers 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10. The rest, sadly, are real. UGA fans by and large are fantastic, they are passionate and knowledgeable, and they deserve better hometown media coverage then they are getting from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Instead of constantly whining about Alabama and the big bad bully Nick Saban, perhaps the AJC should concentrate on investigating why Mark Richt hasn’t achieved in twelve seasons what Nick Saban has in six.