Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster (43) is consoled by quarterback AJ McCarron (10) after missing a field goal during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Cade Foster Didn't Lose The Iron Bowl

Alabama Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster did not lose the game to Auburn by himself. And if you need that explained to you, perhaps it’s time you turned in your fan card.

There are plenty of reasons Alabama lost; poor coaching decisions, terrible execution by the players, and a very good game plan by the Auburn Tigers. But blown field goals alone didn’t lose that game.

It’s been reported across the nation that Foster received death threats after his poor showing. Unfortunately, we now live in an age where death threats are merely pathetic attempts at attention that anonymous social media affords the losers that make them. Kids raised with a ‘the Internet isn’t real’ mentality will say anything, as long as they can hide behind a handle and not have to suffer the consequences of their stupidity.

This type of foolishness is no more typical of Alabama fan behavior than that of the mentally disturbed Harvey Updyke. It should be above any good Alabama fan to behave in such a way. Unfortunately, this is what happens when the passion for a sport overrides good sense, common decency, and the Southern pride of which Alabama football has long been a shining example.

Bragging rights belong to Auburn for a year, and there’s nothing that can be done about that. In the weeks and months to come, this game will be dissected, analyzed and fretted over. Such are the consequences of losing a game with so much on the line. But one thing should be clear to anyone that can take their crimson glasses off and see things for what they are:

Cade Foster didn’t lose the Iron Bowl; the entire team did.

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