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Are you strong enough to be an Alabama fan? (Long)

  • MTA08

    SIAP but a friend of mine had this on his Facebook page so I thought I would share.

    "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780
    1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish
    2 Butkus Awards
    1 Maxwell Trophy
    1 Outland Trophy
    1 Doak Walker Award
    1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Multiple All Americans
    13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall
    2 conference championships
    3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35
    Would you take it? Would you go into battle with these kids?

    Now what if I told you, with all of that above comes this:

    Hatred. Not your everyday, run of the mill, school rivalry hatred. No…pure, unadulterated, inexplicable HATRED.
    People taking pleasure in your misfortune by laughing in your face after every one of those losses.
    Treating you and your team like every one of those defeats was as if North Korea had finally been destroyed.
    Listening to chants of “Overrated” from an opposing team’s fan base because at an average of 1.4 times in each of those 5 seasons a team found a way to beat you.
    That even the Red Cross would get in on the fun via their twitter feed to kick you while you’re down.
    Would you still take it? Would you still go into battle with these kids?

    Are you mentally strong enough to endure all of that? If you knew going in, you could have everything on that first list, but have to deal with everything on that second list, would you do it? Would it be worth it? Could you pick yourself up and dust yourself off those 7 times all the while having to defend some of the greatest players to ever play college football for 7…SEVEN…transgressions in 5 seasons?

    The success if beyond fun. It is pure elation. I would not trade it for anything, but there is truth in the statement “It is lonely at the top.” Even the tiniest crack in the armor is a chance for the hate to pour in. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the weak-minded. It is enough to destroy the spirit of even the strongest among us. At the very heart of the matter is the audacity of anyone in this world HAVING to defend a group of 20-year-old kids who get up every morning, most days before any of us, go to the weight room, go to class, go to practice, study, go to bed and do it all, again every day, every single year. The mere suggestion that any one of those kids has not worked themselves to death, put their bodies on the line, played through injuries, and endured mental anguish from people who neither know them nor have ever met them is ridiculous. It is ludicrous to have to argue with someone who believes those kids did not deserve the success they have EARNED. But as a fan, you will have to do just that. You will have to stand up for them. You cannot back down.

    Sure it would be easy to be a fan of a team that gets excited just to win 1 or 2 games a year. It might even be enjoyable to be a fan of a team that just barely makes bowl eligibility every year…to be a fan of a team that’s under the radar. When someone hears you are a fan of one of those teams, they say, “oh that’s cool.”

    When you say you are a fan of this team I have described, they will judge you. They will question your ability to make a sound decision. They will hate YOU for even being associated with this team. They may even just walk away in disgust. That’s hatred, and you are going to feel it. It is going to hurt. It is going to make you curl up in a ball and cry. It is going to make you madder than a hornet because you know the truth, but they do not care to hear it. You might even want to punch something or someone. But, you will have to accept it, endure it, not flinch, hold your head high, smile through the pain you are anguishing through inside, and simply say “Roll Tide.”

    So, tell me. Are you strong enough to be our fan?"

    This post was edited by MTA08 6 months ago

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    Roll Tide!

  • Damon straight playa.

    The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

  • What did the Red Cross do?

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    Boxers Rule!

  • No offense, but any fan of any team in any sport would gladly accept what we've had to "endure" over the last several years.

  • PullerofPork said... (original post)

    What did the Red Cross do?

    Yeah, that's what I want to know! Do I need roll out on muther$%#$%&?

  • MTA08

    PullerofPork said... (original post)

    What did the Red Cross do?

    The Oklahoma Red Cross tweeted the Alabama needs "relief and privacy during this difficult time" referring to the game. They deleted it and sort of apologized.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/oklahoma-red-cross-deletes-tweet-joking-about-alabamas-sugar-bowl-loss/#sthash.OjEqcBRo

    This post was edited by MTA08 6 months ago

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    Roll Tide!

  • I'm here, ain't I?

  • Roll Tide!

  • MTA08 said... (original post)

    SIAP but a friend of mine had this on his Facebook page so I thought I would share.

    "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780
    1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish
    2 Butkus Awards
    1 Maxwell Trophy
    1 Outland Trophy
    1 Doak Walker Award
    1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Multiple All Americans
    13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall
    2 conference championships
    3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35
    Would you take it? Would you go into battle with these kids?

    Now what if I told you, with all of that above comes this:

    Hatred. Not your everyday, run of the mill, school rivalry hatred. No…pure, unadulterated, inexplicable HATRED.
    People taking pleasure in your misfortune by laughing in your face after every one of those losses.
    Treating you and your team like every one of those defeats was as if North Korea had finally been destroyed.
    Listening to chants of “Overrated” from an opposing team’s fan base because at an average of 1.4 times in each of those 5 seasons a team found a way to beat you.
    That even the Red Cross would get in on the fun via their twitter feed to kick you while you’re down.
    Would you still take it? Would you still go into battle with these kids?

    Are you mentally strong enough to endure all of that? If you knew going in, you could have everything on that first list, but have to deal with everything on that second list, would you do it? Would it be worth it? Could you pick yourself up and dust yourself off those 7 times all the while having to defend some of the greatest players to ever play college football for 7…SEVEN…transgressions in 5 seasons?

    The success if beyond fun. It is pure elation. I would not trade it for anything, but there is truth in the statement “It is lonely at the top.” Even the tiniest crack in the armor is a chance for the hate to pour in. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the weak-minded. It is enough to destroy the spirit of even the strongest among us. At the very heart of the matter is the audacity of anyone in this world HAVING to defend a group of 20-year-old kids who get up every morning, most days before any of us, go to the weight room, go to class, go to practice, study, go to bed and do it all, again every day, every single year. The mere suggestion that any one of those kids has not worked themselves to death, put their bodies on the line, played through injuries, and endured mental anguish from people who neither know them nor have ever met them is ridiculous. It is ludicrous to have to argue with someone who believes those kids did not deserve the success they have EARNED. But as a fan, you will have to do just that. You will have to stand up for them. You cannot back down.

    Sure it would be easy to be a fan of a team that gets excited just to win 1 or 2 games a year. It might even be enjoyable to be a fan of a team that just barely makes bowl eligibility every year…to be a fan of a team that’s under the radar. When someone hears you are a fan of one of those teams, they say, “oh that’s cool.”

    When you say you are a fan of this team I have described, they will judge you. They will question your ability to make a sound decision. They will hate YOU for even being associated with this team. They may even just walk away in disgust. That’s hatred, and you are going to feel it. It is going to hurt. It is going to make you curl up in a ball and cry. It is going to make you madder than a hornet because you know the truth, but they do not care to hear it. You might even want to punch something or someone. But, you will have to accept it, endure it, not flinch, hold your head high, smile through the pain you are anguishing through inside, and simply say “Roll Tide.”

    So, tell me. Are you strong enough to be our fan?"

    This! +1

    This post was edited by Machine1707 6 months ago

  • Great post. Reality check. Btw, you forgot to add the Rimmington Award.

  • phlux

    I couldn't help but think of Sheryl Crow's "Are You Strong Enough to be my Man?" given the thread title. Here goes nothing.

    Man, I feel like Hell tonight.
    The Sooners beat my Crimson Tide.
    Other folks don't understand..
    Are you strong enough to be a 'Bama fan?

  • When people try to "kick me when I'm down" as a Bama fan, I simply laugh. We lose a game, people talk smack, I laugh. And generally, I never really respond. I just roll with the punches.

    Because at the end of the day, I know we are the best University in the country.
    I went to Alabama, and I know how wonderful campus is and how awesome the atmosphere there is every single day.
    I know how wonderful it is to wear any of my numerous Alabama hats or shirts anywhere in the country (I travel a fair amount) and no matter where I am I will get at least 1 "ROLL TIDE" every time.
    I know we have been blessed to have the 2 best coaches in football history to coach our men.
    I know, that even with yearly ups and downs, we are on the best run in college football history.
    And ultimately, I know that all those people trying to knock us down, are only doing so because they are jealous their team and school, isn't what the University of Alabama is.

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  • MTA08 said... (original post)

    SIAP but a friend of mine had this on his Facebook page so I thought I would share.

    "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780
    1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish
    2 Butkus Awards
    1 Maxwell Trophy
    1 Outland Trophy
    1 Doak Walker Award
    1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Multiple All Americans
    13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall
    2 conference championships
    3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35
    Would you take it? Would you go into battle with these kids?

    Now what if I told you, with all of that above comes this:

    Hatred. Not your everyday, run of the mill, school rivalry hatred. No…pure, unadulterated, inexplicable HATRED.
    People taking pleasure in your misfortune by laughing in your face after every one of those losses.
    Treating you and your team like every one of those defeats was as if North Korea had finally been destroyed.
    Listening to chants of “Overrated” from an opposing team’s fan base because at an average of 1.4 times in each of those 5 seasons a team found a way to beat you.
    That even the Red Cross would get in on the fun via their twitter feed to kick you while you’re down.
    Would you still take it? Would you still go into battle with these kids?

    Are you mentally strong enough to endure all of that? If you knew going in, you could have everything on that first list, but have to deal with everything on that second list, would you do it? Would it be worth it? Could you pick yourself up and dust yourself off those 7 times all the while having to defend some of the greatest players to ever play college football for 7…SEVEN…transgressions in 5 seasons?

    The success if beyond fun. It is pure elation. I would not trade it for anything, but there is truth in the statement “It is lonely at the top.” Even the tiniest crack in the armor is a chance for the hate to pour in. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the weak-minded. It is enough to destroy the spirit of even the strongest among us. At the very heart of the matter is the audacity of anyone in this world HAVING to defend a group of 20-year-old kids who get up every morning, most days before any of us, go to the weight room, go to class, go to practice, study, go to bed and do it all, again every day, every single year. The mere suggestion that any one of those kids has not worked themselves to death, put their bodies on the line, played through injuries, and endured mental anguish from people who neither know them nor have ever met them is ridiculous. It is ludicrous to have to argue with someone who believes those kids did not deserve the success they have EARNED. But as a fan, you will have to do just that. You will have to stand up for them. You cannot back down.

    Sure it would be easy to be a fan of a team that gets excited just to win 1 or 2 games a year. It might even be enjoyable to be a fan of a team that just barely makes bowl eligibility every year…to be a fan of a team that’s under the radar. When someone hears you are a fan of one of those teams, they say, “oh that’s cool.”

    When you say you are a fan of this team I have described, they will judge you. They will question your ability to make a sound decision. They will hate YOU for even being associated with this team. They may even just walk away in disgust. That’s hatred, and you are going to feel it. It is going to hurt. It is going to make you curl up in a ball and cry. It is going to make you madder than a hornet because you know the truth, but they do not care to hear it. You might even want to punch something or someone. But, you will have to accept it, endure it, not flinch, hold your head high, smile through the pain you are anguishing through inside, and simply say “Roll Tide.”

    So, tell me. Are you strong enough to be our fan?"

    BUMP TO THE TOP

    I LOOK BETTER IN CRIMSON!

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  • Been a fan since 8 years old, want to be with a winner, have seen 10 NCs, know other teams and fans of those teams hate Bama because of this, feel bad for awhile when Bama doesn't win but have come to realize its only a game. Still will support the team no matter what. Hope this is just a set back, hope Bama will come back stronger as they usually do.

  • Roll Tide!!

  • What a way to be hated though. rolltideroll

  • The insults of losers who think the occasional failure of a college sports team somehow enhances their miserable existence bothers me not at all. In fact, I feel sorry for them, because they obviously have so little control over their own happiness that they have to hope that a bunch of 18-22 year old young men playing a game will give them the outcome they need to give their lives meaning. I've been a fan since 1978 and love to watch Bama play, but apparently I take it way less seriously than some folks. The things I care midst about are the ones I have some control over.

  • Great post to keep it all in perspective.

    RTR

  • "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780
    1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish
    2 Butkus Awards
    1 Maxwell Trophy
    1 Outland Trophy
    1 Doak Walker Award
    1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Multiple All Americans
    13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall
    2 conference championships
    3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35

    BUT, you have to witness two of the most gut wrenching Iron Bowl losses in the history of the series and you have to witness Auburn win two national championships.

    Maybe I'm nuts, but I would seriously consider trading a loss to LSU in 2011 and a loss to Notre Dame in 2013 for wins over AU in 2010 (if it meant they were left out of the national championship) and a win over them this year.

  • phlux

    hines011 said... (original post)

    "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780 1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish 2 Butkus Awards 1 Maxwell Trophy 1 Outland Trophy 1 Doak Walker Award 1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Multiple All Americans 13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall 2 conference championships 3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35

    BUT, you have to witness two of the most gut wrenching Iron Bowl losses in the history of the series and you have to witness Auburn win two national championships.

    Maybe I'm nuts, but I would seriously consider trading a loss to LSU in 2011 and a loss to Notre Dame in 2013 for wins over AU in 2010 (if it meant they were left out of the national championship) and a win over them this year.

    You're a little too obsessed with Auburn if you'd rather beat them twice vs winning two national championships.

    That's what barners do. Don't be a barner.

  • hines011 said... (original post)

    "What if I told you your favorite college football team would accomplish this over a 5 season stretch:

    60-7 record under 2 starting quarterbacks with records of 24-3 and 36-4 outscoring opponents 2,404-780
    1 Heisman Trophy winner, 1 Heisman Trophy runner-up, and 1 Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish
    2 Butkus Awards
    1 Maxwell Trophy
    1 Outland Trophy
    1 Doak Walker Award
    1 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Multiple All Americans
    13 First Round NFL Draft picks and 29 draft picks overall
    2 conference championships
    3 BCS national championships outscoring opponents 100-35

    BUT, you have to witness two of the most gut wrenching Iron Bowl losses in the history of the series and you have to witness Auburn win two national championships.

    Maybe I'm nuts, but I would seriously consider trading a loss to LSU in 2011 and a loss to Notre Dame in 2013 for wins over AU in 2010 (if it meant they were left out of the national championship) and a win over them this year.

    That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. Ever.

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  • YUP a strong fan indeed!

  • thats great stuff there. does it take away from the 24-0 lead we blew against AU in 2010 at home? Or the other loss vs au this year? No, because they were monumental collapses, but it SHOULD put more perspective on things for some out there LOL. I don't carry over losses in my everyday life either so I'm good. Great stuff there! +1

    This post was edited by HeHateMe 6 months ago

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