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Agree but my point is, why would the AJC take an article from a Florida Paper, and re-post it, while putting a nasty title on the article?! Then they just put 'AJC' on who posted it in the AJC... Pitiful!
This much hate has to be exhausting.
Bless their hearts.
Burn baby burn. & Go to hell tennessee
Vince Lombardi was asked how it felt to have the best football team in the world. He replied, I don't know. We haven't played Alabama yet.
I stopped at AJC.
Here's the article, in case anyone wants to avoid patronizing the garbage:
The Dark Side of Nick Saban
1:08 pm November 28, 2012, by AJC Sports
In Alabama, they’ve already erected a statue of Nick Saban.
In Georgia, many people alternate between hating Saban or Steve Spurrier.
Ex-Dolphins coach Nick Saban (AP)
In South Florida … well that is the place that Saban is – by far – hated the most.
Guess where the BCS Championship game will be played? In Miami, where Saban had a dismal experience as coach of the Miami Dolphins and also misled everybody on taking the Alabama job.
Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde rehashed the general feeling about Saban:
On the hypocrisy of Saban saying it’s not fair for Florida to jump over the loser of the SEC Championship game when Alabama did it last year: Hyde: “Saban, the self-anointed arbiter of what’s fair and true and righteous in sports. That’s a good one … But logic never was Saban’s strong suit. Or truth. Or humanity, as all the old Dolphins stories say.”
On Saban’s “Florida sunshine” personality while with the Dolphins: Hyde: “He ordered a personal lieutenant, whose internal nickname was Dr. Doom, to tell Dolphins office workers to quit greeting Saban in the morning.”
And, of course, there’s the story about Saban walking right over an offensive lineman who was having convulsions in football practice.
Hyde then made these two points: “1. As a man, he’s a lout. 2. As a coach, he’s the best in sports today.” After summarizing his opinion, Hyde wrapped it up with this: “That’s why there’s such mixed feelings for Saban. We saw the lout. We just never saw the lout who won enough to make his personality irrelevant.”
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"That's the way it goes. But don't forget, it goes the other way too."
...and it appears that clip links to a more complete article posted yesterday by a guy named Dave Hyde. Here's that article from the Sun-Sentinel:
We never saw this side of Nick Saban
Sun Sentinel Columnist
7:20 p.m. EST, November 27, 2012
One win from returning to South Florida, Saban winning like he didn't here
Nick Saban looked miserable virtually every moment of his Dolphins career, but has had many reasons to smile at Alabama. (November 27, 2012)
There was Nick Saban, the one thing that never changes in sports, saying it's not fair for Florida to leap-frog the loser of the SEC Championship Game into a prime bowl spot.
Saban, the self-anointed arbiter of what's fair and true and righteous in sports. That's a good one.
Just a year ago, Saban's Alabama team was in Florida's spot. It was out of the SEC Championship Game. And it stepped over that game's loser all the way to winning the national title.
But logic never was Saban's strong suit. Or truth. Or humanity, as all the old Dolphins stories say. We saw that side of him. Like the time he ordered a personal lieutenant, whose internal nickname was Dr. Doom, to tell Dolphins office workers to quit greeting Saban in the morning.
Or the one where he walked right over a convulsing Jeno James in the locker room. James, a massive guard, was passed out, vomiting, suffering from heat stroke and being attended by panicked teammates. Saban stepped right over James on the way to his office.
All of which confirms the two truths about Saban that need updating as he's one win away from returning to South Florida for the national championship game and the first time since lying his way out six years ago:
1. As a man, he's a lout.
2. As a coach, he's the best in sports today.
And that's why so many fans cling to this sports-hatred of Saban. We never saw this second side. He's won. He's confirmed why he left the Dolphins. He has two national titles and is on the way to a third since leaving South Florida. He's King of Alabama and overlord of college football.
Saban hasn't just been pictured on every sports covers of note in the last six years, but also Forbes business magazine under the headline, "The Most Powerful Coach In Sports." He's even dazzled Sandra Bullock's character in the movie, "The Blind Side."
Bullock: "I find him to be handsome."
Tim McGraw (who plays Bullock's husband): "I'm standing right here."
Bullock: "I know."
That's just it, right? South Florida is the McGraw character. We're standing right here, looking at him. And what we still see is what Saban looks like when you strip him of winning, wipe off the grim charm of success and get to the suffering essence of the man.
And the problem isn't that he was a liar. That's been overdone. They all lie. Butch Davis lied about never leaving Miami even as he was interviewing elsewhere. Pat Riley lied from never trading Glen Rice to why Stay Van Gundy quit (Shaquille O'Neal's attitude demanded it). Go down the list. Lying is a job requirement.
Nor is the point that he was clumsy in his departure from the Dolphins. How hypocritical would that be? South Florida is the recipient of the biggest bungling of an exit by a star in the history of sports.
Or do you forget how LeBron James left Cleveland?
No, when it comes right down to it, it's this simple fact that drives the emotion against Saban: We never saw the Saban that Alabama has saluted for the past six seasons.
We're Cleveland to Bill Belichick. We're Atlanta to Joe Torre. We're the area that put up with the personal flaws many great talents have but never witnessed the great talent.
Instead, we saw the frailty. The insecurity. The self-questioning of a man who, according to several sources, feared being fired by the Dolphins after his second season in 2006.
So he returned to college, where he can win without a star quarterback. And he's won. And won. And by all accounts is expected to hold a national trophy up in Sun Life Stadium.
That's why there's such mixed feelings for Saban. We saw the lout. We just never saw the lout who won enough to make his personality irrelevant.
There is a name. David Hyde. You have to click the link to get to the rest of the column to see the name.
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