Nick Saban: "You Think I Spend All Day Sitting Around Looking at Magazines?"

November 21, 2013 at 10:51a    by DJ Byrnes    


Grayskullsession's picture

Someone hit a nerve.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

Scott's picture

Hell I'd be on edge too if I had to wake up every morning in Tuscaloosa.

Class of 2008

buckeyeEddie27's picture

We know you don't coach. 
The nudy mags are on the top shelf. 
That you can not reach.
Now shut up and lose the damn Iron Bowl already.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Earle's picture

He didn't seem to mind this one:

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

Alhan's picture

Grumpy old fart.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Hoody Wayes's picture

What are magazines?

Hovenaut's picture

He's grown tired of posing.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

OSUStu's picture

That smile has to be 'shopped.  
Foward by Bill Belichick?  The book should be titled "How to be a miserable grump in 10 easy steps."  


If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

USMC11917's picture

It doesn't take much to tick him off. I like how Urban handles the media. He seems much more personable and professional. You can see when something bothers him, he just moves along. Yes, I am familiar with the incident at Florida but I think he really has mellowed and grew from that experience.

Ahh Saturday's picture

I actually liked Saban's response.  It seems that lately, and increasingly, CFB coverage has been about almost everything but the game.  In Urban's two B1G media day appearances, I don't know if was asked two football questions, and it annoyed me.  Saban's a football coach.  He's standing up there to respond to the media.  Ask him a damn football question.

d5k's picture

Well, look at the number of comments on posts like this compared to Ross's awesome weekly breakdowns.  Most people say they prefer talking about X's and O's but their pageclicks and ratings say otherwise unfortunately.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Can't answer for others, but Ross's breakdowns are probably my favorite pieces on this site.

Borrowed Time's picture

Ross's breakdowns + Ramzy's everything

Fugelere's picture

Agreed.  I'm a Xs and Os nerd so I love Ross's stuff and I would read Ramzy's grocery list if he posted it.

cal3713's picture

Remove the word "probably" and you accurately describe my feelings on the topic.

OSUStu's picture

He could have easily said, "Ha, I don't know.  I didn't see it.  Let's move on."  3 seconds done, done, and done.  Instead, he spent 60 seconds on the question all the while being a prick.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Ahh Saturday's picture

Not everything needs to always be met with courtesy and politeness.  Reporter clearly had a history of asking irrelevant questions, and Saban gave him some feedback.  He's a football coach, not an elementary school teacher who has to pat students on the back and say "there's no such thing as a stupid question."

AndyVance's picture

Your first sentence is 100% correct. But as for the rest of it, I can tell you that my biggest pet peeve as a reporter is when someone tells me something isn't newsworthy... they actually pay me to decide when something is newsworthy, in fact. So the reporter's questions actually are probably relevant - the fact that Saban is practically a hermit isn't the reporter's fault - the SI cover and its well-known jinx is a relevant enough question, even if the "How did you think AJ looked" portion was dumb, dumb, dumb.

Oyster's picture

I'm gonna guess that the reporter probably knew, from his previous choice of questions, that he would be on the verge of crossing the line and chose to do it anyway. 

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

TMZ gets a lot of views so you could argue it's newsworthy.  Some people might want newsworthy to mean something that is worthy of the being discussed in the public domain.  Reporters tend to go for what will be heavily discussed not what should be heavily discussed.  I don't know you so this isn't a comment towards you in anyway, I just feel like the media trends to more sensational.

45has2's picture

One could argue, and many do, that sports in its entirety is not news worthy. Wars, crime and economic situations are real news in their view. Sports? It's entertainment, just like the Hollywierdos that TMZ covers. All I'm saying is that everyone draws their own line. As for Slick Nick, that seemed like a very innocuous question to draw that amount of venom. Could be the pressure is starting to bunch up Nicky's panties.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

AndyVance's picture

I actually posed that question earlier in the season, the last time Nick blew up at a reporter because they didn't ask a preapproved question... I think it was when the improper loan thing was going on, if memory serves.
Anyway, it seems like his infamously bad attitude is even worse this season, giving me pause to wonder if he knows that this squad isn't one the same level as the teams that won the crystal football, and he's just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Newsworthy is a bit grand as a word.  What reporters decide is what they believe their readers might be interested in reading.  Reporters for People Magazine (does that still exist?) might have a different idea of what is newsworthy than a reporter for The Economist.  Similarly, the reporter's subject is under no obligation to give the reporter's niche readership the little nuggets they might want.  A football coach, for example, might be more interested in answering questions about football than magazine covers.  Certainly, I would never tell a reporter not to ask a question, but just be prepared to be shot down Saban-style if you ask a dumb one.

AndyVance's picture

Both you and BLN above make good points, and I'll admit that the term "newsworthy" is a bit broadly defined... In J-School (in theory) they teach you something about news judgment, and trying to do what the two of you suggest - report the stories that your audience is interested in, or conversely, need to know about (because they are not always the same thing, right?).
Assuming that reporters for People or TMZ are not part of the credentialed Crimson Tide press corps, however, you'd think that thin-skinned Saban might reasonably expect to get at least some questions that go beyond the Xs and Os to the other factors (like an SI cover story) that might influence a player's/team's focus, etc.
That said, I think this exchange is somewhat indicative of what appears to be a bit of a shift in the field of sports journalism... How many credentialed sports reporters today are actually capable of understanding the Xs and Os of the game to ask intelligent questions of a coach like Saban? On the other hand, how many are geared more toward the "personal interest" stories, or TMZ-type escapades of the average FBS baller?

Oyster's picture

I would bet that if you asked a 'reporter' for People or TMZ what the SI Jinx is they would say "HUH? What's SI?"  When you tell them what SI means the next question would be "What's the Jinx?"

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

they actually pay me to decide when something is newsworthy

Editors get paid to decide what is newsworthy, you get paid to write copy. :)

AndyVance's picture

(Technically, I am a "staff editor," but God I hate editing things...)
And +1 to offset whichever goon downvoted your would-be cleverness.

Chris Lauderback's picture

that is beautiful, Fido...Biebs on the cover sets it off nicely. (or maybe that's some girl on the cover, I can't tell for sure)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks. That is Biebs on the cover. I thought of using some other mags, but those wouldn't have been SFW.

Oyster's picture

And you think that kid is?

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

Squirrel Master's picture

I thought it was Mylee Cyrus (however you spell that name)

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Haybucks's picture

"I bought it for the articles" has never been used.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Run_Fido_Run's picture

I had no intention, in creating the above 'Shop, to include pretentious literary "subtext." I just thought the Bieber cover would be funny.
But then I got to ruminating on the origins of the phrase, vanity fair. I discovered that its use was popularized by the novel Vanity Fair (1847), by William Makepeace Thackeray. That book's title references a 17th century allegorical story, The Pilgrim's Progress, in which "Vanity Fair" refers to a stop along the pilgrim's progress: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man's sinful attachment to worldly things:

The narrator [of The Pilgrim's Progress] identifies this city as Vanity, home of a great and ancient festival called Vanity Fair, where tawdry products are traded and Beelzebub is worshipped.

Hmmm . . . sounds a bit like Tuscaloosa.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Hmmm . . . sounds a bit like Tuscaloosa.

Nah, that's a Branson reference if ever I saw one.

AndyVance's picture

Wow, he really has a hard-on for whatever reporter that was...

osu07asu10's picture

That's what I thought AV.


idontsmellgood's picture

Was he talking to Clay Hall?

"This kid scares me a little bit because I've seen him on film drop back and ...boom, boom, boom." Tuberville moved his head, mimicking Barrett checking through his progressions. "That scares me right now. Has all week."-Tuberville on JT Barrett

oldbuckeyedave's picture

probably clay travers. he specializes in goading people and he is not a bama fan...not an osu fan either.


zachofaltrades's picture

How in the hell are these coaches allowed to influence the BCS with their votes?  He just said the only news he consumes is 10 minutes of the weather channel.

FitzBuck's picture

"No, Nick, we think you spend all day picking your teeth with the broken bones of puppies."

Those puppies are not dead.  They are suffering somewhere in the dark without their legs.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Squirrel Master's picture

What is the matter with sitting around reading magazines Saban????
and FYI, dude, seriously.....its called the internet and blogs! nobody reads magazines anymore!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Oyster's picture

More than 4.5 million people say you are wrong.'s_Bathroom_Reader

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

Squirrel Master's picture

I didn't say people didn't buy them...
but instead of a mag, I bring in a tablet now or my phone. Although it is difficult to type this while pinching a duece!
the SI, ESPN mag and others stay in the mag basket for guests.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Doc's picture

I thought it was great.  Saban is making me hate him less and less.  The guy is paid handsomely to win foozball games.  If he wants to be a hermit and do nothing but football so be it.  If I was that reporter I would have taken him up on shadowing him for a week.  I'm sure there would be more than one story to come out of that experience.

I'm hiding baby and I'm dreaming
I'm riding down your moonlight mile

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Exactly .... reporter should have responded with:  "Ok, I'll be at your office at 7am tomorrow morning."

Yeti's have feelings too.

741's picture

In the words of my personal hero Mark Dantonio, "Next question."

SilverState's picture

Not your typical question, but there are more professional ways of handling yourself. 

droessl's picture

Once again, asking someone what they read is turned into a "GOTCHA" question. 
(not intended to be a political comment. seriously)

Buckeye Scottie's picture

So Andy Vance, since you are in the journalism world, when do all of other reporters get pissed and jump this guy?  It always happens, where that someone asks some off the wall question, coach stammers about with the death stare and walks out, ending the press conference.
Is there ever that, hey d-bag, thanks for ending this presser before I got 2 lines for my deadline?
I mean the above in all seriousness.  The below, notsomuch, but would love it if true...

AndyVance's picture

Anchorman is perhaps my favorite comedy of all time, and most certainly my favorite Will Farrell flick... That scene in particular was awesome swaddled in glory.
And yes, we do get really pissed off at the morons that end up at these press conferences... In my case, the ones who really irk me are those who don't ask questions so much as make editorial comments thinly disguised as questions. One guy I used to know was really bad at that, and he'd ask the Secretary of Agriculture these "questions" that went on and on and on and never really asked anything. Finally, the Secretary said, "I don't hear a question anywhere in what you just said. Next."

bull1214's picture

i have to ask you about clay hall then. i cringe every time he interviews players! i would love to see saban respond to one of his questions.

Whoa Nellie's picture

To think that Saban was unaware that AJ is on the cover of SI is naive, IMO.  The guy is a micro-manager.  I think his response was a product of the same questioner asking him questions he didn't want to answer, and not wanting to answer the next ones: Are you worried about AJ becoming a diva?  Do you believe in the SI jinx?

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Earle's picture

Bingo.  Don't think for a minute that he didn't know about something like this.  He is so focused on his program that his only TV is 10 minutes watching Weather Channel so he knows if he needs to practice indoors but he doesn't know his starting QB is being featured by SI?  Not likely.

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

45has2's picture

Good take.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

painterlad's picture

Now if AJ's girlfriend was on a cover...

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

AndyVance's picture

Ask, and ye shall receive:

Oyster's picture

In my best Otto voice:  "Dude, your mom's HOT!"

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

jeremytwoface's picture

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

Mama Mia!

I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork 'em.
Woody Hayes

Hovenaut's picture

I love coming back to a good thread.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

denner's picture

Saban-esque response to an idiotic Clay Hall-type question.  Both suck.

zacisone's picture

Take his "little man" syndrome and put it with his natural personality? I bet the recruits never see either.  SMH


btalbert25's picture

Why would a reporter waste time in a press conference on a stupid question like that.  I would probably be a douche too if I had to deal with that kind of crap every day. 

AndyVance's picture

It had the potential to be a useful question, but the halfwit reporter asked it in perhaps the worst way possible. I'm starting to wonder if he's now just trolling Saban to get some YouTube fodder.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

What's the opposite of charisma?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

InvertMyVeer's picture


Football is complicated...

bull1214's picture

sabans selling point to recruits and the national media is that he's all about winning championships and this is more frosting on that evergrowing cake. he rarely if ever talks personally about players and off the field stuff. it's team goals or if u like; his personal goals and nothing else. i get the feeling that when they're done playing for him they've outlived their usefulness in his mind. in short, he's a douche!

cinserious's picture

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.