So, this whole Hernandez issue..
I sat back, and took it as long as I could. Seeing comment after comment, article after article in my news feed on Facebook from "friends" on this subject, and lots of other things, for that matter. So many, acting like Meyer is somehow to blame for what this dude did, YEARS after leaving UF. Articles written by people who probably have to wear velcro shoes, because wearing ones with laces presents just too much of a challenge for them, first thing in the morning. Articles written by the same people, who months ago, they took shots at Alabama and my "friends" were all up in arms, saying the writer is a hack.
Enough is enough. I had to trim the fat, and I feel great about it.
Now, having grown up about 50 miles from UofA campus, attending and graduating from UofA (like my entire immediate family), I'm about as big of a homer for The Tide as you'll ever meet. That being said, it's not right to hold your team to one standard and everyone else to something else. You can't attack one school or coach for an issue (legitimate or not), and make excuses when your school does the same damn thing. It's ignorant and it's embarrassing. While taking them off my FB doesn't really solve their ignorance, at least I don't have to see it when they post more nonsense. At least I feel like I'm not supporting them in this, and maybe they'll see that at least one HUGE Alabama fan, complete with my Crimson colored glasses with which I view the world, is not okay with this type of thinking!
So, Hernandez got arrested at UF. Punching someone in the head, I think? Hell, how could Meyer NOT see this is the actions of a future murderer???!?! Was he blind!? Hmmm, come to think of it, I'm going to need an alibi, sometime in the future. I got drunk and in fights all through college. Threw plenty of punches. Is there a formula for how many people I will now murder, is there a table I can reference to see the correlation of the number of punches thrown, to the number of murders I'm destined to commit? Crap, I guess I'm screwed.
You'd think there's never been an Alabama player, in the history of Alabama, to be arrested. Oh wait, happened just a few months ago. Happens ALMOST every year. That damn Saban! That crooked, cheating University of Alabama!!! A KID does something stupid, when he's out on his own for the first time in his life... it's obviously not that kid's fault. Makes perfect sense to me!
Were there a large number of arrests while Meyer was at UF? Sure. Look at them though... open container, minor in possession, disorderly conduct. It's breaking the law, and you can get arrested, but that's simply kids being kids. It happens. We're all stupid at that age, at least I was. Like the fox article said, it's not like Meyer was the only one recruiting these kids, he was just the one that won. Another coach would have had the same outcome, since IT'S THE KID'S CHOICE TO DO DUMB THINGS! For argument's sake, say Meyer knew there was an issue with the kid, and overlooked it for the sake of winning. It's not true, but say it is. That was years ago. I've followed his story pretty closely since he was at UF and now. As much as I used to want to smash him in the face with some large, heavy object, the man is a different person. The health scare made him look back at life, mistakes he'd made, how he was distant from his family, how he was obsessed with winning, so much so, that his health went down hill. He worked that out, and after all that was whittled away, what remained? His love and passion for coaching college football. Tada! People make mistakes. People change. He's still NOT responsible for Hernandez.
Another thing they raged about was your players getting rings last year. She posted a picture of the ring, with a caption under it "champions of what?" Um, their division, dumbass. Guess what? In 2008, Alabama players got SEC West Champion rings. We lost in the SEC championship to Florida (shakes an angry fist at Meyer), and then went on to get embarrassed by Meyer's former team, Utah, in the Sugar Bowl (again, Meyer's players, and system. CURSE YOU, URBAN).
"Well, rings to me are for winning something," Saban said. "We did win our division. So, part of the bowl gift was that our players did get rings for that." - Nick Saban.
This is okay right? I mean, because it's my team. It's okay that they did, but not anyone else if they do the same. When I confronted the main culprit with a link to the picture, an article, and a quote from Saban, she then justifies it by saying that because OSU was on probation, they didn't deserve rings. Um... WHAT? So, by that logic, these kids and coaches, who had NOTHING to do with why OSU was on probation, deserve to be punished. They worked their tails off, in a crappy situation, and went undefeated. I'm sorry, but that deserves acknowledgement, I don't care who you are. (If it's Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame or USC, maybe not) I tried to argue this point, but like most irrational people, it got me nowhere. I even called her out for not making fun of UGA for getting SEC East rings last year.
Okay, okay, I'm off my soap box. That turned out to be a much longer rant than intended, and it's probably incoherent and poorly written, but I just couldn't stop once I got going. To the original reason for the thread:
I'M SORRY, ON BEHALF OF THE IRRATIONAL ASSHOLES IN THE FAN BASE OF THE SCHOOL I LOVE.
I promise, we're not all like the ones you've become accustomed to hearing and seeing. The bias you see and hear from the media is not a reflection of all of us. Confident? Sure. Proud? Absolutely. That's my school and I love it with all of my heart. I try to see everything objectively, and fairly, when I can. I know that I may lean toward Alabama on occasions when I shouldn't. I know I probably take offense to things that are said about them, that I shouldn't. It's just our nature as fans, or when we feel like something/someone we love is being attacked. In the end, I try to take a few deep breaths and step back and look at it like an outsider, and I almost always simmer down.
It's funny, I went on this rant about fairness and everything, and I stand by that opinion 100%. Then after typing that last paragraph, I couldn't help but smile. I LOVE the Buckeyes now. They don't replace my Tide, but, I love em. I got my feelings hurt when they were unjustly attacked. I got offended when the articles about Meyer were posted. Crap, i think the Buckeyes have seeped deeper in my blood than I'd realized... and I don't regret it one bit. Do I still have a sore spot for Meyer? Of course I do. He dominated my conference for the majority of the time he was there. We lost a championship to him. There's a sore spot, but, he's a good man. I honestly believe that. I don't have to necessarily love the guy to admit that he's a good person, he's an INCREDIBLE coach, and you guys are lucky to have him. Taking friends off of facebook only really solved a problem for myself, and my own sanity, but at least it's something.
Ah, rant over.
Thanks to any brave soul who actually read all of that. Sorry about the length, but I had to vent.