My, my, so nice guys don’t always finish first. Another lesson was Alabama’s 41-30 victory over Georgia on Saturday in Athens, the Bulldogs’ most hyped home game in years.
I’m a Georgia alum and fan, but also an Alabama admirer (I was born in Birmingham). But it was fascinating to watch the Nick Saban-coached Tide physically pound Georgia in the first half to the point where the Bulldogs were so shaken and intimidated they could do nothing right.
Never Mr. Likeable, Saban had some company this week, as a YouTube video surfaced of his strength coach commenting on Georgia’s “blackout.”
Alabama is the New York Yankees of college football. National titles are all that matter. And Saban is something of a mercenary, leaving LSU for the NFL and then returning to hated rival Alabama, even after declaring in Miami that he was “not going to be the Alabama coach.”
And he’s had good success in big games against Georgia, winning the 2003 SEC title game as well. LSU went on to win the national title that season, and Georgia hasn’t finished No. 1 since 1980.
That’s why I was glad to see the congenial Mark Richt, Georgia’s coach, get ruffled over Saturday’s proceedings. At halftime, he told the ESPN sideline reporter that “we’ve got to get after their ass.”
Nice is overrated on a football field. Ask the Bulldogs how nice they feel today.