You know the LSU game is getting close when Nick Saban starts to get short with reporters. What begins as a relatively innocuous question about, you know, the future of the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry game in an age of expansion quickly turns into a diatribe on the trouble the media causes.
“You all create so many problems,” Saban said. “I hate to start on this, but whether guys are going out for the draft that shouldn’t even be thinking about that right now. Whether we’re worrying about the Heisman Trophy, now we’re worrying about playing Missouri rather than Tennessee some time down the road. I could give a shit about all that, excuse my French.
“I mean, come on. Let’s talk about the game. What year are we talking about when we’re not gonna play Tennessee – 2025? I’m just hoping I can still go to the lake then, still can walk around and go on a pontoon boat ride.”
Am I the only person thinking about the process that goes into a Nick Saban pontoon boat ride? Step one, check weather. Step two, apply sunscreen. Step three, ensure adequate gasoline is near. Step four, map the day’s boating path. Step five, kick Barbara Dooley off boat before she gets on.
And in defense of the Alabama media, given it has been reported that Alabama opposes the addition of Missouri because of the loss of the UT-Bama rivalry game, isn’t the week of the UT-Bama game the perfect time to ask Nick Saban this question?
Evidently Nick Saban disagrees.
Watch the video for yourselves. (Although, be careful, there’s a curse word!)
Somewhere Derek Dooley is watching this video and quietly weeping into his freshly laundered orange pants.