As a non-Tide or Tiger fan (my Gators redefined struggling this year), it is a little easier for me to be objective during the spectacle that is the Iron Bowl. This single game unites and divides families, causes neighbors to war with each other, and even causes church people to forget the things the Bible tells them to do.
Some years the teams are both bad, some years the teams are both good, some years one team is clearly more dominant than the other. But when the two teams step onto the same field, that all goes away.
This year’s game is particularly interesting. Here are a few of my thoughts regarding the game tire circus that was the article:
- Cade Foster is simply a young guy. Back off. I’m sure you’ve messed up.
- Rarely do we see so clearly the value of one second.
- Critical of Nick Saban’s decision? Do you really think you would’ve made a better decision then him against your heated rival in their stadium with almost 100,000 people yelling knows what are you? Didn’t think so.
- The post-game social media posts were centered around how much classier one side was over the other side. Class is like talent: you shouldn’t have tell people you have it.
- It’s always interesting to see how fast people Jesus juke others on Facebook or Twitter during big moments such as the article.
- We got all excited over a football game on Saturday that has no eternal consequence. But on Sunday we probably did not even realize that it was World AIDS day. You could say we were reminded this weekend to focus on things that matter.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with football. There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about your favorite team, and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the victory or being thankful in the midst of defeat. I think British actor Stephen Fry said it best when visiting the Iron Bowl:
“I don’t know if anything sums up America better. It’s simultaneously preposterous, incredibly laughable, impressive, charming, ridiculous, expensive, overpopulated, wonderful. American.”
But after all is said and done, the label of fan carries no eternal weight. So let’s keep that in mind next time.