I heard the buzz earlier this week on sports talk radio, and I sincerely thought it was a joke.
But no joke it was, as I had heard the news correctly: A talk show host was relaying information that a prominent media star was telling his national TV and radio audience that he thinks it’s time for Alabama football coach Nick Saban to retire. After a five-point loss to LSU. After going 63-5 and winning two national championships over the last five years. For Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports, this was no joke.
I heard the buzz a day later. A prominent sportswriter and broadcaster was telling his national audience that the Alabama football dynasty could be nearing an end. After a five-point loss to LSU. After winning five national championships in 10 years. To ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, this was no joke.
This is what a single Alabama football loss has led to: Some media types going rogue, and their followers buying in.
Why is it happening?
It happens because the Crimson Tide football team wins so often. America’s sports public forgets that coaches other than Nick Saban recruit five-star athletes. And get this: A number of teams other than Alabama can actually win a contest against the Crimson Tide — no, really — it happens. Not often (five times in the last five years), but it happens.
Yes, it has come to this: Watch the Bama football team lose a game and get ready to send the coach on his way.
I’m coming in hot with some thoughts on these topics and the Alabama-LSU game. Hop on board and take a spin with me!