Time and Tide
Hey, Crimson Tide
fans, be careful what you wish for. Your school just hired the Larry Brown of
college football (In the Nick of Time, Aug. 27). If Nick Saban is successful in
Alabama, three or four years from now he'll say, "Show me the money" to
someone else and be gone.
Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
Rick Bragg's Nick
Saban story is the best I've read in SI. Bragg transports us into a world where
a tailback runs "like something bad is after him," a coach's aura can
"turn a stick into a snake," and fans "spun cotton all week for
pocket change." I felt as if I was reading a football article written by
Anthony La Pira, Demarest, N.J.
So you put
quitters on the cover now? Seven pages of how great Saban is and two sentences
about what he did to the city of Miami and the team he left in disarray? Please
stop the comparisons between Saban and Bear Bryant. Bear would never quit on
his team after only two years.
James Duff, Philadelphia
Your cover story
gave me a major case of d�j� vu. A couple years ago wasn't I reading about how
Saban—wearing the same lame hat—was going to rescue the Dolphins? That was
before he failed and quit on Miami, fleeing to greener pastures. How does that
P.T. Barnum quote go?
John Lanteri, Middlebury, Conn.
I have to ask what
is more impressive: the fact that 92,000 ' Bama fans showed up, free of charge,
to watch a Crimson Tide practice or that 75,000 Ohio State fans showed up (at
$5 a ticket) to watch a Buckeyes practice?
Josh Eick, Coshocton, Ohio
I read where
Alabama had 92,000 in attendance for the spring football scrimmage. I guess
Wal-Mart was closed.
Steve Burris, Atlanta
defeats Alabama on Nov. 24 for a sixth straight time, are you going to write a
nice big article about Tommy Tuberville's dominance of Alabama?
Chris Marshall, New Market, Ala.
laughing, but I'm not sure everybody got the joke—that is, SI's raising the
possibility of Tennessee renaming The Summitt (PLAYERS, Aug. 27) if coach Pat
Summitt goes back to using her maiden name after her divorce. With all due
respect to a great coach, I don't think UT would want its basketball court to
be known as The Head.
Andy Remson, Spring, Texas