You can almost hear Saban saying, "If a soldier had repeatedly contacted me and wanted an Alabama state flag to fly in Afghanistan, I think I would have sent it to him every time."
If you read this site with any regularity, you know I’m no fan of politicians who involve themselves in the world of sports. Just try and do the jobs we elect you to do and don’t worry about steroids, college football playoff systems, filling out your bracket on ESPN or… play-calling.
This week, Alabama governor Robert Bentley added his name to the long list of folks in the Yellowhammer State who feel the Crimson Tide threw the ball too much in Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M, especially near the goal line at game’s end. Asked if he would have run or thrown the ball on 4th-and-Goal from the Aggie two — a play that resulted in an interception — the gov said:
“I would actually have run the ball for four straight times.”
An honest answer no doubt (that shows just how much rope Bama’s coaching staff is given even after winning two BCS titles in three years).
But a better answer would have been: “Nick Saban knows more about football than I ever will and his record as a coach is a helluva lot better than mine as a governor.”