Nick Saban did not mince words when describing how he felt about a certain segment of the Alabama fanbase — it's actually all of them — on his radio show Wednesday night. He started talking about fans needing to understand that every opponent is going to give the Tide its best game and then at some point, he just decided he was going to get everything he needed to say off his chest.
"When I came here, everybody was happy to win a game. Now we're not happy to win a game anymore," Saban said. "We think we should win games by whatever, and I don’t think that’s fair to the players either. Because our players work their butt off to be the best they can be. And to get criticized for what they work hard for to do so that you can be entertained, so you can enjoy and have pride and passion for what they accomplish and what they do."
You can see the moment Saban decided he was just going to go all-in. Screw it, why not? He may have the most airtight job security of anyone in America, and I'm including people like the President in that.
Saban is honestly mostly correct in what he said. I can't fathom being an Alabama fan and watching one of the most dominant runs in the history of college football, with six national championship rings to show for it, and then actually being upset that your potentially CFP-bound (again) team isn't winning by a margin big enough for your liking. That's true delusion — the same delusion those people will accuse other fanbases of for having the audacity to want to win nine games.
He did say one thing that caught my attention during his rant, though.
"They're just college students. They go to school every day, they gotta study. They have to run extra after practice when they miss study hall. I mean, come on. Give me a break. This is not professional football. These guys aren't getting paid to play here."
This you, Nick?
We can all agree Bama fans are insane people with incredibly unrealistic expectations, but let's not start acting like the football players at Alabama are there simply for the love of the game. They're there to showcase their talents for many of them to go make millions of dollars in the NFL. And now, most of them actually are getting paid while they're in Tuscaloosa, too — some quite handsomely. I guess we're only supposed to mention that part when it helps recruiting.
On the whole, though, Saban is correct. If you can't appreciate six national titles in 12 seasons, you're an asshole.