Is a love for Tide football something of a birthright for true Bama fans? Does one’s affinity for the Red Elephants stampede through the veins of the most dedicated members of Tide Nation?
There are thousands upon thousands of people that would answer ‘yes’ to such questions, and each of them would do so without hesitation.
What has always been understood by the proud masses of Tide Nation now actually has had a precedent set in a court of law.
Self-proclaimed Alabama fanatic, Marcus Jones III, is a lawyer in the state and has been attending games in Bryant-Denny Stadium since the 1960s.
However, as soon as coach Nick Saban’s Tide beat Georgia to win the SEC title and officially stamp their ticket to Miami, Jones had a major dilemma on his hands.
Television sitcoms always depict characters having to choose between such events as weddings, funerals, and birthday parties while ‘the big game’ is on. However, none of those characters have to make their choice while the national championship game is on, and none of them are lawyers who have a court date on January 7 — the same night Alabama takes on Notre Dame for the chance to win yet another crystal ball.
What to do?
Any casual fan of some random team might simply shrug his shoulders in apathy, handle the case on the day it was assigned and DVR the game for later that night. But Jones is no casual fan.
And Alabama is no average team.
Saban and the Tide have the opportunity to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since Nebraska in 1994 and ’95. The win would give Alabama three championships in a four-year span, cementing this team’s place in history as an honest-to-goodness dynasty.
Jones, the man who grew up watching Alabama games with a rabid passion understood by perhaps only a select few, was not going to miss the chance to be in Miami for the opportunity to witness greatness.
So, he asked to have the case rescheduled. Such a request at the Jefferson Country Circuit Court is not exactly the same as rescheduling a dentist appointment, unfortunately.
“The undersigned (Jones) is an Alabama football fanatic and has been since being a young child, attending games with great players such as Pat Trammell and Joe Namath, with a strong belief that football in Alabama is special,” Jones wrote in his motion to presiding Judge Scott Vowell.
The motion was denied.
Fittingly, Judge Vowell is an Auburn fan.
Jones’ motion was denied a second time, but, finally, and just before the lawyer was set to sell the tickets he had forked over a small fortune to purchase, a virtual miracle: Vowell finally relented.
Apparently, he is near retirement, and understands that these opportunities simply do not come around very often. That is, of course, despite the fact that in recent years it has felt like Bama may never stop losing.
“While I remain an Auburn fan, even after this dismal season, I hate to see an Alabama man cry. I have therefore reluctantly agreed to grant the lawyers a short continuance,” Vowell stated.
It would take a political science professor to explain the legal or ethical ramifications of Vowell’s statement. At least he managed to take a shot at his rival team after War Eagle limped to a three win embarrassment of a season.
Quotes from Fansided were used in this report.
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