Following Alabama’s October blowout of Arkansas last season (to the tune of 52-0) Nick Saban was not happy. His team may have played flawlessly, but the Crimson Tide fans left little to be desired. Saban turned his “Play 60″ ethos onto the Alabama faithful, requesting that they “Stay 60.”
“I’ve talked about players playing for 60 minutes in the game and competing for 60 minutes in the game,” Saban said. “And, in some kind of way, everybody that choses to go to the game should stay there and support the team for the game.
“Maybe if you’re not interested in doing that, you should let someone else go who would really like to go because I have a lot of people who want to go.”
While Saban may, at times, look up in the emptying stands in disappointment, his sentiments don’t carry over to one of the team’s stars. On Thursday at SEC Media Days, wide receiver Amari Cooper told reporters that he doesn’t fault students for packing up early.
Amari Cooper says he doesn’t blame students for leaving games early because Alabama has a lot of blowouts.
— Marquavius Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) July 17, 2014
Cooper isn’t joking. Here are the scores from every game played at Bryant-Denny Stadium last season.
- Colorado State: 31-6
- Ole Miss Won: 25-0
- Georgia State: 45-3
- Arkansas: 52-0
- Tennessee: 45-10
- LSU: 38-17
- Chattanooga: 49-0
A final tally of Alabama: 285, Opponents: 36.
While Saban has a legitimate point that it doesn’t look good to recruits, seeing stands half-empty, at least it’s not because the product is mediocre. Even Alabama fans can only gloat so much – at least inside the stadium. By halftime, when the beer buzz has worn off, it’s time to take things back out to the tailgate and start the after party.