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Nick Saban bites the hand that feeds him

There's a reason why Alabama football coach Nick Saban is revered in one state and pretty much reviled in the other 49. And here it is.

Seriously? The man's taking off on one of the most rabid fan bases in college football?

This is the sort of thing an Alabama coach can only get away with if he's won a fistful of national titles, which Saban has. And you kind of get where he's coming from, because this is all about impressing recruits.

But come on, now. They're still putting 101,679 fans per game in Bryant Denny Stadium every Saturday. That ought to impress any recruit. And it makes Saban look like, well, what people in 49 other states think he is (Helpful hint: A humorless schmuck) when he rips the fans for leaving games early.

I mean, the Crimson Tide has been up at least two touchdowns at the end of the third quarter in every one of their home games this year. And in the last two, they've led 45-3 and 45-0 at the end of the third.

But Saban's miffed because the fans are bailing early to either beat the traffic or get a head start on some celebratory tailgating. Which makes him more than just a humorless schmuck in 49 of the 50 states.

It makes him a humorless, ungrateful schmuck.

Ben Smith's blog.