A long drive will result in insanity or deep thought. The Critic isn’t sure which applies to him but during the drive and subsequent return to face the angry e-mail of hordes of Alabama fans over Nick Saban, the situation in ‘Bama nation crystallized in my mind.
The overwhelming majority of football fans and media outlets are certain Nick Saban lied. It’s on video, in print, and to further prove the point at least one person thinks Saban should run for Congress. That alone puts him in elite company, the Praetorian guards of lying.
Still, despite the overwhelming evidence, it wasn’t clear if Saban lied or was merely practicing the art of BS. There’s a difference. Below is proof:
“I am not leaving the Miami Dolphins. Period. I’m here.” — LIE
“At this point and time my focus is here. Any speculation is part and parcel of the sports media always needing to create stories. We see it daily from the… what was the question again?” — BS
BS dominates our culture and society. Two books, On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt and Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny offer an exploration into the art of BS detection.
So, in the end, did Saban lie or practice BS? He lied. This isn’t new in sports but because of Saban’s overwhelming need to be wanted he elevated his game to heights heretofore unseen. The University of Alabama, desperate and waiting to be taken in by anyone with a high profile, merely enabled Nick. It’s a sad commentary on the university but that’s nothing new.
Nick Saban can win national titles at Alabama, but he can’t shake his feeling of failure in Miami nor will success erode the harsh feelings people form when his name is mentioned. Plus, and any fans of Alabama should be ready for this, he’ll grow tired of the job and look elsewhere. He can’t help it. Plus, he’ll lie to you and your kids. He’s not the only one but he represents Alabama and that alone should give parents and their offspring a moments pause. You can’t believe him.