From the New York Daily News:
"Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event," he said when he met with the media this week. "It may be 9/11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to a catastrophic event. Pearl Harbor got us ready for World War II, or whatever, and that was a catastrophic event.
"And I don't think anyone in this room would have bet that we could lose back-to-back games to Mississippi State or ULM, no disrespect to either one of those teams."
Yep, this guy's comparing losing two football games, two games that only the most diehard of Crimson Tide fans will even remember when the season is over, to two of the worst events in American history. Hey, I know that football usually gets compared to "war," but this is simply beyond ridiculous, and really offensive to anyone who suffered a loss on those two tragic days. If he had said the losses were simply "embarrassing" or "disappointing", he would have been correct. But "catastrophic"? I know college football is taken extremely seriously in Alabama, but that comparison makes me think he should take a vacation, and soon.
Football fans remember Saban as the guy who ran out on the Miami Dolphins a couple of years ago (note the picture I used here) when he promised he was going nowhere. He's another clueless putz who just doesn't get the magnitude or devastation of what happened on September 11, 2001. No sporting event, no matter how "important" it might be viewed in some circles, should ever be mentioned in the same breath as the 9/11 attacks or Pearl Harbor. Last time I looked, no one got killed in the Alabama loss to MSU or ULM. And, the fact that Saban said this stupidity two days after the last loss and had time to think about it makes what he said all the more appalling. If he had said it right after the loss, you could spin it away as an gross overreaction to an upset loss.
I certainly don't expect this moron to apologize or anything. I bet he's probably still wondering what the fuss is all about. Maybe Saban should take a trip to New York in the off season and take a look at the hole in Lower Manhattan where 2,749 innocent souls perished six years ago. It might give him a little perspective.
The only thing he has to worry about now is his team not winning games. If Alabama continues to slide, then he will be apologizing: to the Crimson Tide fans after the ax falls on him.
That is, if he hasn't already bailed on the program for more money somewhere else by then.