Hype for Alabama vs. LSU

The game between ranked No. 4 team Alabama and No. 2 LSU was a game talked about for days. Alabama had only lost to Ole Miss and LSU had an undefeated record. There was a lot of talk about LSU running back Leonard Fournette, as he would try to keep his hopes of winning the Heisman and an undefeated record intact. Of course, there was also talk of Alabama’s Derrick Henry, and if he would continue to run all over the competition.

I don’t have a dog in the fight, and have never been a fan of either team, but reading the posts on social media that led up to this game was very entertaining. There were many posts leading up to the game which read the usual, “Roll Tide” or #GeauxTigers, but one post stood out to me and really made me think about the great lengths some people go through just for a game of football.

I first saw this post on Twitter by the account @OldRowOfficial. It was a picture of a banner hanging from a house in Tuscaloosa reading, “Finish what Katrina started” and the “a” of “started” was coincidentally the Alabama “A.” The banner surfaced online after being posted at the complex in Tuscaloosa, referencing the university’s game on Saturday against LSU by “urging” the Crimson Tide to “finish what Katrina started.” Below is a picture of the banner. The University of Alabama’s twitter account quickly posted: “UA is appalled that anyone would display a banner with such an inappropriate and offensive statement, it’s our understanding that the banner was hung at an off-campus apartment complex and it has been removed.”
I found it really heartbreaking that someone could stoop to such a low level and reference a natural disaster that killed 1,833 people in 2005. It might have been funny to some, but it was definitely not worth the bad publicity that Alabama received from the post. The banner might not have been hung for long, but it was up long enough to get snapped and uploaded onto social media. Leonard Fournette even fired back after seeing the post. The running back star is a New Orleans native and was actually involved in the disaster back in 2005, and lived on a highway overpass. His tweet was posted less than two hours after the post of the banner and said: “Inspire us to go harder love my savages …” Fournette’s tweet wasn’t enough to win the game. The Crimson Tide won 30-16, and Pat Forde sums up the Alabama defense in his post writing: “Fournette was hounded, surrounded and pounded all night by an inspired and intense Alabama defense, rushing for a shockingly paltry 31 yards on 19 carries. That was more than 160 yards less than Fournette’s nation-leading per-game average.”

Although we all enjoy watching sports and cheering on our favorite sports teams, we should never stoop to such a low level and take shots at the other team for things they cannot control. Be kind and always represent your team with class! Go dawgs!

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