LBS- “I just think that in every sport, there’s about 20 percent bad fans,” Saban said, per Luke Kerr-Dineen of For the Win. “They don’t get it. They’re disrespectful. They do things and say things that don’t really need to be said; that aren’t helpful; that don’t reflect the image of what college football is all about, or even what sports is all about. You should appreciate the competition.”
Oh yeah Nick? 20%? 20% of these lunatics running faster then they have at any other moment in their entire lives just to get a decent spot in line for your autograph "don't get it"? You don't say. You think the members of your fanbase that yell your teams' rallying cry every time they get in trouble with the law may not reflect the image of what college football is all about? You think that the fans that consider the season a failure if you lose one single game are disrespectful? Might be time to grab a calculator Nicky, because if you're basing it on lunacy, then about 95% of Alabama fans are bad fans.
Of course Crimson Tide fans don't understand the concept of hows sports are supposed to work. They don't use Alabama football as an escape from reality, Alabama football is their only reality. Their entire existence revolves around the 12-14 days a year that the tide is rolling. Of course people that are that invested in a bunch of teenage football players say things that don't need to be said. That's what gives them their charm. The 20% of bad fans that Saban is referring to are actually the most diehard fans they have. The fans that live and die with each play. The fans that will literally sacrifice their freedom to defend the honor of their college football team. Every sports team in the country has crazy fans, but Alabama invented the crazy fan. Sure, the rest of the nation considers them psychotic, but without that 20% Alabama wouldn't be one of the greatest places in the country to play college football. Hell, without the crazies Alabama football wouldn't be prestigius enough to justify shelling out millions upon millions of dollars to bring Nick Saban on board. Don't bite the hand that fed you Nick, because by your definition all your fans are bad fans, but that's also what makes them the best fans.