Tuesday, January 2, 2024


I was just listening to some sports radio in my truck. I dropped my phone in the water twice last week when hunting, so it is shot. Has green lines going down the screen and turns off every 5 minutes. So, instead of listening to podcasts or audiobooks like I usually do when driving, I listened to sports talk. Not much has changed since I last listened years ago. Bunch of guys who never played a down in their lives, critiquing athletes and coaches. These guys have some balls. Never played, never coached. Ever. Those sports talk guys are the kids who got out of the way when the athletes came down the hallway in school. Now, they talk shit about them to get them back.

The best is when they critique Nick Saban, the greatest college coach that has ever lived. They were going over the fact that he hasn't won a championship in a few years. In 17 seasons at Alabama, he has won 6 national championships.  And  before that, he won one at LSU. That’s right, 6 at Alabama. Bear Bryant won 6 in 25 years at Alabama. Saban’s team just lost in overtime in the semifinals of the playoffs or he would be back in another national championship. 

I am not sure if the sports talk gurus and the regular citizenry realize just how hard it is to be as successful as Saban. He's in the SEC, the toughest conference around, and everyone that plays them treats it like a championship game. Everyone in the league is recruiting their asses off, giving out NIL like candy, and he still wins like crazy. It is so damn hard to win a game in college football, let alone the SEC, that what he does year after year is even more amazing considering the opposition. 

I can remember a revolving door of coaches at Alabama after Bear, but only Saban has been successful. 

It’s so damn hard, man, coaching college football. Not hard like digging a ditch hard. Maybe the best thing to describe it as is long and trying. Everyone is working their tails off, at every school. Everyone wants to be like Alabama.The highest level I coached football was 1AA level and mostly in NAIA, and we worked like nuts all the time, 80 hours a week every week. And we were not under pressure to win like those guys. Hell, I was making 17, 500 dollars and delivering pizzas and I was the defensive line coach and strength coach. These guys today are making millions, even assistant coaches, so the pressure is off the charts. 

See, Saban wins year after year and wherever he goes. His players both present and past, rarely speak ill of him, which means that they trust him and know he has their best interests at heart. I heard that he was damn tough to work for, but that he pays great because he knows he is demanding. And you coach under him and learn everything and then leave and then you can get a head coaching job afterwards. 

These guys were asking if the game had passed him by! Crazy talk from nobodies. Like I said before, Saban is the best college coach that has ever lived. He is the king.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.