Friday, August 8, 2008

BReaking down Bama vs Clemson

Okay, in the upcoming three weeks, the Bama-Clemson matchup in the Ga Dome will be hyped, hyper-analyzed and overhyped, but I thought it would be nice to analyze another side of the matchup, and that would be the level of humanitarianism possessed by both teams. First, look at the obvious underdog in this matchup, Alabama and the Tide's treatment of Tyrone Prothro post-injury. Many cynical SEC fans wondered whether Bama's hallowed receiver would be stripped of his scholarship once Nick Saban became head coach. Prothro remained with the team and graduated last week. He is reportedly working for the school, though my sources were unclear as to what his role at the university entails.

On the flipside, Clemson had a feel-good situation turn sour when the school notified surrogate parent, student-athlete amazing big bro Ray Ray Mcelrathbey was informed that his athletic scholarship was needed after graduation, though he has eligibility left. Clemson did establish a fund for Rey Rey's little brother, but needed to make space for more talent. Any way you look at it, Clemson comes out looking mediocre in the long haul, after delivering the feel-good story of two season ago.

The clear winner here is Bama, though Prothro and Ray Ray come out ahead having graduated.

Congrats, No. 4! This is the amazing catch people will remember for generations.

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