You always got the feeling that Nick Saban was one of those coaches who sees a car's headlights and thinks it's a spotlight on him. Now we know the feeling is right.
NICK! Make some noise, let the officials know you're dropping the red replay flag. Even the official making the touchdown call on Heath Miller's long reception didn't seem sure it was a TD. Of course the touchdown wasn't all that important--it only put the Steelers ahead of your Dolphins for good and put your QB Daunte Culpepper in jeopardy of having to throw too much to catch up. Two interceptions later, Steelers 28 Fish 17 and the season is off to a great start. But Nick, make some noise.Instead genius coach Saban daintily dropped his flag like Scarlett O'Hara trying to entice Ashley Wilkes.
''We can't challenge something until we see it,'' Saban said after the game according to the Miami Herald. ``When we saw it, I threw the flag. It was well before the kicker kicked it. The official said he didn't see it, and when he didn't see it there was nothing he could do. That shouldn't happen.''
Well the replay of the kerchief dropping (when did you think that would ever be a key replay in a game?) showed something else. Saban was 30 yards from the nearest official when he could have run up and down raving like a madman. And the replay that NBC showed first was clear that Miller was down at the one. What were they all watching in the Dolphins' booth, 'Grey's Anatomy'?
The officials on the other hand were watching the extra point about to be kicked wiping out the opportunity to challenge, which surely would have been upheld. What it is Nick, the officials were watching the game, something you should think about doing from here on.