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07:28 AM ET 08.27 | As the Tide rolls, the closest thing the NCAA has to a football dynasty may have an image problem, of sorts. As other schools like Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida State and Southern California attract headlines about everything from lavish facilities and possible NCAA violations to uncertainty about who will be the starting quarterback, the only thing that approached controversial proportions during Alabama's preseason is who might take on the role of [AJ McCarron's] backup. Amid all of this prolonged dominance, there are signs that boredom, if not downright apathy, has started to creep in. The first offenders: Alabama students. The Crimson White, Alabama's school newspaper, reported in November that 30% of student tickets went unused by students last season.

The Wall Street Journal

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August 27, 2013  07:41 AM ET

'Bama's idea of "opening it up" is running off tackle instead of up the middle. Of course it's boring.

August 27, 2013  07:56 AM ET

OK JK, Pachy, RollTide .... you know I'm just kidding. I like how McCarron has added passing elements every year he's been there. 'Bama's offense is really balanced and efficient. But when you have the best O line and RBs you simply must utilize them.

August 27, 2013  08:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

'Bama's idea of "opening it up" is running off tackle instead of up the middle. Of course it's boring.

No that was UF's opening it up

August 27, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Could be the 30% that didn't go to the games went to NASCAR instead.

August 27, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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Could be the 30% that didn't go to the by CouponDropDown">games went to NASCAR instead.

Nascar > hockey.

August 27, 2013  08:17 AM ET

I know about 100 D-IA schools that would like to have this kind of boredom in their football program.

August 27, 2013  08:19 AM ET

And speaking of "boredom," it reminds me of when my son was stationed in Iraq. I'd ask him how things were there, and he'd say "boring." I'd always respond, "You're in a war zone. Boring is good!"

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August 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET

"The Crimson White, Alabama's school newspaper, reported in November that 30% of student tickets went unused by students last season."

This isn't any different than most schools IMHO. And the Bama athletic department would just as soon have high paying boosters with the tickets than discounted student tickets.

Doesn't the school with the most money win? Oh wait, that's the rusty cows.

August 27, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Sort of a non-story isn't it?
The WSJ is reaching for something controversial, but if you read the full story there's nothing there.

August 27, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Maybe these students like watching the game from their home? Less crowded, much cheaper and you can drink all you want without worrying about the gross sorority chick throwing up all over you

August 27, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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Maybe these students like watching the game from their home? Less crowded, much cheaper and you can drink all you want without worrying about the gross sorority chick throwing up all over you

Shame on them for sitting next to the gross sorority chick instead of the hot ones.

August 27, 2013  09:01 AM ET

I cannot speak for he students, but for me, it's pretty exciting.

August 27, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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Shame on them for sitting next to the gross sorority chick instead of the hot ones.

Bluesiuter doesn't know what he's missing.

Nascar event = at least 20,000 chicks wearing next to nothing ... and getting drunk.

August 27, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Check the Library. Nope, not there. Now what would a bunch of 18 to 22 year old students possibly be doing on a Saturday afternoon?

August 27, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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Check the Library. Nope, not there. Now what would a bunch of 18 to 22 year old students possibly be doing on a Saturday afternoon?

Smoking pot, shoplifting at the mall (female), playing Call of Duty (male).

August 27, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Smoking pot, shoplifting at the mall (female), playing Call of Duty (male).

All good possibilities. Add in watching the game on a big screen with 20 kegs lined up and a room full of hotties.

August 27, 2013  09:45 AM ET

"The arrogance of success is to think that what we did yesterday is good enough for tomorrow."
---William Pollard

August 27, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

"The arrogance of success is to think that what we did yesterday is good enough for tomorrow." ---William Pollard

It would appear some fans might fall in to that category, but Saban and his players? Not so much..

 
August 27, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Bluesiuter doesn't know what he's missing.Nascar event = at least 20,000 chicks wearing next to nothing ... and getting drunk.

Wasn't that way at Bristol last week.

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