I never realized the importance of collegiate sports to a community until I came to Tuscaloosa.  I had no interest in collegiate sports at all until I came to Tuscaloosa.  One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Tuscaloosa people kept saying Roll Tide to me.  I had no idea what they were talking about.   A co-worker explained it to me and I replied.  You got to be kidding. 

When football season started I started to understand.  By the end of the season I was an Alabama football fan.  Now I find myself wrapped up in conversations and heated debates about Alabama football.  The latest is will we lose Nick Saban to the NFL? Nick says no. What else can he accomplish at this level other than a three-peat maybe?  The NFL is the one place he wasn’t very successful.  I’m sure that’s something that he is reminded of and he thinks about.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him step back into that arena.