A Student of History

November 21, 2007

A Defeat of Historical Proportions

Filed under: The strange place called the South,What is History? — John Maass @ 5:12 pm

At a recent news conference, a defeated commander described his side’s loss by trying to place it within the outline of history.

“Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event,” he said. “It may be 9/11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to catastrophic events. Pearl Harbor kind of got us ready for World War II, and that was a catastrophic event.”

What was this debacle the leader refered to?  

The University of Alabama’s loss to the University of Louisiana-Monroe on the football field last weekend.   To be accurate, Alabama Coach Nick Saban didn’t compare the embarrassing 21-14 loss to Louisiana-Monroe to those events, but picked those historical references to illustrate that this could be a pivotal week for the Crimson Tide.  Nevertheless, it goes to show us that a little knowledge is dangerous, and that some folks have lost all perspective.

Mind you, Saban is the highest paid coach in NCAA football, and his team has lost 4 games.

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