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Public Hate of Bama Could Affect Sat Game

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Posted Saturday, December 01, 2012 06:53 AM   4 comments

I try to look for non X and O angles in some of these games, because there are usually variables outside of just scheme, talent, etc that play a big role in the outcome of these games, especially when you're dealing with 18-21 year old kids. One factor that could be in play for the SEC Championship Game is the fact that except for you very loud and probably large Bama fans all over this forum and everywhere else, people hate Bama. They are tired of hearing about them. They're sick of Nick Saban and his smug, holier than thou attitude. They are about to give the Heisman to the kid who managed to beat them, for God's sake. Roll Tide my ass. People want to see the Tide get rolled.

This could come into play for 2 reasons Saturday. One, the game technically is a home game for Georgia, and while I've heard differing opinions about the crowd/home field advantage, I don't know how anyone could say this is a home game for the Tide. Not seeing it. The refs tend to lean toward the home team, often subconsciously, when making tough calls. There should be a little home cooking in this game.

More importantly, the refs are aware of the Bama fatigue. For God's sake, they're probably sick of 'em too. They know what the public wants to see. This will creep into their heads at some point in the game. Again, I'm not saying the fix is in. I don't think in most cases these refs even know if they're favoring a team. But in this case, they will be. The general public wants to see a different team in the Championship Game. We're all sick of Saban and his act. People like actually watching offense. Georgia has a huge following across the country and a natural TV market in the Atlanta area that will all be pushing for the Dawgs. Subconsciously, the refs feel this, and it could affect 2-3 close calls, and this game looks like a close one to me. 2-3 calls could be the difference.

Keep your eye on the officiating in this game and watch for a natural, subconscious bias against the Tide that is just what happens when the vast majority of people want a team to lose. Refs aren't immune to these vibes. They'll screw up some calls tomorrow, and it could be the difference.
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12/1/2012 9:51:10 AM
slickrick says:
12/1/2012 11:39:00 AM
Thanks man.
ljsljsljs says:
12/1/2012 1:54:38 PM
there will be more bama fans at the game than georgia fans
razoredge says:
12/2/2012 5:45:21 PM
No matter how sick of bama people are they are still the best team in the country and will continue to roll tide roll
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