Shots Fired From Saban's Daughter

Horrible COVID take.

Jim Rome
January 06, 2021 - 9:12 am
Justin Fields

USA Today

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The college football national championship game is scheduled for Monday night. Or at least that has been the plan. But yesterday, reports emerged of another Covid issue for Ohio State. And it could be bad.

According to A L dot com, “Ohio State has informed key parties involved it could be without a position group due to COVID-19 testing and related protocols.”

Uh-oh.

The report continues, “There have been discussions amongst the SEC, Big Ten, the College Football Playoff and the schools related to possibly postponing the Jan. 11 title game, sources said, though a final decision on the situation has yet to be reached.”

That is potentially very serious. The CFP had already designated January 18th as the makeup date for the championship game, but moving the game is pretty close to the last thing that anyone wants to do. Then again, if Ohio State is potentially without an entire position group, how do you just ignore that and plow ahead and play the game.

Nothing has been moved yet. The Buckeyes practiced yesterday and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Dennis Dodd that "We continue to follow the same protocols as we have all season, and our intent is to play Jan. 11."

But that hasn’t stopped the lava and red-hot takes from pouring in. And the conspiracy theory among some Alabama fans is that the Buckeyes are faking the Covid situation to buy time for Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields to recover from the injury he suffered against Clemson.

I’m sorry, did I say Alabama fans? I meant, Nick Saban’s daughter. Yeah, that’s right.

Kristen Saban Setas, hopped on Twitter yesterday, and posted this molten lava: "If you’re not confident to play then SAY IT. I call BS on the COVID cases. They’re just worried about their QB and want him to have more time to heal. If he’s hurt put in your backup. You didn’t see us postpone the rest of the season to wait for Waddle. BYE."

Holy crap. There are takes and then there’s that take. I’m not sure what’s more wild – the take or the fact that it came from NICK SABAN’S DAUGHTER. Are you kidding me?

Normally, I would say that kids are off limits on this show, we crack who deserves to get cracked, but kids generally don’t deserve to get cracked. But Kristen’s no kid.  A daughter, yes. But not a kid. She’s 24 years old. She’s not some youngster who grabbed pop’s blower, and jumped on twitter looking to get loose. She’s old enough to know better. And her old man has been banging on about this very thing for years, which is what makes that tweet even more insane. I mean, of all people, how is Nick Saban’s next of kin now aware of the dangers and pitfalls of social media??

Her pops never says anything about anything, unless it’s to complain about Alabama students leaving blowouts early or members of the media asking slightly challenging questions. And his daughter is now blowing up twitter with that kind of heat.

When he heard that, he probably spat Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie all over his TV while watching the Weather Channel.

Can you imagine all the time he has spent talking to his players and coaching about never, ever saying anything about anything,…and avoiding the rat poison, only to have his own daughter order a truck load of rat poison?

And for no reason. It wasn’t like someone reached out to get her reaction to a potential Covid outbreak at Ohio State, she just fired it off. No one asked her, her take: she just went with it. 

And let’s be clear about something else, just because it’s a hot take doesn’t mean it’s a good take. In fact, it’s a terrible take. One of the whackest takes ever.

We’re in the middle of a pandemic. If you tweet anything that ever includes the phrase “I call BS on the Covid cases” you’ve gone full dope. Anything that involves someone calling “BS on the Covid cases” is going to be flat out moronic.

In case you haven’t noticed, there are thousands of people dying every single day from Covid and you’re acting like this is something that a football team would use as an excuse to postpone a game? Really?

How does your brain go to that point? And then how does it say, yes, this is a smart take  and it’s true and I should tweet it out to the world to see?

Are you seriously suggesting that Ohio State would fake a Covid outbreak to get the game delayed? Where is your head when you come up with that idea? Who the hell thinks something like that, much less rushers to their blower to thumb it out for the world to see?

Ohio State has had Covid issues all year. This is nothing new. And just as I said when Michigan had their outbreak before the Ohio State, I highly, highly doubt anyone is faking a viral outbreak to get out of playing a football game. Much less the national championship game.

And by the way, if there actually is a delay, and we don’t know there will be at this point, wouldn’t that give more time for Jaylen Waddle to be ready to play? Wouldn’t that be a good thing for Alabama?

Besides, if this Bama team is as good as everyone thinks it is, don’t you want to play and beat a full strength Ohio State team? Or would you rather face one that is potentially missing a position group?  

But none of that stopped Kristen from banging out that that incredible molten lava. 

I haven’t seen the child of a sports icon tweet out something that regrettable since Marcus Jordan posted on a pic of his junk, deleted it and then came back with the legendary: “Anyway, what's poppin Twitter #happysunday”

But Kristen didn’t go with an “Anyway, what's poppin Twitter #happytuesday” to clear out all the wreckage  Instead, she doubled down. And chased that first tweet with this, quote:

“Oops, did I say something you didn’t like that you would say if it were turned around on us?”

Again, absolutely amazing. Go with a truly dumb tweet and then effectively chase it with a “triggered?” Tweet right after it.

And again, all of this is coming from Nick Saban’s daughter. If you gave me a list of the kids of coaches who would be thumbing out ludicrous tweets a few days before the national championship game, anyone with Saban in their name would be dead last on that list.

But here we are. Here the bleep we are.

And of course, she deleted both her tweets and then locked her account. She then came back and posted the following apology:

"The tweet I posted earlier this evening was uncalled for and hurtful. I made a huge mistake and I apologize. In a moment of frustration, I let my anger get the best of me and acted before thinking. I sincerely regret my choice of reckless words. In no way did I intend to undermine the seriousness of the global pandemic and my heart goes out to those it has affected. The health and safety of others is first and foremost and I pray that we all can find peace soon. I am ashamed and embarrassed. I hope you can forgive me."

I appreciate the apology. She owned what she said and was rightfully ashamed and embarrassed. I’m not sure why she was so angry about the possibility of a Covid outbreak at Ohio State that she completely lost her mind, but that’s a different matter. 

If you’re saying “us” when it comes to the Alabama football program and you hear news about Ohio State potentially having a Covid outbreak, your thoughts and concerns should be about their health and safety, not about how they might be cheating the system by faking illnesses during a pandemic.

Oh, and one more note: I cannot wait to see how Nick Saban responds to the first question he receives about his daughter’s tweet. I really hope he gives a real answer and doesn’t just grumble and mutter about it. What I’m saying is, I hope he lights her up like he does any media member who asks a semi-hard question, the fans who leave early and anyone who suggests he might be the next Alabama head coach (insert).  In other words, I hope the guy surprises me. Even though I know he won’t. And here’s hoping Miss Terry won’t go accusing the Buckeyes of faking a Covid outbreak to try to buy themselves some more time.

So far the best response… former Ohio State backup QB Cardale Jones with this tweet

“ ... sure you wanna face another backup from OSU? You know what happen last time right....”

That’s Cardale’s best work since his “we aint come to play SCHOOL” tweet.