Fifty-one thousand is a lot of people to show up to a college football scrimmage, and before yesterday, that was the all-time Alabama record. But you add the magnetic appeal of Nick Saban to the mix ... and all the sudden, 51,000 seems paltry. Nasty Nick drew over 92,000 people to his first spring game at Alabama.
Ninety-two thousand people showed up for a scrimmage. More than that, actually. The stadium holds 92,138, and there were people watching from the ramps. There were people sent away. From a game where the stakes were no higher than bragging rights between the Crimson team and the White team. Were people under the impression that Bear Bryant would be exhumed at halftime and coaching the Crimson team? I don't understand.
From the Mobile Register:
"It's hard to put into words, but you know, it's 80 percent the reason why we had a sellout crowd at the A-Day Game is because of how coach Saban handles business, his approach to things," junior guard Antoine Caldwell said.
I still don't understand.