Editor's Note: Promoted from FanPosts. And, yes, I'll post the best pro-Alabama argument that's made if anyone cares to answer.
Given from the backlash from Cock-n-Fire's article, I am sure I will get some too. (Unless everyone is already tired of talking about it) Hopefully, I can help some Tide fans understand where the rest of us are coming from on this... and, no, its not about screwing you 'cause you're on top. A little schedule talk of the actual schedules can be seen after the jump.So, the basic problem that Alabama has is that too many SEC opponents are coming off of bye weeks before they play them. Fine, that's a legitimate concern. But here's the catch: its your own Athletic Department's fault, not the SEC's. This schedule was made 2 years ago. If the school had an issue with it, it should have been brought up before the schedules were made official. So, basically, the Alabama Athletic Department is asking the rest of the league to fix Alabama's oversight. Considering the logistics involved (flights, hotels, etc) 4 months before the season is last minute. That's why you have other SEC teams' fans saying 'not fair'.
Now lets look at Alabama's schedule for the 2010 season overall. Alabama plays their first 8 games and 5 SEC games with out a bye. Next season, USC also has 8 games without a bye but plays 6 conference foes in a row. What Alabama wants, is for USC to change their schedule so that we would play the first 11 games with out a bye and still have the 6 game SEC stretch. This is after we came off a year with a 10 game stretch with 7 SEC games in a row without a bye. Did you hear Eric Hyman asking for a schedule change last year? Was that schedule fair? No on both counts. (For the record, Alabama had the same 8 game 5 SEC stretch last year) USC has had this brutal schedule since Spurrier has been the Head Ball Coach. The loan exception if 2007, where we had UNC in the middle of our late year SEC schedule, but still had the problem of the pre-Clemson bye week.
Lastly, after years of fighting with the league office, USC has finally gotten a mid-season bye. Which Alabama wants us to just give up, again, to fix Alabama's own mistake. So when you hear from another schools' fans "Hey, just suck it up', its not because we are jealous or want to bring you down. Its because we've been doing it with dignity for years.
Play your schedule or make a better one. Don't ask the rest of us to accommodate you for your mistake.