The Alabama Crimson Tide will be visiting Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA, this week, looking for an SEC football victory. I can assure Coach Nick Saban, however, that it ain’t gonna happen. (UPDATE: OK, so Nick Saban won at Georgia, and Coach Mark Richt got fired at Georgia, and Nick Saban won the National Championship–but the Dawg Doc and Coach Mark Richt have something Nick Saban will never have. Moon Pies!)
The Dawg Doc, Tim Loonam, will be enjoying the buffet in the luxury suite of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Tim is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) alumni of the College and was called into service supporting Military Working Dogs deployed in Iraq only a couple of months before his active-duty commitment to the Army was due to expire (see Sergeant Rex and Rule Number Two in the Farewell to Football library for Tim’s literary appearances). I am overdue for a blog post concerning Major Doctor Tim, but for now I can tell you this:
In September of 2004, Georgia football head coach Mark Richt made the Dawg Doc, who was home on his mid-tour leave, a special guest for the homecoming festivities as the Bulldogs hosted Marshall.
At that time, Nick Saban was coaching at LSU, and angling for an NFL job. He got the job in Miami, and immediately starting angling for a job back in the SEC at Alabama. He eventually got hired as Prince and Plenipotentiary for the City-State of Alabama Football, and the rest, as they say, is infamy. Nick Saban is, to me, the kind of coach who pulls a muscle jumping over one of his own injured players to holler obscenities at a ref. He’ll no doubt come into Athens this weekend with some major grievance against the world, griping and moaning and groaning, and meanwhile angling for that NFL job in Indianapolis.
Mark Richt, on the other hand, is still the Head Coach at Georgia, and he tends to respect the humanity and dignity not only of his own players, but even of his opponents.
The way I see it, Nick Saban doesn’t stand a chance. Between the Dawg Doc and Coach Richt, they’ve got all the advantages.