Alabama loses football games sometimes. Really, it’s true. It happens. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.
Now, these days, it doesn’t happen often. But when it does, the stakes couldn’t be any higher, and the loss no more devastating.
The latest episode of “Bammers,” AL.com’s podcast about Crimson Tide fan culture, explores the infrequency of losses at Alabama, which unfortunately means that when they do lose, it hurts even more.
How do fans typically cope with losing in the midst of the Nick Saban dynasty in Tuscaloosa? What is the psychology of that particular type of coping?
If Alabama gives up a single touchdown in a 50-point blowout win, you’d think somebody kicked our dog. So you can imagine what actually losing does to Alabama fans.
There’s nearly a hundred thousand blank looks on the faces in Bryant-Denny Stadium, unsure of what just happened. A stillness washes over us, a sense of dread settles in and things shut down. Is it anger? Depression? Confusion? Is it really that bad?
To better understand the losing mentality, we spoke to Jonathan Fader, a leading sports psychologist who has worked in the NFL and Major League Baseball. He wrote the book “Life as Sport: What Top Athletes Can Teach You About How to Win at Life” and founded SportStrata, a performance coaching group in New York.
“If you didn’t lose, it wouldn’t be fun,” Fader says. “I guarantee you, if Alabama won every single game, people would stop watching.”
We also spoke to Alabama football media figures like Paul Finebaum and Ryan Fowler along with some die-hard Tide fans who share their coping routines for the rare occasions their team loses.
Guests: Jonathan Fader, Hunter Johnson, Lacey Cencula, Cecil Hurt, Paul Finebaum, Ryan Fowler, Ascot Friday and Nick Rymer.
“Bammers,” the new podcast from AL.com that takes you inside the minds of Alabama football fans, is now available to download on all platforms.
The show focuses on fans’ obsession with the Crimson Tide and the lengths at which they’ll go with their fandom. Guests include like Paul Finebaum, Tim Brando, Laura Rutledge, Marcus Spears, Cecil Hurt, Warren St. John, Conrad Thompson, John Parker Wilson and Alabama football fans across the world.
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