I expected some push back—but it didn’t come from where I expected.
Sher hates UAB & Birmingham
In my defense, I am pro UAB and Birmingham, but some commenters didn’t think so.
“What a convoluted, illogical, irrelevant opinion by Sher. And this man is supposed to be singing the praises of The Comeback Town?…What a conceited jerk.”
“I’ve enjoyed many of David Sher’s articles in the past but I’ve lost a lot of respect for him… Instead of writing on behalf of UAB and Birmingham…he is backtracking here with a crimson pom pom in his back pocket.”
Soccer no replacement for football
Then there were those folks who got upset because they thought I was promoting soccer over football.
“A lot of people, especially in the USA, don’t give a rat’s tail about soccer”
Apathetic reaction of BAMA fans
The initial reaction by Alabama fans was about what I expected. Bama fans don’t seem to care one way or another about Blazer football.
“I am associated with Bama and don’t know a single person who has ‘an unnatural hatred for UAB.’ Honestly, we couldn’t care less.”
“I don’t know of a single Bama fan who ‘hates UAB.’ UAB football never crosses my mind unless I see these articles online.”
Try calling UA ‘UAT’
The Auburn student in his rebuttal piece inadvertently called UA ‘UAT,’ and that’s when BAMA supporters went ballistic. He was making a case for Birmingham and UAB football and had no intent to diminish the University of Alabama–he was just trying to do a good deed– but the reaction was ugly.
“Perhaps the writer and his friends could make better progress by laying off the ‘UAT’ crap. There are a lot of UA fans and graduates who want UAB to be a success but are turned off by the childish whining.”
“UAT is what trailer Auburn people call Alabama, much like Barner is what trailer Alabama people call Auburn.”
But this is the very essence of the problem with UAB and the University of Alabama.
Why is the University of Alabama the ‘real’ Alabama and UAB a step child?
The primary reason that I and others feel UAB football won’t survive is because of lack of support by the Board of Trustees of Alabama. Twelve of the 15 Trustees are Alabama grads; 2 from UAB; and none from UAH.
The University of Alabama controls the fortunes of UAB football. There’s no way UAB football can survive when UA doesn’t want it to.
Editor’s note: Congratulations to Coach Bill Clark and the UAB football team for a valiant effort against Marshall–imagine the possibilities if UAB controlled its own destiny.
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David Sher is the publisher of ComebackTown, a co-founder of Buzz12 Advertising Agency and co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).