ROLL TIDE ROLL!!! (WARNING: GIFS AHEAD)
ALABAMA 38 – LSU 17
HALF TIME: ALABAMA 17 – LSU 14
LSU fans are in high spirits. Mettenberger has been a third down assassin, while Alabama has been fulfilling Katherine Webb’s nightmares and letting AJ make a fool of himself on national television. The Tigers might actually win this!
Maybe LSU’s O-Line has just given up, or maybe they have some kind of beef with their gropey-QB (is he still banned from Valdosta?), but LSU’s last drive is just SACKTASTIC.
4th Quarter. The score is 38-17 Alabama. It’s 4th and 27 at LSU 33 with 2:00 left on the clock.
Mettenberger has just taken two savage sackings for a loss of 17 yards, and decides that enough is enough. He calls a timeout and runs off the field, ostensibly to tell Coach Miles that “he doesn’t wanna.” Les Miles, being the supportive coach he is, tells Mettenberger “he believes in him,” and “he’s got this,” then sprays Mettenberger in the mouth with Gatorade and shoves him back onto the field.
This is what the last play looks like:
Yes, it is hilarious, not because Mettenberger is hurt (he isn’t: no one helps him up, no med team comes out to help him, and when he finally picks himself up off the ground, he runs face-first into a large teammate who also does not help him), but because of how over-the-top pathetic Mettenberger is and is pretending to be.
I do think it is freaking weird that Les Miles didn’t just take the poor kid out of the game. Mettenberger was throwing mini-tantrums on the sidelines (and he threw his helmet and punched a locker after this spectacle), he doesn’t get paid for this, and there was nothing to gain by keeping him in the game and risking his NFL career. I’m sure some football fans think it’s heartless to laugh at the guy’s sad-sack act, but the whole damn sport of college football is, at the moment, little more than a severe exploitation of young men’s free labor and safety for profit (of which players share exactly 0%) and entertainment. So… he who hath smelt it…
And why does everyone only make a big stink about it when a White QB gets hurt? Just saying…
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