“The 24-hour rule was still in effect.”

Man, I can’t imagine being this joyless about a national title.

“We are in the memory business,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock crowed at one point during a speech commemorating the Crimson Tide’s achievement.

Saban decidedly is not.

He is constantly spinning it forward, bracing for the next challenge that lies ahead. Word is that roughly 30 hours after Alabama defeated Georgia and Saban declared he was as happy as he’s ever been, the Tide’s martinet of a head coach was haranguing his staff about its approach to the upcoming season.

“The 24-hour rule was still in effect,” said linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton. “He’s one of those guys who celebrates for the time being and the next day it’s over with…It’s definitely crazy.”

But there is a method to the madness.

And it’s called the “Process.”

I guess he’ll celebrate when he’s dead.

Let’s hope that’s one thing Kirby won’t import from Tuscaloosa.


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29 responses to ““The 24-hour rule was still in effect.”

  1. Former Fan

    That may work well in football, but it is not a good way to live life. My business partner played football as a walkon at a prominent SEC school. To this day, he lives with the 24 hour rule only its shorter. He learned it in college and he’ll tell you its a very hard habit to break. When he accomplishes something in play or business, its on to the next thing. He told me once he wished he could enjoy things like I do. He gets very little pleasure out of his accomplishments unless he is working to accomplish the next thing. Not a very good life formula if you ask me.


  2. JAX

    One of my father’s favorite sayings is “sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses”. Life is about setting goals and working hard to achieve them, then enjoying the spoils of your work. Otherwise there is no balance.


  3. PharmDawg

    I would love to see neuro-imaging of Saban’s brain while he is being prompted to think of various aspects of The Process. I would bet Saban registers somewhere on the OCD spectrum.


  4. Derek

    He did attend the parade to celebrate their referee-gifted trophy yesterday. Seems pretty far outside the 24hr window.

    Regardless of your politics, we should be pulling for Bama players to refuse a WH trip. That would be a shitshow of epic proportions.

    These guys must have forgotten that they have film study: https://www.dawgnation.com/football/watch-jake-fromm-isaac-nauta-appear-stage-concert-call-dawgs

    Just kidding, I think.

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  5. Some guy

    Nothing like judging someone else’s lifestyle. My guess is the journey is his roses and he’s very happy with this way of living. Maybe others needs to celebrate, but not everyone has the same brain.

    I’d much rather fight again tomorrow than to revel in yesterday’s fight. Win or lose, that sounds terrible to me. Judge if you want, but to each his own.


  6. Granthams replacement

    I just want Kirby to have deal with it. I could care less if it’s 24 hours or 24 days.


  7. Beer Money

    And this is yet another reason why America is sick of seeing Alabama win NC’s. Can you imagine how overcome with emotion Kirby would have been/will be when it finally happens? Same with watching Dabo last year. I am no Clemson fan, but I wanted them to win because I knew it would actually mean something to Dabo, same as it would to any other coach besides Saban and Urban Meyer.

    To me, the fact it’s “just another trophy” to Saban (and seemingly a lot of entitled Alabama fans themselves) really makes the loss 2 weeks ago sting even more. Nobody “deserves” national championships, but UGA just wanted a taste of that success. But instead, we get at least another year of starvation.


  8. I think Saban is happiest when he is working his ass off. I can definitely relate. I get great joy from my weekends and my vacations. But that is because I work my ass off. There may be times at work when I’m sick of it, but overall I enjoy it. I am at the age where many of my friends are retiring, but I have no intention to. If I wanted to fuck off, I could have been doing that my whole life like some of my childhood friends have. I find hard work to be very rewarding. To each his own.


    • Derek

      Is your epitaph going to be:

      “I wish I’d spent more time at the office?”

      Personally I work because I need the money. If I won the lottery, I’d be gone. Not that I don’t like what I do. I wouldn’t want a different job. I’d just prefer not to have one at all.

      There are lots of ways to fill the day that don’t include profit.


      • I don’t work to make money. I find hard work very rewarding. Read about people who have won the lottery. Almost every one of them say It’s the worst thing that ever happened to them. You can have it. Lazy and stupid is no way to go through life.


        • Derek

          I appreciate your conclusion. I really do. I flatter myself to believe that I’m better equipped to handle that windfall than some. There have been LOTS of lottery winners. There are a couple dozen horror stories. I’m guessing there’s quite a few more who are doing just fine. Those don’t make very good stories tho.

          Allow me to suggest that since it’s our own lives we can decide how we’d like to live them without being judged. I can assure you that your judgments don’t concern me, so it’s pretty much the same thing.

          To the extent that you think my post was a “judgment” it wasn’t. They say that on you’re death bed no one says “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” I guess maybe there’s one.

          I’ve worked extremely hard to become self employed and do what I want to do when I want to do it. I’m also quite willing to stop that too. Lots to see in the world. This is it. It isn’t a trial run ya know.


          • I wasn’t judging you Derek, I felt you were judging me. So we’re good. I don’t work hard to the exclusion of other joys of life. Believe me, I do enjoy hard work, and find it rewarding. The lottery winners I was talking about were not the horror stories about the people who threw away millions in a few years. It was a story on what makes us happy. They had several lottery winners who still had the money but said winning was the worst thing that ever happened to them. It was because family and friends no longer spoke to them because of jealousy and envy. I’m sure you could handle winning the lottery, as could I. It’s friends and family who would have a problem with it.

            By the way, I’m a physician and do enjoy my work. I like to think that I’m helping people a little bit. Not saying my work is more important than anyone else’s, but I like it. Have a good day.


    • I think most people are at their happiest when they are working hard at something they truly enjoy … it’s called passion.

      I also enjoy the fruits of my labor whether that’s attending one of my kids’ performances at school, relaxing with family on a vacation we were blessed to take, enjoying a round of golf with friends, or taking a Saturday to enjoy a day of football between the hedges.


  9. Nick Saban seems like a guy who will be dead within a year after he quits coaching like the Beat. I can’t see him happy on the set of College Gameday or as a color analyst in the booth with name your play-by-play guy. I can’t see him living out his days with his family at his place on Burton or running around the country playing in charity/celebrity golf tournaments. I think he probably knows that deep down as well.


  10. 1smartdude

    I would expect Kirby’s reaction to a National Championship to be very similar to Saban’s. There is probably already a point of reference for that thought, how Kirby reacted to winning the SEC. I think he was very happy with that accomplishment but one of the first things out of his mouth was, it’s about who finishes the race in first. I’m not really concerned with how long he enjoys it, I believe the Dawg Nation will enjoy it enough for everyone involved. In both Saban’s and Kirby’s defense, remaining employed means you really can’t afford to dwell on past success in the coaching business.


    • He certainly enjoyed the SEC championship. Did you see him dancing on the sidelines with his players? It was very different because he knew there was still work to be done. I think Kirby would still have a smile on his face if we had won 2 weeks ago. I think the smile would have come off the day they started off-season conditioning and spring practice.


      • I don’t really believe it’s about enjoying it for either coach. I believe Saban enjoys winning titles. It’s more about focus for the coaches and players. I also don’t think it’s possible to do what Saban has done without that kind of laser focus. I’d also bet money that it’s one of the lessons Kirby will have learned. It’s much tougher to stay on the mountain top than it is to just get there. Complacency is the number one reason.


  11. Macallanlover

    You guys are underestimating how much satisfaction Saban gets from accomplishing his goals. He is driven, a true perfectionist. His way of showing it by not gushing and acting like many of us think he should is not uncommon for those who expect to succeed when his plan results in winning. I think this victory was very satisfying for him, probably as much as his first MNC, certainly more than those in between.

    While I think he would have been happy for Kirby succeeding in part of his brain, his losses eat at him more than a close call defeat would most people. There is no reason to feel sorry that he is missing out on something by moving along quickly to his next objective, that is how he has always lived. I don’t think he stays on much longer, 2-4 years maybe, but I think he would welcome another challenge if it came along with the right conditions. An NFL job with control of personnel/draft might have some appeal while he has the energy, I feel he would like to erase that shortfall at Miami.


  12. Bright Idea

    Its the same with flushing a last play, overtime loss. You can’t change it now so move on.


  13. DoubleDawg1318

    Having watched Kirby on the sidelines, I feel confident saying he gets a lot of joy out of that 24 hours. The dude is not the sour cyborg that Saban is. I love the Process but I am glad that Kirby seems to have brought it over while leaving the joylessness in Tuscaloosa.


  14. Harvey

    I live my life by the 24 hour rule. The only time it was a problem was when my children were born, I gave each one my attention for 24 hours then it was on to practicing for the next one. My wife wasn’t so happy about it so it might be time to prepare for the next one of those too.


  15. Erk's Forehead

    “I guess he’ll celebrate when he’s dead”

    I didn’t think there were celebrations in hell.