“It has Hollywood mini-series written all over it.”

Well, shit, don’t tell me the world hasn’t been waiting for this.

Is there more to the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher feud? Will NIL be what drives Nick Saban from college football?

These are just a couple of the questions that Paul Finebaum intends to answer in an upcoming, yet-to-be titled book on the subject.

The ESPN analyst is stepping away from the mic (figuratively, of course) and dusting off the writing utensils to collaborate with AL.com’s John Talty in an account of the rivalry between Alabama’s head football coach and two of his coaching proteges, Texas A&M’s Fisher and Georgia’s Kirby Smart, in the context of college football supremacy and with new rules that allow amateur athletes to be paid by businesses for use of their name, image and likeness.

I know I’ll be on the edge of my seat as publication day approaches.

Among the topics to be explored is the dynamic between Fisher and Saban but also Saban and Smart.

Finebaum said what transpired between Saban and Smart leading up to the championship game was “genuine,” but he thinks “the relationship with Saban is completely different, though.” He contends Saban views Smart completely different than Fisher.

“I think they are both complicated relationships,” Finebaum said. “To me, the scope of all of this is Shakespearian. You have Saban and his two prime courtiers. One is, at least publicly, playing the game of worship and deference in spite of winning a championship against him. The other has simply broken the cord and has gone scorched Earth. To me, it is a fascinating dichotomy between Saban and these two individuals. I think it screams for more.

Yeah, they’ll be teaching from it in eleventh grade English classes for years to come.  And before you ask how much of Finebaum’s audience can read, don’t bother.  They’re gonna wait for the movie.

Hollywood has taken notice, one industry insider tells AL.com. The industry is eating up sports content right now…

“I don’t have any doubt the entertainment industry will have an interest in this,” Finebaum said. “Because no one knows about this yet, we haven’t been down that road yet. I’ve heard through some friends of mine in the industry, that Hollywood would look at this very seriously.

“I think it is a made-for-Hollywood story. It’s an incredibly compelling story, involving the greatest college football coach of all time at a critical moment in his career and the two disciples that are challenging him for supremacy.”

Hollywood?  Who’s gonna play PAWWWLLL!!! in the movie?


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, PAWWWLLL!!!

37 responses to ““It has Hollywood mini-series written all over it.”

  1. unionjackgin

    Not Timothee Chalamet … he will have a cameo as someone else in this magnum opus.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Tommy Perkins

    “I was all set to greenlight another money-printing Marvel movie, but then someone gave me this script about some old and middle-aged white college coaches saying bitchy things about each other at press conferences, so hold the phone.” — No studio head whatsoever.

    Liked by 12 people

  3. godawgs1701

    This movie’s version of Ringo’s pick six will certainly take over the top spot on my list of favorite movie endings, currently held by a Georgia Tech quarterback getting sacked by a Hobbit and losing the game.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. whb209

    The two coaches taking two different roads away from Saban. Kirby wins the cartography challenge. Jimbo is speeding down the wrong road with his head lights turned off. What could go wrong with that.


  5. siskey

    Kevin James as an undisciplined Saban
    Steve Van Zandt (sic) as Jimbo
    John Cusack as Kirby
    I’m in.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. muttleyagain

    Jeremy Irons as Saban (Alan Rickman not available). Daniel Craig as Kirby. Dame Judi Dench as Jimbo (never underestimate her range). Eddie Deezen as Finebaum.

    Liked by 3 people

    • muttleyagain

      (After years in Development Hell, it evolves into “A Very Saban Christmas” on the Hallmark Channel and focuses mainly on the wives).

      Liked by 7 people

  7. poetdawg

    I think that Paul Rubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) should play Finebaum.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Granthams Replacement

    John Cena will play Saban and CM punk will play Jimbo. Jerry Springer will have several interviews of each. Final scene will be an ass whipping in a cage match. Finebaum, Jesse the body and Jim Ross will be the commentators. Movie theaters in Alabama will be packed full.


  9. Derek

    Steve Merchant for Paul.

    Danny DeVito for Saban.

    Ryan Gosling for Kirby.

    Steve Buschemi for Jimbo.


  10. MGW

    Eeh. How bout just a good 30 for 30 episode. Let’s leave it at that.

    What does have me intrigued is the possibility of Saban getting sick of NIL and dipping out without smoothly transitioning Bama into the new era. THAT is what I want to read about, after it happens.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. stoopnagle

    Book? Finebaum listeners can read? Color me shocked.

    Killed the easy joke, Senator. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. RangerRuss

    Geeeez. Leave Kirby out of this chickenshit. Worshiping Saban? I don’t think so. Respect due a mentor? That’s more like it.

    Liked by 10 people

  13. originaluglydawg

    Saban is almost the spitting image of Bogart.
    But Bogie is long gone.
    Check out “Humphrey Bogart Images”.
    You can bet he never told Lauren Bacall, “I ain’t got time for that shit”.


  14. I nominate:

    Clint Howard as Finebaum
    Javier Bardem as Saban
    Matt Damon as Smart
    Gollum as Fisher

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Dawg in Austin

    Can we get one thing out of the way first? Who the hell calls this guy an analyst?

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’ll be first in line to ignore it.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. ASEF

    “Straight to streaming”

    Lol. High school drama between 3 anal-retentive control freaks making 8 figures annually, narrated by a whiny media weasel.

    Blockbuster! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Nil Butron is a Pud

    It will definitely be Shakespearian: Everybody will say they read it, but nobody will…

    Liked by 2 people

  19. What inside information does Finebaum have? He sits in studio all day. This is a job for Mr. College Football!


  20. Bulldawg Bill

    For fuck sake, what is so interesting about this????


  21. whit1356

    I’m currently reading the 1970 book by Jim Bouton, the controversial Ball Four. There’s one part where some players are ragging on weird looking guys in baseball. They’re talking about a guy with really big ears and someone says he looks like a cab going down the street with both doors open. First image to hit me was……..Pawwwwllll Finebaum. 😂


  22. spur21

    Paul – Mr. Hankey

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