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It’s photoshoppy and whatnot: Gimme your best Nick Saban

Nick Saban Billboard

Yesterday I wrote a post about these Nick Saban billboards which have popped up in our fine state thanks to the dimwitted morons involved with the Athens Chamber of Commerce. To be clear, I don’t blame the city of Athens as a whole, just those cheap-suited slapdicks at the COC. And I don’t even have that big of a problem with the Mo-rons asking Saban to speak.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the decision sucks, and I’d never attend, but booking Saban, alone, wouldn’t have been enough to draw an impassioned post out of me.

But you start putting up billboards of Alabama’s coach holding a national championship trophy inside the state of Tennessee to try to get folks to attend your annual pot-luck dinner deal and you’ve gone too far for any number of reasons. Last night, a reader brought up a great one:

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Seriously. Think about that for a second. Some kid who’s so young he’s gotta Google Jerry Seinfeld is thinking about going to UT. He’s coming up from Atlanta on an unofficial visit. He doesn’t know Phillip Fulmer from Phillip Rivers. Some cat who was a kitten when Al Wilson and Peerless Price held the first-ever BCS national championship trophy.

And this dude’s coming up to see what UT’s all about on an unofficial visit. Don’t you think he might wonder why there’s a big-ass billboard of Nick Saban holding the national championship trophy inside state lines? Don’t you think that might make him wonder What the hell is up with this place? I didn’t see no Butch Jones billboards when I was heading down to T-town.

Because I do.

Anyway, I went off hard enough yesterday, and I’m not here to rehash the same post. Nope. I’m here to share some brilliance, and like so many things brilliant, it came to me in the form of a tweet, another that was in response to my diatribe.

So, first, @LoneNutVolFan and @NewMarketMauler (like @robbieu007) are a couple of folks I follow on Twitter, and their tweets have been known to put smiles on my face, so I was excited, indeed, to see what billboard it was that @LoneNutVolFan was talking about. But little did I know that a literal masterpiece lay in waiting.


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It’s photoshoppy and whatnot

I know, right? @LoneNutVolFan decided to go all PhotoShoppy and whatnot.

There’s so much to like about this I don’t even know where to being. First, the juxtaposition of lovable, laughable Smokey and shoe-lift-less (in that picture, at least), loathsome Saban is priceless. As is the pose Smokey’s striking because he really does resemble that bad wooden bird whose wing is what Jr’s head must crest to gain entry to any number of questionable rides at the TVA fair.

And, finally, just how timely it was of him to go all photoshoppy and whatnot. You know, in the wake of all this Nick Saban billboard garbage.

So, yeah, kids, I know Internet Gold when I see it, so I asked if I could share it on the allVOLyall Facebook page (permission granted), and in the blink of the eye it was shared over 200 times. Which means that damn thing’s getting tossed about like l’il Nick Saban on the roller coaster he’s illegally riding.

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After engaging a bit with @LoneNutVolFan, I learned that he and @NewMarketMauler are no strangers to being all photoshoppy and whatnot, and these efforts most always involve our beloved Vols. And their work is outstanding. In fact, as I toggled through their efforts, I realized that I’d seen quite a few of them. Which mean you have, too. I’m certain I’ll be sharing some of their fine work in the future.

Anyway, if you’ve been known to get all photoshoppy and whatnot, I’d love to see your best Saban billboard. You can use the header picture (the real billboard that led this post) as your canvass. Tweet ’em to me. Or, you can email me, too, at Or DM me on Facebook. Whatever works best. Let’s see what you got.

Hope all y’all have a great weekend.

Except for you Saban. You sonofabitch!

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