To help describe the Texas A&M letdown in Monday’s press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban referenced his time as the head man at LSU.
In the 2002 season, the Tigers traveled to Kentucky and earned a 33-30 win that prompted Saban to say
I don’t know what to say. I feel bad for Kentucky’s players. But this is a big moment for us and I’m happy as heck for our team….Well, sometimes you gotta be a little lucky and I think that was our luck right there.
And Kentucky’s radio play-by-play man at the time, Tom Leach, to say
How much heartbreak. Kentucky fans are up on the goal posts. I don’t know why.
But it wasn’t the game that LSU was lucky to escape with that Saban was focused on, it was the game after: when Alabama came to Death Valley and handed LSU a 31-0 defeat.
“It’s kind of the Bluegrass Miracle phenomenon,” Saban said. “You play bad, you win the game, then the next week you get your ass kicked because nobody responded to playing bad. Because you won on the Bluegrass Miracle.”
This time around, it was a game versus the LSU Tigers that gave Saban’s team the Bluegrass Miracle phenomenon.
“You guys don’t think so because we won one and lost the other one. If we’d won this one, you wouldn’t be concerned, either. I was concerned then,” Saban said. “But you all live in the results world, we kind of live in the process world. It’s hard to get people to respond.”
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