The Alabama fan base is really something.
There was a day not so many years ago, that a caller to the Finebaum Show, obviously exercised about something, called in and referred to Paul a “carpetbagger.”
That term is thrown around casually by many folks way below the Mason-Dixon line, usually directed at people from the north, usually way up north, who move southward and try to bring “northern” ways with them.
It is not an exceptionally polite term, but is something full of sound and fury and precious little else.
Paul did allow that he was born in Memphis and has lived in Alabama much, if not all, of his adult life. He is, by the way, a University of Tennessee grad from the mid-1970s who, as sports editor of the Daily Beacon, made life miserable for Cliff Wettig when he was interim coach of the Volunteers in 1977-78.
That didn’t placate the caller, who, with a straight face, said the South was South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. No Florida, no Tennessee, no Kentucky.
Everybody else was part of the unwashed, perhaps heathen (he may have said “heathern”), and otherwise not worth dealing with or even considering. You were either “one of us “or “one of them.” It was another version of political correctness gone astray.
There is always a great deal of interesting commentary on Paul’s show.
By the way, in this case, Paul was “one of them.”
His caller said so.
Thursday, July 28, 2016