College Football Season Is Officially Here

Did you feel it in the air this morning? It was a long, dark night, but dawn is here now. Football season. College football season, to be exact. SEC football season, to be even more exact. None of it can start without someone getting punched in the face by an Alabama fan. And now here we are.

From The Tennessean:

Steve Ford, owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill on Division Street, said [Tennessee Titans QB Zach] Mettenberger did nothing to provoke another bar patron, but the 6-foot-5, 224-pound quarterback ended up getting punched in the face. He did not require medical attention.

“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’ ” Ford said on Monday. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.”

Mettenberger, the ex-LSU passer, is OK after all this and didn’t fight back, and while his ordeal is unfortunate, his sacrifice is a noble one. The rest of us needed news like this back in our daily lives. We’ve had SEC media days, ACC media days … but those were all just prelude. Now it’s official.

“The guy sucker-punched him in the eye,” adds the bar owner in Nashville. “And the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”

The most batshit crazy sport in America is back. Thank God.

Thank God and [drunken swan dive into student section] ROLL TIDE.

Filed Under: College Football, Alabama Crimson Tide

Andrew Sharp is a staff editor at Grantland.

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