5 Alabama fans yelling "Roll Tide" at inappropriate moments

All right, Alabama fans. We get it. You like football. I'll even go so far as to agree that "Roll Tide" is a pretty cool thing to yell when you're drunk. But some people have been shouting "Roll Tide" in situations that aren't fun or really even related to football.  The most recent is this story about Titans rookie Zach Mettenberher getting sucker-punched by a man who yelled "Roll Tide" at him. That seems unnecessary. 

There are definitely certain times when you should say something other than "Roll Tide."  Things like "I'm sorry" or "I deeply regret my actions" or "No comment." Those are some phrases that these people might do well to remember in the future.

5 Alabama Fans Who Yelled "Roll Tide" At Inappropriate Times
...and some other things they could have said instead.
    1. This Teacher/Possible Heroin Addict
    A Pittsburgh high school teacher went to school high on heroin and passed out on his desk. Reporters asked him what he had to say for himself, and he said, "Roll tide."
    Alternate idea: "I do not condone the use of drugs by my students in or out of school, and would never let my enthusiasm about college football cloud my judgment and influence me to do drugs."


    2. This Drug Dealer
    During a report about the increasing drug problem in Alabama, a reporter asked a suspect in custody, "Why are these guys at your house?" The suspect replied, "I'm innocent. Roll tide."
    Alternate idea: "It is my 5th Amendment right not to say anything that might incriminate me or suggest that I value a college football game more than staying out of jail."

  • 3. This Tree-Poisoner
    Around the 41:35 mark in this video, 62-year-old Harvey Updyke begins a phone call by apologizing for his criminal behavior, and ends with "Roll Tide."
    Alternate idea: "It is with the deepest regret that I look back on my actions and think that my obsession with a college football team, which is an ultimately harmless, fun activity for lots of people to enjoy, led to my criminal behavior."


    4. This Spring-Breaker
    Deputies arrested these partiers for trashing a multi-million dollar home and drinking underage. An officer asked one of the kids if he thought it was funny to be arrested. The student replied "It's hilarious. Roll tide."
    Alternate idea: Say nothing. You're under arrest and being videotaped.


    5. This Dad
    During the summer of 2009, Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and his girlfriend Kendall Gryzb got into a fight on campus, which led to charges against both of them. When the charges were dropped, Kendall's father Dave had one thing to say: "Roll tide!"
    Alternate idea: "I'm glad this has been settled amicably, but I want to make sure that physical altercations stay on the field and not on campus, so I'm encouraging both my daughter and her boyfriend to resolve disputes with their words in the future."

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