Sunday, July 19, 2009

What It Was, Was Football

What's dearer to the heart of the average Alabamian than his coon dog? Why, Alabama football of course--that is unless he's an Auburn fan, but that's a story for another day. Those who can neither define nor pronounce the word proration can recite Coach Nick Saban's salary history without so much as a stutter. Perhaps they can't comprehend the enormity of it, but they will quickly tell you since the taxpayers don't fund Alabama football, it's none of their business to start with.

So, just how much does Nick Saban make? Perhaps the easiest way to comprehend the magnitude of his salary is to compare it to that of others. Currently the University of North Alabama, an institution reportedly eager to ascend to Division I athletics, offers head coach Terry Bowden a base salary of $100,000.00 per year, well over that of the average citizen in this Heart of Dixie. Sounds good, but wait, let's look at the above chart and compare it to Nick Saban's.

What does this say about the mentality of most Alabamians? If Johnny can't read, or doesn't have a book to read, does it really matter as long as he can catch a spiral pass? Perhaps we should look on the bright side; at least Nick Saban can afford to buy us all another Big Orange.

Note: Curious as to how your salary stacks up against Nick Saban's? Simply type in your annual income for some very revealing statistics: Salary Comparison.