When players and coaches want to learn about their next opponent, they watch and break down game film, studying it for clues. But what if you want to learn about a team's fanbase?
In an effort to help you, the MZone reader, better know the fans of our opponents each week, today we are starting a new feature here called Fan Film Breakdown. In a nutshell, we scour YouTube for videos posted by fans of Michigan's next opponent, then break them down like coaches in order to give you insight into those fans. Sure, it may sound simple, but it takes a keen blogger's eye to really "see the fanbase."
Kicking off the new feature today, we turn our attention to the fans of Michigan's season opener, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Please know that we didn't take this important task lightly. To find out who Tide fans really are, we did meaningful YouTube research that took nearly 25 minutes. Because we didn't want the stereotypes. We wanted the truth. In their own words.
And by God, we found it.
Thus, below is a completely unbiased, totally representative sample of the Crimson Tide fanbase. Watch each video below then check out the Mzone's breakdown after the clip.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Judging from the video, being a Tide fan isn't something a child born with. It must be learned. And if that doesn't work, bribery must be used
-- "Say Roll Tide, I'll give you another piece of ice."
-- "Get the grass out of his mouth."
WHAT WE LEARNED:
A Tide fan's love of her team never fades...nor does her love of stripping.
-- "We like to see your face, not your ass."
CLIP #3: JUST TWO PAINTED GUYS
WHAT WE LEARNED:
-- Judging by the same wood paneling in this video and in Roll Tide Grandma, either fans in 'Bama are all stuck in the 1970s or these two groups of folks might be related (or both).
-- Something is seriously wrong with our democracy when these two guys can vote for President of the United States and have said vote count just as much as yours
-- "I don't even have a job."
-- "To summarilize all this stuff together..."
CLIP #4: THE TIDE IS COMING!
Ed. Note: At first we weren't sure if this was real. We thought maybe somebody had broken into Yost's mind, stolen the idea for Fan Film Breakdown before he even had it then gone back in time and posted a fake, parody video of what a bad stereotype of a 'Bama fan might look like - just to see if we could spot a forgery. We must be honest in saying that, after multiple viewings, we're still not sure that's not what happened. Because to admit that the above video and person is a real Alabama fan is actually scarier than the whole breaking into Yost's mind/going back in time alternative.
WHAT WE LEARNED
-- Apparently people really do chew tobacco while not attending a NASCAR race or a Hank Williams Jr. concert.
-- Ned Beatty, please email and let us all know you are safe
-- "Hbwphbrghykeduruv" (or whatever was said around the :24 second mark)
-- "Here's a little story..." followed by 10 second pause as brain reboots
-- "Screw you, bend over and kiss it good-bye cuz this shit ain't gonna be pretty."
-- "Roll Tide, motherfuckers"
-- [spit sound]
Well, there you have it, folks. Our first Fan Film Breakdown. Hope you now have a much more complete understanding of what we're up against off the field come Saturday.