My friends in Alabama have been calling me wanting to know when to pick me up at the airport and I believe the Golden Rule Barbecue
(the original in Irondale, of course) has a reservation in my name for Friday thanks to one of my helpful college roommates.
The reason of course is that everyone expects me to be in town because the team I cover is playing Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday.
The only problem is that I cover Florida Atlantic
not Florida International
"Oh" is the extent of the responses I get when I throw that little technicality in there.
Yes, it's FIU not FAU playing Alabama, not that anyone in the state knows the difference.
But perhaps they should.
As I think about that sliced pork that the Golden Rule serves that is the closest thing to heaven on a bun you'll ever taste, I do start to get a little upset.
Why isn't FAU facing the Crimson Tide on Saturday - or ever.
Alabama is facing two teams from the Sun Belt - FIU and next week, the Crimson Tide will play host to North Texas.
Alabama has also faced Louisiana-Monroe (an upset victory by the Warhawks) and Arkansas State in recent years.
But wouldn't FAU be a no-brainer as an Alabama opponent? I’d much rather be preparing for that game instead of having to hear the FIU-Alabama game being discussed on the FAU SportsPage radio show as it was on Thursday.
After all, FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger coached there from 1961-1965 under Bear Bryant, winning three national championships in that span.
Schnellenberger also came close to being the head coach of Alabama in 1987 before the job eventually went to Bill Curry.
Also one of Schnellenberger's signature victories was against Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
Those are some pretty good storylines and would add a little interest to a game against a Sun Belt team.
Instead it's Alabama vs. the team that brawled with Miami. OK that’s not fair. It's Alabama vs. the team that every year crows about its recruiting class and how it will be really good in a couple of years. I mean, what else can you say about FIU?
But at least the Golden Panthers got a game that FAU would have liked.
Yes, the Owls have Auburn on the schedule in 2011, but that's a poor substitute.
But not as poor as FAU playing UAB later this year, but at least I'll be able to eat some decent barbecue then.