ATHENS — The Alabama football program and its marching band had some fun at Georgia’s expense on Saturday night, and the SEC Network has piled on.
The Crimson Tide’s “Million Dollar Band” used its marching talents to spell out “2 26” — a direct reference to the second-and-26 play that Alabama scored on to defeat Georgia in the College Football Championship Game.
The SEC Network Twitter account featured a picture of the Alabama band’s formation.
Alabama’s band spelled out 2nd & 26 during last night’s halftime show 👀
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 2, 2018
On Tuesday, SEC Network analysts Greg McElroy and Marcus Spears had a chuckle about it on their program, “Thinking Out Loud.”
“They should have saved that one for the SEC Championship,” said McElroy, who played quarterback at Alabama from 2007-2010. “I like it though. They could do it every week.
“That’s just kind of the way it is, excellent stuff.”
Alyssa Lang, a South Carolina who co-hosts the show with McElroy and Spears, added: “I love it.”
Spears was the only one of the three who seemed to sympathize with Bulldogs fans.
“That’s a jab,” Spears said. “That’s a deep cut. That wound is open.”
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart explained at SEC Spring Meetings how he and his staff quickly got over the heartbreaking defeat.
“The way the world is now, we had to recruit within two days of that,” Smart said. “So, I’m in homes selling the season we had and the progress we made, and you can’t let that play beat you twice.
“In this profession, you learn quickly there’s going to be plays we’re going to make and win a game, and they made a great play and they won the game,” he said. “I think it was a lot more important for us to move on and worry about recruiting than to do dwell on that. It’s certainly not something I’m sitting here focused on now.”