“Gigantic Idiot”: Defending Sugar Bowl Champs Alabama Face Stern Reality Check From Dave Portnoy Amid Rose Bowl Hype

Published 12/04/2023, 5:30 AM EST

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An interesting turn of events this Sunday changed the course of the College Football Playoff. In an unprecedented move, Alabama ascended to the No. 4 ranking and is set to face Michigan in the Rose Bowl. The final season of the four-team College Football Playoff was undoubtedly tumultuous, resulting in Florida State’s exclusion. FSU held the No. 5 position as the first unbeaten Power Five conference champion.

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It was the toughest decision for the selection committee. A recent video is doing rounds that purportedly indicate Michigan’s apprehension regarding the matchup with Alabama. Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports founder and the beloved ‘Michigan Man,’ rose to the occasion to call out such claims. He proclaimed that only a “gigantic idiot” would come up with such a response.

Dave Portnoy says No. 1 Michigan is not scared of Alabama

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Responding to the viral video which hinted that Michigan is not seemingly thrilled about playing Alabama, Dave Portnoy took the front seat. Through his Twitter (X) account,@stoolpresidente, Portnoy highlighted that it is nothing but a baseless statement. The post reads, “You Have to Be A Gigantic Idiot To Think The #1 Team in the Country Michigan is Scared of Alabama.”

Furthermore, the post features an artwork, depicting the Michigan-Alabama Rose Bowl matchup. Portnoy further justified the mild response of Michigan at the No.4 team announcement. “What exactly did people expect Michigan to do here? The only drama in the whole selection show was who would get the 4 spot. When they announced we were playing Bama I had the same reaction as that room.”

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Portnoy added that it was a natural response to the occasion, and the team wouldn’t have cheered for FSU either. He emphasized that it is just a gimmick from those who hate Michigan, trying to portray the narrative that they are scared of Alabama.

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Portnoy underscores the might of Michigan as #1 Team

One of the most famous sports media personalities, Dave Portnoy, clarified that Michigan has nothing to fear. They have the games in their favor, as the No. 1 team in the country, he said. “We’re Michigan. We’re the winningest program in the history of college football.” Furthermore, he highlighted the position of Alabama in the last few games. “They barely beat Auburn two weeks ago. They got a boat raced by Texas at home. Their QB can’t throw,” he added.

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Portnoy concluded his blog post with the ultimate catchphrase, “bring on the tide.” The Michigan team and the fans are equally ready for the matchup with Alabama during the Rose Bowl.

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Shivangi Agrawal

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