NFL.com We’re betting you had a better weekend than Zach Mettenberger. The Titans rookie passer was sucker-punched in the face at a Nashville saloon on Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported Monday. The surprise encounter unfolded at the esteemed Loser’s Most Wanted Bar & Grill after a lively conversation over Alabama football, according to tavern owner Steve Ford. “Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,'” Ford told the newspaper. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach. “I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.” The Titans declined comment, but Mettenberger — the team’s sixth-round pick out of LSU — shot down online gossip that he broke his hand in the scuffle. “Bogus rumor,” Mettenberger wrote to Wyatt. “It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.” The boozy nights at Loser’s are over, though: A fully operational Mettenberger is scheduled to report for training camp on Thursday with the rest of Tennessee’s rookie class.
The New York Jets or Philadelphia Eagles get a lot of flak for having the meanest fan bases in the NFL, ready to cuss out or even beat up an opposing fan with no remorse until they wake up in jail the next day. However SEC football fans, particularly Alabama Crimson Tide fans, take thing to a whole different level. Alabama Crimson Tide fans may be the only fan base in the country that will yell their battle cry “Roll Tide” and sucker punch a player that once played his college ball against Alabama, just for dismissing their taunts. Unbelievable.
Side Note: Football season is here, NFL teams began reporting today, can you feel the intensity?
P.S. I deep down hope that the Alabama fan who sucker-punched Mettenberger was the “I’m innocent, roll tide” Alabama fan.