If Vol fans are already searching for ammunition for trash talk for the Third Saturday in October, then they need to look no further than a post on an Alabama message board that was shared on Twitter on the morning of September 13th, 2017.
Ben Reiter, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, screen shot a post on BamaOnLine.com from a user who goes by the name Chattown Tider. And according to this user, he’s concerned about Alabama’s freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his adjustment from living in Hawaii to playing in Alabama.
Read for yourself what Chattown Tider had to say:
Alabama has a freshman quarterback from Hawaii, and at least one fan is concerned pic.twitter.com/uKxTpVz1hm
— Ben Reiter (@BenReiter) September 13, 2017
The user seems to believe there’s some sort of language barrier preventing Tua from communicating better with his team. While Hawaii does have a diverse culture and there are many other languages spoken there (the main ones being Tagalog, Ilocano, and Japanese), data from the U.S. census shows that English is still the No. 1 language spoken in Hawaii.
Not only that, but the user seems to think Hawaii is “out of the country.” While Hawaii isn’t part of the contiguous United States (and neither is Alaska), it’s still part of the U.S. and is therefore not “out of the country.”
This Alabama fan doesn’t seem to know his geography, and Vol fans likely won’t forget this when it comes time for the Vols to face the Tide later this season.