Walmart special: BCS trophy

The Bowl Championship Series national championship trophy will spend this weekend with common folk after Alabama took it home Thursday night.

The prized Waterford Crystal football will be on display at two Walmart stores in Crimson Tide country.

The appearances are part of a sponsorship program for the school.

No word whether the sale of toilet paper and Tide laundry detergent will be part of the promotion. That would be appropriate considering ‘Bama fans often use rolls of T.P. and a box of Tide to convey the inspirational message “Roll, tide, roll.”

Crimson Tide fans will be able to get pictures taken with the $30,000 trophy during stops at Alabama Walmart stores in Tuscaloosa and Gardendale. The Coaches Trophy eventually will be displayed permanently at the university.

The school should charge for the photos to raise funds to help pay Alabama coach Nick Saban‘s $200,000 bonus for winning the national title. He earned $200,000 just for making it into the big game.

• BUY TIDE, SOME CLASS — Saban’s latest bonus is on top of his $4 million annual coaching salary.

He could use some of the extra cash to buy some Tide to wash out the red Gatorade that drenched his white shirt after another boorish celebratory dunking near the end of the game.

He also might want to buy a little class to prevent him from running up the score again like he did against Texas when his team led by 11 points but still ran for a 2-yard score with 47 seconds left.

At least the ensuing extra-point attempt failed.

• BASS MASTER — While the Football Bowl Subdivision title is back in Alabama, another prestigious award is no longer the sole possession of the South.

The 77-year-old “all-tackle record for largemouth bass” held by Georgian George Perry now must be shared with Japan’s Manabu Kurita, according to Friday’s ruling by the International Game Fish Association.

Kurita hooked his 22-pound, 4-ounce bass in July.

• ILLEGAL CONTACT — We at Leftovers think Pakistan could use a hug.

But that nation’s government apparently feels differently.

Pakistan’s parliament this week fined members of its national field hockey team after photos surfaced of some male players hugging a female liaison officer at the Champions Challenge tournament in Argentina last month. The fines ranged from $588 to $1,175.

The offensive hugging occurred during the tournament’s official players’ night dinner attended by other participating teams and officials.

“It is not our culture to hug a lady,” said Jamshed Dasti, chairman of Pakistan’s lower house standing committee on sports.

Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, a female member of the committee, said the photos sent the wrong message about Pakistan’s traditions and culture.

COMPILED BY JEFF WOLF LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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