“This is what SEC football is all about,” I heard John Adams say from across the newsroom.
“This might be the best video I’ve ever seen.”
We hear a lot of crazy things here at the News Sentinel, but this one really piqued my interest. Adams, a senior sports columnist, had been watching the above video on repeat, and it struck a serious chord with him.
Following a 34-31 overtime loss by the Arkansas Razorbacks to Louisiana-Monroe, die-hard fan LIZHONEY2U took to YouTube to express a heartfelt tribute. Decked in Arkansas gear — including a taped-up nose — Liz sings “United We Stand,” intermittently whispering words of encouragement to individual players.
“The SEC is known for some of the greatest college football in the country. Its fans are equally compelling. But there is a line between great and mental. Standing on the latter side of that line is Arkansas Razorbacks fan and YouTube nightmare-in-the-making, LIZHONEY2U,” USA Today writes.
John Adams echoed exactly that sentiment. Curious by his bold statement that this might be the greatest video ever, I asked him to explain why he finds this fan video so iconic. Here is what he told me.
She’s been emotionally damaged by a loss. SEC fans are crazed — and she embodies that. But instead of poisoning trees, she sings her heart out.
Obviously, she needs to see a therapist. But the thing is, all SEC fans need to see a therapist.
I wonder, can I get this as my ringtone?
Adams was particularly fond of how Liz ended the video: After concluding her song, she whispers, “Alabama, you better look out.”
I don’t know about you, but I think they might want to heed her warning.