With their heartbreaking 48-45 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Alabama has been all but ousted from the College Football Playoff for the first time in the event's existence.
After the game, many Alabama fans were angered with their kicker, Joseph Bulovas, who missed a game-tying 30-yard field goal in the final minutes. On Sunday, Bulovas posted an apology on Twitter to Crimson Tide nation.
It's sad that a college sophomore feels the need to post something like this, most likely in response to the hate and vitriol that has been spewed his way in recent days. As if Alabama fans haven't experienced enough success in recent years, many of them feel the need to pile up their woes onto Bulovas.
Alabama's heralded defense gave up a full 34 points (not counting the two pick-sixes) to an Auburn offense that has been largely inconsistent all year. Ole Miss held this team to 20 points. That's a recipe for disaster under any circumstance, no matter how good your offense is. While Bulovas had a chance to save face on behalf of Bama's atrocious defense, the blame should not solely be placed on his right leg.
And then there were the referees, who made a blatant error right before halftime that allowed Auburn to score three points.
With this apology letter, Buvolas has somewhat salvaged a terrible situation by shining with his character and guts by addressing this situation. He may not get another opportunity to kick for the Crimson Tide, but at the very least he'll be able to keep his head up.