ESPNs Wright Thompson portrays his interviewee as a split personality, not in the DSM-IVR sense but in the average guy who also becomes a different person on the subject of Alabama football.
As the tale of Updyke and the interview itself unfold, I'm easily reminded of how people become different versions of themselves on Saturdays in the Fall. And while I would never resort to defending my team's honor by castrating an alligator (can gators even be castrated...??), I'm also certain that there are people in my day to day life that would not recognize me as readily on gamedays.
Following our teams as passionately as we do here in the South allows us to experience a broad range of emotions just like Updyke:
But I'm glad I can safely store my obsessive insanity neatly underneath my seat in Sanford Stadium.
Hope the Opelika pokey gets ESPN.