God has some competition in Alabama

Stan Diel of The Birmingham News has a story Monday that's sure to get plenty of debate and trigger some delicate discussion.

Diel points out that Saban has more fans on Facebook than God in the state of Alabama.

I'll let everybody else be the judge as to whether that's something to be proud of, but did you catch the quote in the story from the senior pastor at Birmingham's Southside Baptist Church?

Talk about telling it like it is.

Said the Rev. Stephen Jones: "If the Blessed Virgin Mary was going to appear in a field in Alabama, and Nick Saban was going to appear, who do you think would draw the most people?"

For the record, Jones is a 1977 graduate of Auburn.