I Am The Gooey Filling Of The Oatmeal Creme Pie And I Deserve The Credit For Alabama’s Dynasty

After six championships in eleven years, the oatmeal-based Little Debbie cake makes its case for glory.

Raleigh McCool
3 min readJan 15, 2021


Image Copyright: Little Debbie.

“(Nick) Saban is a big believer in oatmeal cream pies” — Sports Illustrated, 1/6/2018

When you’ve won six championships in eleven seasons, everybody wants to know your secret. How you train, recruit, motivate, practice, and, year after year after year, win. And while there are many who’ve earned their place in 21st century Alabama lore, if anyone deserves credit for the Crimson Tide’s dynasty, it’s me, the gooey filling of an Oatmeal Creme Pie.

Most folks heap praise on Nick Saban, now the winningest college football coach by titles in the history of the sport. There’s a reason Coach Saban has a statue outside of the stadium: he’s a master of defensive schemes, fussing at anyone within earshot, and never appearing remotely happy or content, even after a half-dozen championships or creme pies. He’s what makes Bama Bama. Well, we make a creme pie a creme pie, and he eats two of us each morning, so who’s the G.O.A.T. now?

Like Coach always mutters under his breath each morning before sunrise as he rips open the box and tears into my teammates, we win as a team and we lose as a team. And I’ll be the first to admit we’ve had some good teams around here. That 2009 Mark Ingram bunch was fun as hell, the 2015 team was tougher than week-old Kroger brand Little Debbie cakes, and the gaudy offensive numbers this year’s team put up just about makes me creme myself (think about that!).

All those great teams didn’t just happen. Something had to bring those players together. Something bigger than themselves. Something sticky. Something gooey.

I’ve heard sports radio gasbags asking the same tired questions for a while now — why me? Does the synthetic creme pie filling deserve credit for even one of Alabama’s titles this century, much less all six? Is the decadent center of Nick Saban’s daily sacrament overrated?

Frankly, if you’re not in the trenches with me every morning, sandwiched between two sugary oatmeal-based wafers, I don’t care what you have to say. I…



Raleigh McCool

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