The legend of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains strong during the NCAA Tournament.
On Saturday, Alabama faced Villanova in East Region play in Pittsburgh. After only trailing 32-27 at halftime, the Crimson Tide saw the top-seeded Wildcats open a comfortable double-digit lead in the second half. The sight wasn’t pretty if you’re an Alabama fan.
Of course, Nick Saban’s move to put in Tagovailoa in the second half of the National Championship Game against Georgia in January was on the mind of many Twitter users as the deficit for the Crimson Tide’s basketball team grew larger. Tagovailoa, a freshman, led Alabama back from a 13-point halftime hole to claim the Crimson Tide’s fifth national title under Saban.
We’ve collected a few of the many Tagovailoa-related jokes made Saturday below:
Alabama should put Tua in.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) March 17, 2018
Welp. Time for Avery Johnson to put in Tua. #RollTide
— Stoney Keeley (@StoneyKeeley) March 17, 2018
I think it’s time to put Tua in
— Courtney Wood (@courtwood3141) March 17, 2018
— Worth Stuart (@IAmWorthStuart) March 17, 2018
Hey @CoachAvery6 can you put in Tua here? That play did wonders for Saban
— James Herndon (@HerndonDebate) March 17, 2018
.@AlabamaMBB time to put Tua in
— Daniel Tortorici (@DannyTort) March 17, 2018
Why hasn’t Bama put Tua in yet? #MarchMaddness
— Matt Horsey (@m_horsey) March 17, 2018
Might want to put Tua in Bama
— Rebecca Radcliffe (@Rebecca_Ann_14) March 17, 2018
NO offense! Can we put Tua in?
— bamafan3737 (@JPenchosky) March 17, 2018
— Jim Whaley (@jimwhaley) March 17, 2018
Bama should have put Tua in to start the 2nd half. Big mistake not to.
— Jody Sargent (@JodySargent) March 17, 2018
Count on this trend continuing as long as memories of Tagovailoa’s stellar play against the Bulldogs remain fresh. You’ll remember that many Twitter users made this Tagovailoa joke as the New England Patriots trailed early against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. So this Tagovailoa joke has staying power, apparently.
Blame Georgia’s defense if you’re getting tired of seeing “put in Tua” flood your Twitter feed.