Nick Saban: Trying to get Tide to listen to me instead of to media

After a one-score victory over unranked Texas A&M on Saturday, Alabama coach Nick Saban complained about the positive media coverage of his top-ranked team, likening it to “rat poison.”

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of you guys,” Saban said in comments directed to reporters gathered in the postgame news conference. “All that stuff you write about how good we are? All that stuff they hear on ESPN? It’s like poison. Like rat poison.”

Micheal Ferland, Kris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund also scored, and Mike Smith made 25 saves for his first victory with Calgary.

Brandon Tanev, Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Steve Mason, pulled after giving up five goals in a 7-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, stopped 39 shots.

“We had a difficult time moving the puck,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “I think they got a little faster. They closed some time and space on us and we had a difficult time making the adjustment that you’ve got to go hard and fast in this league and they won’t slow down for you. We got a little bit slow, real slow, slow with the puck and ended up having to play in area we’re not real good at right now.”

Flames newcomer Jaromir Jagr wasn’t in the lineup because he wanted Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal more time to recover his game legs.

Calgary improved to 17-17-12 in home openers . . . Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien MLB Authentic Jerseys played his 500th game for the Jets franchise.