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They could’ve saddled up the Four Horsemen on Secretariat. Brought back the Gipper with an experimental injection of stem cells. Flown Touchdown Jesus in on the blimp and put Rudy in the game from the start. It wouldn’t have mattered. All the while Notre Dame was reliving history, Alabama was making it. All over the golden domes of the Fighting Irish. Only one team played like a champion Monday in the BCS National Championship Game. Only one team shook down the thunder with old-school football and woke up the echoes of the greatest dynasties in the sport. Yea. Alabama.
You have to hand it to Greg McElroy. He just got the better of one Heisman Trophy winner, and for the second time. Now he can set his sights on outdoing another owner of a stiff-arm statue. Watch your back, Cam Newton. OK, that’s as much of a stretch as McElroy comparing himself to Newton – more on that in a moment – but you can’t deny that the former Alabama quarterback is about to play the most important football game of his professional life.
Some coaching staffs lose the reigning national recruiter of the year in December, and some fans bases might waver between worry and panic. Alabama loses Jeremy Pruitt to Florida State – a year after Pruitt helped land his biggest fish in T.J. Yeldon – and Crimson Tide fans respond matter-of-factly in unison. Next. They’ve learned something in the six years that Nick Saban has been the Alabama head coach. Continuity on a coaching staff can be highly overrated.
It takes luck to win a national championship. Not Andrew Luck, who never quite got there during his brilliant career at Stanford. You just need a little plain old-fashioned good fortune. Mix a little luck with a lot of talent, experience, direction and desire, and you’ve got the ingredients that go into the making of a crystal football.
Lache Seastrunk once called Nick Saban to apologize. Now it’s Saban’s turn. He should call Seastrunk to say thank you. Seastrunk was one of the stars Saturday night in Baylor’s 52-24 upset of No. 1 Kansas State, which helped put Alabama’s BCS championship destiny back in its own hands. The sophomore running back playing his first season of college ball carried a career-high 19 times for a career-best 185 yards, including a career-long 80-yard touchdown sprint in the third quarter that pretty much put K-State to sleep.
Nick Saban has all the luck. How many coaches get a do-over in the national championship game? Saban’s on his way to doing it twice. Last year, he figured out how to beat LSU in the BCS Championship Game by losing to the Tigers in the regular season. This year, he gets to prep for Oregon against Oregon Lite. Also known as Texas A&M. What better way to be ready for the swoosh of the Ducks than to experience the blur of the Aggies? No college football team plays the game at the speed of light quite like Oregon, but Texas A&M comes close.
Do we have to do this every year? Do we have to call out the most extreme and unnecessary hyperbole about the Alabama football team? Apparently, as long as coaches like Steve Spurrier and screaming heads like Skip Bayless walk the earth.