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Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:18 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 8:11 am
 

NEW ORLEANS – It is just a different world they live in down here. A world where touchdowns and quarterbacks are optional, certainly not required. A world where the family budget is busted for $350 tickets to watch a kicking contest.

A world where football and Nick Saban are king. In an age of parity, Alabama has done to college football what Saban would like to do to the media now and then.

Apply a choke hold.

That gasping you heard from LSU Monday night at the BCS championship game was rematch revenge. This time it counted. This is what we’re left in a two-game series that was split and a season that, elsewhere, was fractured.

Might as well fracture it one more time. Alabama became the first team to win a national championship without winning its conference.

Another first in the BCS era. A shutout.

You noticed that, did you?  It many ways the rematch was a replay. In the teams’ two games there have been 10 field goals. Alabama got five of them from Jeremy Shelley on Monday. That was all the offense that was needed. Trent Richardson ran for the only touchdown in the two games of the century just for the heck of it.  

Maybe it was fitting in a season that distracted us from football, that even football couldn’t save us. The only constant was Saban, a iconic coach who has not only rigged the system, he has defined the system.

Alabama won its eighth national championship Monday in the BCS championship game the only way it could. With Bear Bryant-quality defense. It almost seemed like Saban mandated it. Every recruiting class he has had since coming to LSU in 2000 has experienced a national championship. That would be 2003 with the Tigers and 2009 and this season in 2011 with a Miami Dolphins dalliance in between.

This makes it two in three years for the Tide. At least 44 players now have two championship rings.

You want to win? You come to Alabama. It doesn't matter how it looks. Those deep-throated Tide fans who matched LSU's homestanding crowd 50/50 in the Superdome split didn't give a rip. The linebackers -- Courtney Upshaw, Nico Johnson, Dont'a Hightower and Jerrell Harris -- played themselves into legend status Monday harassing Jordan Jefferson all night.

LSU didn't cross the 50 until eight minutes remained. The Tigers’ biggest offensive play may have been Jefferson's tackle of Moseley. Moseley intercepted Jefferson who then took down the sophomore linebacker who seemed to injured his right knee. 

Didn't matter, Bama won missing its leading receiver -- Marquis Maze, injured early -- and one of its best linebackers. It won with Saban who knows the only currency that counts in the SEC is defense. 

 


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Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:03 am
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

So Ok state next time beat Iowa state and you might have a shot.
Iowa State had beaten a higher ranked team than Alabama did during the regular season and Iowa State played more top 25 teams (5) than Alabama (2) did. Way to be an arrogant fool.
They played 6 ranked teams and 2-4 againt them. Then got beat by 14 points in their bowl game against RUTGERS.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:01 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

It is just a different world they live in down here. A world where touchdowns and quarterbacks are optional, certainly not required. A world where the family budget is busted for $350 tickets to watch a kicking contest


This is typical prejudice, The south is different ( down here ). Those poor people wasting the hard earned pay on trivial things like football tickets. Poor babies are starving, dumb hicks. I demand an apology for all Southern People. What ticks you off more? The fact
that southern teams win? Or that the fans are poor and win? You pompous ASS.

We love football, Chicken, good friends and all the good things God provides us dumb hicks.




Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

I believe you need to check your statistics as Alabama played 4 top 25 teams, not just one.



Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

Over the years (almost 50) watching CF i have never been bothered by rabid fans in support of your team, been there in different decades lol but you oki st. peeps should put a muzzle on your coach,he is becoming a loose cannon (the season is over) anymore is a childish.He maybe will not like it but if he wants to set at the grownup table act like a grownup.




Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

usmc feel great and never worry about peeps like dodd that try to get a rise (comments)to keep their job that they are not capable of writing good enough for,they are just(( rich white trash))with a pathological case of penis envy that know only what their boyfriend or daddy tells them.They have no clue. Down here this is a man`s game something him and a couple others that work for CBS dont understand and dont want too that should tell you something about their limited capacity,so enjoy a great victory and dont throw your pearls before swine.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

If you consider" ugly" by complete domination of Alabama on both sides of the ball. I agree with you 100% ....



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

Boycott the Bowls Initiative:





Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

I have no beef with any fan's opinion because they should be mad as hell if their team doesn't win it all...good on you and I hope you are always as loyal to your team as I am my Crimson Tide. This comment, however, is about the article... Dodd's a prick who has no business insulting the Alabama culture (football or otherwise) - he isn't from BAMA and knows nothing of the pride we take in our good times and our hardships! It is indeed "a different world (we) live in down (here)" and our family budgets are none of your concern! You try to tear down proud people who work for what they have and take pride and comfort in their football being played hard nosed like we live our lives...get a life and don't concern yourself with ours!

Next, "a iconic coach who has not only rigged the system, he has defined the system" sounds like a weak accusation coming from an idiot who makes a living only commenting on other people's accomplishments. I challenge you to look at it from just a bit different perspective - given a system within which we must operate (no matter what your work is), is it not a pretty sound practice to adapt to that system learning how to thrive within it? Something about casting stones...hmmm?

Lastly, I'm not even sure -oh wait, I am sure- that you don't rate to mention Coach Bryant in your comments as he came from less than nothing and made far more of himself and the lives he touched than your pathetic existence will ever amount to!

In summary, should you care to talk about football - feel free. You absolutely have no right to make comments and inferences about people that you only have a surface conception of and absolutely no concept of our depth in character or resolve to keep fighting for righteousness! To those who post, this article isn't about your team as the people I describe are what I know and I also know and do, have, and will serve with great American people from all over this land that fit the exact same mold...continue to be great! Roll Tide!




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

Oklahoma St. played and beat 4 top 25 teams during the regular season (and a fifth in a bowl game). Alabama beat just 1 top 25 team during the regular season. And that gives you the right to be cocky? Strange world you live in.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Alabama wins ugly, but it's enough

So Ok state next time beat Iowa state and you might have a shot.
Iowa State had beaten a higher ranked team than Alabama did during the regular season and Iowa State played more top 25 teams (5) than Alabama (2) did. Way to be an arrogant fool.


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