Monday, January 11, 2016

College Football National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide Vs Clemson Tigers

Don’t expect me, a devout Bama fan whose allegiance to the Crimson Tide began when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, to be dispassionate about tonight’s national championship game between my beloved boys from Tuscaloosa and the Clemson Tigers.
My loyalty dates back to the days of legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant who returned to his alma mater in 1958 and brought the Tide’s football program into dominance by winning national championships in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979.  The “Bear” was immensely beloved and his legacy lives on in the Houndstooth apparel seen in every stadium where the Tide plays.  Coach Bryant won 15 conference championships, was named College Football Coach of the Year three times and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.  Only one other football head coach, Earl Blaik, has ever received the nation’s highest civilian award.
In 1986, the “Bear: was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.  The ultimate symbol of coaching excellence in collegiate football, the College Football Coach of the Year Award was renamed in his honor.

This past Saturday, according to, Clemson players were telling the media they are tired of Alabama living off its reputation.
Mackensie Alexander, Clemson's top cornerback, believes Alabama's favored status is based more on what the Crimson Tide has historically done than what it'll do against the Tigers in Arizona. The outspoken star told a group of reporters, "You guys know we've got a better team. 
"We are 14-0, and we were underdogs last week, it's all a brand thing," Alexander said. "Everyone cares about the brand, the Alabama brand. I understand it's a lot of fans, and they've done it for a long time, but this is a new year, and it's our time."
The Crimson Tide has played their hearts out on the field.  Standards have been raised; all built upon the most storied program in football history.  Their greatest achievement lies ahead tonight in Alabama’s quest for National Championship No. 16.  The Clemson Tigers will try and fail to knock the Tide off their pedestal.
Not this year Clemson.  Not this year! 

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