They say that history has a way of repeating itself. And when it comes to this year’s BCS National Championship game, you may want to scratch the date off of the game and etch in “1992”.
The University of Alabama enters Monday night’s game slated at #2 in the country, behind this year’s version of the Miami Hurricanes, #1 LSU.
Like their sleazy brothers from the late 80’s and early 90’s, LSU players are helping themselves to all the cameras and microphones the national media offers them. And like the Hurricanes, LSU is running their mouths this side of kick-off.
“Traditionally it’s been the conference champions that should be in,” said Tiger offensive guard Will Blackwell. “We really didn’t feel like they (Alabama) earned their spot in the game.”
Morris Claiborne echoed similar sentiments in interviews as well.
The coaches are saying the right things, but you get the feeling the Bengal Tigers aren’t giving the Tide their due.
Some members of the media sure aren’t, like in 1992 when Corky Simpson was the lone media member who believed from way out in Arizona, it’s harder to find someone who will sign their name beside the prediction of a Tide win.
Leading the charge of the detractors is Tim Brando, the slimey attention whore who loves the sound of his own voice more than life itself. Brando has become a caricature of himself in recent years due to his incessant, insane babbling over Boise State and his disdain for the BCS system.
The Louisiana resident has become transparent through the years, trading the integrity someone with a microphone should have for the personal agendas he’s constantly trying to pimp on the air.
But from sea to shining sea, it’s becoming harder and harder to find someone who will say Alabama can and will win this game, and I’m really not sure why.
The November 5th match-up was the only game that looked that way on either team’s schedule. LSU demolished everyone in their path in 2011, but so did Alabama.
The game was decided by field goals because neither team could find the endzone. The difference was, Alabama’s field goal attempts came from the shadows of Denny Chimes, whereas on every attempt LSU’s kicker was planting his foot on or inside the Alabama 20.
Another difference was Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had not “been there” before, having his worst game of the year. How much advantage will it be that he’s seen the Tigers at game speed and now knows what to anticipate?
But let me drop some knowledge on you: If Josh Chapman doesn’t get flagged for a block in the back on Mark Barron’s interception return to the five yard line, or if Michael Williams comes down with the pass that if thrown 1/100th of a second sooner is a completion, if not a touchdown, the world is talking about how Bama demolished Mark Richt in Atlanta and is poised for its second BCS National Championship in three years under Nick Saban.
The rematch may have still happened, but the open agendas and Alabama fatigue aren’t hitting the airwaves as early and often as you’re hearing them.
It’s just painfully obvious to everyone without an agenda that Alabama has every reason to believe it can and will hoist the Crystal football late Monday night.
And, for that reason, truth be known, the Alabama head coach everyone fears and loves to hate will enjoy the win even more.
I know this Bama fan will. Just like I did in the same city, on the same field, in 1992.