08 January 2010
As I type this, I'm flying at 569 miles per hour somewhere over El Paso, watching Nick Saban's live press conference. And, I'm on the internet. To paraphrase Patton Oswalt, it's a miracle, and no one cares.
But that's not the real miracle today.
That was one hot mess the Tide put up in a winning effort. Greg McElroy played poorly. The kickoff return team slept through most of the game. The punter threw an interception. Leigh Tiffin closed his career with an extra point attempt that ricocheted nearly to San Deigo. Even the Gatorade bath didn't go off flawlessly.
If you'd told me that we'd have that sequence of events yesterday afternoon, I'd have been gravely concerned. There's no way Bama wins that game and makes that many mistakes.
But when the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Tide won. It wasn't pretty, but it was a victory. Cynics will say that the victory was tarnished by the absence of Colt McCoy for any meaningful football. The thing about football (and sport generally) is that you have to play the hand you're dealt. As TSIB points out, Sam Bradford wasn't healthy for the Red River Rivalry, and I'm guessing no one in burnt orange considers that tainted.
In this game, Bama's defensive QB (Rolando McClain) wasn't healthy either - he was still very much under the weather. Additionally, if Alabama's biggest offensive weapon went down, Trent Richardson proved he was ready to step up.
The bottom line here is that the Tide won. They did so because of talented, well coached players. The defense was stifling for much of the game, and the offense managed to run the ball well enough to win. And win they did.
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