I don’t know what it is about Alabama, but whether it’s Bear Bryant or Nick Saban — arguably the two best college football coaches of all time — ‘Bama has been the greatest conqueror since Genghis Khan.
In a delicious national title game Monday night in Glendale, Ariz., the Crimson Tide hung a 45-40 masterpiece win over previously unbeaten and supremely talented Clemson.
A masterpiece that should be preserved in water color, framed and hung on walls everywhere.
Two special teams plays — a Tide-changing onside kick and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown — in the fourth quarter were the difference.
For Saban, a 64-year-old icon who still immerses himself in the details of an old-school offense, a defensive front physical enough to wrestle the hordes of the aforementioned Genghis Khan, and a Herculean daily work ethic, it was his fifth career national championship and fourth in the past seven years at ‘Bama.
I do believe that the man and his program deserve our rapturous applaud.
Granted, it would have been dandy had Crimson been able to become the first team to go 15-0 in the modern era.
But, as Socrates once philosophized, spit happens.
After all, legend has it that Eve offered the apple to Adam during a Friday lunch in the Garden of Eden dining hall. If only pears had been on the menu.