Earlier this morning sipping coffee still somewhat in awe over last nights win, I can't help but try and put it to words. I suck at it but oh well. Forum formatting was all messed up earlier so I didn't post.
For the past two seasons Bama has dominated every opponent in its path. Except last night. It took Alabama playing its worst fundamentally sound game in two years and LSU's best effort of three games within those two years, and they still couldn't beat the Tide. LSU had everything in its favor last night with Alabama on the ropes gasping for air. But this Tide team dug deep within itself and just like strong metal it bent but never broke. At the end of both halves the Tide unleashed impressive score leading drives. As AJ said in post game comments "the guys had the look in their eyes" when referencing the desire to score and win.
I am saying it now. We will make it to the national championship game. There is no doubt in my mind now. We faced every possible scenario last night to lose it all. Les was almost right when he said Tiger Stadium is where dreams come to die. In fact that might of even helped this Tide team in reminding them just what was at stake and about to slip away last night. Who knows? But what I saw last night was a team that knew they didn't play to the standard they set here. Instead of folding like most teams would have, they hung in there and weathered an almost hurricane category storm surge but they were not going to be denied. Every championship team has to be gut checked at leas once during the season before entering the big stage. Rarely does an undefeated team make it. But with all the cards stacked against us last night, this team never gave up and that is why I think nobody will stop us from making it to the big dance. Nobody can replicate what LSU gave us, in Tiger Stadium at night.
Did LSU deserve the win last night? Yes. I'm not going to dispute that fact at all. They played better than us for most of the night. But the better team won and don't let anyone try to spin it otherwise. Eerily opposite of last years game in BDS. The cajuns now know what we all felt last year. LSU had us circled since January and I'm sure prepared for us since then due to how we embarrassed them, now twice in thir state.....at night. They had a week off to rest. They had an electric charged night time atmosphere that could of powered the state on its own resources. They had a QB that finally lived up to the hype and torched our secondary in the second half. They gashed us with their running game a few times with their multi-headed stable of backs. They even resorted to trickery and the return of the Mad Hatter. Add all of that with our own .... poor execution on tackling and multiple mental errors and we still would not be denied.
Saban was right all along. He tried to explain it. This was indeed a boxing match. We traded blows for 60 minutes. We got knocked down but never knocked out of the fight. Instead we weathered the storm, bloody nose and all, but before the final bell rang we delivered a furry of punches ultimately knocking our opponent out cold. It was almost like Rocky part 2012.
Sorry for the rant but I'm just so proud of our guys. I know none of what I said is news to us. We know what we are about. I just think its our year, again. Roll Tide everyone!