To be honest, I don't like claiming the 1973 title or the one where we lost to Texas in the bowl game. The one from the 1940s is pretty lame as well. I guess it balances out 1966 and 1977.
"Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino
Here's what bothers me about people saying Alabama "Claims" 14 National Championships. We were AWARDED those, we're not claiming them. We're not walking through a parking lot saying "That's my car, and that's my car, and that's my car." No, we actually have keys to those cars. They're ours.
We were awarded the 1973 UPI National Championship. Were we supposed to have the foresight to say "Sorry guys, one day butthurt Notre Dame fans will claim that this title isn't legitimate, so thanks for the award, but I think we'll just let you keep it."
Sorry not gonna happen. Same with the others. These aren't simply claims, they were actually handed out by legitimate sources. I will say this. This wouldn't be an issue in anyone's mind if we didn't have 1941 floating around on our banners. That one year is the source of frustration for most opposing fans and opens the door to put all of our titles under a microscope.
It's amusing to see us slammed in that article for 1941 but the Irish get a pass on 1966.
I'll always look back as I walk away
This memory will last for eternity
And all of our tears will be lost in the rain
Til I find my way back to your arms again
Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard.
The best example of "hands off" parenting was Darth Vader.
I dislike obnoxious fans, wherever I find them. Every fan base has them. But those fans do not award national championships.
I count every single one of them and can't wait to see #15 on the helmet in one month.