Alabama 2023 is a SPECIAL team

81usaf92

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First… I will say that seeing this team in the spring and seeing this team in fall camp I really thought just making to Atlanta with the stable of quarterbacks we had was a massive accomplishment. The Texas game and the next 2 games looked like those assessments look like the truth. But this team after halftime of Tennessee clicked and kept getting better. Are they close to their peak… yes no maybe but it will be nice to see in the playoffs. But I’ll take beating Georgia. Being wrong in this aspects is something I’m happy about.

Milroe… probably is the only quarterback that I have ever seen in my life that went from a massive liability to a guy that SHOULD be in NYC. I didn’t see it coming after a horrible scrimmage in the fall and how bad the Texas game was. Kudos to him, and it will be fun to see him the rest of the way and next year.

The coordinators…. The best two we have had at the same time in a while. For all the doubts and reservations many had on both in the offseason after Pruitt got locked out of college football and the many that turned us down I think we can all be happy and relieved that we finally have competent play calling this year after years and years of having only one at best. Steele and Rees coached their ass off.

I’m happy to be wrong on somethings this year and this has been one of the most fun rides ever. Beating Georgia today even when our offense wasn’t great for much of the game SHOULD get us in, but if it doesn’t then knowing we STOPPED Georgia from achieving legendary accomplishments and winning the SEC is a hell of an accomplishment.

I know for some this is not enough of “crow” or acknowledgement but so be it. I’m telling you that is something very very special and I thought 2015 and 2020 would never be topped.

Anyways. RTR. SEC Champs. Stay safe and celebrate responsibly.
 

STONECOLDSABAN

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Im so very proud of this team. Even if we get turned away from the playoff, this will always be one of my favorite teams. They did NOT give up! Roll Tide!!
Dude…the amount of memories this team has created. The comeback against Tennessee. Beating lsu when they had a bonafide Heisman contender. The milroe miracle. Now costing Georgia a chance at a three peat. Just awesome…
 

Bama_N_Va

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I've got to say, I've watched, over the years, more than a few of the Post Game Press conference with CNS. The session next night was the most satisfying of them all and CNS was in a very good mood but more importantly, I see that Bama now seems to be pulling in the same direction, have above average to excellent Leadership in the locker room, and seem to have 100% buy-in in values, goals, etc.

I hope we make it. ANY TEAM facing us will need to 'bring it' to beat us. I don't see a fall off in commitment for the next couple games.

Lastly, I hope we can translate this years team leadership and carry that over to next year. With Bama basically having to reinvent/re-discover some of the core principals, this bodes well for next year.

And very lastly, lets hope we don't lose any coaches!!!!
 

Lifer

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Beat them we did. All teams learn, good things must come to an end.Oklahoma, Nebraska, Georgia, Miami, Florida, Alabama, Texas....
Nobody balances themselves on the head of a needle forever.
Enjoy the win, and the season, this is a special team.
 

TideRollsInPa

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I think what makes this team so enjoyable to watch is that it is just that, a team. No "big" name NFL talent (yet). Just a bunch of young men developing together week after week. In a time when college football is headed in the wrong direction, this Alabama team is a throwback to what it once was. I'm having the best ride in many years with this team. RollTide
 

selmaborntidefan

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There aren't a lot of "wild rides" with Alabama; we're not exactly the 70s and 80s Braves who are just hoping to make it to .500. Our seasons GENERALLY consist of:

1) national title contenders/winners - about 90% of the time
2) improvement over last year's rough year (the Perkins-Curry years and the probation era)
3) the wild ride

Because #1 is SO HIGH, we don't have very many like #3.

The only ones "sort of" comparable to this year - in my fandom since 1978 - are:

1) 1989
We were a "soft" 9-3 team in 1988. We lost our QB in September, blew a lead to LSU in November (a win there would have made the Iron Bowl a winner to New Orleans bowl), lost our Heisman candidate RB (Bobby Humphrey) in September, had the controversies with Hurricane Gilbert, the rock through Curry's window, and getting nothing better than the Sun Bowl...and wound up 9-3 when we were two plays from 11-1 but also three plays from 6-6. Started at 14 and ended at 20.

So when we began 1989 at #17 and then lost our QB for the season, who could have known:
- falling behind Ole Miss, 21-0, five minutes into the game then blowing them back to Oxford with 62
- the incredible Thomas Rayam block to salvage the Penn State game
- the first-ever return of a PAT for 2 points the other way in Tide history vs LSU
- Siran Stacy cutting up Tennessee almost all by himself
- having to go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl

THAT was a wild ride, but it ended two games too early. We were more like the 1988 team than the 1991 team that had close calls as well.

2) 1994
This is my favorite non-title year as a Tide fan. All we did was win, whatever it took. We SURVIVED in some incredible situations - against Eric Zeier and UGA, a talented Miss State team, an Auburn team with 0 losses in 2 full years, Peyton Manning-led Tennessee IN Knoxville no less...just incredible.

Even in the Florida game, we never gave up and were in it to win it.


3) This year
It's been a WEIRD year.

I was thinking 3-4 losses, AT LEAST 2, after Texas beat us, largely because I didn't know the LSU defense was going to resemble Iraq in Desert Storm.
 

Lifer

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There aren't a lot of "wild rides" with Alabama; we're not exactly the 70s and 80s Braves who are just hoping to make it to .500. Our seasons GENERALLY consist of:

1) national title contenders/winners - about 90% of the time
2) improvement over last year's rough year (the Perkins-Curry years and the probation era)
3) the wild ride

Because #1 is SO HIGH, we don't have very many like #3.

The only ones "sort of" comparable to this year - in my fandom since 1978 - are:

1) 1989
We were a "soft" 9-3 team in 1988. We lost our QB in September, blew a lead to LSU in November (a win there would have made the Iron Bowl a winner to New Orleans bowl), lost our Heisman candidate RB (Bobby Humphrey) in September, had the controversies with Hurricane Gilbert, the rock through Curry's window, and getting nothing better than the Sun Bowl...and wound up 9-3 when we were two plays from 11-1 but also three plays from 6-6. Started at 14 and ended at 20.

So when we began 1989 at #17 and then lost our QB for the season, who could have known:
- falling behind Ole Miss, 21-0, five minutes into the game then blowing them back to Oxford with 62
- the incredible Thomas Rayam block to salvage the Penn State game
- the first-ever return of a PAT for 2 points the other way in Tide history vs LSU
- Siran Stacy cutting up Tennessee almost all by himself
- having to go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl

THAT was a wild ride, but it ended two games too early. We were more like the 1988 team than the 1991 team that had close calls as well.

2) 1994
This is my favorite non-title year as a Tide fan. All we did was win, whatever it took. We SURVIVED in some incredible situations - against Eric Zeier and UGA, a talented Miss State team, an Auburn team with 0 losses in 2 full years, Peyton Manning-led Tennessee IN Knoxville no less...just incredible.

Even in the Florida game, we never gave up and were in it to win it.


3) This year
It's been a WEIRD year.

I was thinking 3-4 losses, AT LEAST 2, after Texas beat us, largely because I didn't know the LSU defense was going to resemble Iraq in Desert Storm.
This post reads like someone who had been a newspaper reporter. I recall these years and seasons but nowhere near the details you site here! Wow! AI assisted?
 

Lifer

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Not new to Bama football. I had Bama players like Robin Parkhouse, Leroy Jordan, , Woodrow Lowe, Joe Namath, and Wilbur Jackson scrolled on my blue canvas 3 ring binder in grade school. I do enjoy reading you guys. i originally joined when Mike Price disgraced the head coach position. I was under userid JAXFLBAMAFAN but it somehow got removed, not suspended so I rejoined with my current ID, which I like even better. I am retired and disabled (MS) so like some others I’m sure, this site is a window to the outside in many ways for me.
 

theballguy

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Milroe… probably is the only quarterback that I have ever seen in my life that went from a massive liability to a guy that SHOULD be in NYC. I didn’t see it coming after a horrible scrimmage in the fall and how bad the Texas game was. Kudos to him, and it will be fun to see him the rest of the way and next year.
Honestly, I expected 8-4. I'm an idiot. I'll never quit my day job now.
 
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Tidelines

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The ultimate test for a team to me is having the lead with two or three minutes left in the game. Getting the ball and running the rest of the time off with first downs. It means they have ( as coach Saban says ) imposed their will on the opponent. It's one thing to do it against UT Chattanooga, but to do it to Georgia in the SEC Championship game is a special achievement.
 

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The ultimate test for a team to me is having the lead with two or three minutes left in the game. Getting the ball and running the rest of the time off with first downs. It means they have ( as coach Saban says ) imposed their will on the opponent. It's one thing to do it against UT Chattanooga, but to do it to Georgia in the SEC Championship game is a special achievement.
This right here was probably my favorite part of the game. i was really worried that we couldn't run the clock out and would have to punt it back. After Milroe's long run, I knew it was over.
 

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