I'm not originally from Tuscaloosa and I don't live there now, but T-town is very special to me.
It's special to any graduate of the University of Alabama.
Every time I see the footage from April 27th tornado tragedy or hear and read the stories from that day and on, it breaks my heart.
I know some think it silly that we could look at sports as a way to lift a community and a state, but it's true.
I can only imagine the joy people in Alabama are experiencing right now in the face of this past year's disaster, and it's only fitting that the Tide capture their title in the city of New Orleans.
Perhaps no other place in the country can identify with what the citizens in Dixie are experiencing more so than those that populate the Gulf coast.
You think sports can't give hope to a ravaged state or city? Ask the residents of New Orleans what the Saints' Super Bowl victory did for that town. Or even LSU's 2007 title.
Yes, it's not a real-world solution, but when you've experienced so many bad things in a period of time something as "trivial" as a championship can raise the spirits.
Can you honestly tell me that the people of Japan weren't inspired by their women's World Cup victory?
You can't compare tragedies. Their effects on the lives in their path are not measurable by yards, touchdowns or goals.
They are all bad.
With that in mind, it's just nice that those across the state of Alabama are focusing on something good today.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have made everyone proud, so celebrate Tuscaloosa.
You most certainly deserve it.