Alabama Football: Why Success Has Not Made the Crimson Tide Boring
I've recently had some people ask me, "Aren't you bored watching Alabama destroy everyone?"
Simply put, no.
Do I long for stomach-twisting, nail-biting affairs that take years off my life?
Consistent greatness can often take a hungry fan base and spoil them to the point of absurdity. With our current state of affairs at The Capstone, it's hard to imagine things ever being bad again, or even as bad as they were just six years ago.
The fact is that you can never take success for granted.
I don't think even the drunkest Saban-aid-drinking Alabama fan could have fathomed the bountiful winning that has been blessed upon the Tide faithful.
You knew that the program's fortunes were about to take a turn for the better when an intoxicated Alabama fan hugged and kissed Nick Saban back in 2007 when he arrived in Tuscaloosa, but this amount of winning has been astounding.
Since the first season of change to present day Alabama has compiled a record of 62-12 with an SEC title and two crystal footballs.
Perhaps someone else is able to become numb to winning, but not me.
Alabama had roughly three seasons of success from 1997-2007.
They somehow bumbled their way to an SEC title in 1999 on the backs of Chris Samuels and Shaun Alexander, despite the incompetence of Mike Dubose.
Alabama won 10 games in 2002 but were ineligible to play in the postseason.
Even Mike Shula was able to sneak a 10-win campaign in back in 2005.
Scattered about were embarrassing home loses to Louisiana Tech, Central Florida, a six-game Auburn winning streak and a 3-8 2000 season. Worst of all was surrendering a 4th and 19 play in overtime to Tennessee back in 2003.
Alabama cycled through four head coaches in that 10-year period, with one, Mike Price, never actually even coaching a game.
Personally, I remember sitting in a sleet- and freezing-rain rattled Bryant Denny Stadium as Alabama dropped their eighth game of the season to their arch rival back in 2000.
Even in Shula's final year, Alabama struggled to take down opponents like Duke and Florida Atlantic. While any realistic Alabama fan would applaud Mike Shula for shepherding Alabama through a disastrous time he was in way over his head.
Currently, the Crimson Tide is operating at an optimal level of domination not seen in my 34 years of living.
It's a spectacle I enjoy each week and I hope it continues this week when those cowbell-toting Mississippi State Bulldogs make the trek down Highway 82 to face Alabama.
No matter what sports team you support, if they are having success, you need to savor every minute of it.
You never know when your team will be on the losing side of history.
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