It's been a quick three, almost four years for Alabama football. When Nick Saban was hired, the program was at an all-time low. Scholarship penalties and probation took their toll, there was a coaching carousel coming through T-town, and the Tide was on a six-game losing streak to arch-rival Auburn.
My, how things change. Alabama has returned to its place as a dominant powerhouse with a 2009 national championship and the program's first Heisman trophy.
Many fans are actually already considering the 2010 season a disappointment after 'Bama dropped games against South Carolina and LSU. A loss at the hands of No. 2 Auburn Friday would only add insult to injury for these fickle fans. Apparently many have forgotten that just a few years ago, getting the sixth win to become bowl eligible was a great accomplishment for 'Bama. Now it seems that any season that falls short of a BCS bowl, or even a national championship, is a bummer.
Indeed, Alabama has many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here are five of them.