Here’s my story that ran on A1 this morning in The Decatur Daily. You know the topic.
TUSCALOOSA — Captivated by the screens above the bar, a nervous silence settled over the near-campus establishment on an otherwise sleepy Sunday evening.
Turn down the music, crank up the TV, and start praying.
Just after 7:15, the peace was broken and the wishes were granted.
The party began when the Alabama football team was officially announced as one of two participants in the Jan. 9 BCS National Championship Game.
Singing along with the Crimson Tide fight song, the crowd of mostly students reveled in the prospect of a rematch with No. 1 LSU with everything at stake in New Orleans.
In Birmingham, a certainly similar scene played out at the Alabama football team banquet. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said he didn’t know the final verdict until it was announced live on television with the whole room watching.
Alabama’s 9-6 overtime loss to LSU on Nov. 5 shouldn’t matter when the Tide aims for its second national title in three seasons, Saban said.
“Just look at NFL games. You play all your teams in your division twice,” he said. “Nobody seems to think too much about those rematches. You always play teams in the playoffs that you played in the regular season.
“Sometimes the teams that play in the Super Bowl have played each other before, and all those games play out differently.”
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