Alabama piling up national titles
by Johnathan Bentley
Jun 02, 2012 | 1574 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johnathan Bentley
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Winning a championship isn’t easy.

From football to frisbee golf to dodgeball, winning a title is something to cherish.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed a lot of high school athletes who have predicted their team to win it all. Most of the time they’re wrong.

Saying you are going to win a championship and actually pulling it off are two very different things.

When I was in high school, our boys basketball team was the odds on favorite to win a state championship for three straight years.

During all three years, we were ranked No. 1 and dominated during the regular season — we won one title.

We were lucky to get that one.

In that first year, we were upset in the playoffs. We finished state runner up in the second season — losing due to a backcourt call in the closing seasons. In that third season, we finally hoisted the trophy.

How hard is it to win a championship? Just ask former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy. He guided the Bills to four straight Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993 — and lost them all.

Sure, the Bills were AFC champs four years in a row, but second place is still second place.

The Atlanta Braves aren’t far behind, capturing just one championship in five trips to the World Series. At the very least, the Braves got one.

Winning a championship takes a little luck — like Alabama’s Terrance Cody blocking two Tennessee field goals in a narrow win in 2009 or Clemson missing an overtime field goal against Auburn a year later. Both Alabama and Auburn went on to win championships.

Winning a championship is also all about timing.

The St. Louis Cardinals were far from the best team in baseball during the regular season in 2011. St. Louis wasn’t even in the playoff picture going into September, but they hit a hot streak and now the Cardinals are the defending World Series champions.

When a team combines luck and timing — it has the ability to win it all.

Alabama’s got the perfect combination working right now. The school currently has three national titles to its credit this calendar year and is working on two more.

The Tide honors its championship football coaches with statues. If the Tide begins honoring all of its championship coaches, some buildings will need to be bulldozed.

The year started with Alabama blanking LSU in the BCS National Championship game. It marked the Tide’s second BCS title in three years.

That was just the beginning.

Alabama’s gymnastics team followed suit with coach Sarah Patterson leading the Tide to a championship in April. It was Patterson’s sixth title at Alabama.

The Tide didn’t stop there.

Alabama’s women’s golf team captured its first championship just a week ago.

In just three more days, the Tide could make it 5-for-5 this year.

Alabama’s men’s golf team takes on Texas for the national championship today.

The teams meet in Los Angeles for the title (in what is a rematch of the 2009 BCS Championship game, which was held in the Rose Bowl).

We will have to see if history repeats itself. Hopefully for Texas, their No. 1 golfer won’t go down in the opening tee box the way quarterback Colt McCoy did in the first quarter of the 2009 game.

Alabama’s also in position in the Women’s College Softball Tournament. The No. 2-ranked Tide needs just one win today to earn a spot in the national championship series beginning on Monday.

Overall, it’s been quite a year.

I may have to change my opinion on championships being hard to win because Alabama’s making it look easy.

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Johnathan Bentley is the Sports Editor of Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at johnathan.bentley@mountaineagle.com.