Rooms booked, tickets on the way, let the countdown begin!

I woke up last week, immediately and anxiously checking my email to see if there was one from the Alabama Athletic Department. Well there it was and it said my ticket request for the 2012 NCG had been filled.  Thank God, and parental Tide Pride points!

If you had asked me six weeks ago yesterday, after a 9-6 overtime loss on November 5th, if I thought Bama had a chance to get back in the title hunt, my answer would have been a resounding “NO”.  I remember walking out of the game with my dreams of going to the NCG (that’s the National Championship Game for all you who are yet to Talk Fresh) a mere dream.  I was figuring we’d have to settle for a measly BCS bowl that wasn’t the NCG and play Boise (yes, Bama fans are spoiled, and yes, any bowl game other than the NCG is “measley”).

But against all odds, a “measley BCS bowl” was not meant to be.  In the weeks to come, the stars aligned perfectly, mercury came out of retrograde, and critical teams kept falling and Bama kept winning.

Next thing you know, we have Alabama one game away from sealing the deal with a win against Auburn. After a resounding old-fashioned spanking on The Plains (aka: Auburn, Alabama), all we could do was watch as Oklahoma basically gave OK State the game to try and slide into the NCG.  And somehow, everything magically fell into place for the first SEC vs SEC BCS National Championship Game. Some call it the rematch of the century, and I have to agree.

What it took for Alabama to get back in the title picture:

Week 11: TCU beating Boise St.36-35

Week 12: Iowa St. beating Oklahoma St. 37-31, USC beating Oregon 38-35, and Baylor beating Oklahoma 45-38

You have to understand a few things about being from Alabama.  We take our football very seriously down here.  You can’t claim to be an Alabama fan if you don’t have high expectations for the Tide.  If we’re not going to the NCG, we might as well not be playing in a bowl.  Winning championships is what we do (#14 coming soon), and the fanbase expects no less.  Just ask Bill Curry, a former Bama coach who went 10-1 in 1989, lost to our rival Auburn 3 years in a row, was the national coach of the year, and was fired the next year because you DO NOT lose to Auburn.   The quote “At some places they play football, at Alabama, we live it” is actually very true around here (and apparently it’s true for the big town of Gordo, Alabama, too lolz– check out this picture).

Now here we are.  Rooms booked, tickets on the way, and it’s time to start the countdown to the rematch of the century. 22 days from now we will be leaving for New Orleans to experience the big easy and Bama’s 14 National Championship. All I have to say is you mad Okey St?

Until next time Stay Fresh My Friends and Roll Tide!

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