Alabama Best Football Team 2011-12 from LSU Fan
Congratulations to Bama on one of the best games ever played by a team. It was superb execution, and that Dan Wetzel piece on Yahoo "Awful Title game" to me demonstrates how sad times our changing in that substance is not appreciated, let alone recognized. Bama dominated every aspect of the game that was decided on the field. Another board is whining about the refs, but I actually can’t think of any real refereeing issues as they let the boys play on both teams. In real time, I first thought there was a Bama horse collar in the 1st half, but replay showed the tackler just slid to the back after the hit. Likewise, LSU defense had some close pass interference non calls and on a sack, the Bama defender hand simply grazed Jefferson’s head as he ducked. I like that none of those things were deemed fouls. I’ve also seen someone accusing Ron Brooks of a cheap shot. If there was a fair catch signal, I can see how Brooks missed it both in real time and even replay, but regardless he made a good form tackle and did not try to injure the returner. The penalty there to me was 50/50, but to call or not to call did not have any effect on the game. I’ve also seen the out coached arguments. Again, I think both staffs did a good job in terms of preparation. Alabama players simply executed better and kept the "intangible" LSU component, the big emotional play, from occurring.
I think Alabama won the game with solid kick coverage and some good punt returns. Not to diminish anything else, but LSU has been emotionally dependent on big plays in their return games and either big hits or flipping the field in kicking. Bama poured water on that fire early. Offensively, Bama controlled the tempo. Now even with the yardage and score, I think LSU played more solid defensively in this game than in the first. They failed to create a turnover, but unlike in the first game they only had a few breakdowns where Bama could capitalize. Credit the Alabama offense which might have put up 50 against other teams last night, but the LSU depth kept that from happening last night even with the time of possession. On the other side, the Bama defense deserves credit, but the LSU offense had some opportunities and failed to capitalize. Of course that’s accomplished more easily watching and not playing.
Before someone gets upset, all I’m saying is that Alabama won/dominated as a team. Over a season, the defense will rank as one of the best ever in college football. In the game last night, however, the offense and special teams deserve as much praise as the defense for the victory.
In retrospect, the only negatives for this swamp girl and purple and gold family was the injury to Maze which probably would not have happened if they did not have such a long wait between games. We also feel bad for the other Bama injury as well in that he seemed to get twisted after making the interception and getting tackled (clean tackle but just a football hazard). The worst negative was actually the opening coin toss. Mark Ingram was just starting to play naturally without thinking about assignments before the injury. We were expecting some monster games from him on the road in the playoffs. Still, that’s just a season away for him, and the Saints are never lacking for offensive weapons.
Overall, one of the best BCS games ever simply from getting to see a team have such a dominating performance. Any fan of real football would appreciate the game. I thought it was played fairly and with good sportsmanship by players and coaches on both sides during and after the game. Sadly, though too many are like those dumb commercials (like 27 seconds ago) in the need of instant flash instead of focusing on the quality and content. Congratulations to the LSU Tigers for a remarkable season in which they should be proud. Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide, national champs and the best overall football team 2011-12 season.
From an old girl softball catcher in the Louisiana Swamp, thanks for being so welcoming on your board. We actually lost more to Hurricanes Rita and Gustav than Katrina in our area, but just like the Tuscaloosa tornadoes you endured I can say keep working together, your heads held high, and never lose faith. Life is fun. It’s been a pleasure. Also, I’m still not the creator of the videos I posted earlier, but there are good ones up on Drew Brees and the Jarvis Landry hit on an Auburn kick return. BTW: I need to look up the info on your reserve Nose guard, that boy was impressive last night. Take care.