I am sore wounded but not slain.
I will lay me down and bleed a while
And then rise up to fight again.
-Andrew Barton (1466-1511)
We are now under one month until the start of the 2019 FBS College Football Season; just 36 days until Alabama laces them up in their quest for a 32nd conference title and an 18th national championship.
For the Tide, it has been an offseason of change, an offseason of external doubt, a seven-month litany of naysaying, 200 days of lazy hit pieces and overreactions. The new flavor in town gobbles up the headlines and headspace.
And that is fine.
Because from Alabama, this has been an offseason of quietude. An offseason of work. An offseason of back-to-basics. A return to the toughness and resiliency that has made Nick Saban’s Alabama the premiere program in the entire 150-year history of college football.
Their goal? No one will say it, but we shall.
Revenge. And, for Alabama, it will be a dish best-served from a plate of white-hot anger.