How, On God's Green Earth, Did Alabama Manage To Make Themselves Into The Feel-Good Story Of Conference Championship Weekend?
The Devil. It's either that or a lack of a God, and - while I'm not all that religious - I think I'm more inclined to believe that Nick Saban is either Beelzebub in the flesh or his risen representation on Earth. That might sound like a strong allegation to make, but it's basically blasphemous that the college football equivalent of Goliath came from behind to do what they were supposed to do by winning their conference in a way that makes them seem as sympathetic a success story as David.
For the second time in as many years, Georgia's cheeks clenched (or they crapped themselves, depends on how you choose to view the management of the wasted lead that led to the foolhardy failed fake punt that sealed their fate) when all that was left to be done was continue what they had already been doing prior to the untimely insertion of a less-prepared quarterback. Yet, the team that's hard to root for once again proceeded to 'Roll Tide' right over them under the leadership of someone who's hard to root against.
As have most uninvested observers, I have grown tired of watching Alabama shit-kick the competitive spirit from the bowels of just about every undermanned team they play, and even I couldn't stop my heartstrings from getting tugged by the warm, selfless embrace of Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts...
In a way that might as well have played out as the perfect sequel to the sick and twisted screenplay that was last year's National Championship game, the consummate villain somehow retained their reversed role in having their victory scripted as heroic. It's a credit to their untouchable talent level that they can bring former Heisman Trophy candidates off the bench in the blink of an eye, but to do so in dramatic fashion that tempts you, if only for a second, to question whether you want them to finally fucking lose for once is either the stuff of Lucifer or it was written in blood on the contract that was made with him.
If the following touchdown wasn't proof that Alabama had a horseshoe that could seat more than Ohio State's entire stadium up their ass...
...then the fact that they won under unholy circumstances was solidified by the fact that the victory jerked tears from the undead eyes of Nick Saban certainly did...