If Only So A Wet Willy Becomes A Special Part Of Sports' History, I Hope Last Night Altered The Landscape of College Football Recruiting
Look, I'd argue that too much has already been made of just how much Clemson shifted the entire state of recruiting by taking Alabama out behind the woodshed and whipping their ass rawer than whatever Crimson Tide fans skinned alive in frustration. Nick Saban can still walk into a living room on any old Sunday afternoon, point at the TV screen during any old NFL game, and pretty easily pick out a half dozen players that propped up their pro prospects in Tuscaloosa. For that reason, it's nothing short of insane to think we saw the beginning to some harrowing end to a dynasty by watching a previous undefeated team get waxed in the National Championship game of which they'll more than likely be a participant again next year.
That being said, it would be nice if we witnessed one of the most snarky, condescending, and stick-in-the-ass coaches in all of sports get humbled by a peer who is able to to take a saliva-soaked finger in the ear in stride while giving a nationally televised interview. I think it's accurately assumed that SEC country would declare a state of emergency if a finger so much as grazed one of Nick Saban's follicles (that looked to be fading fast in the postgame, as if he was degenerating in defeat). Therefore, I'll consider it a win for college football as a whole if just one 5-star freak was watching the inner-ear penetration seen 'round the world, and thought "ya know what, all else being equal as an unpaid laborer, I'd rather be able to bust my coach's balls than get constantly berated".
Of course, in the same way that people are making too much of one bad loss, I am probably making too much of one wet willy, but I'm not going to apologize for wanting the ability to laugh off a lubed up ear canal to be as much of a part of Dabo Swinney's legacy as his emasculation of the college football equivalent of Goliath.
Also, special shoutout to the Suge Knight shoutout. Alabama will undoubtedly be back with a vengeance, but if there is a program whose coach, quarterback, and culture could make a dent in the 'Bad Boy' of college football and have the dynasty dying nasty then it clearly resides in Death Valley...