It doesn't get any better

Posted on December 5, 2009

After the Bucs defeated Blue Mountain 91-68, I caught up with Cincinnati native and ardent Bearcats fan Daniel Wulker.

“It doesn’t get any better for you,” I said to him, “The Bearcats win and then you get a win at home.”

For the Alabama Crimson Tide, a decade has passsed since the Tide, who has won more SEC championships than any other team in the conference, won the whole deal.

In fact, the last time they won the overall championship, I was on this side of Memphis, but across the street at Fairview Junior High School.

That team had a powerful running back in Shaun Alexander, who received All-American honors that season, but unlike the 2009 edition, not a lot was expected from that bunch.

I guess tonight’s throttling of Florida made up for it.

In a game that was marketed as the prequel to the national championship game, the Tide, led by Mark Ingram and Gerald McElroy, who’s been receiving flak for his erractic play at quarterback, did the unexpected.

Behind Mark Ingram’s three touchdowns and 113 rushing yards and Gerald McElroy’s 239 yards passing including a touchdown pass to Colin Peek for 17 yards in the third quarter, the Crimson Tide dispatched the Gators to win their 21st SEC championship 32-13, earning a right to play in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, meaning that they stand one win away from winning their first national championship since 1992.

For the Gators, the loss relegates them to another BCS bowl, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Gators last played in New Orleans in 2001, when they lost to Miami 37-20. They’ve played in the Sugar Bowl in 1966, 1974, 1992, 1994, 1995, and 1997. Their last win in the Sugar Bowl came against Florida State in 1997, in which the Gators won their first national championship.