Final (OT), Alabama 26 and Georgia 23. This post is not a national championship game re-cap, it’s not completely about Nick Saban, and it’s not a 2017 season in review. If anything, it might be a little bit of all of the above, as well as my immediate reaction to the Alabama vs. Georgia championship game. I consider this my farewell message to the 2017 college football season and my contemplations after tonight’s championship game.
Tonight the Crimson Tide picked up their fifth national championship in nine seasons, their 17th overall (depending on who you ask), and Nick Saban’s sixth (five at Alabama and one at LSU; tie-ing Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant for the most national championships during the poll era, or post 1936).
Over the past week, ever since Alabama won the Sugar Bowl and Georgia won the Rose Bowl, there has been a lot of talk about whether it is “good” for the game of college football to have an all-SEC national championship game. If you know me, you know that I am not the biggest advocate of using a playoff to determine the national champion of college football. This puts me in the minority, as most people favor a playoff. Further, most people grew tired of the old system where “we” selected the national champion (especially under the BCS system where “we” tried to manipulate which teams would get selected to play for a national championship).
As readers of this blog know, I post random items and thoughts as I find them. This means I post a lot of stuff that is anything but “timely.” As it works out, I tend to find things later than most, which means I post about them later as well. However, this isn’t always a bad thing.
I would like to re-cap Alabama’s BCS Championship win. However, words cannot describe what I witnessed on Monday night in Miami. Therefore, if a picture is worth a thousand words, the following picture says it all!
So why did the 1962 team get new rings? Well, I am not 100% sure but I think I have a pretty good guess. My guess is that whatever ring they received in 1962 only said “SEC Champions,” and did not say “National Champions.” Now that Ole Miss claims the 1962 national title, they figured it was only right to give the players from that squad a ring that reflected the same accomplishment.
*Note: I asked Ross Bjork, via twitter, for more information on the new rings. I will update this site as soon as I hear back from him.
The Minnesota Gophers will open the 2012 season as seven-time national champions. But wait, didn’t the Gophers only have six national titles at the end of the 2011 season? Yes, but thanks to being retro-actively awarded the 1904 title, the Gophers are now claiming seven!