Alabama championship fueled by 2008 disappointment


Pasadena, Calif.–There is no way to measure how devastated Alabama was in December of 2008. The Crimson Tide, who had not won a national championship since 1992, were 12-0, ranked No. 1, and had a shot at a national title in their sights.

But then came the loss to Florida in the SEC championship game which gave the Gators the shot at the BCS title, which they won. Then came the loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. For a team that was 12-2, there was a lot of heartache at Alabama.

That’s why Alabama’s 37-21 win over Texas, which gave the Crimson Tide yet another national championship, was so sweet.

“We have a group of dedicated players who bought in to what we tried to do this season,” said head coach Nick Saban, who became the first coach in the modern era to win national championships at two different schools (He won a national title at LSU in 2003). “They were determined to prepare every day to put themselves in this position. We have a great team at Alabama and it starts with our president and the commitment the school has made to be successful.”

Alabama will enjoy this championship for a little while and then there will be talk of next fall when the Crimson will surely be preseason No. 1.

“We will be good enough to win it again,” said running back Mark Ingram, who had 116 yards against the No. 1 defense against the run (62,.2 ypg). “But this team knew how to work. Next year we will have to work just as hard. Or maybe even harder.”

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January 8th, 2010
2:28 am

Big victory for ‘bama. No doubt Saban is a great coach who will have them competing next year as well. Wonder what will happen with Kirby Smart? Texas Tech, Georgia, or stay put? Gotta say that I felt bad for Colt getting a pinched nerve but that’s part of the game. Happy that the SEC kept the title at home.

Got 12?

January 8th, 2010
2:36 am

If I’m not completely iced in, I’ll pick up my BCS championship t-shirt and magnet tomorrow.

Roll Tide!!!


January 8th, 2010
2:36 am

I think that knocking out their Center was a huge factor also.


January 8th, 2010
2:37 am


I am still impressed with your pick of OLE MISS over LSU. I think you are the only respectable sports columnist at the AJC. It would be O.K. to put UGA in your next years preseason top 20, especially since it is your Alma Mater. If Paul Johnson hits you in the face, I got your back! At least you will have an article left to write when UGA picks a ne DC. It is hard to beat College football.

Congradulations to Alabama! (someone is happy on Arizonia Avenue)


January 8th, 2010
3:32 am

If I hear another Big XII fan HYPE your lousy conference, I’ll PUKE.

Congratulations Alabama. SEC has Won The Golden Sombrero.

4 in a Row BCS NC Game Wins by The Mighty SEC.

Big XII in BCS National Championship Games is 2-5. (SEC 6-0.)

Who the hell do you think is better ?

3 of the Big XII 5 BCS NC Game LOSSES are head-to-head with SEC.

Including the LAST TWO (2) IN A ROW.

For the record, Texas could not stop Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson as both gained over 100 yards rushing.

Texas, on the other hand, in dire need of a running game, could not run at ALL against Alabama.


Big XII vs SEC in Bowl Games 2009-2010 Season 0-3.

Big XII vs SEC in Bowl Games 2008-2009 Season 0-3.

If Mack Brown is worth $5 million a year, Coach Nick Saban is worth $15 million a year. Texas beat only 1 Final AP Poll Top 25 team, Nebraska. And, Nebraska has not beat a Final AP Poll Top 25 team all 4 years in which Suh played 54 games.

Alabama beat Number 9 Virginia Tech who beat Nebraska.

Alabama beat Number 2 Florida who beat Number 3 Cincinnati.

Alabama beat Number 4 Texas WHO BEAT NO ONE.

37-21.God Almighty Big XII.

Give it up Big XII with your 2-5 in the BCS NC Game to SEC now 6-0.

Go play someone. Beat them. Then, HYPE the hell out of your conference that you deserve to be in the BCS NC Game again.

The NC Game was The SEC Championship Game. 2 previous years ago, LSU was Number 1 and UGA Number 2 in the Final AP Poll. It will be the same for The SEC this season, Florida Number 2 and Alabama Number 1 in the Final AP Poll.


Give it a rest the rest of you LOSERS.

The Orange Bowl featuring Iowa and Georgia tek drew a 6.8 rating Tuesday night. This rating is better than the Orange’s last four ratings of ACC “BCS” Bowl Games.

The ACC has Won 1 Orange Bowl period since the 1996 Season Started.

Great ACC.

Give it the hell up.

The Fiesta Bowl drew an 8.2. . This game was between the Mountain West and the WAC.

ACC who had a LOSING RECORD in bowl games before this year, added to it with another LOSING RECORD in Bowl Games this year 3-4.

5 ACC teams did not even make a bowl game. ACC had contracts for more bowl games and had to give up their bowl games. Wonderful.

PAC-10 went 2-5 in Bowl Games for the worst performance.

SEC went 6-4 in Bowl Games for the Best Performance.

The Big XII went 4-4.

The Big East went 4-2.

The Big 10 went 4-3.

Duds of College Football ? ACC “conference.”

Followed very closely by the PAC-10.

Please note there have been 105 UGA Bulldog Football Players Graduate since December 2005.

UGA Bulldogs won 8 or more games 13 years in a row to lead the nation. Texas and Virginia Tech are tied for second place with 12 years of 8 plus wins a season. Both play in crappy butt conferences.

26-13-3 UGA Bulldogs in Bowl Games

26 Bowl Wins.

Only 3 teams have more : Alabama 32, Southern Cal 32 & Penn State 27.

38-4 non-conference Coach Richt Era.

90-27 overall Coach Richt Era 9 years.

RUSS ends his career UNDEFEATED 2-0 including beating GA tek.


Dennis Roland, OT, Cincinnati Bengals
Started at OT at the New York Jets

Robert Geathers, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Started at JACK linebacker and had two tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and two pass break-ups in the 21-13 win at Oakland

Ben Watson, TE, New England Patriots
Had three catches for 32 yards at Houston

Will Witherspoon, LB, Philadelphia Eagles
Started at LB and led the team with eight tackles including one for a loss at Dallas

Sean Jones, FS, Philadelphia Eagles
Had four tackles at Dallas

Max Jean-Gilles, G, Philadelphia Eagles
Started at RG at Dallas

Chris Clemons, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
Had a tackle for loss at Dallas

Reggie Brown, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Played at WR at Dallas

5 UGA BULLDOGS on Philadelphia Eagle BULLDOGS.

Jarius Wynn, DE, Green Bay
Had one tackle in the 33-7 win at Arizona

Asher Allen, CB, Minnesota Vikings
Led the team with six tackles in the 44-7 win over the New York Giants

Charles Grant, DE, New Orleans Saints
Started at LE and had one tackle at Carolina

Jon Stinchcomb, OT, New Orleans Saints
Started at RT at Carolina

Paul Oliver, CB, San Diego Chargers
Had five tackles in the 23-20 win over Washington

Tim Jennings, CB, Indianapolis Colts
Had five tackles including one for a loss at Buffalo

15 NFL BULLDOGS IN PLAY-OFFS of our 39 on NFL rosters today.


January 8th, 2010
3:52 am

Georgia State?

What a farce.

Atlanta Gator

January 8th, 2010
4:37 am

Crimson Tide fans, please accept my hearty congratulations on your team’s BCS championship. Way to keep the trophy in the family.

[...] the devastating end to the season last year (losing to Florida and Utah), ‘Bama was able to kindle a deeply routed urge to reconcile with the regions insatiable desire to win.  Saban’s win [...]


January 8th, 2010
6:31 am

This entire game and the entire BSbcs system is a SHAM.

Now they will go ahead and annoint alabammmer for the 2010 season and the SHAM will continue

And total hacks like Tony will continue to hype it.

This idiotic BSbcs system is destroying the greatest sport in history and results in a SHAM champ.

We need a 16 team playoff. Allow the teams to earn it on the field and NOT appointed by an idiotic preseason ranking.

Dr. Phil

January 8th, 2010
6:46 am

Dang Bulldawg, looks like somebody stepped on your last nerve.

Big time?? Not

January 8th, 2010
6:59 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes


January 8th, 2010
7:14 am

Congratulations to Alabama. Great coach, players and a great program. Thanks for keeping the trophy in the SEC and away from the yankee transplants in Gainsville.

Bobbi Dud

January 8th, 2010
7:17 am

Nice but lucky win for Bama! Take’em anyway you can! There is some bad news to break soon about Bama but good luck regardless!

Brad in Jasper

January 8th, 2010
7:18 am

From a reasonable UGA fan/alum – Game well played Bama and Texas. Both schools were represented well. I thought the young Texas QB played his heart out considering the circumstances and the stage. He has a great future ahead. Stop and smell the roses Alabama, you’ve earned it.


January 8th, 2010
7:19 am

BTW. Congratulations to Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart. Two Bulldogs who made everyone proud.

WDE 87

January 8th, 2010
7:33 am

I saw Auburn football die yesterday at the Rose Bowel. Until Saban is gone we will never get to the SECCG and beyond.

joe taxpayer

January 8th, 2010
7:34 am

Auburn football is dead untill the Tide goes on probation.


January 8th, 2010
7:38 am

Your guys are right about Auburn. Chizeck ain’t in Saban’s league. The only thing he can do is smack gum at the speed of light.


January 8th, 2010
7:42 am

Hey “BuLLdawg”…The SEC is great as you detailed, but your Dawgs lost 5 times this year and your ego is showing way too much! Your Dawgs are not part of the SEC strength anymore…sorry, but 6 loses proves it ???
You guys have to step it back up and bragging about beating that weak GA Tech Team with a high school defense is not what you need to be bragging about. Did you beat anyone in the top 10 this year? You lost to the conference runner up 41-17! You need a reality check and your point is as boring as watching the dawgs try to run 2 plays in a row without a penalty.


January 8th, 2010
7:50 am

Gee Tony, aka gatorhater, maybe this year’s loss will be so heartbreaking to the gators that it will motivate them to another NC next year? If heartbreak had anything to do with it then those dawgs would be three peat champs wouldn’t they? You sound as if bama should have won the game against UF and the Utes last year. The reason they didn’t is because they weren’t good enough! Just like the gators didn’t get it done this year. Hate to break it to you big guy, but the gators ain’t going away any time soon. Disappointing seasons to UF will be as the SEC Sugar bowl entrant.


January 8th, 2010
8:00 am

Once Colt McCoy was knocked out, I started playing Wii golf.

Congratulations, Bama. The SEC continues to rule the nation!

N.C.C.A. here!!!!!

January 8th, 2010
8:26 am

See your mother is wrong cheaters can still win. Just look at Alabama.


January 8th, 2010
8:32 am

Last nights game only proved to me more that a playoff is needed. Alabama beat a freshman quarterback who looked like he was looking in headlights. The boneheaded coaching staff at Texas gave Alabama the game with their call at the end of the first half, and yet Texas had the ball in their hand to win the game with 3 minutes left in the game. Alabama won but it makes me wonder if Alabama would have win in a plaffoff atmosphere. Bring on the playoffs so we can really crown a national champion. I would love to see Alabama play Boise State next weekend.

Gator's Tator

January 8th, 2010
8:32 am

Nah Tony, last year had NOTHING to do with THIS year. Saban’s a PROCESS guy. Once he has something happen, it’s OVER.


January 8th, 2010
8:33 am

This UGA fan congratulates Alabama, worries about a program that can’t even seem to find a DC and, most of all, hopes Colt McCoy is OK.

Wow, just wow...

January 8th, 2010
8:34 am

Tony “I am the new Furman Bisher” Barnhart writes ANOTHER column that states the obvious “Alabama championship fueled by 2008 disappointment” – and he STILL gets paid for this!


January 8th, 2010
8:35 am

I will believe the SEC rules the nation when Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Kentucky play in a BCS Bowl. If the SEC is so good, then these teams should be competing at the national level on a regular basis, not the regional level. I mean even Georgia Tech beat Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Teams are in Conferences, Conferences are not in teams.


January 8th, 2010
8:42 am

Bama has climbed the ladder, and made it to the roof… Dawgs are peeking out of the garage wondering if they should get on that first step of the ladder. I love ole Mark, but we are a team that will win 8 to 11 games( some would kill for that) and talk about next year. Saban took players that WEREN’T HIS and has won 27 of his last 30 games and a National Championship, and we can’t run 3 plays without a flag. Saban i don’t like, respect him yes. Richt is someone I really like, But putting us in a position to win it all, we’ll see….Firing Willie was a start. Watching teams light up the scoreboard on us the last two years has been tough. Losing a hard fought game 35 to 28 i can take, losing 41-7 i can’t.


January 8th, 2010
8:44 am

TDone. You need medicine if you don’t think the SEC is king right now. Bama, Florida and LSU winning it all…….Where else you see that happening ?


January 8th, 2010
8:50 am

The Alabama win last night…reminds me of going to an Asian Spa…it had happy ending!


January 8th, 2010
8:52 am

First, congrats to Alabama. Game was pretty much over when Colt went out. But I have a serious question. How much longer do you really think Saban will stay at Bama? He is not known for staying around long at each coaching stop. And he has won his championship. Just wondering


January 8th, 2010
8:56 am

A win is a win, but:
Not one of Saban’s more brilliant coaching performances.
Bama proved you can win a ring with a very mediocre Q.B.
Musberger should go.



January 8th, 2010
8:57 am

He’ll stay one more year because he has a hellva team returning and with Florida and LSU in some what of a flux, he smells blood and that will give Michigan another year to wait to fire Rodriguz and then Saban will be the first 8 mil a year football coach.


January 8th, 2010
8:58 am

That’s a 8 mil a year “college coach”.


January 8th, 2010
9:00 am

buLLdawg- You really do need help- SEC is great-so what- our dawgs are not very good right now and the conference does not win a trophy.

Why did you type all that crap? A bunch of Dawgs play in the NFL ? NO WAY! Who woulda thunk it. I wonder if gators or vols have a lot of NFL roster spots. I bet USC or Miami or Texas never send players to the nfl.

You sir, need a doctor.

UA Alum92

January 8th, 2010
9:03 am

Man does it feel great to be a Bama fan! ROLL TIDE!!! How fitting that Greg McElroy was able to have the ball in his hands to finish the game.


January 8th, 2010
9:14 am

Congrats to Bama….they’ll be good next year too, but as a UF fan I can tell you first hand that doing it back to back is TOUGH! Expectations and being the hunted is not nearly as much fun….

Vinings Dawg

January 8th, 2010
9:15 am

Congratulations Bama on big win. SEC domination..

Biggest thing Bama now has to worry about is Gasden.


January 8th, 2010
9:17 am

Congrats to the Bama nation!

When McCoy went out it was over.

Knucklehead call by Texas on the shovel pass. I guarantee you Nick would have just run the clock out. Apparently LSU is not the only coaching staff that makes boneheaded moves.

Great win by the Tide.

Geaux Tigers
Roll Tide(you did)


January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Poor puppies!!! Trying to latch on to Bama’s fake title as though it’s your own!!! The community of Blueberry Mountain, N.C. declared GT their national champion last night at a PTA meeting. So guess what? Just another title to add to our collection already!!!! GT, 2009 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, again!!! While the puppies are champs of the Weedeater Bowl!!! HAHAHAHA!!!


January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Waste of a good championship game once McCoy got knocked out.

Tony – are you going to write a few words about how badly McCoy wanted to be back in the game, but couldn’t because he couldn’t feel his arm? Or maybe a few words about how the freshman qb led Texas back to within a field goal with a few minutes left? Or are your next three columns going to just be your typical fluff the SEC material?


January 8th, 2010
9:19 am

Congrats to ‘Bama, but as a Texas fan I can only wonder what might have been if Colt had played the whole game.


January 8th, 2010
9:19 am

Musburger busted my buble last night when he said Kirby Smart had an interview with Texas Tech early next week. I think that almost guarantees he will not be the next DC at UGA. I knew it was a long shot but that one hurt. By the way, speaking of Musburger, could he have rooted any harder for Texas? He was awful last night.

m is back

January 8th, 2010
9:21 am

where ya been buddy


January 8th, 2010
9:25 am

Hey BuLLdawg, How was Shreveport? And tell me again what is UGa’s final ranking in the polls?

Jax Dawg

January 8th, 2010
9:25 am

Tony. Having the No.1 rush defense by playing the majority of your games in the pass happy Big 12 is kind of like being Princess of the trailer park isn’t it?

Gen Neyland

January 8th, 2010
9:30 am

Sonny Liston took a better dive than McCoy. A bust of a NCG but congrats to the Red Elephants.

Chris F

January 8th, 2010
9:35 am

McElroy had fractured ribs in last nights game. We didn’t have a QB either.

What happened to Texas only allowing 50 rushing yards per game, Bama ran what 187 in the first half. LOL

I hope McCoy is OK and I really wish he would have been in the whole game.

[...] Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes the Tide were fueled by losing the SEC titl… [...]

johnny reb

January 8th, 2010
9:39 am

How many quarters with out a hold????????? Also, can we keep hearing about Ingram’s, scumbag father by Brent. Come on just one more time Brent. What a tragedy!