You’ll have to forgive me; I fell asleep before Wednesday night’s rain-delayed national championship softball game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners. I sit here Thursday morning, having just finished following the game’s timeline via Twitter, and the fantastic Alabama fans I follow.
Thanks to the crew of diehards painting a picture of the action 140 characters at a time, I experienced early frustration as the Tide fell behind 3-0, then rage at the gamesmanship and home cooking on display during the farce of a rain delay. I then felt amusement as I read about our team shaking it off and having a bit of fun with the rain delay. Lastly, I felt excitement building reading the descriptions of the Tide’s rally, with Hunt turning a single into a run thanks to OU’s pitcher becoming Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, and ending with Traina punching out her counterpart to end the game. I want to thank the Tide Twitter Militia; @Bama_Hammer, @ThomasHWatts, @gbdawkins, @cecilhurt, @HogT1de, @bamabird29 and whoever else I am forgetting.
It’s easy to be a fan of football thanks to Coach Saban and company. While softball will never be on the same level in a revenue and enthusiasm standpoint, it certainly is great to see how Alabama fans have embraced the game and made it their own. Thanks to ESPNU a decent amount of Tide games were on TV this season, and it was great to see that Rhoads Stadium was always packed and rocking, giving our women a legitimate home field advantage. Not many teams can claim that. If you like the Alabama Crimson Tide, and sports in general, then the softball team made you proud this season. Thanks ladies, Roll Tide.
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