After listening to Nick Saban for years, here’s what I think he would say, in a candid moment, about a potential Crimson Tide “threepeat.”
We don’t have to win three in a row, aight? We have to win one in a row. The other two are in the past, and any talk about that is clutter relative to what needs to happen now.
[long pause, sip of bottled water]
You guys wanna talk about threepeat, and I’m sittin here worried about Virgina Tech. Whether this team is gonna do the things necessary to prepare to be the best it can be in terms of each player’s dedication, perseverance and commitment to excellence both on and off the field. Whether or not they will play with a sense of urgency, on every play, for sixty minutes in the game.
All this threepeat talk is good for you guys (the media) and the fans – and believe me when I tell ya how much I love you guys and appreciate what you do to give the players some positive self-gratification
[smirk, another sip of water]
…but I gotta figure out how to get this team ready for the next game. I’ve gotta get this team ready. And we don’t do it by talking about winning championships. We do it by talking about how to be champions. That’s all I’m thinking about. How to get this team, this season, prepared to be champions. In life, and on the field.
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Those who know and understand the game of basketball know all about “triple threat” position. A guy catches the ball, and he can either shoot, pass or dribble. That’s triple threat position. Alabama’s fundamental issue is that it only has one guy – junior point guard Trevor Releford – who is a true triple threat player. He is the only one who is efficient at dribble penetration (hell, most of the guys can’t dribble, period), and he’s one of only two guys (Trevor Lacey) who can do even two of the three things well, let alone all three. Pass. Shoot. Dribble (and by dribble I mean dribble to actually accomplish something). That’s triple threat. And Alabama is a single-threat team in a triple-threat world.
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I will be shocked if anyone outside the SEC wins the national title next season. The only way that is even possible is if no SEC teams makes the game. If somehow OSU and the Oregon/Stanford winner run the table and every SEC team loses a game, then the run may be over. But if Texas A&M or Alabama or some other league team gets in the game and plays anyone outside the league, it’s over. May as well not even lace ‘em up if that happens. It is sick how superior this league is to any other. Six teams are easily among the top 12 or 15 teams in existence. No other league has more than two.