Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban yells in the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: An Unfinished Journey

Think of your favorite movie, television show, book, or even video game. What makes them great?

They all tell a story.

Whether it is plot twists, cliffhangers, or new storylines, we willingly immerse ourselves in the world portrayed on screen or on paper.  Without reservation, we readily embrace the roller coaster ride these avenues of media offer. Unpredictability curries favor with the masses.

If the aforementioned statements are true, then why can’t we as Alabama football fans appreciate the story that is unfolding? Yes, we lost to Auburn.  Yes, we lost to Oklahoma.  Those two losses hurt badly, and will for a while.

But let’s stop being existential and look at the big picture.  Remember the Mikes?  The days of losing to Louisiana Tech, Central Florida and Northern Illinois are long gone, but they should not be forgotten.  These painful memories should be revisited periodically, if only to appreciate how far we have come.  Every book, movie or television show has moments like these.  I’d argue the lows make the highs higher, and in many ways, it is cathartic to experience the lows.

That is what makes Saban’s tenure so special.  The past six years have been amazing.  We are truly in the Golden Age of Alabama football.  We are the Roman Empire, if you will.  Fans want that payoff, especially after the previous regimes.  The ones who endured those dark times deserve that payoff, I dare say.  Two losses shouldn’t take that away.  For many fans, it hasn’t, but talk of changes and overhauls takes away from enjoying the journey.  This is the latest plot turn, the latest storyline twist.  Revel in it.  I’m excited to see what is next.  In some ways, I am more excited than I was going into this year.

As Coach Saban says, it’s all about The Process.  There’s definitely joy in the winning, but for me and you, the joy should be in the journey-a journey yet to be completed.

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