From The Capstone Report:
T hey say perception is reality. That what is believed to be true becomes true in the minds of some whether it is or not, simply on the basis that, well, it’s believed. With ridiculous talk circulating last week from the lips of Steve Spurrier about how the Tide could beat an NFL team, Alabama faced LSU in Baton Rouge at night. A place where Les Miles was 36-1 in his career as the Tigers’ head man. Vegas pinned Alabama as an 8.5 point favorite. And everybody but the Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt predicted another runaway win in a season of runaway wins for Alabama. But instead, what followed was a hard fought, come-from-behind victory in the toughest of environments.
A win against a team that had eaten, slept and breathed Alabama football since January 9th…moreso than the Tide’s own players. The scene was perfect. A bye week to rest and finish preparation. Night time. A good game plan. A quarterback playing out of his shoes. But in the end, as has been the case eight other times this season, Alabama was too much for its opponent. If any other team in the land weathered the storm that Alabama stood up under last Saturday night in Baton Rouge, they would be crowned a super power. But instead, the party line from talking heads everywhere is how Alabama is beatable. Case in point, Alabama has been penalized for looking human, despite the fact that neither Nick Saban nor any of his players ever claimed not to be. [More]