The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to be thankful. In order to be thankful for what you have, it is important to remember where you have been.
So I’d like to remind you of a few things. Remember last week when this writer said there was no way Johnny Manziel and his maniacal style of QB play could dethrone the mighty Tide? Remember when this writer said there would be no way the Tide would have a letdown after the epic battle against LSU? Remember when this writer said Texas A&M would not be able to move the ball because they struggled at the hands of LSU and Florida?
Okay, enough remembering. I’m thankful for a new week and a new opponent.
You know head coach, Nick Saban, and his staff did their fair share of reminding this week. They reminded the Tide how paramount this game is and exactly what’s at stake. They reminded them that just last year the one-loss Crimson Tide was afforded the opportunity to play in, and win, the BCS National Championship game without even winning the SEC Championship. They reminded them that there is still a lot of football left to be played and that more than likely one, if not two, of the remaining undefeated teams will lose a game and open the door for the possibility of the SEC champ playing for the national championship. They reminded them that only once since the inception of the BCS have three teams finished the year undefeated, so this game matters. They reminded them that upsets of similar proportions have occurred in college football and that if they looked beyond to next week’s Iron Bowl, anything can happen.
Then the players remembered…they’re playing Western Carolina. They remembered the Western Carolina Catamounts are 1-9. They remembered WCU's only win was against Mars Hill. (Isn’t Mars Hill a mega church in Seattle? Apparently they put a team of deacons and elders together and scored 14 points on WCU.) They remembered seeing the scouting report of the Catamounts and noticed a 3-7 Elon team scored 42 points. They remembered that they were playing in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium. They remembered they are Alabama.
So while we are all remembering, let’s all be honest, Alabama’s third string would score 40 on WCU. So the task at hand is simple for the Alabama players: remember to wake up, get dressed and show up for kick off. Oh, and be thankful you play for the Tide and not the Catamounts.