Jim Croce once sang “you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the ol’ lone ranger, and you don’t mess around with Jim.” If you take out Jim and insert Alabama Crimson Tide, it would sound like Croce was writing the story of Alabama’s 2012 college football season.
Alabama has played in four games this season and in three of them, someone decided to tug on superman’s cape just a bit. However, unlike a Jim Croce song, none of the Tide’s opponents were able to topple the team from Tuscaloosa.
The doubters have always existed.
A sports talk show host from Michigan scripted a story of how the mighty Wolverines from the University of Michigan would tame the Tide. He claimed Denard Robinson was the real superman, with the ability to lift a team on his shoulders as he exclaimed that “Alabama has no idea what is coming.” Then he said it. He called Nick Saban’s style of coaching “boring and predictable.”
Oh no he didn’t.
As it turns out the story was nothing but satire as Alabama reigned supreme with a 41-14 beat down on national television. The nation was put on notice, but apparently some didn’t get the memo.
“We’re gonna freaking win this game!” Western Kentucky Hilltoppers linebacker TJ Smith proclaimed to his local media contingent just days before the Alabama game in week two. While the Hilltoppers had the swagger of a national power, they would never be able to match the talent the Tide put on display in Bryant Denny stadium on Saturday afternoons.
If TJ Smith was looking to get the attention of the Crimson Tide he certainly succeeded. Alabama played no where near perfectly against the Hilltoppers but still left the field with a shutout and 35-0 victory.
Sometimes it seems like the only team that can defeat Alabama is Alabama. With 5 consecutive top 3 recruiting classes and one of the greatest talent developers in college football the only hope that opposing teams have is to catch the Crimson Tide napping or looking ahead on the schedule.
Florida Atlantic University defensive end Cory Henry took any hope the Owls had of catching the Tide resting easy Saturday afternoon and threw it in the trash when he said Nick Saban’s team “ain’t what people think.”
“They’re good and everything, but they can (be) beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you” Henry added to the Palm Beach Post.
While that statement got the attention of the national media, Henry was right. Alabama is just a team that executes, and executes very well. However, it turns out that teams that execute and executes well typically win football games and plenty of them
Note to opposing schools: stop tugging on Superman’s cape. It just makes him angry.