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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Wojciechowski: Tide at sport's pinnacle

By Gene Wojciechowski



MIAMI -- Nick Saban is a perfectionist. We all know this. He looks at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and questions Michelangelo's color choices. He wonders if E really does equal mc˛.

But Saban is going to need an electron microscope to find much wrong with Alabama's 42-14 humiliation of Notre Dame in Monday's Discover BCS National Championship. It was so complete, so, well, perfect, that Bama should get a crystal trophy and a half for this one.

"I think it's pretty special what we accomplished," Saban said.

Wait? What? Did Saban really mean that? After all, this is a guy who can find fault with the shape of a snowflake.

"Whether I look it or not, I'm happy as hell," he said.

Happy and houndstooth were best friends Monday night. "Sweet Home Alabama" blared from the Sun Life Stadium loudspeakers as players waved just-issued newspapers that read, "Bama Again!" Other players danced with Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot.

Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore, the consummate Southern gentleman who has been part of 10 Bama football national championships as a player, coach and AD, stood at the 25-yard line, surrounded by reporters. But when he turned a certain way, you could see a fresh lipstick kiss on his left cheek.

Roll Tide, Mal.

Anyway, we can pretty much hold a retirement party for the "Is Alabama A Dynasty?" debate. The Crimson Tide are not only a dynasty, it's the program that other football teams want to be when they grow up.

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