December 18, 2009
Historically, the title of "national champion" is somewhat flexible -- a byproduct of leaving the decision to a hodgepodge of opinion polls -- and schools can more or less claim as many championships as they want, as long as somebody put out a poll with their team at the top. For its part, Alabama claims a dozen championships dating back to 1925, three of them awarded retroactively after polls came into vogue in the 1930s and another, in 1941, at stark odds with the consensus champ that season, Minnesota.
A pair of Tide fans, however, seems to be attempting to make 2009 the first ever preemptive championship with their stylish new line of bumper stickers:
Such foregone conclusions haven't always fared so well: Nebraska in 1983, Miami in 1986, 1992 and 2002, USC in 2005 and Ohio State in 2006 have all met humbling endings as can't-miss championship favorites in the not-too-distant past, and all were giving up more than the five points than 'Bama is giving to Texas this time. On the bright side, if the best laid plans of optimists and lawyers go awry in Pasadena, I'm sure the "13 Championships" merchandise will fit in well alongside those "Buffalo Bills World Champions" t-shirts on the global goodwill market.
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Hat tip: David