My favorite college sports team is The University of Alabama Crimson Tide (tweet your ‘Roll Tide’ or disdain on Twitter to @mickythompson). While I love my alma maters Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Arizona, my football passion since a small child has led me to be a lifelong ‘Bama fan. My passion was cultivated by both my father’s admiration for Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, legendary coach at Alabama in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and my Spring Hill High Raider’s football head coach’s loyalty to running Alabama’s defensive formations which led our school to win a State Championship and made many of our opponents fear our offense choking defense.
I was a fan of Alabama even threw all the sanctions plus winning drought of the 1990’s and 2000’s. For 18 years after 1992, Alabama went without an appearance in the NCAA College Football National Championship game leaving many to wonder if Alabama’s football glory was mostly behind us. That all changed in 2007 when Alabama hired Miami Dolphin’s head coach Nick Saban. This shocked many SEC followers and your’s truly given Saban had already one a NCAA National Championship at arch rival Louisiana State University just a few years earlier (I turned down a full scholarship to LSU to attend Arizona partly because of my disdain for LSU).