24 December 2008
We certainly appreciate the fact that our fans have been very supportive of us all season," Saban said. "We certainly appreciate the fact that we sold out our ticket allotment immediately. That's the kind of support you need in bowl games. That's what helps the program get in better bowl games when you have a great history of traveling well. But I want everybody to know that's traveling and supporting us, you need to respect this team and be ready to go. Because this is a very, very good team.That dovetails nicely into #4... 4. Utah can play. Yes, they played in a lousy conference. Yes, they don't have anyone half as good as Florida on their schedule. Yes, they are from Utah. But every time these guys lined up and played this year, they won. They're just one spot below us in the Sagarin poll, and their strength of schedule is only slightly below ours (58th hardest for us, 70th for them). They're a fun team to watch - they spread the formation and chuck the ball all over the field. To see how that works against one of the best defenses in the country should be interesting. 5. Laissez les bon temps roulez! Translated: let the good times roll... I could write a book on all the reasons New Orleans is a great place to visit - particularly when the relative humidity isn't 237%. They've got some of the best food in the world. They've got great hotels. They have fantastic bars with great music - and some less than great but still entertaining music. At some point someone is going to get naked (link redacted... find it yourself, perv!). They have cheap liquor. They've got a world-class casino right downtown! Chances are, you've not been back to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Lots of folks haven't. They could use a bunch of half-drunk Alabama fans carousing in the French Quarter. Or enjoying a great meal in the Garden District. Or tossing quarters in a slot machine on Canal. It's an easy trip - probably less than 6 hours for most of us. Hell, let's go now and party until kickoff! In short - get excited Bama fans. It's a BCS Bowl in a premium location - and winning it would be really sweet.
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