I know, I know, many of you might not be the biggest tree hugger on your street, but trust me when I tell you that history will be on Alabama’s side if the election process names Barack Obama President of the United States. Since the arrival of Paul Bryant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has historically done better on the football field with a Democrat in the White House (or at least scoring major political victories on their way to the White House).
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at every Alabama championship since the arrival of Bryant. I promise you every single one has a Democratic connection somehow:
1961: John F. Kennedy
Eisenhower had served his 8 years, allowing for a new President to be elected. The candidates were Vice President Richard Nixon verses the young and coming John Kennedy from Mass-ew-chews-its. Nixon had more experience, but one look at JFK and America decided to go with the handsome candidate.
Needless to say, Bryant won his first national title in 1961, the same year Kennedy was sworn into office. The Tide finished 11-0, winning every major poll (UPI, AP).
1964: Lyndon B. Johnson
With the new President came a new national championship for Alabama. LBJ was the name, and fighting in Vietnam was his game. Oh, and also making some “Great Society”. Though his time in D.C. was oddly timed, Johnson helps to continue our Democratic trend as Bryant and company won their 2nd national championship.
1965: Lyndon B. Johnson
Mor Lyndon Baines as a 3rd national title was on its way to Bear’s doorstep. Democrats with initial nicknames (JFK, LBJ) sure do seem to work wonders for Alabama, huh? Maybe Barack should go by BHO……. well, if he owns up to his middle name first that is.
1973: Richard Nixon
I know what you’re thinking, “HA! See, I knew we don’t need a Democrat to win!”
Just hear me out on this one. Nixon was the President during this time, and Alabama had gone through a brief period of middle tier football after the switch from D to R.
But, what important event happened that would change the nation forever? WATERGATE! That’s right, the Watergate fiasco was starting to heat up, as was the Crimson Tide. In fact, one of Nixon’s biggest blows came in the Fall of 1973, which was later dubbed ” The Saturday Night Massacre”.
Nixon demanded that independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox be dismissed was refused by Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, who both resigned in protest. This was also the year Nixon proclaimed, “I am not a crook!” Surely the Dems couldn’t blow this major momentum!
though the DNC lost a few files, they scored a major political victory long term as Nixon resigned, leaving Ford dead in the water. Bear Bryant won his 4th national title, and the rest is history.
1978: Jimmy Carter
Like putting on a pair of old shoes, Alabama once again benefited from a Democrat in control of Washington. Bryant won his 5th national championship, cementing him as an all-time great. Carter on the other hand….. well, he certainly had some ground to gain to earn the same title in his field of choice.
1979: Jimmy Carter
*yawn* Democrat in control, national championship for Bryant and the Crimson Tide. As you may be aware, 1979 was the peak of success for the Wishbone Offense at Alabama. But, what you didn’t know is that Carter also used his own wishbone theory. Yes, he and his wifeRosalynn would have dinner over turkey, chicken, duck, any sort of bird with a furcula, and decide on what position to take during a national crisis. He would represent one side, his wife the other. Needless to say, the wrong person won most of the time.
1992: Bill Clinton (President-Elect)
Though this was technically under the tenure of Bush 41, Clinton had won the general election by the time Alabama was starting to take off once again. Gene Stallings was the coach, and his game was tough defense with an adaquite offense. Alabama had won all of their games before November, but a victory for the blue team propelled Bama into a dominating finish capped off with a 34-13 thrashing of Miami.
So while Clinton was searching the Rose Garden for a Hillary free zone for two, Alabama was enjoying yet another National Championship.
Obama might not bring us greatness as a nation, but he certainly couldn’t hurt Alabama’s current position in the world of college football. And besides, he has BAMA in his name, so I guess that’s something…
Plus, Auburn seems to do better durning a Republican administration. 1957 was during Eisenhower, the 1980’s had Reagan, and this streak of 6 started under the leadership of George W. Bush.
One final thing, I ask you to click the picture below and tell me who you see. Are you starting to see it my why?
DISCLAIMER: The topics discussed in this post do not reflect my political views. Vote with your mind if you plan on voting. I simply wanted an interesting topic to ease the pain of the conservative Alabama fans once November hits. Roll Tide!