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Alabama – A Dynasty Like No Other

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If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to play Alabama in a National Championship game, look no further than the picture above. Georgia had a great gameplan coming into the game but, like so many teams in recent memory, ran into the buzzsaw that is the Alabama football program. Despite the all too familiar result, last night’s college football National Championship game had it all. It had a dominant first half performance by a team from Georgia which was not to be outshined by a great comeback and overtime victory by a dynastic team that always seems to win titles. Does this sound familiar to anyone at all? (Sorry Falcons fans). On the heels of one of the more stunning and exciting National Championship games in recent memory, a question comes to mind: is Alabama the greatest dynasty in all of modern sports? There’s no question that they are in college football, winning five of the previous nine national championships. But, how do they stack up with the likes of the New England Patriots or the UCONN Women’s Basketball team?

Now, I’m talking about modern sports history here so let’s talk about the last 15 years. During that time period, Alabama has not only won five national championships, but they have appeared in six of them. That is an incredible statistic when you think about all of the teams that compete in Division 1 college football. There are currently 129 Division 1 college football teams. Out of all of those, 64 compete in the Power Five conferences which make up a majority of College Football Playoff selections. This essentially leaves teams with a 1 in 64 chance of winning the national championship. When you look at those numbers and think about Alabama winning a third of the national championships in the last 15 years, you realize how astounding this team’s achievements really are.

The New England Patriots

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A lot of people that watch sports compare Alabama to the New England Patriots. Both teams are dominant, coached by two of the best of all time and among other things, both teams are widely hated aside from their fan bases. In the last 15 years, the Patriots have made the Superbowl seven times and like Alabama, have won five titles. However, I would venture to say that their achievements are not quite as impressive as Alabama. The main reason for this is because the Patriots have had the advantage of consistency. Over the course of their reign, the Patriots have been led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady; the entire time. The Patriots are impressive because no matter how much their players change, they always find ways to be successful. This is due in large part to the stability of having the greatest coach and quarterback combination of all time calling the shots together. While Alabama has had Nick Saban as their head coach for 10 years, college football does not grant them the stability offered in the NFL. We saw an example of this instability last night when Nick Saban pulled his starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime after a horrendous first half in favor of true Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This seemed like an interesting decision but, as things usually do, it worked in Saban’s favor with Tagovailoa throwing for three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime. This instability, combined with the fact that Alabama gets to hold onto their best players for four years at most before they go to the NFL or graduate, makes their achievements all the more impressive.

UCONN Women’s College Basketball

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Now let’s compare Alabama to another college team but in a different sport: the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team. Over the last 15 years, the UCONN women’s team has won nine national championships. While this achievement alone is impressive, it is even more impressive how they have done it. In their nine national title games, UCONN has won by an average margin of 16.5 points. Not only have they been winning national titles like it’s nobody’s business, but they’ve been doing it in blowout fashion. This is incredible to think about, but it is also the reason why I believe they are not quite the dynasty that Alabama football is. They have a similar pedigree to Alabama, including a head coach in Geno Auriemma who is arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time. However, the lack of parity in women’s college basketball is this team’s downfall. For example, so far this season the UCONN women’s team has an average margin of victory of 36.2 points and their closest game was a 9-point victory over then number 2-ranked Notre Dame. While this is unbelievable, it also proves that there is an extreme dip in talent between UCONN and the rest of Division 1 women’s college basketball. So, if the level of talent that you’re competing against is nowhere near yours, can you really be considered one of the greatest dynasties in modern sports?

While there are other dynasties in the making in modern sports, including the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, the three teams above are three of the more impressive examples of dominance in their given sport. While you can make an argument as to which team is the better of the three, one thing is for certain; you do not want to play them in a championship game.

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Antonio Brown Is Not Interested In A Trade

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Antonio Brown has no plans on leaving the Steelers.

The Pro Bowl wideout told reporters was obviously frustrated with the loss on Sunday. Brown tweeted originally tweeted out trade me after a reporter questioned his talent.

During the press interview, Brown stated, “I don’t want to be traded.”

“The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade or wanting to be [traded]. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate,” Rosenhaus said in a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown has recorded 18 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.

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Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota

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Jimmy Butler is ready to suit up for another team.

Butler is  Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

He informed Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau of the request during a meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources said.

He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season.

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Dwayne Wade Coming Back For One Last Season

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Dwayne Wade is calling it quits after the 2018 NBA season.

The 12-time All-Star already has three championships is ready to walk away from the game. Wade announced his return in video titled “One Last Dance.”

“This decision is bigger than the game of basketball,” said the soon to be 37-year-old. “This decision don’t have nothing to do with the talent I have in my body. Yeah, I’m not as quick as I used to be. Yeah, I don’t jump as high as I used to. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t.

“A lot of you guys see me is as a three-time champion, a 12-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, y’all didn’t see that kid that no one [saw] because he was small, because he couldn’t shoot as good as everybody else,” he said. “Y’all didn’t see the grind. Y’all didn’t see the tears.”

Wade will return with Miami Heat for his last season. Many fans will forget about his lost tape years in Chicago and Cleveland.

“I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to,” Heat president Pat Riley said to reporters in July. “If he plays, he’s going to want to do that. We don’t want him back as a place-mat holder or somebody who’s going to be a veteran in the locker room. Dwyane is a great player, a great talent. He’s not the same guy he was in 2006, but he can be a very good player for us and can make a big difference for us. We want him back as a guy that realizes if this is going to be his last year or whatever, we want this to be his best year ever.”

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