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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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Carmelo Anthony Career Is Done With The Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony’s short-lived career with the Houston Rockets is over.

Amid a week of rumors that the Rockets were ready to move on from Anthony, the team is expected to announce a parting of the ways with the embattled former All-Star before hosting the Warriors on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today issued a statement on forward Carmelo Anthony’s future with the team.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Morey. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

Melo can be claimed off waivers.

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Lebron James Is Now The 5th All-Time Scorer In NBA History

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LeBron James moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, climbing past Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

James needed 39 points to claim the fifth spot from Chamberlain. He passed Wilt with a free throw in the fourth quarter.

“When I’m able to do what I love to do, and do it at this level — and even being mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game — it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron, [Ohio],” James told ESPN’s Dave Pasch on the telecast after the game. “And knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point — it’s just never being in satisfied mode. I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities. I’m taking full advantage of ’em. And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far, have gotten me to this point.”

“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar),” Dirk Nowitzki previously told ESPN. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in Year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”

Next up for Lebron is passing Jordan.

Top Four Scoring Leaders

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)

2. Karl Malone (36,928)

3. Kobe Bryant (33,643)

4. Michael Jordan (32,292)

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Tracy McGrady Wants Melo To Retire

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Carmelo Anthony hasn’t looked like himself in the past two years. After a slow start with the Rockets, Melo’s future is now in question.

Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady thinks Melo should just walk away from the game before he ruins his legacy. “You have the Hall of Fame career. Just go ahead and let it go,” said McGrady.

“I don’t want him to go another situation like this, and people are just pouring out negativity on this man’s legacy.”

Carmelo is putting up 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 40.5% from the field but a rough 32.8% from long range — his worst mark since 2006-07 (26.8%).

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