Tide Fans Can Be Very Thankful

In the days following the tornado disasters in Alabama on April 27, it would have been difficult to imagine being thankful this year. Loss of life, property, businesses, schools, and churches were devastating to Alabamians. There were and continue to be great difficulties.

Nevertheless, we all have things to be thankful for on this day set aside as Thanksgiving.

This space is Alabama sports-oriented, and it is true that the Crimson Tide family has pulled together in tough times. It may seem unlikely, but in this year as in others, we are thankful for Bama athletics.

It begins with Coach Nick Saban's Alabama football team, which worked in the community, and which has offered comfort to so many in the state and elsewhere by its performance this year. It wasn't perfect, suffering one loss in overtime, but it has a chance to end the season on the highest of notes.

Crimson Tide Athletics Director Mal Moore has his team, too, a team of outstanding coaches and administrators who work to make Alabama successful on all fronts.

Two days before Alabama's football team plays its final regular season game of the year, we can also be thankful for the extraordinary events that have taken place over the past two weekends. After Bama's loss to LSU it seemed as if there was little hope for a very fine Tide team. But with Boise State, Stanford, and Oklahoma State suffering losses, and Oregon and Oklahoma getting their second losses, all within a period of eight days, the door that had just a slight crack was thrown wide open.

We will be thankful if Alabama can defeat Auburn and walk through that door to the BCS National Championship Game. As Saban has pointed out, we have no reason to be concerned about the Arkansas game at LSU Saturday. It doesn't affect Alabama (although it could add one game and the chance at a Southeastern Conference championship to the Bama slate).

Beyond sports, it is our hope that you all have a special Thanksgiving Day, and that, particularly, you have the opportunity to share the day with loved ones.

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