The San Francisco Giants are a lock to repeat as World Series champions in 2013 thanks to Monday nights victory by the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
I'm sure everyone reading is wondering what is the connection between a college football team and a major league baseball club? History has a funny way of repeating itself when it comes to the world of sports. The Crimson Tide won their second straight national championship establishing themselves as a dynasty capturing three titles in four years.
The connection between the Tide and Giants began back in January of 2010 when the Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns 37-21 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA in the title game. Ten months later the Giants won the World Series beating the Texas Rangers in five games clinching the final game in Arlington, TX.
January 2011 saw the Tide win a bowl game but failed to reach any of the five BCS Bowls (Bowl Championship Series) finishing the year with a 10-3 mark. The Giants had a winning record in 2011 going 86-76 but after losing Buster Posey to injury failed to make the playoffs.
The Tide were back in the title game when January 2012 rolled around shutting out the Louisiana State Tigers 21-0 winning a second title in three years. The Tide overcame a regular season lost to LSU the previous November to reclaim the title. The Giants themselves overcame hurdles in 2012 with the 50-game suspension of Melky Cabrera and winning six straight elimination games bringing the championship back to the Bay. The orange and black had two championships in three years.
The Tide repeated as champs in January 2013 destroying the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 completing an incredible feat of three championships in four years. If the current trend continues, the Giants will become baseball's next dynasty winning consecutive crowns duplicating the three in four years feat.
Obviously injuries, inconsistent play and surprises happen each year where you can expect the unexpected. Alabama winning another championship doesn't guarantee the Giants anything, but it's an interesting coincidence that both teams have won it all in the same calendar year.
Both teams are led by great coaches in Nick Saban and Bruce Bochy who are never satisfied not relying on past success focusing on the present moment.
Alabama is one of the most storied programs in college football history and the Giants are one of the most iconic franchises in professional sports. Both have produced legends from Alabama producing coaching legend Paul W. "Bear" Bryant and pair of Hall of Famers in Joe Namath and Derrick Thomas. The Giants are filled with incredible names ranging from Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and Willie McCovey. Mays was born in the state of Alabama in the town of Westfield just outside of Bessemer.
If the Giants can follow the script with another champagne bath in October, there will be two dynasties taking shape in sports, one in college football and the other in baseball.
After reading this article everyone should You Tube both team's signature songs in "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett.
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