Since 2008, Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide have won at least 10 games every season, with three national championships, four SEC titles, and now back-to-back trips to the College Football Playoff. In modern sports parlance, where there is a lot more parity than in previous decades, that is about as close as it gets to a dynasty. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit believes Alabama should be recognized and appreciated as such, and compares Saban's team to another football team in the middle of an amazing, extended stretch: the New England Patriots.
247Sports transcribed Herbstreit's argument from his appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show today.
"Instead of complaining about it, questioning it, we should all just embrace this dynasty that's in front of us, the Alabama dynasty," Herbstreit said. "It's like the New England Patriots dynasty, it doesn't mean you win the Super Bowl every year, but it's a pretty good run with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Well to me, I look at Alabama the same way. There's ebb and flow to that dynasty. You can go back and think about the 2009 team that ended up winning that championship, you can think about the '11 and '12 teams and what they did.
Some may take exception with the term "dynasty," considering some big bowl losses for Alabama in recent seasons, but year-in and year-out, Alabama is virtually always a national championship contender. Few other programs, if any, can claim that.