Reeves Wiedeman on Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in last night’s B.C.S. championship game:
In case you fell asleep, Alabama beat Notre Dame by twenty-eight points in last night’s college-football national championship. Even that score suggests that the game was closer than it was. By the start of the second quarter, Alabama had twenty-one points. Notre Dame had twenty-three yards. By the third, lines were already forming at sporting-goods stores in Alabama to pick up official championship gear. By the end of the fourth, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had pulled his starters, unofficially instituting the mercy rule. When Alabama is on defense, the school’s Million Dollar Band often plays “Look Down,” from “Les Misérables.” Feelings about the movie aside, Alabama would have been kind to heed the song’s opening line: “Look down, look down, and see the beggars at your feet / Look down and show some mercy if you can.”
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