The Alabama Crimson Tide cruised to an dominating 42-14 victory of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, leaving little doubt that they were the best team in all of college football for the 2012 season. With the trophy handed out, the poll votes cast, and the confetti cleared from the field at Sun Life Stadium, all that was left at the end of the night was catchy headlines to be written in newsrooms across the country to announce Alabama's victory to the world on Tuesday morning.
Sadly, newspapers decided not to go with the universally useful "ROLL TIDE."
Several newspapers in Alabama went with some simple one-word headlines. "Dynasty" was a popular choice (see above), as was the Crimson Tide's number of total national championships. Alabama fans may declare up to 257 national championships (all past European conflicts were resolved by the Crimson Tide - this is a fact in Alabama textbooks, probably) for their beloved football team, but the school itself actually claims 15 titles.
Special recognition to the Montgomery Advertiser and the Times-Journal. Savvy headline writers know that words are precious, and ones with double-meaning are like gold. The Advertiser decided to go with a two-word headline that both captured the essence of Alabama's domination as well as the party that ensued. The Times-Journal was unashamed to invoke memories of a popular 80s television show and a street term for a type of crystal that isn't exactly of which the championship ball is composed in using a pun for their headline.
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The Midwest's newspapers invoked the pain and suffering of
hundreds of years of Irish oppression Notre Dame's national championship loss: