The Chicago Cubs ended their 71-year World Series drought Saturday night with a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.
The drought was the longest for any team in the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL), which took the sports world back to 1945, when the Cubs last made the World Series. While the Cubs have had more than their fair share of ups and downs in the last 71 years, the Crimson Tide, who are currently ranked No. 1 and improved to 8-0 (5-0) after a 33-14 win over No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday, also dominated the college football world that season.
In other words, nothing has changed.
The Crimson Tide went 10-0 (6-0 in the SEC) that year and finished No. 2 in the final AP poll, but did not win the national championship, as that recognition went to Army, which went 9-0 and outscored its opponents, 412-46. According to the NCAA, national champions were selected by a variety of methods prior to 1950, which then changed to the major polls afterward.
That season, the Crimson Tide — which were coached by Frank Thomas — completely dominated the SEC, with wins over LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Tide also earned nonconference wins over Keesler AAF, Pensacola NAS and Mississippi State, which was not yet apart of the conference. After a Rose Bowl win over USC, Alabama completed the fourth perfect season in Crimson Tide history.
So, give a hug to any Cubs fan you know, Bama fans. Just like in 1945, maybe a Cubs World Series appearance will bring another undefeated season to Tuscaloosa.