Undefeated Alabama Football still falls to No. 2

The Crimson Tide seemed to be on track to run through the college football season undefeated,  ranked as the number one football team in the country until that final BCS title game; and even in that final game Alabama is predicted to handily defeat whoever is the number two team.  At this early point in the season,  the team has still not received any serious threats to going undefeated, but the number one ranking has suddenly slipped away from the football team.  The Alabama Political Tide is now ranked number one after yesterday’s game against the forces of the evil; aided by the Department of Justice, the Governor Bob Riley, the Gambling Task-force and the forces of good combined to overwhelmed the opposition –  taking  11 into custody in the process.

The accused are out on bail and calling “political foul” accusing the Governor and the DOJ of playing politics by breaking the case just a month before the November election; an election which will bring a new governor to office and where gambling may be the number on issue.  One candidate for governor is running on a pro-gambling platform, promising legalized bingo machines along with the attendant jobs and economic boast the casinos will bring; his opponent opposes the plan.

Governor Riley says politics have nothing to do with yesterday’s events, the investigation followed its own logic and was blind to political timing.  It may be years before the case is finally decided; the DOJ and the state say the investigation is ongoing, implying more arrests are likely.  And observers believe the court battles will take years, some estimates two years for trial court phase and then years more for the appeals.

In the meantime,  gaming supports are pledging to continue to work to bring gambling to Alabama – while the  opposition remains equally committed to tying gambling and political corruption together, saying that one cannot exist without the other.   30 or 40 years ago this senario might have been possible in any one of a dozen states, but in 2010 it is like watching a black and white movie from 1954 – it just feels like another time, not fiction, but not really true either.  But bribing politicians for votes may be as timeless as arresting your enemies for crimes they did not commit.

The Crimson Tide will have to work hard to get these people off the front page and leave room for running the football into the end zone across the front pages of Alabama newspapers.


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