An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

I posited earlier in the season that Alabama–which has never won a Heisman–would probably win one in the near future due to the Tide’s return to elite status under Nick Saban.

Of course with the emergence of Mark Ingram, that future could be arriving a lot sooner than we thought! 

I think the lack of Alabama Heismans could actually work in Ingram’s favor if he stays at or near the top of the race.  After all, Alabama is one of the top three or four programs in college football history and it seems odd that it has never won this individual honor.  I think some Heisman voters might take that into account when ballots are due.

One thing I’ve noticed in past discussions of the Heisman and Alabama is the attitude of Tide fans toward the trophy.  Many profess to be disinterested (at best) in the award, but I’ve always chalked up that sentiment to the dearth of Alabama Heisman candidates over the years rather than a true distaste for the tradition.

Given that, my question right now is:  Will Ingram’s campaign cause Alabama fans to finally embrace the Heisman?


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5 Responses to An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

  1. dtensor October 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I’d be willing to bet a stack of houndstooth hats that it will.

  2. digs October 21, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    As an Alabama fan, a Heisman would be nice for Mark.

    But I mean it’s an individual award, in a team sport. I think we’d all be really proud for Mark, but the day of the award ceremony I’m not going to get that wrenching in my gut like I did during South Carolina, or that incredible high like I had in the VT win. It’ll be closer to, alright, he won, awesome. Now lets kick some ass in Pasedena. 😀

  3. Sam October 21, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    As another Bama man, I couldn’t agree more with the above comment. #22 has led this team like a Trojan so far. He deserves it and i’m always for guys who give their all for Bama getting the accolades they deserve. How can you not want that? But UA football is about championships.

    Getting excited about Heismans is for Auburn and Georgia fans.

  4. Tom October 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    I’m a longtime Alabama fan so I guess it would be nice to see a Bama player get the Heisman.

    However; I personally think the Heisman is pretty much a joke. The lack of recipients playing as an interior lineman or tight end or anywhere on defense tells me that most voters don’t know much about football other than seeing who scores the touchdowns.

    My favorite quote about the Heisman came from the last time Alabama won a championship against Miami (and Heisman winner Gino Torretta). If you recall, the Alabama defense, led by George Teague, totally dominated that game. In the waning moments one of the commentators said, “This game shows that Torretta is not the best player in college football; he’s not even the best player on the field wearing number 13.”

  5. V. Money October 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    The race, if the season plays out as expected, could very well come down to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

    Tim Tebow and Ingram, fittingly enough, are two top candidates for the award, in much the same way as their teams are candidates for the trophy. A Florida-Alabama SEC Title Game, aside from potentially being the most hyped conference matchup in recent memory, would also provide a sterling opportunity for one of the two to have a Heisman moment by upstaging the other.