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Nick Saban’s Alabama has never experienced a whupping like this

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This was the bully finally getting his hide whupped, his nose bloodied and his jaw broken, his lunch money stolen. This was Sonny Liston lying on his back on the canvas of the Central Maine Youth Center in Lewiston, Maine, Muhammad Ali looking over him and shouting, “Get up and fight, sucker! Nobody will believe this!” This was the Alabama Crimson Tide rendered helpless. Rendered hapless. This was Nick Saban as Roberto Duran in the closing seconds of the eighth round, staring at Sugar Ray Leonard on the floor of the New Orleans Superdome, meekly raising his gloved right hand and offering, “No mas, no mas.” Thirty-eight years later, that was Saban’s Crimson Tide. “No more!” they pleaded. “No mor ...