Congratulations to Alabama and its fans.
That was the most comprehensively impressive performance I have ever seen a great team play against another great team -- most impressive because Alabama made a great Florida team look... ordinary.
The Tide dominated on both sides of the ball, like I've never seen a team dominate Florida in the Tebow Era.
Again, because they deserve the credit: I've never seen a defense dominate Florida as thoroughly as Alabama did; I've never seen an offense dominate Florida as thoroughly as Alabama did.
Florida's defense was as good as I've seen this decade in college football -- Alabama destroyed them. And while Florida's offense has been up and down, Alabama neutered it.
I'm stunned, but sort of not really. When you watch your team get dismantled -- or, alternatively, you watch a team dismantle another -- so thoroughly, it's actually easier to take the loss than if it's close or you think your losing team out-played the winning team.
But that's not to imply that I am "taking" the loss. I am shell-shocked. The feeling of devastation will probably hit me tomorrow.
The downside of the "championship or failure" stakes is -- as you saw on Tim Tebow's face after the game -- that there is no margin for error.
In the same way that nothing would compare to a championship, nothing compares to the feeling of failure.
Again, congrats to Alabama fans. They should enjoy it. That was a hell of a performance, and I will be shocked if they don't roll -- no pun intended -- to the national title.