College football in the United States has become so important that even the president does not miss the most promising games. It even seems to have brought bad luck to one of the leading teams.
This Saturday's game between the Crimson Tide of Alabama and the LSU Tigers gave what to talk throughout the week, not only because it was a duel between two powers of the NCAA ranking, but because Donald Trump announced that he would be present, which caused a wave of expectation about the possible reaction of the students in the gallery.
The president landed in Tuscaloosa around 2:00 p.m. and, minutes before the start, Bryant-Denny Stadium was already crowded, painted – almost entirely – with the traditional red tide of the University of Alabama, which, in previous days, ruled out punishing students if they also booed the entrepreneur .RELATED
Just started the first quarter, Trump and his wife Melania were projected on the screen of the property and, as if it were a prodigal son of the campus, the crowd was handed over in ovations that lasted almost a minute – until the time came sing the national anthem – and they repeated each time their face was focused.
The so-called 'Game of the Century' passed without complications, but Alabama, which arrived as number one, succumbed to those of Louisiana State, after a first half of imposing and constant blows on the grid, coupled with a Tua Tagovailoa out of rhythm. The emotion that the most influential politician on the planet generated at the beginning of the hobby was fading as the clock progressed.
The break came with a score of 33-13, in favor of the Fighting Tigers, who suffered more for the third and fourth period, although a "drive" commanded by Joe Burrow at the beginning of the last quarter helped not lose the advantage. The Reds feat was close, but with two minutes left, runner Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored and gave visitors a break. A Tagovailoa pass meant a return of more than 70 yards that tightened the score, but did not reverse it.
The 46-41 marked the end of a streak of 31 consecutive home wins for Alabama. Many in the Crimson Tide community will hold players and coaches responsible; some others, to the guest of honor: Donald Trump.