BIGGEST FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Not between Alabama and Notre Dame but between Bama QB A.J. McCarron and his center Barrett Jones. Pushing and shoving each other over a failed snap count in front of a national television audience — when they were leading 42-14. The two, who are roommates on the road, later made up with hugs. After the game, Jones was asked by reporters about the very public dispute: “We’re both perfectionists... it was a misunderstanding, but I was right.”
MEANWHILE AT JOE’S STONE CRAB ON SOUTH BEACH: Joe’s Stone Crab lovers got a break on BCS Championship night from the typically brutal lines at the South Beach Mecca. With attention focused on the game across town at Sun Life Stadium, diners were seated immediately on Monday night, spared the typical 1-3 hour wait.
HOW MANY IN THE STANDS? Attendance for the BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium was 80,120. When was the last time the stadium was so packed? But the lopsided score sent scores of Notre Dame fans to the exist by the 3rd quarter.
FORGET THE GAME: WHO’S THAT GIRL? As the BCS Championship game grew stale at Sun Life Stadium with Alabama beating Notre Dame 28-0, interest — even from the ESPN announcers — turned to the stands where Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron girlfriend was sitting.
Why? Katherine Webb, 23 and 5’11, happens to be the reigning Miss Alabama.
Webb competed in the Miss USA Pageant, but was eliminated in the top 10.
“A beautiful woman,” a smitten announcer Brent Musburger declared to a national audience hungry for entertainment from the disappointing game. His interest turned Webb into an instant social media darling.
Within an hour of Musburger’s comment, Webb had acquired 60,000 new Twitter followers as she appeared on the national television several more times during the game — including every time Alabama scored.
Here’s her bio from the Miss USA Pageant website:
Webb was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She attended middle school and high school in Columbus, Georgia and graduated from Northside High School in 2007. She then attended Auburn University. She graduated from Auburn in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration.
She currently a training director for Chick-fil-A and also models professionally for clients in Miami, New York and Atlanta.
In January 2012, Katherine was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2012.
HERE’S A FUN FACT VIA THE ORANGE BOWL COMMITTEE: Alabama is the second team to score a touchdown on each of its first three drives in a BCS Championship, joining the 2007 Florida Gators.
BAMA SCORES AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN: 21-0 Bama and Notre Dame is looking dazed.
HOW FAST WAS THAT ALABAMA SCORE?: It took the Tide only 2:57 seconds to score first. Fastest score since 2007 game.
EARLY KNOCK-DOWNS: A lot of falling down before the game. One of the paratrooper delivering the ball fell on his behind; a Notre Dame coach was knocked down by the running Irish as they ran out of the tunnel.
WHO WILL SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Zac Brown Band will do the honors. Half-time entertainment will be provided by the All-Star Invitational Band.
KICK-OFF IS 30 MINUTES AWAY - And Sun Life Stadium is packed with screaming fans dressed in Crimson and Irish green. The weather? South Florida perfect at 75 degrees. Temp in South Bend, Indiana: 31 degrees; in Tuscaloosa, Ala: 37 degrees.