Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/7/13
Mariano Rivera may pick up a save tonight without even jogging out from the bullpen if Alabama captures the BCS National Championship with a victory over Notre Dame. It wouldn't go down in the record books as career save No. 609, but could play a small part in the history of Alabama football, nonetheless. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he had his players watch a video of the New York Yankees closer to help them get a grasp of the importance of focusing on the task at hand. "We just watched a video of Mariano Rivera, and he talked about how he struggled at some time in his career because he was trying  to be a perfectionist," Saban said on Sunday.  "And that when he's in the bullpen, he sees the crowd, he hears the crowd, he knows sometimes that he's getting a lot of positive self-gratification for what he does and sometimes getting a lot of negative self gratification... "But when he runs out and they hand him the ball, he's got one focus.  He's not worried about the crowd, he's
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