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Watching the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament every spring has turned into a snoozefest unless you're a Connecticut fan. Then you can enjoy a couple stress-free hours as UConn rolls over every opponent with ease.

The drama is basically over after the opening tip.

Alabama's football team hasn't quite reached that stage of domination yet. However, should the Crimson Tide knock off Clemson in the College Football Playoff's championship game on Monday (7 p.m. on ESPN), that would be five titles in the last nine years for Nick Saban & Co.

Quite frankly, this is getting boring.

Winning that many titles in a nine-year stretch is a testament to the machine Saban has built in Tuscaloosa. Not to shortchange UConn's unreal accomplishments (four straight, six of last eight), but it is much more difficult to build a football dynasty than one in basketball, men or women.

Recruit two or three five-star players every year in hoops and you'll have a chance to cut down the nets at the end. In football, you need to recruit at least 15-20 studs every year to stay ahead of the pack — then hope there's not an injury to your quarterback.

Neutral fans will be pulling for Clemson and star QB Deshaun Watson on Monday. Seeing the same team win so much tends to sow plenty of resentment among those without a rooting interest.

Watson nearly beat the Tide in last year's title game before Clemson wore down in the fourth quarter. 

Just like the UConn women, it isn't Alabama's fault it is so far ahead of the FBS pack. If you throw out a miracle finish by Auburn in 2013 that knocked the Tide out of the BCS title game, it could be six championships in nine years.

If Clemson falls behind big at halftime, viewers will be quickly leaving the broadcast. We've seen Nick Saban doused with Gatorade enough times.

College BB: Illinois at Indiana (ESPNU, 4 p.m. Saturday): If the Illini pull off the upset and knock the Hoosiers to 0-3 in the Big Ten, Indiana fans will be clamoring for Tom Crean's head.

NFL: Giants at Packers (Fox, 3:40 p.m. Sunday): Green Bay might come into the playoffs as the hottest team in the league. Just remember Eli Manning won on the Frozen Tundra in 2008 en route to a Super Bowl title. 

NBA: Bulls at Knicks (TNT, 7 p.m. Thursday): Two of the league's top franchises seem stuck in mediocrity these days. The days of the Jordan-Ewing battles seem so long ago.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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