published Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Storm keeps Crimson Tide from D.C.


by Chris Carroll

WASHINGTON — In recent years, the Alabama football team mostly wins or does what it wants without interference. But unlike opponents such as Tennessee, Georgia or Notre Dame, wacky Washington weather spoils even the best-laid plans.

A winter storm poised to hammer the District of Columbia area postponed today's Crimson Tide trip to the White House, where President Barack Obama was scheduled to honor the SEC juggernaut for its third national championship in the last four years.

The reigning champions finished 13-1, beating Notre Dame in the BCS title game. Alabama's only loss came against SEC newcomer Texas A&M.

Even before its arrival, the winter storm had become a Beltway phenomenon with a nickname: "Snowquester," like the automatic budget cuts.

The Obama administration didn't go that far but cited "expected inclement weather" as the reason behind the Tide's Tuscaloosa grounding. White House officials said the Crimson Tide's visit would be rescheduled but didn't indicate when.

Last year Obama celebrated the Crimson Tide on the White House South Lawn, taking advantage of a sun-dappled April day. The team posed for pictures and gave the president a No. 14 home jersey.

Alabama spring practice begins March 16.

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