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Alabama and Clemson mirror Cleveland and Golden State

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History has a way of repeating itself. Take this past weekend as a prime example of that.

For the fourth year in a row, it will be LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Four years in a row, the same two teams doing battle for the sport’s ultimate prize. Incredible.

Could the NBA be preparing us for what lies ahead in college football? Just like Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA, Alabama and Clemson have been controlling the college gridiron and have established a modern rivalry.

Consider this, the last three times Cleveland and Golden State have met for the NBA title in June, Alabama and Clemson have met in the college football playoff in January.

Interestingly enough, both of these series have also gone down a similar path.

In June of 2015 and 2017, the overwhelming favorite Golden State Warriors were simply too much for LeBron and the Cavaliers.

Similarly, in January of 2016 and 2018, the big favorite Alabama outlasted the up-start Clemson Tigers.

But, in June of 2016 Cleveland pulled a shocker and beat the 73-win Golden State Warriors for the NBA crown. Much like in January of 2017, Clemson pulled a big upset in the final seconds and beat the previously unbeaten Crimson Tide.

Most NBA fans coming into this season would have told you that it would once again be Cleveland and Golden State in the Finals and despite things not always going according to plan for both in the regular-season, here we are, fourth year in a row, Cleveland vs. Golden State.

Most college football fans will tell you, here in the summer of 2018, they expect to see Alabama and Clemson meet once again, for the fourth year in a row for in the College Football Playoff.

We will have to wait and see if things go according to that plan.

Cleveland and Golden State have dominated the NBA for the past four years, just as Alabama and Clemson have dominated college football for the past three seasons. If history is any indication, the Cavaliers and Warriors in June will pave the way for the Crimson Tide and Tigers in January.

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(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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