Monday, August 31, 2009
And we are 5....5 Andrew Zow days away from the kickoff of college football. And in a continued effort to get your hearts & minds ready for Alabama football, I present to you today's video of Andrew Zow's crowning achievement at Bama: The 2001 Iron Bowl. The Tide's 31-7 upset victory was it's 2nd straight at Jordan Hare. In the first quarter QB Andrew Zow took a leveling shot at the Auburn goal line while attempting a reception. Many QB's would have been ruined by this and the fact that 90,000 Auburn fans smelled blood. The blood was Crimson alright, pouring from gaping Auburn wounds opened up by a fierce Bama attack on offense as well as defense. ENJOY!!
UPDATE: For those of you who don't/can't understand the stakes in the Bama/Auburn rivalry, check the number of current NFL players who were on the roster during this game.
Brodie Croyle, Charlie Peprah, Anthony Madison, Roman Harper, Mark Anderson, Evan Mathis, Wesley Britt , Justin Smiley, Anthony Bryant, Antwan Odom, Jarrett Johnson
Jason Campbell, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Tim Carter, Karlos Dansby, Carlos Rogers, Roderick Hood, Kendall Simmons, Reggie Torbor, Courtney Taylor, Jay Ratliff
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In any event, I'm not made at these kids for (purposely or by sheer chance) trying to get their hustle on. I hope they get paid out the wazoo. Check the vid below.
Friday, August 28, 2009
SIDEBAR: Ummm...in case you're wondering why Bama plays so hard, look no further than the pic below......just sayin...ROLL TIDE!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
'Don't be too hasty!' he said..'Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.' And with that, he emptied a bucket of onto her hallway carpet. 'If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, , I will personally eat the remainder.'
The old lady stepped back and said, 'Well let me get you a fork, 'cause they cut off my electricity this morning.'
Now that it has been duly confirmed that 68-year-old Bear Bryant is in a category all his own—the Alabama legislature passed a special law not long ago waiving mandatory retirement at age 70 for him, which presumably will allow him to continue coaching the Crimson Tide well into the next century—Bryant can get back to the business of producing championship football teams.
And Bryant, who made his name wrestling beasts of every stripe into line, from the bear that in fact got him his moniker to Ken Stabler and Joe Namath, has a feisty bunch this year. Still, this season ought to be a breeze after the turmoil of 1981, which included the distraction of Bryant's run to outstrip Amos Alonzo Stagg as college football's winningest coach, an embarrassing loss to lowly Georgia Tech, a stunning tie with Southern Mississippi and a 14-12 defeat at the hands of Texas in the Cotton Bowl, after three 'Bama starters had been left back in Tuscaloosa for disciplinary reasons. This season will be a piece of cake—if Bryant can get his charges back on their good behavior, that is. To that end, the folks across the state at Auburn are suggesting that the legions in Legion Field change their cry from "Roll Tide!" to "Parole Tide!"
Bryant acted like a tough probation officer during spring practice, constantly making examples of last year's offenders. Running Back Linnie Patrick, Offensive Tackle Bob Cayavec and Guard Gary Bramblett. "We have a chance to be a good team if we use our intelligence," says Bryant. "Last year some of the boys forgot how to be smart. Anybody with a bad attitude won't be around here long."
And Bryant isn't just talking through his checked hat. He has the people—17 of 22 starters back from last year's 9-2-1 outfit, plus Malcolm Simmons, the nation's 10th-best punter in 1981, and Placekicker Peter Kim, who last year tied the Alabama record for field goals in a season (15) and set the career mark (27). The only loss on offense is at tight end—something of a liability for a wishbone team that had the nation's seventh-best rushing offense in '81. Freshman Larry Roberts, who's 6'5" and 230 pounds, may end up with the job. The middle guard, a linebacker and two backs are the only absentees from a defense that allowed just 12.6 points per game. The heart of that unit is two-time All-America Safety Tommy Wilcox, and Bryant has ample replacements.
Moreover, for the first time in several years Alabama will begin a season knowing who its quarterback will be. Senior Walter Lewis, who has started off and on since his freshman year, is it. "I've matured a lot since I was a freshman," says Lewis, an electrical engineering major who worked last summer calculating energy-consumption patterns for the Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, Fla. "There were a lot of situations I had trouble with, but now I'm able to recognize them. It takes time to learn how to run the Alabama offense. I'm still learning. Experience is what's important."
Says Bryant, "He still waits too long sometimes before passing off on the option and often decides too early to keep the ball. And he still throws it up for grabs too much...but then some of the pros do too, I guess."
Despite such quibbles, Bryant has such confidence in Lewis and his backup, Paul Fields, that he spent much of the spring teaching the Tide the I-formation, the better to utilize the passing skills of Lewis and Fields and the outside speed of wide receivers Jesse Bendross and Joey Jones. But 'Bama's bread and butter will still be running out of the Wishbone, and much of its success will depend upon Patrick, an extraordinarily gifted junior who is the best of the 10 returning running backs. Alas, Patrick was AWOL the first day of practice last summer, was suspended from the team before the Vanderbilt game last September for missing a prepractice training-room treatment and made matters worse by going home—a no-no in Bryant's eyes—during his suspension. Then, before the Cotton Bowl, he was in a car that was stopped in which marijuana was being used, although Patrick was not smoking it himself and was not charged. This spring his trouble was his grades; his eligibility teetered in the balance until he passed the semester's courses. "I'm glad Coach Bryant gave me second, third and fourth chances to get myself together," says Patrick. "I can't accuse anybody but myself of causing problems."
With Patrick apparently straightened out, the problems won't be Alabama's. Instead, it will be poor Georgia Tech, which will have to play a revenge-motivated 'Bama in the season opener, and Penn State, which comes to Birmingham on Oct. 9, that will have to do the worrying. After that Alabama will spell trouble for the rest of the SEC, except for defending co-champion Georgia. Another problem 'Bama won't have is playing the Bulldogs; owing to the rotation of the conference schedule, the Tide will go through the third of four straight years without having to play Georgia—and Herschel Walker.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The obvious query that I know most will have is "What is the criteria for the selections?" And the answer is actually quite simple. If I were a coach and I had one game to coach and my life depended on it, these are the 26 (11 offense, 11 defense, 4 Special teams) college football players I would want on my team. So without further ado, I present to you the 2009 ALL MACK Team (NCAA edition).
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- QB - Tim Tebow, Florida
- HB - Jahvid Best, Cal
- HB - Noel Devine, West Virginia
- WR - Julio Jones, Alabama
- WR - Arrelious Benn, Illinois
- TE - Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
- OT - Ciron Black, LSU
- OG - Mike Johnson, Alabama
- C - Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
- OG - Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
- OT - John Jerry, Ole Miss
- DE - Greg Hardy, Ole Miss
- NT - Terrence Cody, Alabama
- DE - Antonio Coleman, Auburn
- OLB - Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
- ILB - Brandon Spikes, Florida
- ILB - Rolando McClain, Alabama
- OLB - Bruce Carter, North Carolina
- CB - Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
- S - Taylor Mays, USC
- S - Eric Berry, Tennessee
- CB - Joe Haden, Florida
- Punt Returner - Javier Arenas, Alabama
- Kick Returner - Brandon James, Florida
- Kicker - Thomas Weber, Arizona St.
- Punter - Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Deuce McAllister (#22), RB, Ole Miss
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Seriously?!? WTF?!?!? This is incredibly alarming. Not to say that most Americans are uninformed, but most Americans ARE uninformed. Maybe misinformed is a better word. This heated split between so called "liberals" and "conservatives" (which I think is the dumbest thing I've ever heard), in my mind, is a direct result of what the over-saturation of news media has done to our country. You know it's bad when people choose news stations like they choose political parties. It's ridiculous. The news should be just that...the news...Simply the facts...Not over-sensationalized opinions. But that's just what we have...and it helps some undecided people form opinions and sometimes TOO strong of opinions. For example, Bill O'Reilly's constant bashing Dr. George Tiller (Tiller the Baby killer as O'Reilly called him), and some nut who was heavily influenced by O'Reilly going into a church of all places and killing Dr. Tiller in cold blood.
That's what I think about when I see things like this. We've got to start thinking for ourselves. I mean really. Why in the world are you protesting the ability to offer someone proper healhcare? I don't understand.....It is my humble opinion that it's those people who have a microphone and a camera in their face to force their personal (uninformed or otherwise) opinions on others who are destroying the very foundation of our country.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Dennis Riddle (#29), RB, Alabama
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sam Shade (#31), S, Alabama
And we're 31...31 Sam Shade days away from the kickoff of college football. And in today's effort to get your mind right for the upcoming season, I've found a highlight reel of a young man who's among Alabama's incoming freshman class, who reminds me a lot of Sam Shade. I saw Shade play in high school. I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade at the time, but my high school (Livingston, AL) played against Shade's high school (Wenonah, AL) in a 1990 playoff game. This guy was a monster. And the same is true with incoming freshman Rod Woodson, who I believe, if healthy, will go down as one of the best DBs in the storied history of the Alabama Crimson Tide. ENJOY!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And we are 32....32 (OJ Simpson) days away from the kickoff of college football. I thought about not doing OJ Simpson today because I sort of leaked it yesterday, and there was a small amount of backlash, especially with the Nevada Supreme Court hearing OJ's appeal soon and possibly granting him a release from a prison sentence. This countdown isn't about the legal system. It's not about Mr. Simpson's personal life. It's about football...college football, specifically. And one would be hard pressed to find many, if any, that did it better than The Juice. So we salute your accomplishments on the amateur gridiron today, OJ.
And in our ongoing effort to get your mind right for the upcoming season, today's video is a complete recap of Alabama's 1992 National Championship season. Bama finished 13-0 in 1992 with a 34-13 thrashing of #1 ranked Miami in the Sugar Bowl to win it's 12th national chamionship. ENJOY!
Monday, August 3, 2009
And we're 33...33 (Tony Dorsett and Marcus Allen) days away from the kickoff of college football. I'm so excited about it that I have to post 2 great players (Dorsett & Allen) and I'm going to post two videos. The first video is of Eli Gold, the voice of Crimson Tide football, calling his first Iron Bowl in 1990.
The second video is from the Bama/LSU game in 1991. With 2:49 left in the game and a 4th and 2 at the Bama 11 staring LSU in the face coach Curly Hallman elected to attempt a game tie-ing FG. But Antonio London stepped up to deny the Bengal Tigers and the Crimson Tide went on to victory in Death Valley 20-17.