2008 Schedule

Nico at rollbamaroll.com has brought up that the UTEP @ Alabama game in 2008 may have been canceled. I for one view this as a good thing. Not for the fact that we would not be playing Mike Price’s team with an ESPN pity party following afterwards, but that now we can beef up our non-conference schedule a little bit in order to keep up with the rest of the SEC in 2008.

I subscribe to the theory that you should at least have one marquee non-con match-up every year. It creates a buzz within the fan base and gives the players something new and exciting. Plus, it usually means a good TV appearance if both teams are any decent. With UTEP on the 2008 schedule, there really isn’t anything to look forward to with the non-conference portion, minus the revenge game on Northern Illinois (how lame does that sound?)

I would like to see Alabama at least attempt to schedule a one time match-up with one of the following:

Big 10

Iowa , Wisconsin, Michigan State

Big 12

Texas, Nebraska, Kansas State

Pac 10

USC, California, Oregon State

Big East

Louisville, Pittsburgh

ACC

Boston College, Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State

I’m trying to avoid playing teams we’ve recently played, have already scheduled, or currently have a bit of bad blood with (I think Saban playing Miami would qualify as bad blood). I enjoy the games were we are able to just enjoy meeting new fanbases and have a good time before and after the games, like the Oklahoma series.

I just hope there is still enough time to approach another team. It may be a tall task to attempt to grab a BCS conference team for a October 11th match-up. But, this is all merely speculation, we don’t even know if the game has been canceled or not.

Please list some of your thoughts. What teams would you like to see approached? Is it probable that the athletic department is going to actually attempt a stronger non-conference opponent?

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CBB Munsters

Since the Billy Donovan situation is the story of the day, the obvious Eddie Munster jokes have come and gone. So, in an act of pure boredom (and a need to create posts), here are a few more Munster comparisons for you:

Eddie Munster- Billy Donovan (UF…Orlando…UF…)

The obvious match is the widow’s peak. However, most people are missing the boyish charms they share. It seems to be working on the Orlando Magic and most of the sports media. No monetary punishment for you, Billy!

Grandpa Munster- Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)

The nose is a big factor here. Both of them have rather large noses with a hook. They also both know how to mix amazingly strong potions, how else do you explain Dick Vitale being Coach K’s personal lap dog? A man crush can only go so far.

Herman Munster- Matt Doherty (SMU)

The flat top noggin is the key here, as well as a long squared head shape. Most people don’t know this, but Matt also models his style after a certain Muppet.

Lilly Munster- Pat Summit (Tennessee)

Just give Summit long black hair and she sort of looks like Lilly. And no, I am not just picking Pat Summit because she is the only women’s b-ball coach I know. I know of Pat Summit, Stephany Smith, and….. uhh….

The regular Munster girl (Marilyn) is a hard one to match… any suggestions?