Homecoming Expectations

Let’s face it, most Alabama fans aren’t exactly sure what to expect out of Houston. Sure, we realize that they score a lot of points, and that they give up plenty of points too. But, when it comes to how they score, most don’t really know what we’re going to see.

To be honest, I don’t think the media (and even the team to a certain extent) don’t know what to expect either. The only real thing to expect is an offense that will honestly give you at least 10 different styles of play, as well as a debate as to who should be playing QB.

Remember the whole “I’m gonna toss what’s left of my Wild Turke……’coke’ at that bulldog” event? Well, don’t expect to see the students throwing any cups onto the field for a long while:

Delta Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi fraternities will lose their seats close to the field for the next two home games. University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said the groups would be moved farther back into the stands.

To prevent future incidents, the Office of Judicial Affairs will begin enforcing new sanctions against students who throw anything at any sporting event.

For a first offense, the student will be forbidden from attending the next three games of that team (football, basketball, etc) with a student ticket. The punishment would extend into the next season if necessary. Andreen said the student must also attend “Capstone Character Class.”

If caught twice, the student cannot buy student tickets for that sport again. After a third violation, the student will be barred from all sporting events for the rest of his or her academic career.

I’m glad to see we’re handling this in a respectable manner. I know some people will whine about this rule, but we do need a standard of class to remain in the game of college football.

Don’t expect to see Jimmy Johns playing on defense anytime soon. Saban likes his performance on Special Teams so far, and feels that JJ doesn’t need to be moved to Linebacker:

“It’s not the right time to move someone to defense, it would be very, very difficult to teach him based on the fact that he’s not been a defense player before and it’s hard to teach players we have from week to week, different offenses that we see, different adjustments that you have to make,” Saban said.

“Jimmy works hard,” Saban said. “He has a good attitude about it. We do have a role for him, but because we don’t play regular people very much and use two tight ends a lot in the game, the fullback doesn’t have a significant role in our offense right now.

“The fact that we have three guys who have done a good job when they got their opportunity at tailback has limited Jimmy’s playing time. He’s a good pass-blocker and he’s done a good job when he’s played.”

Many of the fans – including myself – were unhappy with the intensity level of the players last weekend. Well, don’t expect to see that level of play this weekend. Saban has been pushing his players this week, and he likes what he sees:

“I have been pleased with the effort and attitude in practice this week. We have had two of our better practices from an intensity standpoint, even though this was a very difficult preparation for us. The scout team has done a really good job of trying to simulate not only a no-huddle offense, but also one that has a tremendous amount of multiples.

“Our focus is having our team improving, having a team playing winning football.

“Our focus should be on improvement, more and more guys playing with consistency, executing…down-in and down-out, offense, defense and special teams.”

I hope so. We brought in Saban to fix the problems of the Shula era. In the end, I truly believe that this team won’t be having as many problems in terms of intensity. We’re thinner than most teams, but we should be able to go toe-to-toe with many of them in terms of fire.

Don’t expect to see James Carville cheering for the Tide anytime soon either:

You’re famously married to the Republican strategist Mary Matalin. Is there a fan of any team that you could never imagine being close with?

I would’ve said easily Alabama, but my niece goes to Alabama and I still love her and claim her. That was kind of the test moment. If I still love my niece and speak to her, that was sort of the ultimate test. There’s not much more of of a test than Alabama.

Does anybody find it funny that James Carville hates people who love elephants so much, but he still associates himself with them on a daily basis? I guess he’s still in the closet with R. Kelly and Tom Cruise on this one.

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Stick with us James, we understand you.

Expect to see plenty of beer cans being thrown if either Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson win. If Johnson wants to avoid this annual event, all he has to do is take off the “ie” at the end of his name and replace it with a “y”.

And finally, expect to see me supporting the Colorado Rockies throughout the playoffs, or at least until somebody beats them. They should be the bandwagon team of the playoffs…. and I got here first!!!

What, do you disagree? Come here and let me show you the real meaning of “thin air”

 

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3 Responses to “Homecoming Expectations”

  1. Joe Blow Says:

    So the fraternities actually have those seats reserved? That’s kind of lame.

  2. TideDruid Says:

    It’s the old frat block seating method. A lot of southern universities have it. I think it is stupid personally, but that’s life I guess.

  3. Joe Blow Says:

    I know the frats have their own little area at Auburn games, but I always thought it was because pledges were forced to go hours early to save seats. I know they were doing that for basketball games while I was there. I’m still not sure why the Greek system is affiliated with universities.


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