Roundtable Round-Up

Roundtable! Roundtable! Roundtable! Every question must be answered!

Yes! Our contestants participants have graciously given their time and blog money to answer the questions of one college student who happened to be bored out of his mind. They, like myself, are big time Bama fans who dedicate their mornings and evenings to blogging, providing you with quality humor, analysis, and…. other things bloggers do. Let’s meet are participants! (BTW, my actions are inside the little * marks)

*Price is Right music cranks up*

  1. Todd from Roll Bama Roll!
  2. Tony Orlando from Alabama Gameday!
  3. Gerry Dorsey from Uncle Rico’s Time Machine!
  4. The Capstone Report!
  5. TideFaninTN from Third Saturday in Blogtober!
  6. Picture Me Rollin!
  7. Will Heath from DBH Dance Party! (and them fancy news sheets)
  8. and your host, The Tide Druid!

*points, winks, and smiles* What a great bunch of guys!

Next, let’s go over something about the new Crimson and White Roundtable. As the host, it is my duty to perform a Roundtable Round-Up (or whatever you prefer to call it). The weekly host picks their favorite answers of the other Bama Blogger participants, to provide everyone out there with an easy access source for your Roundtable reading pleasure.

This is an EXTREMELY looooooooooooong post, so please click the link below to read some of the selected comments. I for one would like to offer our contestants participants a hearty ROLL TIDE!

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Alabama’s Answer to the Strip?

Based on recent happenings, it seems to be closing it down.

Yes, the University does own the leases for a number of locations on the strip. Today, it looks as though Cheap Shots is the one to close per the Tuscaloosa News:

University of Alabama administrators are kicking a bar off the Strip because bar owners did not keep up their space, according to a university spokeswoman.

The lease for Cheap Shots was not renewed, and the bar must be out by June 30, said Cathy Andreen, director of media relations.

“The university concluded Cheap Shots was not meeting the conditions of the lease, so the university opted not to renew the lease,” she said. “We expect our tenants to be sure that all these premises are in good order, repair and condition.”

Apparently a majority of the leases run out by 2010, so who knows what The Strip will look like come then. All I know is it won’t affect me too much. I may either be out of town working or still around going to Timmerson’s Square like I always do if I feel like going out. No word on The Legacy’s response.

A return to the 1960’s for The Strip?

How’d This Get Past Bama Fans?

Not much going on today. I have a few errands to run, so I’ll leave you with an amazingly good video of Saban during spring practice. So go get your straw hats and gray Alabama vests and enjoy!

The Return of the Crimson and White Roundtable

The task has fallen upon me to write the first post in the new Crimson and White Roundtable, a job I do not take lightly. No light taking here my friends!

Now, this is Todd from Roll Bama Roll’s brain child, so let’s go over the new rules:

  • In order to avoid all the confusion of “who’s hosting next week? / I haven’t gotten any responses and it’s thursday night!” like the last few attempts, we’re moving to a format where one central blogger posts a set of questions each monday (or whenever is good for you I suppose) on their respective blogs supplied by a rotating blogger “host” and let everyone respond on their own during the week.
  • Whoever is hosting that week can then do a roundup on friday of answers they liked or considered thought provoking and maybe get in a last word of their own.
  • Unlike last time, it is open to any and all ‘Bama bloggers so long as they e-mail their response post to the host site so they know it exists and can link back to it in the roundup.

Since I am the first to post, I will provide everyone with a set of questions for everyone to answer on their own sites. Here are the questions without my answers in the way so you can easily cut and paste.

1) Will the new offense and Offensive Coordinator be a positive change for John Parker Wilson? If so, how much? If not, what concerns you?

2) We’ve all felt the excitement of landing this studly freshmen class on signing day, but what expectations should we have once they all land in Tuscaloosa?

3) What were your initial thoughts of the somewhat split job of Defensive Coordinator? Have they changed since then, or are they still the same?

4) In your eyes, who needs to step up the most in a position of depth concern?

5) We’ve all heard the talk of this possibly being Mal Moore’s last season as Athletic Director. What will his legacy be when it is all said and done?

6) Other than Georgia, what non-Alabama SEC team impresses you the most? (because everyone would normally answer UGA)

So there you have it, easy and simple right? Right!

1) Will the new offense and Offensive Coordinator be a positive change for John Parker Wilson? If so, how much? If not, what concerns you?

Well, even though my question says “new offense”, Coach Saban has gone on record that they’ve only changed about 30 % of what we ran last year, so I don’t imagine it will be an the most difficult challenge for JPW this season. So yes, I do think it will help him improve since the play caller behind it seems to be an improvement over Major Applewhite.

This new style is a less risk, more spread out version of what we ran last year. It isn’t a full out systematic spread change like Auburn it running, but it is a spread when it all boils down. John Parker has his up and down moments, and when he tries to do too much it usually backfires big time. With this “less risk” stuff, he shouldn’t have to try to be Super Man in order for Alabama to win a game.

2) We’ve all felt the excitement of landing this studly freshmen class on signing day, but what expectations should we have once they all land in Tuscaloosa?

I admit, this could be a loaded question given there is so much still to be determined with the depth chart and who is actually going to be wearing Crimson come September. Still, we all understand one simple fact: There will be plenty of freshmen starting for Alabama in 2008.

Honestly, I expect an inverse of last season with a shaky start and a strong finish to the season (no, I’m not predicting any ULM style loss). Why? Because we start off with a tough foe, followed by two games for the new players to adjust an figure out what is what in Tulane and W. Kentucky. After that we’ll have a set back or two, but I think we’ll have that moment in the season where stuff starts to click, and we finally see some real improvement.

3) What were your initial thoughts of the somewhat split job of Defensive Coordinator? Have they changed since then, or are they still the same?

This move seemed strange to me at first, but after having thought about it and hearing what others have to say, it seems clear to me that Saban did this to keep Kirby Smart and leave Alabama with a set DC if Kevin Steele ever decides to leave in the next year or two.

To be honest, I don’t see much else changing other than job title. Sure, Smart will have more of a Secondary focus will coaching up the individual units with Steele calling the plays and focusing on creating new plays, but not much should really change in the end. We’ve got some inexperience on defense, so I hope whatever they decide to do works and works quickly.

4) In your eyes, who needs to step up the most in a position of depth concern?

Were should one start? How about at the Linebacker position, where we really need somebody to step up next to Rolando McClain as soon as humanly possible. Outside of any new recruit, our options look to be Chavis Williams, Jimmy Johns, Corey Reamer, Brandon Fanney, and more. Johns might need a redshirt, so I’m hope one of the other three listed will step up and become a force on the D-side of the ball. Heck, McClain might end up having to play Outside, which should be interesting to watch.

5) We’ve all heard the talk of this possibly being Mal Moore’s last season as Athletic Director. What will his legacy be when it is all said and done?

For the glass half-full types, I imagine his biggest contribution will be the new facilities and the massive amount of money he brought into the program. For the glass half-empty fans, it’ll be a list of bungles and bad coaching moves that have held this program back over the years.

Still, I think Mal Moore has done more good than anybody may say right now, because let’s face it, he’s been the only guy to trudge through the mess this program used to be (and still is in some aspects), never once stepping to the side and pointing the finger of blame on anyone else. He is his own man, and has been able to assume more positive control over this program than the guy before him.

6) Other than Georgia, what non-Alabama SEC team impresses you the most? (because everyone would normally answer UGA)

I’d have to go with Florida if you held a gun to my head. I think Urban Meyer has plenty of toys down there on offense for him to hopefully keep the physical pressure off of Tim Tebow. With that new Running Back they got from USC last season, they will hopefully have somebody there to compliment Tebow and Harvin come game day.

Their defense was young last season, so I’m expecting some improvement from them after that Michigan loss in the Capital One Bowl (Gator fans are probably hoping that Secondary improves the most).

Plus, let’s not forget that Tim Tebow is a very talented player. Sure, he gets way too much attention, and has a somewhat goofy personality, but the guy is a great player that everyone else in the country would love to have wearing their team colors.

Saban on Elm Street

Coach Nick Saban recently stated in an Montgomery Advertiser article that he wants Alabama to become more like Freddy Krueger (LINK):

“We talk about our three ‘I’s’ — intensity, immediacy, intelli­gence,” he said. “We want to have a big, physical team that no one wants to play. We want to be relentless.”
To illustrate the second point, Saban recalled a charac­ter from the popular “Night­mare on Elm Street” horror move series.
“Freddy Krueger — why is he so scary? You can’t kill him,” Saban said. “You think he’s gone and then he reaches through the wall and grabs you around the neck.
“When we start to play like champions, that’s when we’ll win a championship.”

A strange comparison? Sure, but it is something to keep you pumped up for the next few years.

Alabama Fans and College

So a few weeks ago I posted a piece discussing college football fans and their college education. So, after having 52 different votes, here are the results from the related poll:

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Computer Fall Down and Go BOOM!

Whatever was in the oven got burnt to a crisp it appears.

Sorry for not having anything recently, but I’ve been having one of those weeks. My internet has been spotty at best, and now I’ve lost most of what I had for a video I was trying to make. I’ll try to work on it some more, but I seriously doubt you’ll see it this week. So I would like to officially apologize to those of you who had your hopes up, but I will have something big on Friday to celebrate the official birthday of this blog!

Yes, in May of 2007 I decided to share my lazy writing style with the world. I’ll work on something for later today as to not feel like a total waste of space, so sit back and hang on.