Learn A Lesson

Any time I hear Auburn fans claiming Tuscaloosa is so dangerous, I do chuckle. I understand the effects of a rivalry and a player getting arrested, so don’t think I’m bothered by opposing fans cracking jokes. What does bother me is how certain people act like this is only a Tuscaloosa issue. I guess some just get a little too pompous for their own good:

Tuscaloosa and Compton grow more and more similar by the day.

Yes, opposing fans will chuckle, but I do have to wonder why they tend to pretend the town of Auburn is immune to crime and drugs given the recent track record:

An Auburn man convicted of running a methamphetamine distribution ring is headed to federal prison.

US Attorney Leura Canary said 30-year-old Judson Marshall Cox was sentenced to 27 years on Friday in Montgomery federal court.

In February, Cox and four other defendants pleaded to conspiracy and distribution of meth.

Canary said the drug ring distributed between 15 and 20 pounds of meth in Atlanta, Auburn/Opelika and Montgomery from August 2004 until October 2005.

It’s a national problem my friend. Please don’t let your arrogance get in the way again.

Irony? It’s Best Served Cold My Friends

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Not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Police seem positive nobody else related to the University is involved in this scandal.  The only new news is that Jimmy ran a Bull Mastiff Pitbull site, which seems legit from the standpoint of having the dogs registered and updated with their shots.

It’s depressing that this happened, and that we had to endure Jimmy Johns much longer than we apparently should have. Finebaum and others are self righteously blaming Saban for not kicking off JJ sooner (hindsight is 20/20, even for a guy with one good eye). Personally, while I can certainly say Saban shouldn’t have just kept Jimmy in somewhat decent graces (one suspension under Nick), I guess he couldn’t kick JJ off the team if he was passing every drug test and showing up for practice every day on time when you consider the fact that he didn’t run him off earlier. If you allow them to stick around, you just can’t toss them off after the season if they are actually following the rules. It would be inconsistent.

One thing Saban grossly underestimated was the attitude of the program that he inherited. It’s burned him in the past, and he unfortunately didn’t want to toss everybody off or else we would’ve had a 4 win season last year. But, it has come back to bite him in the butt.

The good news is that while this will hurt us, these kids weren’t signed by Saban (sans Elder, who was already committed to Shula and held by Saban), so the recruiting brunt shouldn’t be too bad. We are in the SEC after all.

My Obama Rant

Yes… it has been a while.

As a concerned citizen of the United States of America, I’ve tried to keep this blog mostly sports related since that is why I started this entire blog. But, the news is slow, and we’re being hit with political jab after jab during this 2008 Presidential Campaign. So, in the spirit of at least having something to post, I would like to address one issue that has been bugging me as of late. I promise to not force political news and views on you everyday. If I say something once, that’s all I’ll have to say about it.

The issues involves Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. As the first black candidate, he is obviously garnering some attention most candidates wouldn’t receive under normal circumstances. Some of it is good, and some of it is bad. It’s going to be somewhat long, so please click the link below to view the rest.

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Ugly NBA Finals Finish

Congrats to the Boston Celtics, who creamed the Los Angeles Lakers by 39 points. Yes, 39 points. Honestly, I think the city of LA should order the Lakers to buy them a Kobe style diamond ring because of that performance.

Still, the good news is that small children in Zimbabwe will get some new clothing, which they probably need (not picking on Zimbabwe… I’m just saying).

Who is Tom Brady and why should we care about his foot?

Crimson and White Roundtable (3rd Edition)

Well, I have been gone the last few days. I’ve been seriously thinking about going into retirement/semi-retirement due to recent changes in my life. I just graduated college, I’m about to start working very soon, and *wink wink* OTHER parts of my life are requiring the attention they deserve.

So, I’m letting you know you’ll be seeing less of me in the future. I’ll still be around from time to time when something major happens to offer my opinion and coverage. But, I just don’t think I need to try and run a daily blog when I’ve got other things in my life now that I won’t be having as much free time that college students normally have.

To be fair, I will participate in the CW Roundtable since my fellow bloggers gave their time in answering my questions. I think it is a fun, light hearted event we have that everyone enjoys.

Picture Me Rollin’ is the host, and he brings us these thought provoking questions:

1. Other than the contest against Little Brother, what do you think is a “must-win” for Alabama this season?

How about the match-up between a TV and my soon to be crimson colored fist if we lose the Iron Bowl?

But in all seriousness, I guess it would be Mississippi State. Yes, the Starkvillians have been a small thorn in our side these past two years due to an active effort of trying to lose by our boys in Crimson. Seriously, have you ever seem Alabama flatter against an SEC team than MSU these past two years? If we lose to Tennessee, I’ll be unhappy, but fine considering the amount of chatter towards Alabama fans doesn’t scale down when we crush them.

2. Every year there seems to be a player that no one is really talking about pre-season that garners accolades by the end of the year. Who will that be for Alabama this year?

Earl Alexander at WR. He had himself a very good A-Day performance, and we desperately need a few Receivers to step up and fill the shoes of Hall, Brown, and Caddell. He is tall, quick, and fairly strong, and doesn’t seem to be garnering much attention with the likes of Burton Scott and Julio Jones getting all of the media coverage.

3. In your opinion, how many true freshmen will start against Clemson? How many will start against Little Brother?

We may actually see more against Clemson since it will probably be a testing out period for a portion of the game. Sure, we do want to win, but it is only one game and we need to figure out who can step up during a pressured situation.

As for the Iron Bowl, I really hope that we see the exact number needed for a victory, whatever it may be.

4. Pick one player on offense and one on defense and give a match up with an opponent that you are really looking forward to watching this season.

Bama’s O-line vs. LSU’s D-line.

Rolando McClain vs. anybody.

5. What, if any, SEC school’s head coach will be out after this season?

Steve Spurrier. Having been to Columbia, South Carolina numerous times, I can tell you that it is a nice place to visit and possibly live (I never got to see the suburban areas, so I can’t speak for them. And yes, I know the Danny Ford boys might be disappointed in me for saying such a thing). But, it is not a football hot bed, nor will it ever be a football hot bed. He’s over the age of 65 and has really looked worn down and tired of being at a program that isn’t moving up as quickly as he had hoped. Adding all of that together, it just seems that he may step down in the next year or two.

I’m not saying that he will do it, but he seems the most likely to me. There is Rich Brooks, but I really haven’t seen him looking to worn down.

Kirby Smart Speaks

How can this be?! I thought Saban was a evil dictator bent on destroying the American lifestyle we all known and love?!

Did the new Alabama Defensive Coordinator really give his time to the Dothan Eagle? What might be even more shocking is the fact that it is a LOCAL NEWSPAPER!!!! Thanks to Crimson Reign on TideSports.com.

With Saban in Tuscaloosa, Smart spent his May covering his recruiting territory.

“I did all the Wiregrass area, south Georgia, Gwinnett County in Atlanta and the Montgomery area,” Smart said.

It was easy to see the coach is eager for August.

“I can’t wait to get them in there,” Smart said. “It’s what we love to do. I like coaching. I like being on the grass. The recruiting’s not as much fun as the coaching. So you want to get back to coaching.”

Amazing, truly amazing. I guess Josh Moon, and all those radio hosts bouncing checks might have to find something else to complain about.

He’s humming his favorite George Michael song during this picture. FREEDOM!

In fact, he went so far as to point out that Saban let his assistant coach go out and represent UA without him:

Smart played in the event that will benefit the Hawk-Houston Boys and Girls Club of Dothan. It is part of the festivities leading to tonight’s induction ceremonies for the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame.

“Jimbo (Loftin) called me and said they were having a big event and asked if I’d come down and represent Alabama,” Smart said. “I said I’d love to. I went to coach Saban and he really wanted to do it — and jumped at the opportunity for me to play in it and represent the university.”

As for Saban, he’s been busy donating $1,000,000 for scholarships. But then again, we don’t have to send a photographer to show his good deeds.

TV Stuff

So I watched the “Under The Lights” special last night, and I must say I enjoyed it. Of course, right now Nick Saban could dress up a fruit cake with a straw hat, label it “winners fuel” and the fans would buy them up before you could spell John Parker Wilson.

More to come later today. As for now, enjoy this clip. I’m really looking forward to this movie. Who wants to have a Tropic Thunder party!?…………….. *cricket noises*

Tony Franklin’s America

  • In Tony Franklin’s America, we enjoy freedom as Americans. Our forefathers fought for our right to be able to speak freely.
  • In Tony Franklin’s America, we eat nails and spit bullets as Osama and his gang quiver like sissy men in their caves. Why must we do it? In the TF America, we answer that by asking who else has the balls to do so?
  • In Tony Franklin’s America, we mock other coaches for their rough edges and ability to rub people the wrong way, even though we appear to be guilty of it ourselves*. We are Americans after all.
  • In Tony Franklin’s America, we send our fans to brag about our ability to score against the likes of Oklahoma State and Georgia, even though a Mike Shula playbook scored 31 points and we lost thanks to costly turnovers.
  • In Tony Franklin’s America, we recruit the best, while the rest run away in fear**.
  • And finally…. in Tony Franklin’s America, we bring a dynamic style that will revolutionize the world. For $275, you can too.

*See Kentucky tenure and “Fourth Down and Life To Go”

**Rest may actually include arrogant, over the top “All-American” babies.

This post is in fact a poor attempt at satire, but I have things to do and so little time to do it in.

The Crimson and White Roundtable

Welcome to another Crimson and White Roundtable!

Last week, I was your host. This week, Todd from Roll Bama Roll is your host, and he brings up 5 thoughtfully crafted questions regarding college football.

1. We have a poll up at RBR about what was the biggest SEC upset from last season. What is your pick and why?

In a season where upsets were happening left and right, I’d say Kentucky over LSU for a number of reasons. First, you have to remember that even though others were falling, LSU was seen as the Gorilla with a chainsaw…. thingy that was just going to waltz to the BCS title game. Secondly, even though we all thought highly of Andre Woodson and the Cats, LSU’s defense was supposed to be this monstrous force that could only be defeated by tossing Glenn Dorsey’s knee into the fires of Mount Doom. We all know SEC teams win with defense…. right? Finally, I remember how crazy it was once that actually happened. The college football landscape went crazy for a while, even though LSU ended up in the title game through a completely crazy finish.

2. Looking ahead to this season’s schedule, what games do you see as being the deciding factors in who will win the SEC?

Most will say UGA vs. Florida, and I can see where they are coming from. But, for arguments sake, I’ll go with…… Tennessee at Georgia, because the Dawgs have had a tough time getting past the Vols early in the season the past two years. If that Georgia defense is going to be any good, they’ve got to keep the Vols under the usual 30 to 40 points the Dunkin’ Donut Brigade has been scoring on average. If they can’t get past Tennessee, then that Florida game could end up being not so special after all.

3. Phil Steele and Athlon have Florida ranked #1 in the country with UGA coming in at #9 and #5, respectively, while Lindy’s likes the Dawgs at #1 and Florida at #6. Obviously both teams can’t represent the East in Atlanta, so which team do you think will wind up playing for the title and a berth in the Sugar Bowl (or National Championship Game), or do you think it’s possible neither team will be there at the end of the season?

I personally think Florida will be improved, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Tennessee makes a few surprise moves this season. Of course, the only thing that could hold UT back is trying to break in a new QB, but other than that I’ll still probably say Georgia by a nose. I personally think Georgia will be lucky to escape with 1 loss, but that shouldn’t keep them from Atlanta.

4. It’s a little early for a “traitor’s draft” since we don’t know who the starters are going to be until the fall, but since football is a year long affair let’s go ahead and have one. If you could trade two Alabama spring starters, one offensive and one defensive, for their counterpart on any other SEC team, who would you trade and why?

Give me Eric Berry from Tennessee on defense and Knowshon Marino form Georgia on offense. I guess I would trade Lionell Mitchell and Terry Grant. I’m a big fan of Grant, but I just wonder if he’ll stay healthy for us. As for Mitchell, I respect him, but we really need a big presence out there in the Secondary.

5. Finally, and just for fun, give me one non-Alabama game you’d love to attend this season (there’s a list of the “Top 40” non-con games of the season here if you need a little help).

I would like to see Arkansas at Texas, because that’s an old time rivalry you just don’t see anymore. I wish Houston Nutt was still the coach for humor and entertainment value. Still, seeing two fan bases that used to have some many bad feelings for each other come back together for a good old fashion hate fest is something special in college football.

I hate you, I hate you, I don’t even know you, but I hate your guts. I wish all the bad things in life happen to you, and only you.

So there is my roundtable response. Again, thanks to Todd from Roll Bama Roll for this week’s questions. Stay tuned later in the week for the Round-Up… or whatever everyone else prefers to call it.

Under The Lights

In case you haven’t heard, Alabama football will be featured on FSN’s “Under The Lights”, a series focusing on the behind the scenes operations of the teams we follow day after day. It should air 7:00 pm Wednesday June 4th, but if you can’t make it, the schedule of reruns of the show goes something like this: June 4 at 10:00 p.m. , Thursday, June 5 at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. (all times Central). That might not be the more accurate schedule, but that’s what was sent to me by a friend…. hey, I’m a blogger for crying out loud!

Here’s a sneak peak FSN put out on YouTube. Enjoy you football deprived fanatics. BTW, I should have my Roundtable response and more in the coming hours.