Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tide basketball loses again

Check out the video of the closing seconds of the 76-73 Ole Miss win Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. Tony Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer misses the mark after Chris Warren nails a pair of free throws with 8.6 seconds left.

Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion update

Don’t miss the gallery below to track the progress starting last summer.

Updated Feb. 27, 2010

Alabama players taking over NFL Combine

It’s NFL Scouting Combine time in Indianapolis and the Crimson Tide is well represented. There are 10 players from the championship team — eight seniors and juniors Kareem Jackson and Rolando McClain.

Here are a few links to digest before starting your weekend.

Patriots keep an eye on the Tide (Boston Herald) (by former Birmingham News Alabama beat writer Ian Rapoport)

System, Saban give Alabama players NFL edge (by current Birmingham News beat writer Don Kausler Jr.)

Mike Singletary a big Rolando McClain fan

McClain, Jackson in CBS writer’s first round projection

Alabama isn’t the most represented program, LSU is (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Alabama loses, Varnado breaks NCAA block record

Check out this video of Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado’s 536th block of his career during the Bulldogs’ 74-66 win over the Crimson Tide.

Welcome to Starkville

Welcome to one of the more remote outposts in all of the Southeastern Conference. We’re in the “Hump” tonight for Alabama at Mississippi State basketball.

Nothing major to report yet. Most of the buzz centers around Bulldog center Jarvis Varnado’s chase of the all-time blocks national record. He’s just eight away.

For all other in-game updates, check out our twitter feed here.

ESPN to televise A-Day again

Once again, the “worldwide leader” will have live cameras in Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day.

According to a release just distributed by UA, kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on April 17 for the final spring practice date that is the only open to the public. Admission is free.

Spring practices begin March 12 followed by a week off for spring break. Practice 2 of 15 is March 22.

Eli Gold adds another title next to his name

Eli Gold, the longtime voice of Alabama football, has another job to add to his long list.

According to this release, Gold will lend his talent to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series that begins March 6 in Miami.

Don’t panic, loyal fans of his radio work with the Crimson Tide. It won’t interfere with his fall commitments in Tuscaloosa. The release quoted a still-glowing Gold when it comes to the national championship.

“I’m still reveling in the National Championship victory over the University of Texas,” Gold said. “It was a very special year. It was one of those seasons you dream about, but you don’t know if it will ever happen. It was the 13th National Championship for Alabama. It was great doing the broadcasts all season long and capping it off with the BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Stadium. It was also very nice showing up at Daytona for Speedweeks and seeing how many in our racing community came over to offer their congratulations.”

A few videos for your Tuesday

It’s been a while since I trolled the internet for videos of interest. So, here you go. Just a few Alabama videos to get you to lunch.

Tide gymnastics vs. Florida and vs. Arizona and at Penn State

Go back in time for Mississippi State at Alabama basketball in 2004

A look at the Alabama softball season.

Daniel Moore unveils “Maximum Block”painting of Terrence Cody’s big play against UT

Speaking of Cody, here is one fan’s tribute known as “Mount Snowdy”

A homage to Alabama football’s defense: Part 1 and Part 2

And finally, the Alabama dance team performs at a recent basketball game.

Alabama picks up football commitment

The recruiting season for the 2011 class of Alabama prospects is more than open. The Crimson Tide picked up another commitment from linebacker Shannon Brown of Georgia. have him three stars and Rivals has yet to assign them.

That makes four for this class that still has 11 months to change course before signing day next February. As we all know, young minds can change.

But if you want to read more about Brown, read this posting on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Web site.

Bama blows another big lead

Up 13 in the second half, Alabama found away to blow another healthy lead in SEC competition. This time it was Georgia who mounted the comeback to grab the 76-70 win in Athens.

This is one hot and cold team. They just seem to wilt under the pressure late in big games. It took away any of the momentum gained in last Saturday’s win over SEC West leading Arkansas.

Now, it’s on to Starkville on Wednesday.

(I did not see the peanut butter boy on the telecast).

Will peanut butter boy strike Saturday in Georgia?

In one of the more disturbing fanatical gestures in recent memory, the gentleman photographed by the Athens Banner-Herald several weeks ago loves his Georgia basketball (and peanut butter).

Keep your eyes pealed during the 3 p.m. telecast of Alabama’s road game at Georgia to see if Drake Scott makes a return to pervert the legacy of his state’s favorite agricultural product and terrify everyone in his presence.

To read a complete account of his madness, read this story from the Athens newspaper.

Here is a quick taste (pun intended):

Since slathering himself up with peanut butter for Georgia basketball’s game with Tennessee, Scott, a Georgia junior from Dacula, has become a phenomenon on Facebook and online discussion boards.

The self-professed super fan is no stranger to shenanigans, painting himself up for countless Georgia sporting events, and wearing outlandish ’80s-inspired garb when he doesn’t do that.

But peanut butter? This one was in a league of its own.

Reports: Alabama DB in "a situation"

Several news outlets are reporting on what Nick Saban is calling “a situation” involving defensive back Robby Green (no, not this situation).

The Mobile Press-Register reported this morning that Green faced a possible suspension due to unspecified rules violations.

By this afternoon, Saban issued the following statement:

“There is a situation with Robby and we are currently in the process of determining the facts. To make any kind of announcement on his playing status at this time is completely premature and it is not appropriate to do so until we have a chance to go through due process for Robby and his family. If there is a change in his current status, we will make an announcement once a final determination is made.”

Stay tuned for updates.

Too early for preseason ranking? Nah

We interrupt you from your Olympic curling viewing for this important announcement:

Although I am a documented hater of preseason rankings even in August and especially in February. But, since I’m here to serve, I will pass along one of the most preliminary opinions.

Phil Steele is considered one of the top minds in all of college football, so enjoy this link to his top 10 teams for the 2010 season. SPOILER ALERT: Alabama is No. 1

It’s his projection for an AP poll that doesn’t exist until August.

Let the speculation begin and the countdown to spring practice marches on. Save the date: March 12.

On a side note, the Bama Blog wishes loyal reader Ava Whitlock a happy belated birthday.

Alabama in the polls

It’s been a while. Missed me? On second thought, don’t answer that. It is somewhat of a slow period in the Alabama sports calendar. No men’s basketball games until Saturday, so this blogger/writer is distracted by the Olympics. I will have a basketball story for tomorrow.

In other news, the “other” Crimson Tide teams are doing well in national rankings. Here’s a sample.

Gymnastics: No. 1
Softball: No. 8
Men’s track: No. 20

Don’t panic, spring football beings March 12.

VIDEO: Alabama beats Arkansas

Park 1 of 2 of the final moments.
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And part 2, complete with a Rammer Jammer at the end.