Monthly Archives: May 2011

Alabama vs. Auburn: Head to head, who won more in 2010-11?

No rivalry compares to Alabama/Auburn. No kidding, I know. But can you tell me how the Crimson Tide fared against the Warring Eagles in every sport?

If not, the answer is right here. Borrowing and modifying the formula used by Ole Miss beat writer Kyle Veazey of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, I did quick research into the head to head games between Alabama and Auburn in the 2010-11 seasons.

This only includes sports where the two competed directly. Golf,  rowing, track and cross country don’t have duel meets so they aren’t included. Also, baseball and softball results were combined into series wins and losses. It was skew the numbers if three-game series were counted individually. They are obviously not three times as important as the football game.

Here are the results. Final tally at the bottom.

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Blog back in business

The long-weekend vacation is now complete and the blog is back in service.

An interesting week could be in progress for the Southeastern Conference since the spring meetings are underway in Destin. There is all kinds of chatter coming out of the Redneck Riviera about oversigning, roster management, etc.

Also in Florida, the Tide baseball team is playing in the Tallahassee NCAA baseball regional as the No. 3 seed. More to come on that.

The softball team is in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series with a shot at the elusive national title.

Stay with the blog. We’re back in town and ready to work. First check out this time lapse video I took of the sunset Sunday night at Isle of Palms, S.C.

Take it easy, see you in a few

The sun sets on the last work day of the week.

Just a warning, this is the last post you’ll see until next week. It’s time to celebrate the fleeting bachelorhood of a good buddy previously mentioned here.

I’ll be off the grid, so to speak, but SEC baseball coverage will continue in the printed editions.

So, join me in celebrating the unofficial end of Mike Galla’s life as he knew it and hope caged jungle cats stay clear of our weekend accommodations. Catch ya next week.

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Alabama falls to Florida in SEC baseball tourney

Alabama fell flat in the SEC baseball tournament second round losing 6-0 to Florida on Thursday afternoon. The Tide lineup managed just five hits and had 12 straight batters retired at one point.

Alabama plays Arkansas at 3 p.m. Friday in an elimination game. The Tide beat the Hogs 7-4 in Wednesday’s opener.

Buy a newspaper and read more tomorrow.

Live updates from Alabama’s second-round SEC game

Hello there. Welcome back to Regions Park in Hoover. It’s time for SEC baseball yet again.

Alabama is getting set to play Florida for a spot in the semifinals of the tournament. We’ll be here to update you all the way.

Just click here to follow the updates on the official Twitter page of The Daily Bama Blog.

Sun sets on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa

Looking towards UA campus at 7 p.m. May 25.

For some perspective, this is pretty much the same view from Google Street View.

Revisiting before/after pictures of tornado damage

About four weeks ago, I posted a set of before and after photos from the Holt community after the tornado struck and wrote this story.

Today, I drove back to Fifth Street Northeast to see where things stand. Here’s what I saw.



May 25, 2011 (Click to enlarge)

And the Wallace home. The picture take today was an estimate since there’s not much of a frame of reference. So much has been cleared.



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Remember the house where Anthony Grant helped pull trophies from the attic?

From April 30.

Here is that house on Wednesday.

Take a video ride through tornado damaged Tuscaloosa

Here is the ride-along video of Tuscaloosa four weeks to the day after a deadly tornado tore through town. Video includes 15th Street, McFarland Blvd, Holt, and Forest Lake.

And now a photo gallery from the day.

Tuscaloosa: One month later

One month later: Panoramic views of Tuscaloosa four weeks after the tornado

It was four Wednesdays ago today when tornadoes tore through Tuscaloosa. In recognition of the anniversary, here is a set of panoramic pictures I took this afternoon. Video is coming soon. Click each photo to enlarge it.

15th Street near McFarland intersection

15th Street again.

Forest Lake

Forest Lake from the other side.


Updated SEC baseball tournament bracket

Here’s how it looks after Alabama’s win over Arkansas.

A panoramic view of SEC baseball tournament

What we see from the press box at Regions Park.

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Tide leads SEC opener 6-3 after five

Alabama jumped on Arkansas quickly this morning in the opening game of the SEC baseball tournament. A 5-run first inning chased starting pitcher Russell Fant after 2/3 of an inning.

The Tide then added another in the third to take a 6-0 lead.

Arkansas cut that in half in the fifth with three unearned runs after an error. Tide pitcher Nathan Kilcrease has seven strikeouts through five innings after sitting down the order in the third.

Live updates are found on the Twitter feed on the left.

Live updates from SEC baseball tournament

We’re here for you and ready to provide updates as you work the day away. As we’ve done in the past, the best way to deliver these updates is on the Twitter feed.

Just click here to find the official twitter page of The Daily Bama Blog. You can also reload this page since the live feed is on the left-hand side.

Welcome to the SEC baseball tournament

It’s a perfectly sunny morning in traffic-free Hoover this morning. The nightmare that was last year’s SEC baseball tournament was not repeated today. The snarled streets that preceded the Alabama/Auburn game last year was a nightmare.

The crowd for the 9:30 a.m. opener between the Tide and Arkansas is still respectable. The main parking lot is now full and the outfield lot is getting action. I even witnessed a fender bender between two eager fans ready for baseball.

How did Alabama athletes stack up academically?

The NCAA just released its annual report on academics and Alabama appears to have done pretty well. The APR report looks at the 2009-10 year and the last four academic years.  The average APR score for all sports over the past four years was 970 for all sports.

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As you can see from the chart above, the football APR numbers were in the 70-80th percentiles within the sport.

The baseball and basketball teams were also above the NCAA average last season. The numbers for Alabama were nowhere close to NCAA sanctions.

Eight schools faced postseason bans because numbers were so low including men’s basketball teams from Cal-State Northridge; Chicago State; Grambling; Southern University, Baton Rouge; and Louisiana-Monroe and football teams at Idaho State, Jackson State and Southern University.

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