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Prayer for Jesse Williams
Written by ricky023
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Posted under: Canterbury Chapel
Father we come to you knowing all things are in your control. Lord we pray thy will be done for Jesse. We pray you will heal this cancer that you took the stripes for and through your authority we seek healing. In the name of your son JESUS we pray and claim this prayer. AMEN

Bama's Second Scrimmage Today
Written by Jamos
Comments: 11
Posted under: The Quad
It was just a beautiful afternoon which made the scrimmage much more enjoyable to watch. With all of the rain and storms we have had of late, I just knew the weather would be rotten today.

I guess the big question that everyone has in mind is who will the next quarterback be but after watching them for 2 hours I didn't see that much difference between all of them. If CNS had to pick one tomorrow I think it would be a coin toss. In all fairness though, the defense is well ahead of the offense which could make the quarterback play look less than what it really is. I think the ADay game will give a better opinion of the players and positions than the scrimmage that we saw today.

The quarterbacks timing with the receivers seemed to be a problem today as so many passes were thrown behind the receivers but remember, I said the defense seemed better than the offense. The quarterbacks were scrambling all afternoon and many passes were thrown on the run as well as they scrambled a lot just to get some positive yardage . The defensive line looks quick and mean and this seemed to help the secondary a lot and that is something that we didn't see much of last year. There must have been 5-7 tipped passes today with at least 4 for interceptions. Again, this is something that we didn't see last year.

The receivers and running backs had their moments but there wasn't anything there that we haven't seen or was surprising in any way. The defense did a good job of defensing the run. Henry had a couple of nice breakaways but I don't think the practice was about running backs making long runs but them just making consistent good runs keeping a drive alive. There was no Amari Cooper on the field today either but there were a few good catches off the long ball and some short catches with a good run after the catch. There were also some dropped passes but in practice, I guess that's the norm.

The kicking game seemed to be ok as Scott was booming his punts up to 65 yards in the air with good hang time. Bama has another punter, Adrian Lamothe and he's a senior. He is from Monterrey, Mexico Prepa Tec. I don't remember him being on the team last year but I could be wrong on this. He had good distance with his punts but his hang time wasn't as good as Scott's. It's good to know there is a backup for Scott. Adam Griffith started a little slow on his field goal attempts but got everything going his way and made 4-5 from the 45-50 yard line in a row. His kickoffs were reaching the goal line each time or were in the end zone.

There were a few injuries but none seemed to be major. Reggie Ragland looked to have banged his knee up a little bit but I don't think it was anything serious. There were other nicks and bruises but nothing seemed season threatening.

If I had to pick the one thing that impressed me the most about the practice it would be the rush of the defensive line and their ability to control the running game. The two players that stuck out on that side of the ball the most to me was Da'Shawn Hand and D.J Pettway. They made or caused a lot of good defensive plays.

Coach Saban spoke to us afterwards and he talked a little longer than usual, which all of us do not mind a bit. He spoke in great length about the recent player dismissals from the team and was still very concerned that any of that had to happen. He mentioned how people or the media react towards disciplinary action toward players and how they are quick to say he's a really a good coach when he kicks a player off the team. He said he feels like a failure when that happens because his goal is not to run anyone off the team but to develop them into a person that they can be proud of who and what they are. He added that leadership on the team is so essential when you have 125 players. He stated that there are two kinds of leadership, positive and negative, and it's sometimes hard to find players that are willing to step up when needed to impose the positive leadership because there are times you have have to force yourself on someone to enforce the idea of making the right choices and decisions. There are ten players on the Leadership Committee now but he thought there might be a few more added this fall. I could sit and listen to this man speak for hours, he has so much to share about life and how to live it. As always, he had a few things to say that brought some good laughter from audience.

I wish all of you could have been there, it was a fun day. Cheesy

Roy Exum: Bear Bryant’s Hour Of Power
Written by pmull
Comments: 1
Posted under: The Quad
A very good story about Coach Bryant meeting Reverend Robert Schuller on a plane. A long read but one you will enjoy on this Good Friday and Easter weekend.

As we got up from the table, I asked him one more thing, “Is that story about Bear Bryant on the airplane true?” and Dr. Schuller laughed, calling what happened one of the real highlights of his entire life.

People are still fascinated over Coach Bryant, the giant of a football coach who took “ordinary” boys and built a dynasty at the University of Alabama before he died in 1983. Not long ago he was named as the “Most Influential Man” in the 75-year history of the Southeastern Conference.

But what occurred in an airplane somewhere in the sky over California may have been his biggest victory and Dr. Schuller told me he will never forget it either.

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Re: Texas A&M at Alabama (Baseball)
Written by pmull
Comments: 8
Posted under: The Quad
We are two SEC series into the year. Where do we stand?

We have a 13-9 record which does not look great but our RPI is 17 and SOS is 6. Those are very good numbers.

We are 3-3 in SEC play winning the series at Miss St 2-1 and dropping the home series to A&M 1-2. A&M is 23-1 with us handing them their only loss. We are tied for 5th in the early SEC standings.

We have a .280 team batting average. Our opponents .244. Our slugging pct. is .408 vs .308 for opponents. These are respectable numbers that are higher than previous years. The slugging pct. is great meaning we are getting a lot of extra base hits. We are 30-40 in stolen bases which is good. Opponents are 18-27.

Pitching is a weakness. We have a team ERA of 4.16 vs opponents 5.40. That is high. The starters have done well but we are struggling with relief help from the bench. We are walking far too many batters. We have issued 104 walks vs opponents 66. We have also hit 21 batters. That is 5.6 free passes per game which is very bad. Our pitching must improve.

Our defense is solid again this year. We have committed 19 errors compared to 33 for opponents. Averaging under 1 per game is good. We have turned 25 double plays compared to 11.

It is still early in the year but it looks to me like we can be a pretty good team. We are hitting for a good average and getting a lot of extra base hits. We are a good offensive team. Pitching must improve. Eliminate walks and shore up the bullpen.

It does not get any easier. We go to Florida (20-5 RPI 9) next week and host LSU (21-3 RPI 36) the following week. Our SEC schedule is front loaded so it will get easier later in the year. We have tough mid week games the next two weeks with a road trip to Mobile to play South Alabama on Tuesday and on the road again to play UAB the following week. These games are important to increase the win total because the SEC is so difficult.

Softball Boosters meet with team and coaches tonight.
Written by Jamos
Comments: 3
Posted under: The Quad
It was our annual meeting with the team, coaches, and the compliance dept and was very entertaining.

Most of the players were there but a few were craming for tests tomorrow and were excused. It was nice to hear the ladies reflect on their season so far and to listen to Littlejohn and Osorio talk about their feelings when they were trying to close out the games of their perfect game and no hitter. Coach Murphy gave a rundown of the California experience and what it meant to the players. Some of you may not know that when CPM recruits these players from the far away States, he promises to take the team back to play in their home area in a tournament so their family and friends get a chance to see them play. In the trip to California the two players involved were Alexis Osorio and Leona Lafaele. Leona got the shock of her life as her dad, who lives in Somalia, made the trip to see her play and Leona did not know this was happening. When Leona came into the stadium she happened to look up and there was her da., He had not seen her play since she was 10 years old. Leona got a double on her first time at bat and when the coaches looked at Leona standing on second something seemed strange about her and when the coaches went to check on her she was about to feint. How much do you think that hit meant to her as her dad is recovering from a stroke that happened a few months back and she didn't think her dad would ever get to see her play again, him living so far away and with bad health.

The women are in action this weekend as Bama will host their annual Easton Spring Bash with Michigan, Lipscomb, and James Madison as the other teams participating. All three of these teams made the NCAA Tournament last year and have several of their starters returning this year so the competition should be good. On Friday Bama will play Michigan at 4 p.m. followed by James Madison at 6 p.m.. On Saturday Bama plays Michigan at 1:30 p.m. and James Madison at 4:30 p.m.. On Sunday, Bama will play their final game against Lipscomb at 1:30 p.m..

It looks like another banner year for the team so far and hopefully some of you that have never been to one of their games will get a chance this year.

Bill Battle:Is it Decision Time?
Written by Jamos
Comments: 29
Posted under: The Quad
Early into the game last night I glanced toward the reserved seating for University of Alabama dignitaries and saw Bill Battle sitting with a lady and immediately my curiosity got the best of me, was the lady President Judy Bonner. It was just the two of them with 3 other folks sitting two rows in front of them in that area so it was easy for me to sit and observe the two of them. When I say curiosity, I'm saying that I have been wondering like so many of the Tide nation about the status and future of the Alabama basketball program since the team has seemed to regress to a very mediocre team since about the middle of the season. Even more is the case of Coach Anthony Grant and his status of being a capable coach that can lead the team back into a level of competition that is highly regarded and competing in the top twenty teams in the NCAA.

Bill Battle sat very still and not too emotional with his eyes glued to the court for the most part of the game with an occasional applause for a good play by a player. I was wondering what he might be thinking as this game was very important for the Alabama team to win in order to have any chance for NCAA consideration for the upcoming tournament. I will say that his attention to the game was firm and there seemed to be very little of anything that distracted his eyes from the play of the game. Was this his usual demeanor to watch a game or was he there for a certain reason last night? Could it be that he was there to fulfill an upcoming decision that he will have to make concerning the future of the basketball program?

One thing is certain to happen though, Bill Battle will have to address the Alabama nation with a decision of whether Coach Anthony Grant is staying or leaving very soon. While strolling around Coleman last night and chatting with a few friends before the game and at halftime, there is a lot of disappointment with the fans and season ticket holders. There has been one sellout this year we all know who that was, Kentucky. Other than that game the fans have been very sparse, especially the ticket holders at the center court area on both sides of Coleman. There have been no booing toward the players at all at their sometimes lack luster play but the empty seats are what is sending the big message to the University. This is a warning signal that something about the program is very wrong and something needs to be done by Bill Battle, but the next message by the fans could be even stronger if Battle doesn't take some action, the long time season ticket holders do not renew their tickets for next season. All of these empty seats were sold for this season but I doubt that will happen next season if there is not a change in the program.

It's a shame any of this has to happen but Alabama is a proud school and winning is a tradition for them regardless of the sport. Right now I would say there are two of the programs with coaches on hot seats, basketball and baseball. Mitch Gaspard needs to have a good season this year, with all of the money that is being spent on his team, or there may be another big decision coming very soon.

All of what I have written is purely speculation on my behalf and by no means is it something that the University has indicated will happen but I do feel pretty good about my speculation and only time will tell. By the way, I could never tell if the lady sitting with Bill Battle was President Judy Bonner or not. RTR!!!       

REC and National Signing Day 2015
Written by Jamos
Comments: 14
Posted under: The Quad
As always, Coach Saban and staff shared their views and opinions with the REC after a long day of trying to get all of their high school commitments on board. CNS was happy with the results of today and very quick to point out to each of us that there is more to recruiting these young men than counting the stars beside their names. He pointed out that the ratings that these sports analysts use to label the players with is in no way a scientific way of showing a true evaluation of how good a player really is and it isn't fair to the players to be put in this spotlight of speculation. He went on to say that coaches base their opinions of players by their measurements of speed, size, attitude, etc. and how they have performed for their team. I found it very interesting as he explained the different sizes of the players that fit the different positions.

Coach Saban was asked about the problem with the defense this year and what do they have in mind to get some improvement. He stated that Alabama had always used players on defense for special plays, such as a player always would go in on third down or if they were going to use a blitz package there were special players for that. Moving forward he said that all of that would be changing because with the hurry up offenses, there is no time to substitute and they are getting caught with the wrong players on the field. This next year the players in all positions will be conditioned to play longer without being substituted. In other words, the big boys will be getting smaller and faster.

All of the coaches got to share with us their recruiting season and how they felt about the outcome of their efforts. Coach Lupoi and Coach Tucker were given a loud welcome as they introduced themselves and I think they will make a good fit for the team.

In closing Coach Saban went into what it takes to have a good team and he was quick to mention the need for good leadership. He said there are 10 players chosen each year for the leadership committee and it's not that easy to get the right ten sometimes. Reggie Ragland was singled out as the leader of the defense and then he mentioned Kenyon Drake. He said he is so proud of where Kenyon is today with his changes and maturity. When Kenyon was asked to be on the committee he told Kenyon if there was anyone on the team that should know what it takes to be a leader it should be him after all that he has been through and that got a big laugh from the REC. He also talked about the QB situation and what it takes to be the starting QB and how it is the hardest position on the team to evaluate a player. He is hoping this spring will produce some good results as far as the starter for next year and one thing is for sure, that player will have to have leadership qualities no matter how good of a passer or runner that he might be.

ADay will be April 18th this year. There was one thing that all of the coaches, including CNS, were very adamant about as they talked about how they were able to recruit their prized players and that was the ADay game. There were several of the players that signed today said the ADay played a huge role in their decision to come to Bama. They thought that was the biggest spectacle they had ever seen with all that went on that weekend. Each of the coaches asked us to please keep that going because it is making a big difference in NSD for Bama football, so I'll see all of you April 18th at Bryant Denny and let's make a big difference for next year's recruiting with the largest crowd ever. RTR!!!

Phil Savage speaks to REC
Written by Jamos
Comments: 13
Posted under: The Quad
For those of you that haven't had the chance to hear Phil speak, do so if you have the chance. This man is like someone that covers the recruiting wars in college football but his knowledge base goes much further than that with his knowledge of the Pros.

He first gave us a rundown of his Senior Bowl week and how exhausting it was. I never realized the difficulty that is involved with filling the rosters for the teams as players would commit to playing and then decommit. Some of this was happening up to two days before the game was played.

He did mention that the coach down at the other school in the state was upset because his quarterback wasn't chosen as a quarterback for the team, we all thought that was pretty funny. Even when he was chosen to play as a QB, he came to camp and went to his first practice, took off his QB jersey and told everyone that he was now a DB and that didn't change afterwards. Actually he made a big impression with his size and performance.

Blake Sims has been chosen to participate in the upcomimg professional combines, Phil doesn't think he will get drafted but can make a scout team and have a chance to work his way up.

He talked some on Trent Richardson and it wasn't the news that I wanted to hear. Trent evidently has some major distractions in his life as do all professional athletes that has a pocket full of money. Phil thinks he has to make some major decisions in getting his life back in order to continue his pro career.

He is very excited for spring practice to start to watch the battles at QB and WR. There is no one favorite of his at either position at this time.

In the Super Bowl this Sunday he picked Seattle and figured his old friend and Coach Belichick wouldn't like that very much.

I almost forgot the one thing he was very excited about, the two new additions to the coaching staff. Phil says it will be huge as to what Lupoi and Tucker will bring to the team, better recruiting on the West coast and and an experienced DB coach.

It was a fun evening for everyone and we were promised that Lane Kiffen would be our next speaker, really looking forward to that.

Re: Bama Softball Scrimmage
Written by Jamos
Comments: 6
Posted under: The Quad
We went to the scrimmage and it was exciting to see the ladies out there getting ready to start the season. The only bad thing that we saw was Peyton Grantham, third baseman, was still limping and rehabbing her knee injury from last season. I was hoping that she would be ok by now but that doesn't seem to be the case at all.

The practice/scrimmage was very intense as CPM put them through a very heavy workout. There seems to be plenty of talent on the team that Peyton's injury shouldn't affect the lineup to a heavy degree but she is good at third and with her bat and will be missed. CPM runs a good scrimmage, it is like a real game but it rotates the players after each inning, including the pitchers. The batters seemed to have the edge which isn't surprising for this time of the year but when I see the batters get some good hits off the solid pitching that Bama has, it made me feel good about the offense this year. Their infield practice was very intense as well as everything is run at a hot pace and again the players were changing positions in a rotation.

I liked what I saw as far as the preparation for this year and how it is being done. The intensity of the players and the heavy coaching that was being given to all of the players gave me a better understanding of why Bama is so good every year. During the scrimmage, VanBraekle was positioned behind the pitchers, giving them instructions pitch by pitch as they did their rotation each inning. I won't make any assessment of the pitchers but they all seemed to be doing well as far as my opinion goes, VanBraekle may think different. 

Anyway, it was a fun afternoon and I wish all of you softball fans could have been there with us. The first game is Feb. 5th against South Alabama so we don't have to wait much longer for them to start play. RTR!!

At least Bama lost with class
Catch Prothro
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