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|Bama Softball vs Arizona
Bama opened the Easton Bama Bash tonight hosting Nationally Ranked Arizona.
Bama came from behind in the bottom of 7th scoring 2 runs to win the game 4-3
Osorio went all the way for the win allowing only 3 hits.
Lafaele led the Tide with 3 hits
But it was their aggressive base running that secured the win.
Game 2 tomorrow at 1:30.
|Re: Baseball to Reopen Sewell-Thomas Stadium this Weekend against Maryland
It was a big night at The New Joe last night with the stadium almost full and some good weather and Bama winning 3-1. It was only fitting that Bama's first hit and run in their new stadium would be a home run and by a freshman, Chandler Taylor who was 2 for 2 for the night.
Both teams struggled at the plate the entire game but Bama prevailed in the end with some timely hits to get the win. I was impressed with their abilities to move their base runners via the bunt to get them into scoring position, something that Bama hasn't had much success with in the past years.
Keller, Foster, and Burroughs got the job of closing out the game for Bama on the mound with some very good relief pitching as Keller was the winning pitcher.
Bama played well in their first game and Maryland is a quality team so getting the win in their opening game was very big for Gaspard and his team. If they had lost last night, the critics would have been howling. They play again at 3:30 this afternoon following the Tide's basketball game with Miss State. I'm guessing there may be more fans in the stadium this afternoon due the basketball fans being next door.
|Bama Basketball, A Team of Hope and Determination
Where do you start in trying to describe where Bama basketball is this morning? Just a short few months ago, Alabama was trying to hire a new coach that could somehow turn their shipwreck of a basketball program into a nice new shining yacht, something that most sports analysts thought was impossible because of their beliefs that Bama is a football school and no big time coach in his right mind would ever want to take on that task and have to play second fiddle to the football program. Alabama did make a hire though, they hired a coach that had a winning past record in his playing days and also his past coaching days. Those analyst and most fans still scoffed at the idea of him being able to turn the program around and even if he did it would be a long term task of getting in new players and convincing everyone that that he could actually make it happen.
How many of you watched the game yesterday and how many of you really thought Bama could actually do what they did? All of us had watched the team get better during the course of the season but still there was a lot doubt that they could actually play with the BIG BOYS and be successful when crunch time would come to put themselves in a position for the post season tournaments. I for one thought they had a slight chance but I think all of my hope was based on being an avid fan and Alabama would would make it happen because they are Alabama, my team.
Coach Avery Johnson, is he the real Superman that the University Of Alabama has hired for their new coach? This morning, there are some analysts and doubter fans with a new perception of this new coach of the Crimson Tide because of what the team has accomplished so far this season, it's been an incredible run for the team. I say incredible because of the team that CAJ inherited from Bama's previous coach Anthony Grant was in shambles and had no sense of direction of where they were headed. Coach Avery and staff have taken this team and used their knowledge of the game and their abilities to coach individual players and made them both into being a winner. There are players on this team that I said just a short time ago that were lazy and could not play the game of basketball and CAJ would never win until he recruited some players that were more athletic and understood what was needed to be a winner. Well I can take my foot out of my mouth now because he has taken those very players and coached them into being competitive and making the plays that just a short time ago was impossible for them to do. I will use Jimmy Taylor as my example of one of those that I mentioned. Yesterday he wasn't the player of just a short few weeks ago but he was a beast, the player that me and some others had wanted him to be since he arrived at Alabama. What a coaching job that CAJ and staff have done on him and a couple of others with Riley Norris being one of them. If they can get Hale to get on board and be the player that he is capable of being, there will be brighter days ahead for the team
The "Bama Nation" is in a frenzy today because of the big win against Florida last night and they have every right to be. There is still a long way to go for this team to make it to the Big Dance but now there is a real hope that this can actually happen. There is now the hope that Bama basketball can be on the same level as their beloved Nick Saban and the football program is on, they can now have the chance to compete for championships.
Maybe we are counting our chickens before the eggs have hatched and who really cares but what a feeling it is to even think that the basketball program is back, something that we all have been dreaming of for a very long time. Maybe Bama doesn't make the Big Dance this year but at least the Bama fans have had a real chance to think that we might would make it, something that hasn't crossed our minds is quite some time. Alabama hasn't gotten their new yacht just yet but I think it is in construction and in the months and years ahead, CAJ and staff will do the things necessary to get it completed by recruiting the players that are necessary to finish the job. RTR!!!!
|Bama Softball: Day 2 of UCF Tournament
Bama defeated Rutgers 6-0 in their third game of the tournament. Maddi Moore again started for the Crimson Tide and went the distance giving up 5 hits and walking none. Bama will play James Madison in their 4th game at 3:30 this afternoon. Moore's pitching performance so far has to enlighten CPM after Littlejohn got rung up last night against UCF. In all fairness to Littlejohn, she had an off season surgery on one of her feet and it make take her a little to get back in pitching form.
Bama had 10 hits in the game, improving from their poor showing last night against UCF. Turner had 2 hits, Lafaele had 3, and Fain had 2 to lead the Tide.
|Bama Softball - Opening Day
Alabama opened it's softball season today with a game against Fordham in the UCF Classic in Orlando, FL.
Bama defeated Fordam 9-1 in 5 innings,
Freshman pitcher Madi Moore scattered 4 hits, 1 run, while walking 2 and striking out 2.
Bama had 9 hits, 2 each by McCleney, Turner, and Lafaele.
Will Play UCF later today.
|Softball Fan Day and Baseball's Old Timer Game.
The girls had a nice crowd show up today and beautiful weather that helped the turnout. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of fans that came. I was there to watch most of the batting practice and was very impressed with their hitting. There were two things that caught my attention with the players and that was some of the heavier ones have lost some weight and someone has been working with the hitters, their bat swing has been shortened and they were really driving the ball. Lafaele hit some monster shots with one going over the new scoreboard and two were halfway up the big light pole in left center. Last year the hitters were taking hard long swings at the ball which resulted in hitting a lot of pop ups and easy fly balls. Those that have lost some weight looked very conditioned compared to last year. The girls will be playing at UCF next weekend in a tournament.
The baseball team had a nice crowd as well as many of the folks going to the basketball game payed a visit to the new stadium. I did get to see a little of the game and it was good to hear the names of some of them that had a major league career take the time to come back and celebrate the new stadium. The stadium is very pretty but was even more impressive with fans in the seats and players on the field.
There was one former Bama player in attendance, Bobby Pierce. He is now retired as the head coach at Troy University. I thought it was very interesting to see, Bobby Pierce there having a good time. There are some around the Tuscaloosa area that have mentioned his name during the past three years of Bama's less than spectacular success with their program.
Here is a link to an article that provides the names of some of former players that were there.Click here for link
|National Signing Day 2016
As always, CNS downplayed any of the ratings of the players that the sports media has so fallen in love with as he spoke to us this afternoon about Bama's new signees. He told us that the stars beside their names mean totally nothing to them and that each player recruited is rated by the information collected by their coaches on their recruiting visits and player film and not by any rating service. CNS felt that their needs were met with this group and that they could possible add a player or two yet.
It was interesting to hear each of the coaches break down each of the signed players that they will be coaching. I was surprised that so many of the signed players were not recruited by their position coach. Layne Kiffen had one of the more interesting player bios as he described our new early signee quarterback Jalen Hurts. I can't remember all that he said about Hurts but I can tell you that the three quarterbacks that are already here better get ready for a battle per Kiffen.
CNS had plenty to say about the National Championship team and how diversity played such a big role in the maturing of the players. He also talked about the graduation rate of the team and how proud he is of the graduation rate of the players and also the juniors that came back for another season and how important that was for this years team but it was more important for the players to graduate and have a chance to improve their status for the NFL draft next year.
He ended by telling us all that only small percentages of the players recruited each year will ever make it to the NFL and that is why the academic side of their scholarship is so important. The players classroom work is rated constantly and when a player receives 6-8 negatives, they are suspended from any football activity until the negatives are corrected. He said in a firm voice that his team has never lost a game due to a player being suspended because of their studies. I think that might have answered some of our questions at times as to why a player has been suspended.
It's a new year, a new season, a group of new players and a new quarterback so what is in store for the Crimson Tide this year? No one really knows at this time but I'm looking forward to spring training because there are some positions to be filled and there should be some very good competition for us all to watch. Can we get #17 next year well some are already saying yes, it is Alabama football you know.
|REC welcomes Jack Arute
For the third time, Jack was invited to speak to the REC last night and as always he was entertaining. Some of you may not know much about Jack but he started his career working with Keith Jackson and that is enough to make most Bama fans our age want to hear what he has to say. I would have to say that Keith Jackson is the darling of all sportscasters that Bama fans remember and relish. I say all of this in leading up to what was on Jack's mind last night and what he wanted to share with us.
After Bama won it's sixteenth national championship recently, there was a lot of talk on television and radio about where does this put Nick Saban in the legacy of Alabama football and the analysts were asking, is he greater than the legendary Bear Bryant. Jack, having loads of knowledge of college football from our younger years, chose to talk about all of the legendary coaches of those years and where time is taking us today. He chose the word legacy and what it means to folks our age and where time is taking us today in remembering all of those coaches that has made college football the favorite sport in America.
He stated that if you went into the locker room and asked every player on the team who is George H. Denny, how many players would know of him, probably none. They might connect the name to Bryant Denny Stadium but who would really know who he is. He told a story about a big group of little league players who were asked who is Babe Ruth and none of them knew who he was. Here is probably the greatest name in baseball history but yet none of the kids knew who he was. Babe Ruth's name has been replaced many times with the names of our popular players of the now era, sad but true. It is true in all sports that yesterday's legends are being forgotten, they are a thing of the past. This now gets us to his point of eras and what it will mean to football fans across the country, especially at Alabama.
Bear Bryant is no doubt the most popular football coach talked about in college football today, easily identified and remembered by his hounds tooth hat. Bama fans have no problem identifying Bear by what he accomplished on the field but if you asked people across the country who he is, some may not remember what he did in coaching football but if you held up a hounds tooth hat they would remember who is the hat. It's sad because Bear was a great coach but time passes fast and those great names are soon replaced with new ones, it's all about eras. There was someone recently asked on a very popular quiz show, who is the Crimson Tide and he answered, Auburn. That wouldn't have happened a few years ago but time does change people's lives and their likes and dislikes. What seemed to be important to some a few years ago is meaningless now.
That takes us to where we are today in Alabama football, where does Nick Saban belong in the long and great history of football at the University of Alabama? Here is a man that has won National Championships in four of the last seven years that he has coached at Alabama, an amazing feat by anyone's standards but where does it put him in the legacy of the sport at Alabama? Jack pointed out that football and all sports are about eras and how television has provided a way to permit folks to soon forget about how great a coach might have been in his era at a particular school. He is from the great Ohio State era and quickly referenced to Wood Hayes, one of the greatest football coaches ever. He asked how many kids today would remember Woody Hayes as being a great coach or would they remember him as the coach that hit an opposing player during a game that ended his career. How soon they forget the greatness of someone because if Woody is talked about today during a game by the commentators it's about how he left football not about what he accomplished before the incident. The same applies at Alabama with what is happening now, where does Bear Bryant belong after all of Saban's success since his arrival at Bama.
Jack also stated that Bama fans are proud fans and hopefully they will battle what television is doing and put Nick Saban beside the Bear and never ahead of him. Bear's legacy is one that should never be pushed to the side regardless of how great of a job the next coach does , it is one that should be shared with the next greatest coach and not be forgotten as so many famous sports figures have been over the years of sports. Eras are something that affects folks lives in so many ways whether it's music, clothing, or sports and the times have a way of changing everyone's idea of what is cool and what is not.
I thought what Jack brought to us last night is something of worth to us Bama fans, how will the Nick Saban era affect what was accomplished during Bear Bryant era. Will the young ones in the new era push the memories of Bear to the side as all of us in the Bryant era gradually leave this earth? It could happen, remember George Denny? Hopefully it will not because Bear Bryant changed college football to what it is today, a very competitive sport that draws more attention than any other sport in America. On the other hand where do you put Nick Saban, he is the greatest football coach in America today. I agree with Jack Arute, you put Saban right beside Bear Bryant and talk about the two greatest football coaches ever in the game of college football. Don't let something as great as the history of Alabama football be washed away with the new era, it took too much effort from the Bama coaches, players, and fans to put it's name where it is today, at the top.
|Bama Wins Yet Another National Championship, #16
What an amazing feat for the Crimson Tide and they did the hard way, they earned it. It's so sad that all of the Bama haters in football, analysts and fans, didn't grow up learning to like Alabama football because instead of being so mad or very disappointed in the Bama win, they could all be happy and celebrating like we are doing now.
What an amazing comeback for an Alabama team this year in that many folks gave up on them after the Ole Miss loss. I for one, looked at their schedule after that loss and pretty much said it would be impossible for Bama to make it back to the championship game. I mean you don't lose a game at home and then expect to go all the way considering the tough schedule that Alabama had left and then having to make it through the playoffs. The biggest problem that Bama had to face now was they still had no starting quarterback and already had a loss. Thank goodness Coker accepted the challenge and developed himself to lead the Tide to another chance for yet another championship.
There were a lot of things that had to happen for Bama to make it to the playoffs and the first thing was they had to win the SEC Championship. In most cases Bama would not have won the SEC but some things had to happen over the course of the season, some teams had to lose some key games. We must remember that Auburn was predicted to run away with the SEC and win the National Championship as well there is LSU, Tennesse, Arkansas, Georgia and others that Bama still had to beat. Well, I must say that the "Football Gods" were good to Alabama this year because I didn't see Alabama ever winning the SEC West, Ole Miss and LSU had to lose some games and I didn't think it would ever happen.
Well, it did happen and Bama beat Florida for the SEC Championship. By now, I am feeling pretty cocky about Bama's chances to win it all and I'm ready for them to bring on the best. Thanks to Bama's #2 ranking, I felt we were set up to play Clemson in that championship game IF we could beat Michigan State and Clemson beat Oklahoma. I felt all along that the committee really wanted Clemson and Bama in the final game because that's where all the money was.
Bama did beat the Spartans and it was very easy as most folks thought it would be and Clemson did the same to Oklahoma and the two best teams in the country were set up to play the big game. Bama came out a 7 point favorite which I thought was about right because I didn't think Clemson could dominate the Tide. I had watched them play some games but still wasn't sold on them being that good but I was about to find out how wrong I really was.
The game was being billed as a battle between the Clemson offense and the Bama defense. Clemson's quarterback Watson was being hailed as the best thing since sliced bread and Bama's defense was being labeled as the "The Rock of Gibraltar" so we have ourselves a football game.
In most cases a big game such as this one usually doesn't pan out the way it was predicted in that so many times one team will totally dominate the other as Alabama did Michigan State in the playoff game. Well the committee got this one right, what a perfect game for a National Championship. It reminded me of some of the past games of the Iron Bowl and the LSU rivalry, two evenly matched teams that didn't know what fear was. They played at a level that represented their standings in the polls, they were the two best teams in the country. After the game I felt that there wasn't but one team that could have beat Alabama that night and it was Clemson. I felt the same way about Clemson, there was only one team that could have beaten them and that was Alabama.
I think it will be a long time before a National Championship game of this caliber will ever be duplicated. Clemson was a much better team that I thought and Watson, their QB, is as good or better as labeled. He was their football team. Bama on the other hand had many heros of the game, Henry, Drake, Howard, Griffith, Coker on the offense and the whole defense plus some others. Watson pretty much extended Bama's defense to their limits and I'm just glad the game didn't last five minutes longer than it did.
Call it luck or whatever but I'm calling it NUMBER 16 and as Jackie Gleason would say, "How Sweet It Is." ROLL TIDE!!!!!
|National Championship game notes: Bama vs Clemson
First: Congrats to the Bama players and coaches on the victory and bringing home Bamaís 16th National Championship. I must also say Clemson is a hell of a team and pushed it to the very end. Too be quite honest I was not sure it was over until the onside kick was recovered.
Offense: The offense had their problem and still put 473 yards of total offense on the board. I do think they went fast at times and had too much confusion. Bama had 335 passing and 138 rushing. As far as negative plays Bama had 5 sacks and 5 tackles for losses. They only had 2 three and outs the whole night. For plays for over 10 yards they had 8 passes and 3 rushes. Bama got into the red zone 3 times and scored 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal. They were aided by 4 touchdowns from outside the red zone. One of the biggest stats was there were no offensive turnovers.
QB: Coker had a decent game. He complete 64 per cent of his passes. I do think he started looking at the pass rush a couple of times. I also think the routes could have been a little better to help him. He made probably his best throws off his back foot on the 38 yard completion to Stewart.
RB: Henry had a good game. He was hit hard and a lot by many people. He did a pretty good job pass blocking
REC: They had a hard time getting open and the Clemson defenders closed quickly after their catch. I guess Clemson forgot Howard could catch and run or maybe Lane was holding out until this game. Howard took advantage of his opportunities. Now one thing I noticed was the receivers got hit in the mouth when they went to block therefore causing missed or poor blocks by them.
OL: At one point I thought the right side of the OL may cost Bama the game. There was either miscommunication or poor technique that led to poor offensive plays for Bama. Not only did they miss blocks they were blown up by the D lineman from Clemson. The OL had trouble getting a big push most of the night. The good thing is that they got enough push so Henry could get 3 to 4 yards most of the time.
Defense: The D had a tough night. They gave up 550 yards of total offense. This was 405 passing and 145 rushing. I will say I was surprised how strong Watsonís arm was. Bama only had 2 tree and outs for the night. As far as negative plays I have Bama for 5 sacks, 4 tackles for losses, 1 interception, and 1 block field goal. Now here come the eye opener. As far as plays for over 10 yards, Clemson had 19 passes and 5 runs that covered that distance. I didnít count the missed tackles but there were a few especially late in the game. This is just my opinion but I think Bama was a little too cautious with their pass rush early and didnít get to the QB because of being afraid of losing contain or the scrambling ability of Watson. The D did lose contain a couple of times and rushed too far up the field and opened a running lane for Watson. It seem to be the game plan early to attack wide and quick throws. Clemson looked to be satisfied taking what we considered an uncovered rec and take that 5+ yards.
DL: I really thought they played well. Again I thought their pass rush was a little too cautious early and they picked it up later in the game. If I remember correctly Bamaís first negative play didnít come until late in the 2nd quarter, about the last 3+ minutes left to go in the half. One of the best efforts of the night was when Reed stopped the 2 point conversion.
LB: They played pretty well in a tough situation. These guys had to contend with a very mobile QB that could also throw the ball. They had to play coverage and the run.
DB: They played better than the stats show in my opinion. The way Watson could extend plays it is very difficult to cover for that long. Harrison had a huge play when the broke up the throw in the end zone which forced Clemson to take the field goal. His techniques was great he watched the man and then went to the arms of the rec to break up the ball. He never looked back. If you noticed on the first TD by Clemson Fitzpatrick took a peek back for a quick second and that is when he lost his cushion that allowed the throw to get in.
Penalties: Bama is only credited for 2 penalties both of those were pass interference calls. The one on Foster kept the drive alive that led to points. The one on Fitzpatrick looked to me like it could have been called offensive, but that is just my opinion. Two holding calls were refused because Clemson took the plays.
Special Teams: This is where the game was won. They got an onside kick which led to a touchdown. They blocked a field goal which, if made, would have allowed Clemson not to have to go for two after the touchdown. Finally, the kickoff return was a huge answer after Clemson had scored. They did miss a couple of tackles on kickoff returns and Bama missed a field goal themselves. The punting game for Clemson was pretty good and the punts took funny bounces which didnít really allow Jones to stop them or return many. When he was able to field them he did a good job.
Finally: What a year. Many people counted them out after the Ole Miss game. This was a very good team that, if not for their own mistakes, would have been undefeated. Again congrats to all the players and coaches. Kirby Smart and players will be missed. The leadership on this team is what allowed them to make the push and win this National Championship.
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Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
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|Date: ||Sept. 3, 2016|
|Time: ||7:00 PM CT|
|Location: ||AT&T Stadium|
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