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Bama falls short in WCWS
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 14
Posted under: The Quad
As is in most cases when your team loses, there are many reasons for it. In Bama's case last night, there were many reasons for it as well. Florida won the game because they were better prepared and their player performance exceeded anything that Bama had to offer. When you say player performance you also have to include coaching performance too. I am by no means slamming anyone with my opinion of the game but just noting that Bama should learn a lot about why they lost the championship when they watch the videos after they get home. I have to give the Florida head coach credit, and this hurts, but he really did a good job of improving his team during the course of the season. Their teams stats were very impressive, pitching, hitting and fielding. Their defense did not play as well last night as in the previous games, but their bats made up that difference.

Jackie Traina was the starting pitcher last night and a lot of people will question that move by CPM, but Traina has been a winner her whole career and I can't blame CPM for starting her. I might question the timing of taking her out of the game. It's a proven fact that if the umpire isn't giving her the corners on her pitches, she is in trouble and that was what happened last night. It has been pretty much proven anymore that pitching finesse will beat pitching speed. These hitters, baseball or softball, can hit the ball at any speed but they struggle with the breaking or offspeed pitches. I wish that CPM had taken Traina out in the 2nd inning because in softball they have the reentry rule which is a big advantage for a coach.

The BIG difference though was the ability of the Florida hitters to drive the ball. They were well prepared in using the short swing to catch up with Traina's pitch speed and you can give their coaches the credit for this preparation. You also have to give their pitchers credit for a job well done. Hannah Rogers was not the same pitcher that we all had seen before, she had worked with her coaches and really improved her game.

It was tough not winning the championship but Bama has a young team who I think learned a lot about playing at a high level of softball this past week. Their freshmen and sophomore players had an outstanding season.  When their season started this year, they were no where near the quality of a team as what they were when they finished their season last night. I remember their trip to Arizona early in the season and they were beaten soundly out there which put a huge shadow on what their success would be this year. These players never quit and a new pitching sensation, Sydney Littlejohn was born. There will be 4 new freshmen coming in next season and if they have as much impact on the team as the four freshmen did this year, there's no doubt Bama will be back in Oklahoma City next year trying to finish what they didn't do this year.

Congrats ladies and goodbye to four seniors that will be remembered and missed in the years ahead, especially Jackie Traina and Kayla Hunt. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories. Roll Tide. Applause E-Cred

Traina overpowers Ducks, McCleney's homer sends Bama to WCWS championship
Jamos
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Sometimes she slaps.

On Sunday, Haylie McCleney was swinging and her solo shot to right gave Alabama all it needed to advance to the Women's College World Series championship series. Her homer and Kaila Hunt's physics-defying tag avoidance in the fifth sent Alabama to the 2-0 win over No. 1 Oregon.

Oh, and Jaclyn Traina.

The Crimson Tide ace shut down the nation's third-best hitting team to send Alabama back to the series. It'll face a familiar face in Florida when the best-of-three series starts at 7 p.m. Monday. The Gators beat Baylor 6-3 on Sunday to create the all-SEC final.

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Re: NCAA Golf Championship (Live Golf Channel 4:00-7:00)
Jamos
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Bama beats Oklahome State 4 matches to 1. Great job fellas YOU ARE THE BEST.

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REC closes out 2013 year
Jamos
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We had our final REC meeting of the 2013 season last night and Coach Napier, WR coach, spoke to us as well as a representative from the Compliance Department.

Coach Napier gave us the history of his coaching career and was quick to say that his job at Alabama has no comparisons. He gave us a rundown of his players for the upcoming season and he put some emphasis on Christian Jones needing to step up and become more of a leader for the team. He said that Jones has a lot of respect from the players. He also broke down the abilities of Cooper, White, and Black. Cooper has the best pass routes, White is the most physical blocking down field, and Black is very versatile in what is asked of him. He was also excited about the four new incomers. The players reported in yesterday for their eight weeks of summer camp and he emphasized this was a rigorous 8  weeks for them, very demanding.

The compliance rep had some interesting things to say but he first told us to ask before helping any player or recruit. He reemphasized that if anyone wanted to help a high school player that to just notify the coaches of the player and let them do the rest. The new food rule by the NCAA has opened some doors for the schools to help the players that should free up some good assistance for them from the coaches. The coaches can now do some entertainment and socializing with the players that was not permitted before. Some of the entertainment examples he used would be during the 4th quarter training period and the 8 weeks of the summer before fall practice begins.

He also touched on something that rang a bell for me. He said the University has an account, $350,000, for assistance to the players. He used examples of car maintenance, cell phones, unexpected travel expenses for family issues, etc. as reasons to provide any cash assistance for the players. This rang a bell with me as I remember an assistant coach getting fired for providing a loan to a player about a year or two ago for so called emergency reasons. I'm not sure the account was there for the players at that time but I could only wonder why a coach would do such a thing on the up and up if the money was available then.

It was another good year for the REC as we donated a record amount of scholarship money this past year. It was also announced that our membership had reached a max and there is now a waiting list to become a member of the Tuscaloosa chapter.  

Alabama Punches Ticket To Women's College World Series
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After a marathon win in game one, Alabama was more efficient in game two, defeating Nebraska 2-1 in the second game of the weekend to earn the Super Regional win and punch the Crimson Tide's ninth ticket to the Women's College World Series.

"We knew that it was going to be a battle and it definitely was," said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. "I'm so proud of Jaclyn Traina because she gutted out so many performances over the year. She was much better than yesterday and I think everyone saw that."

The Super Regional win is Alabama's (50-11) ninth in program history and the third for this senior class that includes Traina (23-3), who threw the complete-game victory with just one run off three hits. A first-inning rally provided all the runs that Alabama would need, with Molly Fichtner and Marisa Runyon driving in the all-important runs while Haylie McCleney and Kaila Hunt each earned a pair of hits.

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Jesse Williams makes another trip to the White House
pmull
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This time with the Super Bowl Championship Seahawks.

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Visiting Mr Obama has almost become an annual event for the 23-year-old, born and raised in Brisbane. His US college football team, the University of Alabama, made trips to the White House after winning national championships in 2011 and 2012.

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Re: Alabama Softball is No. 2 National Seed
Jamos
Written by Jamos
Comments: 68
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Wow, for those of you that didn't stay up for the conclusion of the game last night, you missed a classic. The game reminded me of two heavyweight fighters, Ali and Frazier, going at it, toe to toe, for twelve rounds. Each team had their chances to win the game after Bama tied it up on a Merissa Runyan home run in the bottom of the seventh inning but squandered away numerous chances to take the win until Grantham ended it with a long home run over the left center field fence.

When you look look back at the game and realize how Bama pulled this win off, you will find the least likely answer to this. It was the freshmen who did it. The home run ended the game but there were other plays by the freshmen in the previous innings that permitted Grantham the chance to win the game. Littlejohn, Runyan, Grantham, and Dare all played a veterans role last night in the win and this could be the key that unlocks the door for this team if they are to win another National Championship. It's only one game but last night has to light a fire under this team.

Post season play is when coaches hope the unexpected good things start to happen for their team and I would have to say, all of what happened last night had to be a little unexpected for Coach Pat Murphy. Was it possible to happen, yes, but was it probable to happen, no. Good luck to the ladies, I think they can now have a better vision of what they can accomplish with this years's team.

The sad part about tonight's game is that I can't be there, my granddaughter has a graduation in Collierville, Tennessee at 6 p.m. and I have to wonder how in the world her school could schedule their graduation on a night when Bama is playing softball. Just kidding though, Roll Tide ladies and I'll find some way to keep track of the game. Wink

"Report: Former Alabama great Derrick Thomas to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame"
WALL-E
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Report: Former Alabama great Derrick Thomas to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
According to ESPN, he'll be one 16 members of the class of 2014.

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Traina Named SEC Pitcher of the Year, Murphy SEC Coach of the Year
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Four Alabama players made the Southern Conference’s All-SEC team, announced Tuesday, including individual accolades for senior Jaclyn Traina, the 2014 SEC Pitcher of the Year, and Head Coach Patrick Murphy, the 2014 SEC Coach of the Year.

Traina, who also earned a spot on the First Team All-SEC, becomes just the second player in Alabama history to earn two SEC Pitcher of the Year awards, also earning the nod in her sophomore 2012 season. Former All-American Kelsi Dunne (2008-11) won back-to-back honors in 2010 and 2011. Traina was dominant in SEC play this season, compiling a 13-1 record over 15 starts with a 1.90 ERA. Four of her wins were against ranked opponents, including a pair against the then-top ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville, helping her win SEC Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball Player of the Week and NFCA Co-Player of the Week honors. Traina is just one win shy of earning the 100th of her career, which would make her just the third in Alabama history and the ninth in SEC history to surpass the triple-digit career mark.

Murphy, in his 16th season at the helm of the Crimson Tide, earns his fourth SEC Coach of the Year award, winning previously in 2006, 2010 and 2012. This year’s SEC Championship is his fifth at Alabama, including four in the last five years. He owns an 833-223 all-time record at Alabama, becoming just the 16th current Division-I coach with at least 800 wins at their current school earlier this season. Prior to the start of the season, Murphy was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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"'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring"
WALL-E
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'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring
"He's playing just like he left off," Alabama coach Nick Saban says.

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