I honestly think he was "aiming" for the guy's chest, but that doesn't matter since his helmet hit the guy directly in the face. No idea why this wasn't called targeting, it should have been.
So, according to your comments, Alabama would be 0 - 8 right now if not for the refs fixing every single game. Yes, they SHOULD have called targeting on that hit on the kick returner, but come on, man.
My fav Verne comment was "Trevor Knight rushes for ANOTHER first down!"
Only problem was, it was 3rd and 20 and he was 3 yards short of the first stick. Not only was he short, he was 14 yards short. lol
It WAS a stupid penalty, but it was the correct call. You can't shove a QB in their face, lol.
A break-action 12 gauge shotgun is a very "simple" thing, too, but you won't catch me wanting to stand in front of one. Just sayin.
I've said it before on here, but Saban isn't the same Saban from even as recent as 4 or 5 years ago. I'm not really sure what the catalyst was for him changing. Some say it's getting older, some say it was becoming a grandfather, others attribute it to he's finally in a place where he knows he's going to retire and that's brought some measure of peace. Who knows what the real reason is, but being a huge Bama fan, I see a lot more of his actions than what are shown in the media.
Does he still flip out and act borderline insane sometimes? He does, and it's still entertaining to watch, haha. I think everyone has the capacity to change, as a person, it's just a matter of if we have an experience or a reason TO change.
I have to admit, though, that Devin Gardner and JT picture is one of the more touching moments I've experienced in all of sports, and it just reminds me of why I love this game so much. scUM still sucks ass though, just to be clear.
We still don't run an up-tempo offense, not anything like other teams who have been doing it for a while. Faster than Alabama of a few years ago? Absolutely, but that's not really setting the bar too high, lol.
That'd be Cooper Bateman, and I haven't seen anything promising out of him that would give me any confidence, should Hurts go down. I hope we don't have to find out the answer to that, haha.
The gun thing isn't as bad as it sounds. He had receipts from where he purchased the gun and the store had issued him a temp paper permit, although he didn't have it on him. Still can't carry it without a CC license, though, and that's his own fault for not looking into that.
The weed in the car was claimed by his buddy. Shocker, I know. Maybe it was the friend's weed, maybe it wasn't, but nothing anyone can do to prove otherwise. You'd think that they could find a better spot to smoke weed than in their car, in a grocery store parking lot, at 2am. How dumb can ya get?
This news broke yesterday, but I've been waiting on it since the first game. Former 5-star with tons of offers comes to Bama and a true freshman wins the starting job, not to mention the team loves him. Barring an injury, he saw his playing time would be almost none unless we were blowing someone out. He's good enough to start at a major program, he'd kinda be foolish to stay.
Hurts definitely needs some developing. He's got a pretty strong arm, and because of that, his long balls are on a really flat trajectory. If he's off the mark, it's really difficult for the receiver to make and adjustment and run under. The progression and defense reads will come with more snaps, but he just needs some work with his touch on passes. The thing that stood out most about him was how calm he looks when out on the field. Doesn't let mistakes rattle him, and plays with a cool head. He's not crazy fast, but just sort of "floats" when he runs and can make a defender miss to not only pick up some extra yards, but to also avoid big hits.
Light or no punishment for drinking or having a gun in the car is nowhere close to a domestic violence, sexual assault or rape. Come on, man. That type of statement is the same type that gets said about Urban Meyer, and it's just as unfair.
I haven't seen any evidence pointing to the fact that he has an expired CC permit or just wasn't able to produce one, so I assume he just doesn't have one. I also didn't see any mention of the firearm being reported stolen, so that reduces the severity of the charge considerably.
It is legal to possess a firearm on a college campus, so that question is answered.
This is an interesting fact. It hasn't fully passed yet, but they're trying. It's allowing people over the age of 18 to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a CC permit. I'm not going to go out on a limb and say he thought that already passed and it was okay, which I actually thought it HAD passed. I'd be making sure before I was carrying a gun with me, though.
As far as why he'd need a gun, I guess anything can happen at any time, especially when you're out and about at 2am, lol. I know my time there, football players didn't frequent the bars due to drunk assholes always trying to fight one of them, for some reason to try to prove how tough they are or something. It usually was broken up before it started, but the few times it wasn't, the drunk found out that college athletes are pretty strong and should be left alone!
What I can't understand is why these players can't just leave weed alone for the few years they're in school. I guess it applies to those who are fortunate enough to get in the NFL as well but hear it a lot more with college players. I made dumb choices when I was that age as well, but I didn't have a full scholarship and NFL aspirations that those dumb choices would directly effect. He probably just cost himself a few million dollars in the draft next year.
Alabama used to be irrational on this same point. They either wanted an Alabama guy or someone who played under Bryant, which basically got us nothing but pain and suffering. Then they wised up and went after Saban, best move ever. USC can afford a big name coach, I have no idea why they haven't gone out and put enough money on the table for someone to not be able to turn it down. Makes no sense. I'm happy with how it is though, I love seeing them lose.
That is really nice work, Dub. Could you do an Alabama one, or would that be a situation like in the Indiana Jones movie where they opened the Ark of the Covenant? I'd be interested if you can.
I have to disagree with the statement on Urban not being any different. Sure, he's still got the confidence (some say arrogance, you chose your own word), but he's just... different. I don't know how else to accurately express what I'm trying to say. He's still intense, but he seems to smile a lot more now, and not just the times he's making jokes at another team/coach's expense, lol. He LOOKS healthier, physically, and I believe that health scare and year off changed his life for the better.
Saban is still an acquired taste, I'm okay with admitting that. If you see as much of him as I do, as an Alabama fan, he isn't the heartless bastard people try to make him out to be. When he first got to Alabama, I thought he was pretty cold and almost like a machine, but he really has mellowed out over the years. I think this is the last place he'll coach, so there's some closure in that, and becoming a grandfather helped tremendously.
That being said, I am in 100% agreement that coaches are paid to win ball games, not be a person you would want to spend your spare time with. As far as him being a dick to the media, they know what sets him off and they intentionally ask it to get a good quote or video of him flipping out. He just doesn't have that ability to ignore it and can't help himself when they bait him, haha.
That's the general consensus. Just like Kiffin came in as a consultant just before Nussmeier bolted to scUM (that was a great decision on his part, lol) and Kiffin magically becomes the OC, Sark is now a consultant. I'm not as confident in Sark's ability to run an offense as Kiffin, so we'll see how that works out. Who knows, Sark might fall off the wagon before that comes to fruition anyway.
I just know that there's no reason to give Kiffin a 100% raise, but only extend his contract through February 2017. I think he already has an idea where he's going to end up. Not sure if it'll be a college HC job or a OC job in the NFL, but I figure he'll take off at the end of this year.
I remember when Saban came to Alabama. I was working at a restaurant there in Tuscaloosa, and they had a dinner there. It was supposed to be the AD, Gene Stallings, Kenny Stabler and Saban. Only, somehow it ended up being a ton of people there, and they took half the restaurant. I remember when Saban and his wife arrived, I'll never forget the look on his face. It wasn't anger, it wasn't disappointment... it was extreme discomfort bordering on fear. I don't think he does well with a large group of people where he has to interact with them, I think it's just his make up.
I guess the public ass chewings don't bother me because I got them in sports from my coaches while growing up. I never knew any difference, and i just attribute it to being competitive and a high intensity stance while on the field/court. I'm not sure if it's a stifling arrogance as much as he worked to be 100% business, like his mentor Belichick.
I know Saban has mellowed out considerably in the past few years, especially after becoming a grandfather. He laughs and makes jokes a lot now, is heavily involved in the charities, both his own and local ones. He's involved in the community and has done a ton for the area. It's kind of like Urban Meyer. I used to despise the guy when he was at Florida. It wasn't because they seemed to give Bama a hard time on the field, but he was just REALLY hard to like as a person. Then that health scare and the year off happened, and he had one of those revelations that some people have where they figure out what's important in life. Then he changed. I really like Urban since coming to tOSU. It's night and day difference in his demeanor, body language, attitude... just everything about him. Saban went through similar changes, I think.
The guy definitely isn't perfect, I'm not trying to say that. I just think he's changed a lot from his younger years, even how he was 5 or 6 years ago. Just my opinion on the matter, for what it's worth. Seeing as how I was born and raised 45 miles from Tuscaloosa and my entire family graduated from there, including myself, I'm assuming my opinion won't be worth a whole lot. :)
He's a horrible person for flipping out on an assistant? Our offense played like crap all day. Poor execution, stupid penalties, etc. The man who got the ass chewing is the OC, so it's his job to make sure that stuff doesn't happen. There was no reason to be running the silly play he ran that resulted in that turnover, so he got an earful for the mistake. Well deserved and it didn't appear to hurt Kiffin's feelings.
Ah, nothing to see here. Saban will flip out on his assistants the same way he does on players. He expects consistency and doing your job from everyone on his staff, himself included. Whoever replaces Kiffin after this year will be subject to the same ass chewings, lol
McElroy is actually improving a lot in his new job. You'd be surprised at how little favoritism he has towards Bama and the SEC. It's still there, don't get me wrong, but it's not anything like most of the other talking heads who have nothing to with Alabama/SEC.
When he first started, he was SO bad at it. This year he's improved a lot. Most noticeably, he finally appears that he brushes his hair now. Before, it looked like a poor man's Conan O'brien, only he's nowhere near as awesome as Conan. Wasn't a good look.
I honestly think Alabama is going to have to run the table, including the CCG to get in, unless they have a loss that comes really early, and get some help from other teams ahead of them dropping games.
While the SEC has enjoyed media and ranking bias for years, that narrative is starting to come to an end. The entire SEC, not counting Bama, A&M and UGA, looked abysmal last weekend. It was a hot topic on every half time show and every pregame show for the whole weekend, including Sunday and Monday. Maybe I'm wrong, I know most here won't agree with me on my initial point. I just see too many good teams this year for Bama to get in without running the table or losing one early, playing really well for the rest of the season and having some help with a loss from some other teams.
BamaMike DOES say "No". You just forgot to mention that while saying No, I have my fingers crossed that something terrible doesn't happen. While the teams on our schedule that once looked really hard and not so much after week one, they still could pull it together and get an upset. You never know. Happens all the time, a team wins that just doesn't make any sense, they just happen to be better on that particular day.
I'm still not sold on our secondary yet, either, so there's that.
I think our secondary can still be exploited, at least as of right now. The thing that will keep us in a game like that is the pass rush and pressure we can bring without loading the box, and our run stopping ability.
It's always hard to say, but if they played next week, i think it'd be a good game, but I can't say with any certainty that we'd come out on top. I could see us winning, I can see us losing just as easily. We'll see how my feelings change as the year progresses and I see more from both our DB's and our freshman QB.
I've yet to find anything out about what was going on there, but he sure was pissed off. If I hear anything, I'll post, lol