Should have heard me during/after the Sugar Bowl. I was declaring that even your waterboys were better than ours.
You can't have Henry, he's busy.
My preference would be as follows:
It's sort of like picking between 3 awesome cars. There's not really a bad choice.
Think we can work out a trade?
I think all of his callers are completely fabricated and compensated for their crazy calls, except for one. The only one that is genuine, is "Jim from Tuscaloosa". Only reason I know that, is because I actually know the guy, and he really is crazy. He's paranoid and schizophrenic, and how he acts when he calls is how he acts in person. A friend of mine's dad grew up with him, and he was from a really wealthy family, but had the mental issues. We used to troll the shit out of him, all the time.
That's exactly what I'm saying.
Classy brings classy. Aside from a REALLY bad experience on my very first encounter with 11W (was following the life feed, because I was in Alabama at the time, and the game wasn't available on TV to watch), and some people were jerks, I've only had a very small handful of people be rude to me here.
When you're treated with respect, a decent person gives it back. I know which threads to avoid (anti Alabama ones), just because there's generally no good that can come from me reading them. Everyone is super cool here, it's the only CFB forum that I frequent.
Aww yeah, this chick totally does it for me. Mad Men could be an awful show, and it'd be worth it for the episodes that she's in.
No thank you, on the Bauserman offer.
I'm still mad about this game. Trevor Knight couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from 3 feet in every game leading up to that one. Everyone said he just exposed our secondary for being bad, but that wasn't it. Dude was throwing PERFECT balls. From the pocket, outside the pocket, on the run, across his body... all in that perfect spot where the defender has no shot to get it, but right in his receiver's hands. Then I had to see that dumbass Stoops over there, with his mouth open, breathing through it... I want to punch him every time I see his meathead face.
Been doing great, thanks for asking! Started downhill mountain biking, so that's been sucking up every spare second that I'm not sleeping or working. It was a Bleacher Report email saying the game time of the Bama v Wisco game that got me all fired up. Clicked the link in the email, saw the time, and immediately types www.elev... in the URL bar, came straight here. haha
I knew it was BS the second I heard it, but I couldn't help but hold out that tiny glimmer of hope that it could be true.
I stuck around for a bit, after the Sugar Bowl through the National Championship. Work got crazy busy, then along came a break in the weather and out came the mountain bikes. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I ate shit, pretty badly coming over an 8ft drop on a downhill run. Got a little busted up, so I had to take a few weeks off riding, and here I am :D
Sometimes he seemed genius, other times, i was just scratching my head. The one play Alabama seems to run, A LOT, that I absolutely hate, is that WR screen, or whatever you want to call it. They would throw to the far side of the field, and having to rely on a WR to block two guys, and to hope your receiver (aka Cooper, last year) can make a play. Even when it worked, I got pissed.
My issue with the Sugar Bowl was the lack of running it. We got away from our identity. I don't know if it was bad judgement, or maybe even ego, but Kiffin got drawn into calling a game like we were in some sort of Pac-12 shootout. Too much passing, too much trying to be cute, not enough running the ball. Henry was averaging 7 yards a carry, and they just... stopped giving it to him. I don't know if that'd have changed anything, but it'd have made me feel a lot better. Go down swinging, and go down as who you are.
As far as how long he'll be around? I think he likes it there. I think he likes having less pressure of being an assistant. Everyone likes him, for a change. That relief of having less responsibility, only lasts so long, though. Eventually, someone will put enough money in front of him, and a HC job, and he'll go. It's just a matter of when the right job opens up.
Our strength and conditioning coach is 2nd to none, for the entire country. Not saying he's better than everyone else, but I don't know that any are better than him. I met a few people who are in the sports medicine field, one works for Towson. He said Coach Cochran is his hero, and is incredibly well respected in his profession. The guy is a complete lunatic, though. Just youtube "Coach Cochran Alabama", you'll see what I'm talking about.
DePriest was a phenomenal player. I was happy when we got him, and he made some big plays for us. He was really slow, in space, though. Super strong, great run stopper, but he was just too slow. So, if you were watching him, he seems sluggish from the get go, haha. As far as the other players go, our defense was on it's heels the entire game. I'm not sure if you remember what Saban said, in his halftime interview. He pointed out that while we were up, we weren't really stopping your offense.. at all. A really strong running game, will wear any defense down, even the best conditioned athletes you can find. You basically did to us, what I'm used to seeing Alabama teams do to others. Enough passing to keep the defense honest, but just methodical pounding on the ground to wear them out. They looked sluggish because they had nothing left, and more conditioning would have only delayed it.
So, my answer in short? We were out played by a more physical team.
I live just west of Pittsburgh, in the Murrysville/Monroeville area.
No one gets it until they experience it. What's even worse, if there are other females around. They then develop some form of a hive mind, and you can feel the buzzing in the air as they prepare to attack.
Tide homers, I can live with that. I try REALLY hard not to be a homer, but I just can't help myself sometimes.
The whole Barner thing started with a Bear Bryant quote:
"Sure I'd like to beat Notre Dame, don't get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state."
Auburn was an agricultural school, and they got a lot of abuse about the livestock and barns and what not. Hence the name Barners.
That's what I'm hearing. I can't quite keep my finger on the pulse of the program, living 800 miles away, but that's going off of what my friends are hearing, that still live there.
Saban? I think he could lose 3 - 4 games for a few years and it not be THAT big of a deal. Football aside, he's made an unbelievable impact on the University, as a whole. The fans can bitch all they want, but the men holding the purse strings make the decisions. They know that running Saban off would be a big blow to the University as much as the Football program.
As much as I pissed and moaned when Kiffin was hired, and as many times as I cursed his existence this past season, he did a really phenomenal job.
I was surprised they stopped giving it to Henry, in the Sugar Bowl, as much as anyone. I think the fact they stopped giving him the ball made me FAR more angry than actually losing the game. Can't win em all, but if we are going to lose, I want to go down with our identity... and that's running the damn ball.
A lot of the play calling, last year, I think was Kiffin trying to prove his worth, and the fact that you could throw it in the general direction of Cooper and he'd make plays. Most people will take that high percentage chance, if it's available. I liked Yeldon, a ton, but his ball security left a lot to be desired, and cost us on a few occasions. I like our backfield, this year, much better.
I agree with you about McCarron. He wasn't a phenomenal athlete, but he just so rarely made mistakes. What he lacked in athleticism, he made up for with icewater in his veins. Wish we had him back, honestly.
There is always that small faction of fans. There were people calling for his head in 2010 when we lost to Auburn, I just don't understand those type of people.
All of the fans who have a level head have been expecting a decline for some time. You just can't keep that level of success going forever, a downturn has to come, eventually, and we're due. I don't WANT us to have the downturn, but it always happens.
That all depends on who you talk to. We have some fire and brimstone fans who act like we'll be lucky to win 3 games, next season. You have your overly optimistic people who act like we will win every game, none by less than 4 TDs.
Cooper is a HUGE loss, but we have some talent at the WR spots to compensate. I think a new QB and Kiffin being settled in will help us spread the ball around a lot more, instead of just throwing to Coop 70% of the plays. Our line will be okay, we had plenty of depth there.
Our secondary looks better than it has in years, but I'm always concerned with that. The reason they look worse than they actually are is because Alabama hasn't had a serious pass rusher in SO long. Our DBs just get left on an island, and the opposing QBs are never under much duress to have to make pressure throws, so they get carved up. We have a guy or two that have shown POTENTIAL to bring some pass rush to the defense, but I'll believe it when I see it.