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BamaMike

Pittsburgh, PA (via Winfield, AL)

Member since 17 August 2012 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: So many come to mind. Probably my favorite is the 1992 National Championship game where everyone said that Alabama didn't even belong on the same field as Miami, much less in the Championship game. 34 - 13. Best play in the game was one that didn't even count when Teague ran down that receiver and took the ball away from him from behind. Penalty nixed the play, but it was incredible!

    Holding the vaunted Miami offense to 6 rushing yards, not counting the 42 they got on the final drive of the game, was also pretty sweet :)
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Landon Collins, Derrick Henry, and Amari Cooper.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft, even though he's graduated. I don't watch much Basketball to have a new pick
  • NFL TEAM: Hmmm, I guess the Redskins, I don't follow it enou
  • NHL TEAM: Penguins. I know nothing about Hockey, though.
  • NBA TEAM: I'm still trying to figure out why the NBA exists.
  • MLB TEAM: SF Giants
  • SOCCER TEAM: I refuse to acknowledge this as a sport.

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Jan 2016

The funeral homes in Alabama would make a fortune after the massive wave of suicides occurred within minutes of Saban announcing his departure.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

Was he the A-hole that decided the semifinals be played on New Years Eve?  Then when ratings were atrocious, said he will not move the date of those games?  If so, good riddance.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

I had no idea OJ was that fast.  Not sure why we neglected to get him more touches over the last few years, but if it weren't for him, Alabama loses that game, probably badly.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

A lot of people think this Bo Scarbrough kid at RB will be better than Henry. I'll believe it when I see it, but he looks really solid from what few snaps I saw him play this year.  

Barnett and Cornwell were very highly ranked recruits, but we'll see if they pan out.  Star rankings from HS sometimes don't translate, and I think they'll be solid, but there might be some growing pains at the start of the season.

As of now, I haven't heard any substantial rumors about Kiffin leaving, but that could change in the blink of an eye.  We got a solid DC replacement and have talent, it's just the loss of player experience and leadership that we'll miss.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

That term is hilarious.  "SEC fans"  I guess if your team sucks, you have to latch onto something.  They're kinda like when you see a Lamborghini driving by, and the dude in the passenger seat thinks he's the shit, more so than the dude who actually owns and is driving the car.  That's what they remind me of.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

That's a pretty common theme, it seems. I saw something on my FB news feed with a picture of a UT Player and text that said "Alabama, if you want to beat a team in Orange in 2016... you better do it tonight!"

Fools.



 

Comment 12 Jan 2016

I don't like our chances, next year.  HUGE question mark at QB, even more so than this year.  Henry being gone... losing a ton on both sides of the ball.  We have a lot of depth, sure, but we're losing a lot of leaders and veterans that will be awfully hard to replace.  I'd love it, if so, though!

Comment 12 Jan 2016

The thought of cheering for Tennessee, regardless of who they are playing, makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.  I'm actually frowning as I type this.  Yuck.

Comment 12 Jan 2016

I'm still in disbelief he went for that onside kick.  My brother and I just stared at each other, having watched Alabama football for our entire lives and Saban for the whole time he's been there... It was just SO not a Saban move.  The kick was executed beautifully, though, I have to say.  I was listening to some AL sports talk stations this morning, and they said they'd been practicing that kick for a while and Griffith would practice that kick on his own, a lot. The only thing was, the dude who caught the kick was the one who it was always kicked to in practice and he routinely dropped it.  He even dropped it out of bounds when they practiced it in AZ!  

I think the even bigger shocker for me was where the hell the Howard from last night was, all season.  I had NO clue he was that fast. That dude won us the game. 

Comment 12 Jan 2016

I'm SO bummed that we didn't see another OSU v Bama matchup.  I hated that game last year, mostly because we lost, but also because it REALLY was tough to hope Ohio State lost.  I know it's crazy, but it's true.  Beth felt the same way about Alabama, she was super happy that Ohio State won, but bummed that Alabama lost (and sad for me).

While Watson systematically carved our defense up with surgical precision, I honestly do think this team is better than last year's team. I believe it would have been a better match up for OSU than last year.  Most will look at the score of the Sugar Bowl last year and think it was close, but only if they didn't watch it, because it really wasn't. I was hoping, all year, for another shot at OSU, but it just wasn't in the cards.  

I appreciate the grats, though, so thanks for that!  

Comment 12 Jan 2016

Welcome to Auburn fans.  Most of the Auburn fans I know are somehow under the impression that they're really good.  I'm not sure why, or how, but they honestly think that.

Comment 08 Jan 2016

I did not.  In my infinite sadness, I continued to drink and then went to bed.  Alabama is always my true love, so I continued to rock the Bama stuff.  That being said, I did wear my Buckeye stuff for the NCG and enjoyed the thrashing of Oregon.  I will still wear Buckeye stuff on Saturdays when they're not playing at the same time as Bama, as I still am an avid follower and supporter!

Comment 08 Jan 2016

From the urban dictionary:

"A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for their love of all things Steelers and Donnie Iris and extreme hatred of Cleveland. Consists mainly on Primanti Brothers and ethnic cuisine. Yinzers can be easily identified by their one-of-a-kind, ridiculous accent."

Comment 08 Jan 2016

I love coming across Ohio State fans when I'm in my Alabama gear.  Only once has someone been an ass, but all of the other times it lead to some light-hearted ribbing at my expense, which I gladly accepted since an opposing team's fans are allowed to talk trash as long as they won the last game.  I got the same reaction when I went down to AL to visit my parents.  Went to the store with my Ohio State Hoodie and cap on.  Got some strange looks, but no one yelled at me, at least.

The biggest A-hole was when I'd first moved to the Pittsburgh area from Alabama.  I was at a Sheetz with my Alabama gear on, and some yinzer decided that I was a fair weather fan, and felt he needed to call me out.  I tried to explain to him that I grew up in Alabama and graduated from UofA, but he wasn't having it. You'd think the heavy southern accent would back up my story, but oooooh no. Finally lead him outside, showed him the Alabama plates on my car, and my Alabama issued driver's license before he'd believe me.  Apparently, he wasn't aware people move to different states.  

Comment 04 Jan 2016

Haha, I don't know how much of a closet Buckeye fan I am.  I own two hoodies, 3 shirts and at least 4 Buckeye caps.  I pull for them, with all that I have, unless you count the Sugar Bowl, last year.  

I know a lot of Bama fans like to say that Alabama overlooked OSU last year, that it was a 3rd string QB and all of that, but the truth of the matter is, they just got their asses kicked by a better team.  We had no answers on defense, and our entire defense was out of gas long before that one got into the 4th quarter.  

The passing game, this year, has struggled.  It took a bit for Ridley to emerge as the beast that he is, and Coker took a long time to settle in, so much so that he didn't get the start against Ole Miss.  We weren't turning the ball over against Ole Miss due to a shoot out or pressing to keep up, we started that foolishness early and they took advantage of it and were all over us before we knew what was going on.  Even with 5 turnovers, a super lucky bounce off a helmet that resulted in a TD, and a TD that should have been called back that wasn't, I am still in disbelief that we got within 6.  Freeze did what most young coaches did with a big lead on a favored opponent, started playing not to lose instead of keeping his foot on the gas... almost cost him, but not quite.  

The keys to the Clemson game, in my opinion,  will the pressure be enough to disrupt Watson into making a couple of costly mistakes and can that stellar D line keep him boxed in to prevent some of those clutch runs.  I feel our offense is enough to get us some points (nothing crazy, mind you), but it's all going to hinge on that Defensive front, can they get enough pressure to help our secondary.  I guess we'll find out!

Comment 04 Jan 2016

This is what I've been harping on, all year, to anyone who would listen as to why this Alabama team is different from last year.  Having bigger/heavier defenders hurt us against the spread, that and not having a way to get substitutions in and out like Saban thrives on.  They fixed that by developing smaller packages that were ready to go on every down, it made getting some specific personnel out on the field MUCH faster, and could give our guys a breather.  The biggest thing, though, is actually having a pass rush.  It's HUGE for disrupting read option and spread offenses.  Without that penetration, we were getting eaten alive.  This team is leading the nation in sacks and I can't even remember the last time Bama was even near the top for this stat. I heard on TV that the vast majority of these sacks have come while only rushing 4, and like you said, allows us to drop more in coverage.  It's something that almost can't be quantified at how much of a difference it makes, the sack numbers alone don't do it justice.  

There's a very real possibility they'd get gashed by OSU, again, but I just honestly don't feel it'd be as bad as last year.  Not saying there's no way it'd happen because you never really know, but I would feel infinitely more confident with this unit compared to last year.  
This team is going to lose A LOT of people, like OSU is, so next year might have a little growing pain which could result in some tough sledding (for Bama, not sure for OSU).   Maybe we can get that rematch next year!

Comment 03 Jan 2016

Why should I be on an Alabama blog? Because I'm an Alabama fan?  If you've seen me around (I've been around since 2012, same as you), then you would know that tOSU is a close second to my Tide.  I have watched every single second of ever single OSU game for the last 7 years (aside from when Alabama is playing at the same time, but I'd still have the OSU game streaming on a laptop right beside me).  I follow OSU very closely, both during the season and the entire off season.  I've sort of made a home here, and I'm not active on any other football site (Alabama ones included).  I'm an Alabama homer, though I try to see things without my Crimson colored glasses.  My 3800+ helmet stickers should attest to that.

I wouldn't expect you to argue with me on the Henry points, as it wouldn't do either of us any good. You have your opinion, and I have mine, and nothing wither of us could say would sway the other.  OSU with perfect weather in a dome on a neutral field beats Alabama worse than last year?  Not so sure about that, but can't say that you're wrong, either.  Wish we'd have had a chance to find out, I was hoping for it all season :(

Comment 02 Jan 2016

Alabama Heisman winning RB had 20 carries, 75 yards. Take away the threat of the pass (which mother nature did against OSU), and Alabama's numbers would have been worse than Ohio State's against MSU. 

They were having success with the pass, so they didn't persist with the run.  If you think they just stopped giving the ball to Henry because they felt they couldn't run the ball, you haven't watched a single Alabama game this year.  He was averaging 3.8, it's not like he was being completely shut down.  Every other game, even when he's averaging 2 ypc, they still keep giving him the ball.  He didn't have only 19 carries because they felt he was ineffective, he only had 19 carries because they couldn't stop the pass.  

The problem with OSU and that game was not just mother nature, it was horrendous play calling and a sick Zeke who is your workhorse.   This year's Alabama team is so vastly improved from last year's, it's hard to put it into words.  It's been years and years since Alabama had any form of pass rush, which they had this year.  They made boat loads of changes on the defensive side of the ball to deal with tempo teams, both in honing substitution packages and moving corners to the safety position to put more speed on the field.  Look, I'm not saying OSU couldn't beat Alabama, but to sit here and act like OSU would blow them out is pretty silly.  I was hoping for a rematch SO badly, and it sucks we didn't get one :(

Comment 28 Dec 2015

Reminds me of a time I got cited for driving with a suspended license.  I'd gotten at ticket down near the gulf coast of Alabama while coming back from the beach, one year.  After I got back home, I got a money order for the amount and mailed it off.  I never thought about it again after dropping it in that box outside the post office.  TWO YEARS LATER, I got pulled over for speeding.  The officer came back and asked if I knew I had a suspended license, to which I answered no and asked why.  He said it was from an unpaid traffic ticket and I needed to take care of it, gave me a written warning, and off I went.  In the 2 years after I'd gotten the ticket, I never received anything in the mail saying they hadn't received payment, nor anything letting me know my license was suspended.  There's a reason why he wasn't arrested, but you know how some folks are, they just want to get all wound up over nothing.

Comment 07 Dec 2015

For the record, not all folks from down south ride that "SEC!" bandwagon.  I know it seems that way because of the mouth breathers that love to draw attention to themselves, but I can't name one person that I am friends with that think that way.  I PROMISE you, though, have the Big10 win a bunch of championships in a short time span, and you'll have the coat tail swingers chanting "Big10!".  Whether you chose to believe that is up to you, but I can assure you that it will happen.  

Out of the SEC schools, as an Alabama fan, I'm a required to hate Auburn and Tennessee... zero exceptions.  Vandy is impossible to hate, because.. well... I don't know why it's impossible, it just is.  I still refuse to acknowledge A&M and Mizzou.  Georgia is okay. They're kind of like that nice kid that lives down the street, that you don't dislike, but you don't really hang out with, either.  Does Kentucky have a football team?  I still kinda hate Florida from the Spurrier and Meyer days.  (I used to hate Meyer, but he genuinely changed after he took a year off.  I like the guy, now).  Mississippi State is okay.  Ole Miss, I used to like, but they're starting to get a bit big for their britches.  For them, it's the fan base more so than the school/team.  LSU, I actually kinda like them.  I think Les Miles is awesome, even if because he is a little crazy, he's definitely entertaining.