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BamaMike

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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 17 Nov 2014

I really have no idea how this game would turn out.  It depends on which version of each team shows up.  Will it be the Ohio State team that played Penn State and Va Tech, or the Buckeyes from the rest of the season?  Will it be the Alabama team that played Ole Miss and Arkansas, or the Bama team that played A&M and others. 

While our running game is strong, it's not QUITE as scary as it has been in years past.  Cooper has really changed that dynamic, and we sure throw the ball a lot more than I'm used to.  He is a legitimate deep threat, at all times, and really has to give a DC fits when scheming against a run happy team like Alabama. 

Ohio State... if ANY ONE says their offense isn't scary, then they're lying, or they've not watched a Buckeye game.  Even with less-than-stellar (being nice here) play calling on offense, tOSU still lights most defenses up.  While the Big10 is in a bit of a downturn, overall, it's not Big12 or Pac12 defenses the Buckeyes are lighting up.

JT is elusive enough to cause issues, but you can't just load the box and try to contain him, because he's a rather gifted passer, much better than Nick Marshall of Auburn.

It'd be a hell of a game, if the good version of each shows up.  Two of the best coaches in the game, incredibly talented athletes on both sides.  I'd love to see it!

Comment 17 Nov 2014

Don't forget Miami.  I know it does nothing for you, but Auburn is tops on mine, followed closely by Tennessee.  Then we have So Cal and Notre Dame.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

Hah, that you did, Jascott.  

I've been active on the boards for the last couple of years, actually, in big support for tOSU.  They are now my 2nd favorite team, thanks to my Buckeye Alum girl, and I follow them closely.  (I haven't missed watching an OSU game in years!)

I do have a favor to ask of you.  If you could trim that SEC off of the first sentence, I'd appreciate it.  I'm an Alabama fan, but I have no love for the SEC.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

It's really, really hard to judge a team, based on the first game of the year.  LSU and Wisconsin are both totally different teams than the ones that took the field to start the season.  If you watched that game, it was a complete and total implosion by the Wisconsin coaching staff, that lead to that loss.  They had LSU on the ropes, and just decided to stop punching.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

True statement, though!  Few things in this world make me happier than the misery of the fanbases/schools that I hate.  Both of those teams, fall into that category.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

You guys have a better front than most of the teams I've watched Wisco play.  Stopping their rushing attack, I would think, is all but impossible.  I'm not sure anyone in the country could stop them.  You just have to hope you can slow it down and capitalize on any mistakes made, especially when they elect to throw the ball. 

I don't think they can stop your offense, either, so if turns into a shootout, OSU wins it.

Comment 17 Nov 2014

I forgot to address one comment in the OP.

The closest thing is a 10 point Alabama win over a West Virginia team that put up 23 points and 365 passing yards against the Tide.  Why is that significant? Because Alabama has allowed 300 yards passing exactly 0 times since then. That's right...the four loss unranked Mountaineers put up the most passing yards (by more that 175 yards) than any of the other "elite" SEC teams they have played.

It's true, WVU torched us for near 400 yards passing.  This stat is skewed, though.  When looking at offensive stats, it's hard to just pick one out and make an assumption.  Sure, WVU had 365 passing yards (and watching it, it felt like they had 3650 passing yards), but they had to pass because they couldn't run the ball.  WVU had 28 yards on 24 rushes.  When you're gaining 1 yd per rush, you basically have to just throw the ball, so they did.  The times WVU has been under 365 passing, is against Baylor, Ok St, TCU and TX. They ran for 134, 194, 195 and 200 yards, respectively, in those games.  

Now, all of that being said, Alabama has struggled against the pass the past few years.  Those quick slants and short/medium passes out in the flat eat us alive.  I'm not sure why they haven't figured out a way to stop it, but WVU had a field day with it.  It's incredibly frustrating to watch, I can tell you that much. 

Comment 17 Nov 2014

The huge issue, with this, is the ridiculous preseason rankings.  I really, REALLY hope that we can be rid of those, at some point.  Let the media outlets and sports sites have their own power rankings and polls, which they would, but to rank someone before they actually play a game has always been the dumbest thing on the planet. 

Miss St was lucky to have all of their games versus inflated ranked opponents all at the beginning of the year.  Does that mean they're bad? No, of course not.  Did they deserve the #1 ranking?  I sure as hell don't believe so, and a lot of people in SEC land didn't either.  I will say that the conventional SEC power teams have looked shaky this year.  I'm not sure what the hell is going on at LSU, they've been almost painful to watch, this year.  Auburn, they continue to be the typical Pac-12 team of the SEC.  All scoring (minus the UGA game... I'm still smiling from that one), and no defense.  It's a wonder they haven't lost more games than they have.  UGA is down, Florida is a joke, Tennesse is bad, and Alabama can be great, can be mediocre, and can look pretty bad, on occasion.  

I'm the furthest removed from an SEC fan boy as you can get, I strongly dislike, or hate most of the teams in my conference.  I have no conference pride, really, and a lot of it has to do with hearing "SEC SEC SEC" all the time.  I'm over all of that, and I can't imagine how old it's gotten for those of you who's favorite team resides in another conference.

The problem is, and always will be, preseason rankings.  It's hard for people to look at a team that's ranked in the top 3, and toss them out of the top 25, no matter how horrific they look against an unranked opponent, just because of the preseason number beside their name.  I think it should remain neutral until... week 6, week 8?  Let's see how teams play before we start deciding how they should be ranked.  What use are rankings before then, anyway? None.
 

Comment 17 Nov 2014

I would say the line on LSU canceling on Wisconsin next year being 0, since they don't have them scheduled.  Alabama, however, does have Wisconsin scheduled to open the year.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

I distinctly remember Mizzou getting abused for the loss to Indiana.  

Comment 17 Nov 2014

If you're going to bring that up, might as well point out scUM losing to App St.  

p.s. I hate both Florida and scUM, so both games made me almost want to twist my nipples in unadulterated joy.

Comment 30 Oct 2014

I still don't understand Mississippi State's meteoric rise to the top, either, just as I didn't understand Ole Miss' high ranking from the start. 

Even though Ole Miss beat Alabama, I'm still not sold on them.  They're just one of those teams that are likely to lose to an unranked team, as to beat anyone that's actually decent.  Bo Wallace, while he's played pretty well in big games before LSU, showed that he's Bo Wallace with that fool throw to end that game (also see throwing 3 int against Memphis). 

Mississippi State, while they've looked pretty good in the games I've watched, they're not anything special.  I'm not sold on anyone out of the SEC this year.  It's hard to tell if anyone is good, or the SEC is that bad, but I'm guessing it's somewhere in the middle of that.  Alabama and LSU aren't as good as they have been.  Ole Miss and Miss State are better than they've ever been.  Auburn is Auburn, who the hell knows what they are, really.  It's just a big mess.  Should sort itself out, though!

Comment 30 Oct 2014

Alabama has it's flashes of brilliance.  I know A&M isn't very good, but that was the most complete game I've seen Alabama play in a couple of years.  So, after the A&M game, I was feeling great!  Then comes Tennessee...

4 minutes left in the first quarter, we're up 20-0.  They can't do anything with the ball on offense, and their defense is offering little to no resistance.  I was fully convinced that we'd score again before the 1st quarter ended.  Then, we go back to how we've played in other games.  Sloppy defense, odd play calling, not executing on the good play calls, etc. 

So, I still don't know what Bama really is.  I think they're good, they're not awful.  Great?  I don't see it.

Comment 30 Oct 2014

NOOOOO!  Never go to the comments section... regardless of the article/news story/video, just don't do it!  

I've had more than my fair share of head injuries, in my life.  I no longer have the brain cells to spare that I would lose from the comments section.  Not only that, it sucks you in. It's like a train wreck that you can't look away from, you just keep going and going, further down the rabbit hole, hemorrhaging brain cells with each downward stroke of the scroll wheel on your mouse.  

Comment 30 Oct 2014

Jralvarez,

You, sir, are the exact reason why people outside the SEC, hate the SEC.  It IS possible to debate a point, without taking the insulting stance you did. 

At least you acknowledge the favoritism, so I'll give you that.  It's so bad that I don't really watch ESPN coverage, anymore, unless I have to.  If anyone had any doubt what ESPN has become, just go back and watch the Alabama v Ole Miss gameday coverage.  Katy Perry, really?  All she did was cater to the home crowd, make juvenile sexual references, pick a game based on the fact she thought their QB was hot, and generally be the type of female that makes girls who know about sports seethe in anger.  She showed her ignorance when she picked Mississippi State to win, in front of an Ole Miss crowd, and got boo'd for it.  She'd never watched, or been to, a college football game, and there she is.  It kinda like how MTV used to play music videos, but now it's a train wreck of "reality" shows and garbage.  Congrats, ESPN, you're the MTV of sports coverage.

Comment 26 Oct 2014

I don't believe in curses.  Jinxes, perhaps!

I've been in these alternate uniform discussions before, and I pretty much hate alt uniforms.  Even though these look pretty sharp, I am just too stuck on the tradition of the historically good football programs, it makes me sad to see them change. 

That being said, I'll pretty much jump at any chance to blame anything bad on alternate uniforms. Logic be damned!

Comment 21 Oct 2014

I feel they're overrated, as well.  Ole Miss, even though they beat my Tide, is one of those teams that they can either beat you, or lose by 4 TDs.  Bo Wallace is the least trustworthy QB I've seen (see the 3 picks he threw against Memphis), although he's looked pretty sharp in big games this year. 

M State, they've looked pretty impressive.  The Auburn game, while they dominated, was greatly aided by the total meltdown of the Barn in the first 5 minutes of the game.  What a disaster that was.  They throttled LSU, but LSU hasn't looked very good this year.  

The good thing is, Ole Miss and M State play each other, and State still has to beat Bama.  If Alabama plays like they did against Ole Miss and Arkansas, they'll thump us easily.  If it's the Alabama that they CAN be, then it'll be a good game.  If State runs the gauntlet and comes out unscathed, I'll give them credit.  I don't see Ole Miss doing it, though.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

I can see tOSU moving into the top 10, easily, and I think they will.  Voters tend to kinda hammer Baylor when they lose.  They get that high preseason ranking, for reasons unknown to me, then they lose to someone who plays decent defense and has a fairly good offense, so it's not a pure shootout.  Once they prove they can't keep it together, and lose, they're judged harshly.  

Like others said, though, no need to worry about polls. If OSU wins out, they're in.  One more loss, and like my Crimson Tide, they're out of the hunt, anyway.  So, let's just keep winning!

Comment 18 Oct 2014

@BleedScarlet:  I'm not 100% sure how that would work out if that situation played out.  I'll go look at that right now.

@Hovenaut:  I don't even think I could type that.  Just because of Winston, I have more reasons to hope they lose than pure hate, alone.  So, I hope FSU loses.. I guess.  Gross.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

All solid ideas.  UT is already looking better than Alabama did against Ole Miss, so there's that.

Comment 18 Oct 2014

I'm watching right now, and just seeing that orange makes bile rise in my throat.  I guess we all must make sacrifices.

That being said, I don't know if I can even watch that ND v FSU game tonight.  I hate both of those teams.. A LOT.