ROLL TIDE ROLL! 14th National Championship!

A picture says a thousand words.

The Star of the Show
Roll Tide! 14th National Championship!
Nick is smiling! So am I! 😀

Way to go, Bama!


Never Again–Iron Bowl Bliss: 42-14

Flea Flicker

Watching the Iron Bowl for Bama fans today was pure bliss. It started with the awesome flea flicker toss from Trent Richardson to A.J. McCarron. I’m sitting there minding my own business and watching the game, I thought, when I hear DH scream, “FLEA FLICKER!” What? Now I know for sure what that play is!

We went to my sister & brother-in-law’s house to watch the game with them and our sweet niece, and four of the eight grandgirls. Why? Because football games are so much more fun if we have people to yell and scream with instead of being our usual deadhead selves at home alone.

We screamed, yelled, clapped, shouted, and groaned together through the Iron Bowl. The dogs barked “Roll Tide” in agreement. 😀

DH made 7-layer dip & chips for football food, and my sister & BIL offered up chicken fingers, fries, and shrimp.

Back to the game, watching Marquis Maze smile after Auburn’s 18 yard punt was priceless. Trent Richardson powered through and dragged five to ten weaker AU players down the field with him on multiple plays. A few touchdowns and a field goal later, Alabama emerged victorious in this 76th Iron Bowl, 42-14.

Ahhh. Redemption for last year, complete with bragging rights for the next 365 days.

I’m so glad the mantra was fulfilled:


The SEC Stars Aligned

This past weekend was a keeper in the annals of college football excitement. For the SEC West, the stars aligned to set up a top three sweep for the South.

We became aware that something was afoot Friday night when I saw a FB post mentioning Iowa State. We had watched some of the Oklahoma State/Iowa State game earlier in the evening, but had since moved on to other programming.

I looked at DH and said, “You might want to flip over to the Iowa State game and see what’s going on.”

He did, and sure enough, an upset of epic proportions was in the making. I mean are you kidding me? OSU was a 4 touchdown favorite! Iowa State managed to knock #2 off 37-31 in double OT. How about them apples?!

The Oregon Ducks were left quacking after USC kicked their #4 feathery tails off the field.

Baylor, in a most exciting game, knocked off Oklahoma for the first time in 21 meetings between the teams. Are you kidding me?

#7 Clemson got spanked 37-13 by unranked North Carolina State. Really?

Talk about fruit basket turnover. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like they say, “On any given Saturday . . . ”

How sweet to see that all rankers agree:

#1 LSU

#2 Alabama  ROLL TIDE ROLL!

#3 Arkansas

And it’s nice to see Nick smile, even if this is photoshopped.

This coming weekend will prove most interesting.

Alabama at Auburn in the Iron Bowl, a game that can never be predicted with certainty.

Arkansas at LSU in The Swamp.

We will be riveted to the screen this weekend for sure.

I’m hoping the stars will align for Alabama again.

The Morning After

Football Christmas has come and gone, and the Alabama faithful did not get the present we wanted. Amazingly enough, though, the sun did come up this morning and life will go on.

Thousands, probably millions of words will be written and spoken about the Alabama-LSU game. I haven’t read or heard any of them yet this morning, but I’m guessing I’ll read or hear the following:

  • Alabama needs to improve their kicking game or get another kicker.
  • Alabama needs to improve their passing game.
  • Somebody needs to find out why one particular dirty player wasn’t ejected from the game.
  • Somebody needs to find out why the catch at the goal line was ruled an interception.

When it’s all said and done, it is just a game, but last night’s game was certainly an intense one.

As for the Christmas analogy, I guess it falls apart in the end because we can’t take this present back and get the one we want.

Alabama Football Christmas Morning

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It’s Christmas morning here in Alabama if you are an Alabama fan. The anticipation is almost over, the waiting almost done. Many of the faithful are on their way to the stadium to join the throngs already there.

In some ways, today is much like the beginning of the season that I wrote about here except that today, only two teams are filled with fist-pumping excitement instead of the whole nation of college football.

Today, only one team has the hope of becoming #1.

Today, only one team has the hope of staying #1.

Today, only one player has the hope of sealing his bid for the Heisman Trophy.

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All day long the anticipation will build, with the final present being unwrapped this evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa as the nation watches.

I think Bear Bryant may take a peek, too.


5 Reasons You Have To Watch the Alabama-LSU Game

Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, you know that Alabama and LSU are playing a football game tomorrow. Here are 5 reasons why you have to watch the game.

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1.  It’s a showdown.

2.  It’s the biggest SEC game of the year.

3.  It’s the biggest SEC game ever.

4. It’s the biggest game of the year, hands down.

5.  You don’t need a reason–it’s what you do.


College Football First Saturday Anticipation

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Right now, even Nick is smiling. (Image via Wikipedia)

I love this first morning of college football because every team has a clean slate. Every team is a winner.

Optimism is running high with the anticipation of an undefeated season stretching ahead.

Right now, every team has the potential to be #1.

Emotions are running high–in a positive way.

The fans are tailgating.

The players are pumped up.

The cheerleaders are smiling.

Stomachs have butterflies.

All is well with the football world until kickoff. Then, the tide will turn for one team or the other.

Touchdowns will be scored.

Field goals or extra points will be missed.

Fans will cheer.

Coaches will cuss.

Bands will play.

Tim Tebow will cry. Oops, sorry–just a little reminiscing of the Alabama Crimson Tide win over the Gators.

But really, for all but the few who played the last couple of days, today is still filled with hopeful anticipation, joy, excitement, and suspense.

For those whose games are over, they are either ecstatically joyful or dejectedly defeated with the most notable example being TCU with their two-point loss to Baylor after being 24 points ahead. The back and forth of that game resulting in a whopping 98 points being scored exemplifies the awesome excitement that is college football.

With that as the opener, the 2011 season of college football is underway.

ROLL TIDE! (Just had to throw that in.)