Published May 23, 2011 - 6:30am
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CBSSports’ Dennis Dodd wrote this column on May 17th that could have some legs to it. Dodd proposed to have a scrimmage before the season starts between Alabama and Auburn to raise money for the tornado relief effort in Alabama, where some 230 people lost their lives. The game would be in Birmingham at Legion Field, the site of the old Iron Bowl, and Dodd lays out a plan to raise $2 million for the tornado relief effort.
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to this very subject. Jonathan Mitchell is the Alabama fan who started the Facebook page, and he and others have been working on putting together some kind of game to raise money.
Mitchell said his idea is in the planning stage, but he gave a few details that could be associated with the game.
The players who will participate have to be out of college at least two years and cannot be competing in the NFL. He also pointed out it is more likely to be a flag football game.
Most people cannot stand the idea of a preseason scrimmage. And I agree.
I like the idea of alumni scrimmage better than a scrimmage of the current Alabama-Auburn rosters. It looks like a great idea on paper for the current team scrimmage; however, a Dont’a Hightower preseason shot to Michael Dyer’s knee isn’t exactly what I would want to see. I’m not saying Hightower would try to hurt Dyer, but this is football and injuries happen. So, therefore, a preseason scrimmage between the two would be a bad idea.
I am warming up to the alumni game though. Almost anything to help raise money for tornado relief, I’m so for it, but I’m not for a preseason scrimmage because of the risk of injury.
Do you think this is a good idea?