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I didn’t know that about his mother; thanks for the info. I’m not for or against Dabo as our coach, mind you. But I’d love to see him prove himself in the SEC, first, if it was going to be on the table. I don’t respect his current path to the CFP through the ACC enough to respect his place at the table.
Thanks for this respectful comment, Biggie. I have the utmost respect for General Neyland.
For insight into when Saban will consider retirement read any book he co-wrote, any book by Kevin Elko, Good to Great and/or Chasing the Bear. As a Bama fan, I trust the GOAT to stay until it’s no longer in his players’ interests to stay. I don’t know what will happen then. My gut says that Dabo hears Mama calling. I hope he toughens you some before then.
To be the best, you gotta beat the best. Alabama is blessed to have a fresh, unique challenge for our men and coaching staff this year. We play in the best division of the best conference, and that means we have a chance to shine. Young or not, it’s up to the guys to win or lose. I believe they’ll give their all to play with pluck and grit, and if they do, it will be enough. As for this Bama fan, I never take any game for granted. Ole Miss, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Miami, and anybody else all it takes is for their men to outplay our men that day. Rankings, recruiting stars, rat poison don’t matter; it’s playing the games that count. We’ll see! Roll Tide.
Bingo. To achieve “fairness” you’ve got to make the conferences more equal in terms of difficulty. The chart showing the SEC was actually the most diverse in terms of winners (as compared to the ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 — with Clemson and Oklahoma the only winners in their respective conferences) was telling.) So how do you do that? How do you make the conferences more equal in terms of difficulty?
So glad to see an article about Alabama Softball and especially one focused on Fouts. She throws like a girl...LOL! She’s a fierce and dedicated athlete and competitor, the Braves would be lucky to have her. Don’t forget about Bailey Hemphill either. Both of those ladies are outstanding examples of pluck and grit —and the softball team is something special! RTR.
I think you’re spot on, Mr. T. That’s what he’s said: that his efficacy will determine his status as coach. And you have to think that time is tied to that.
I agree that Bryant and Saban deserve all the credit we can possibly give the coaches — but some credit is due to the UA community for its commitment to our athletes and the environment we’ve created for their environment that built the framework for both of our legendary coaches.
That’s how I feel too — UA will be on the lookout for another coach with whatever it is that both Bryant and Saban have that made/makes them both repeat winners. What is it? Toughness? A commitment to excellence? To innovation? To rolling with the punches? Focus? Who knows? But the Alabama stakeholders will be looking for it...
And I’m not being intentionally argumentative with you, Boondock. So please don’t take it that way. I’m just mad that they won’t publish my comment. Roll Tide.
Boondock, for me, it was all about the Bama bias. Honestly, I cannot figure out how they let your comment through but censored mine — because mine literally did not bring up race at all, if that’s what they care about. I don’t look at the world that way, so it didn’t even occur to me that Mac was white and Justin Fields was black — and I’m not virtue signaling by saying that. I literally don’t care what color the players are — which is why it galls me that they won’t publish what I said. And I WILL NOT start looking at the world that way, no matter how much the media wants me to. Are you a person of character, with toughness, pluck and grit? Do you play football in Crimson and White? Then I’m rooting for you, red, yellow, black or white. Are you a kid wearing any uniform trying to better yourself and achieve something great, then I’m for you, too and hope you succeed. Race doesn’t enter it for me. On draft night, you could just tell that the commentators were over the moon that Mac fell in the draft — or whatever. I took it as evidence that they despise Alabama, not that they were against him because of his race. In my mind, Mac ended up with the best chance to succeed. I bought his jersey like I always wanted to. And I’m happy for him. By the way, my call name here is based on my teams colors — and the fact that I’m a blonde. I knew if I said I was a woman AND a blonde, nobody would ever read what I wrote. Plus, all those trophies are gold, so.... Anyway! Censorship is not cool. Every idea should be considered with civility. That’s all.
It kinda bothers me that they are “moderating” my post. I can’t figure out why they are doing so — or why it bothers me so bad. I have always, always been respectful on this forum — except that time I told Negan in no uncertain terms I would NEVER move to Georgia. All I eluded to was that the night of the draft, I picked up on a bias from some of the commenters toward Mac because he was from Alabama...I don’t understand why that got my comment put in “jail.” I may abandon this platform.
It looks my comment is in SDS moderation jail. And I can’t figure out why! Oh well, I guess I’ll just say I’m proud of Mac!
Sounds like a talented player who swallowed the rat poison and made a mistake. Sad. Hope he gets back on track somehow.
I mean no disrespect to anyone who has suffered from the VIRUS, because I know people who were at high risk and didn’t have good outcomes, but it has revealed that we are currently living in a culture that no longer values courage. Even if they felt afraid, folks used to saddle up anyway. Not now. And if you are willing to thoughtfully consider the risks to yourself and saddle up and live your life, you deserve to be CANCELED, or at the very least, placed on THE LIST like Khanomil said below. God help us all.
It kinda hurt my feelings, but I think Mac is better off!
Diesel, I don’t know if it’s possible for a productive dialogue to be undertaken by the two of us — but I’ll try. Because I believe the highest insult possible is just to ignore someone, and I am truly not trying to be insulting to you or any proponent of expanding the Playoffs. You said my argument is dead because expanded playoffs will mean more opportunities for more college athletes — but unless we simultaneously do something to make the conferences and divisions more equal in terms of difficulty of play, I don’t think an expanded CFP will achieve the goals you’re looking for. I just think the big football schools will continue to win, barring upsets and luck wins, and you can’t legitimately be suggesting that winners should be chosen via luck/upset, can you? THAT is what I was referring to when I said we should always model for our kids that merit and hard work produce desired results. What I am saying, to make it clear, is that we should not be teaching kids to rely on luck alone for their success in life. That’s the only point I am making. The playoffs will be expanded and college athletes will be paid. It’s coming. But I don’t know if those things will produce more winners. Maybe they will. Time will tell.
JTF, just to clarify, I never said kids at Bama work harder than kids anywhere else. You’re 100 percent right, I didn’t say what I meant clearly enough. Here is what I mean: Alabama has, as a college community, invested in our football program for more than a century. No expansion of the playoffs will negate that investment. Other schools have not taken, or have not had the opportunity to make that investment. That is sad. But it is reality. My comment about kids learning that work = results was not about their individual work ethic or efforts, but about the community’s dedication to excellence in football. But I can see how you and Diesel read my comments. I agree, arguing on this format is useless. I don’t drink beer, but I’d be happy to discuss it over a Coke while you enjoyed one. Wish you the best and thanks for engaging in this dialogue.
Diesel, you’ve got me totally wrong. I do still think Alabama would be in the Playoff picture, for as sling as the Alabama community continues to invest in our program. Your comment about not caring about the student-athletes is disheartening.
This comment is everything. Your point about Miami and Clemson is absolutely the best.
Responding to you here because this comment structure won’t let me respond to your comment below. First, I don’t know if expansion is or is not what’s best for the kids, but I am advocating that they be considered FIRST by everyone having this discussion — especially before fans’ preferences or TV ratings or money being made. You know what the love of money is, right? I do know this: what is best for the any kid of any age is to have the truth and reality modeled for them at every turn. And, for me, that has to start with the reality that if you work hard and invest all you can and see challenges as opportunities and commit to a Process of Excellence, you will get good results. Unless the deck is stacked against you by well-meaning folks who want parity so badly they gut every semblance of work = results. That’s not what athleticism is, that’s not how anything in nature works. I’m a big-time gardener. If I plant green beans, green bean plants grow. It’s a lot of work to tend the vines, pick the beans, string the beans, wash the beans, can the beans — but if I do all that work, my two bean rows produce enough beans to last me all winter. That’s a fact of nature. It’s reality. And it’s also a metaphor. On the luck thing — luck is a part of life too. But fans that want their teams to win based on luck, instead of on the community-wide investment in their program and MERIT, well, let’s just say I don’t understand and cannot accept that mentality. But, I digress: as long as expansion proponents start from making the kids’ COLLEGE (as opposed to professional) experience better, I’ll listen to and authentically consider their arguments. I will not consider arguments based on improved ratings. College kids are not professional athletes. They are not playing primarily for our entertainment. If they do become professional athletes in the future, the CFB will cease to exist — and that will break my heart.