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  • Alabama's New $9 Million Football Facility Is Like Something Out Of MTV Cribs

    07/22/2013 11:32:55 AM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-22-2013 | Tony Manfred
    Alabama's New $9 Million Football Facility Is Like Something Out Of MTV Cribs Tony Manfred Jul. 22, 2013, 11:24 AMTide TV The University of Alabama recently spent $9 million renovating its football facility. Last week, they unveiled it in a video tour on the school athletic department website. It's spectacularly over the top. There are arcade games, pool tables, 30-foot-long hot tubs, and much more. In big-time college football, having shiny new facilities is a huge recruiting tool. And it's clear that Alabama included every bell and whistle they could find in order to woo the best high school players...
  • 20 Cool Things About Mobile, Alabama That I Didn't Know Before Last Week

    06/25/2013 11:33:07 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-25-2013 | Julie Zeveloff
    20 Cool Things About Mobile, Alabama That I Didn't Know Before Last Week Julie Zeveloff Jun. 24, 2013, 6:17 PM Julie Zeveloff/Business Insider Mobile, Alabama, got pretty miffed several months back when I included it on a list of "miserable" cities, based on health and wellness statistics from Gallup. So when a local mayoral candidate invited me down to prove me wrong, I booked a flight. I'd never been to Mobile before, and figured it would be a good chance to learn about a new city beyond a set of numbers. I won't say that I got an unbiased view:...
  • Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New York

    Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New YorkCBS 42..comJanuary 13, 2013 Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at age 18 LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new Miss America, winning the title after tap dancing to a James Brown tune, deftly dealing with a question about guns, and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. In addition to dancing to "Get Up Off of That Thing," 23-year-old Mallory Hagan strutted down the runway during the Las Vegas pageant Saturday night in an asymmetrical...
  • BCS Game thread - Alabama (2) vs. Notre Dame (1), ESPN 8:30pm EST

    01/07/2013 1:28:41 PM PST · by Perdogg · 313 replies
    BCS Championship Game thread - Alabama (2) at Notre Dame (1) (+9, O/U 40.5), ESPN 830pm EST. Miami Gardens, Fl. Weather, temperature around 73 degrees, chance of showers 10 percent.
  • BCS title game a clash of cultures

    01/07/2013 7:56:30 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 68 replies
    http://msn.foxsports.com/ ^ | 01/06/2013 | Greg Couch
    I never had any problems in the short time I lived in the Deep South. My co-workers in Savannah, Ga., told me at times that I was nice for a Yankee, which is to say that thanks to Southern hospitality, I was very politely well-tolerated. Still, there were times I felt as if I needed a passport. I also had never seen an entire aisle at the grocery store dedicated to grits, the way they had it at the Piggly Wiggly. And while that life was a while ago, it was enough to give a sense of some of the...
  • Alabama's hatred of Notre Dame runs long, deep

    01/05/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Jan 4, 2013 12:21 AM EST | Pat Forde
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jeremy Pike is a 37-year-old native and resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Like all proper fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide, he maintains an abiding hatred of Southeastern Conference rivals Auburn and Tennessee. But there is a third member of his unholy fan trinity, and always has been. "Oh, I hate Notre Dame," Pike said. "I never pull for them." On Nov. 3, Pike and about 50 other Alabama fans were in Louisiana getting ready to watch the Tide play LSU – the most anticipated game of the year. But before the game, they were glued to...
  • College Game Day Thread

    12/01/2012 10:04:52 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 30 replies
    fr football chat thread | freeatlanta
    TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV 12:00 PM No. 11 Oklahoma at TCU 12:00 PM No. 23 Oklahoma State at Baylor FX 12:00 PM UCF at Tulsa 2:30 PM Nicholls State at No. 15 Oregon State Pac-12 Network 2:30 PM Kansas at West Virginia 3:00 PM Middle Tennessee at Arkansas State 3:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida Atlantic 3:30 PM No. 20 Boise State at Nevada 3:30 PM Cincinnati at Connecticut 4:00 PM No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Georgia* CBS 4:00 PM New Mexico State at Texas State 7:00 PM Pittsburgh at South Florida 8:00 PM No. 18 Texas at No. 6...
  • Notre Dame (1) v USC Thread - 8pm EST ABC TV

    11/24/2012 3:11:57 PM PST · by Perdogg · 110 replies
    Notre Dame (1) v USC Thread - 8pm EST ABC TV. If Notre Dame wins they will play for the National Championship, as unfair as that might seem.
  • Slain teen Ja'Quares Walker's mom in shock at shooting

    05/03/2012 7:30:57 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 249 replies
    The Birmingham (AL) News via al.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Carol Robinson
    The mother of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot when police say he tried to rob a couple said she is in shock that her son is dead -- and even more so at the circumstances surrounding his death. "I don't want it put out like he was a bad person or a mean person, because he wasn't," Latonya Walker, 38, said Tuesday. "This is not him, not who he was. Anybody that knew Ja'Quares knows that." Birmingham police said Ja'Quares Cortez Walker was in a car that pulled into the parking lot of the gated Skyview Condominiums at 407 Skyview...
  • Funeral One Day After Investigators Say The Killing Is Justifiable [Ja'Quares Walker]

    05/06/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    abc3340.com [AL] ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cory McGinnis
    BIRMINGHAM - AL - Family and friends are in mourning, the funeral service was held at Living Stone Temple church, community members tell me they're not too happy that no arrests have been made. During the service, Walkers family was overcome with emotion during the ceremony and had to step outside. Many mourners wore red, black and white t-shirts with walker's picture saying "In loving memory of Tez". Dr. Al B. Sutton Jr. led a sermon preaching out the book of mark and had a direct message to young adults as well as the parents in the building. "Our son's,...
  • DA meets with mother of [thug] Ja'Quares Walker; activist says questions remain [of course]

    05/10/2012 7:02:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    al.com [AL] ^ | May 08, 2012 | Jeremy Gray
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Shortly after holding a press conference this afternoon to say that authorities are not giving her the information she deserves about the shooting death of her 13-year-old son, Latonya Walker met with Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls. Falls said Walker had not contacted him before she and community activist Frank Matthews held today's press conference. Falls said he met with her and Matthews today for 45 minutes. Normally, Falls said, the DA's office will not contact family members after a decision made not to file charges in a case. They never meet with family's of defendants...
  • ESPN's BCS Alabama-LSU final rating [barely] avoids all-time low (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/10/2012 1:34:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    USA Today | January 10, 2012 | Michael Hiestand
    Link only as per posting guidelines: USA Today Gist of article: Ratings for title game down 8 percent from last year; barely (by 0.3 percent) above all time low; all BCS games down 12 percent from last year
  • Alabama is shutting out LSU 12-0 in the BCS National Championship Game

    01/09/2012 7:50:35 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 125 replies
    ESPN ^ | 01-09-2012 | Staff
    Alabama just intercepted a pass at the LSU 32 with 7:00 left in the third quarter.
  • Don't Hatch A Rematch

    11/22/2011 8:09:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Brian McNicholl
    There is a problem with the Bowl Championship Series, but it’s not the one you probably think. College football doesn’t need a playoff. A traditional playoff system – an eight-team or even four-team bracket – brings nothing in the way of advantages over the current system and probably would make things considerably worse. Don’t tell me the traditional architecture for playoffs is the only – or even most – accurate way to determine a champion. The St. Louis Cardinals just won the World Series under that system despite having fewer wins in the regular season than any other team that...
  • Auburn Iron Bowl 2010 WAR EAGLE!

    11/26/2010 9:51:18 AM PST · by Jemian · 329 replies
    November 26, 2010 | Jemian, and other Plainsmen
    WAR EAGLE! Today is the day that we all wait for.  It comes once a year.  Every year.  It is all down to this.  And NOTHING else matters. IRON BOWL DAY! Beat Bama! I grew up in Auburn.  I was moved there in the fall of 1962 when my dad became a professor in the School of Engineering.  We lived across from Magnolia Dormitory, right in between the Day Boarding House and Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Nixon's home.    Bodie Hinton was the director of the Auburn Marching Band.  Ralph Brown Draughon was the President.  Jimmy Sidle was the quarterback...
  • Bessemer mayoral candidate claims Nick Saban endorsement, passing out fliers with altered photo

    08/19/2010 5:10:30 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 3 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | 08/18/10 | Anita Debro -- The Birmingham News
    For a political hopeful in Alabama, it could be the ultimate endorsement -- a show of support from University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. Bessemer Councilwoman Dorothy Davidson, who is running for mayor of the city, claims she secured Saban's endorsement of her campaign three weeks ago. Davidson printed it on a color campaign flier that shows her and the coach smiling side by side on a golf course.
  • Alabama honored at White House for title

    03/08/2010 7:18:05 PM PST · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 13 replies · 103+ views
    ESPN ^ | 3/8/2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama honored the national championship University of Alabama football team on Monday at a White House event where the president punctuated his remarks by declaring, "Roll Tide."
  • **THE 2009-10 BCS National Championship Game Live Thread**

    01/07/2010 12:10:45 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 451 replies · 8,568+ views
    Well, here it is, the final game of the 2009 college football season. For much of the bowl season, I've had to work, get my car fixed, and Google search any insignificant question and computer problem my grandparents call me about. (You would think with their age and guile they'd have the answers to various things readily available. You would think). So needless to say, this has kept me from my assigned college football commenting duties. For that I apologize, but tonight I will get the festivities going. So without further ado... The BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. Texas...
  • LAST TOUCHDOWN AT UA: Crimson Tide’s most famous player finally becomes an alumnus

    12/14/2007 8:40:03 PM PST · by petitfour · 26 replies · 449+ views
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | December 14, 2007 | Jamon Smith
    TUSCALOOSA | Joe Namath has accomplished some impressive things in his lifetime. In 1964, he led the University of Alabama to a national championship under equally legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. That same year, he signed with the NFL’s New York Jets for a then-record-breaking salary of $400,000. During his first year in the pros in 1965, he was named American Football League Rookie of the Year, and just four years later, Namath guaranteed the Jets would defeat the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III, and came through on that promise. At 9 a.m. today in Coleman Coliseum,...
  • Rodriguez gets offer to lead the Tide

    12/07/2006 11:06:26 AM PST · by petitfour · 29 replies · 495+ views
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | 12/07/06 | Cecil Hurt
    UPDATED 12:45 p.m. TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama has extended an offer to West Virginia University’s Rich Rodriguez to become the new head football coach of the Crimson Tide, sources confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News on Thursday. Deliberations continued late into the night, and this morning. A representative of UA made the offer to Rodriguez this morning. The salary and other terms of the offer to Rodriquez were not immediately available. Speculation over the past week has centered on Rodriguez and Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban. UA director of athletics Mal Moore, who is leading the search, arrived back...
  • Crimson Bride

    09/29/2006 7:38:14 AM PDT · by Condor 63 · 2 replies · 310+ views
    The Decatur Daily ^ | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006 | Deangelo McDaniel
    Hard-core Alabama fans are first couple to marry in the newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium's skybox: TUSCALOOSA — Minutes before she said her wedding vows, Carson Beddingfield stood at the lectern where head football coach Mike Shula holds post-game press conferences in Bryant-Denny Stadium. She was frustrated at Alabama's play against Arkansas, and was animated at the podium as she role-played her coaching suggestions. Four floors above, Brady Wakefield was equally frustrated, but he was too busy thinking about the history he was about to make to worry too much about Alabama football. At about 5:15 p.m. during the Saturday television...
  • State Seeks to Supplant Red Cross (Alabama)

    04/18/2006 6:16:00 PM PDT · by teldon30 · 13 replies · 395+ views
    http://www.nytimes.com/ ^ | April 18, 2006 | Eric Lipton
    WASHINGTON, April 17 — Frustrated with the performance of the American Red Cross, Alabama's governor has asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for the federal aid necessary to let the state assume primary responsibility for operating its own emergency shelters in disasters. The move comes after months of criticism of the Red Cross, inspired by what even the organization's own leaders acknowledge was its inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina last year.
  • Key figure in Alabama recruiting scandal murdered

    04/12/2006 7:37:22 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 18 replies · 700+ views
    MEMPHIS - An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was killed in his home after a fierce, bloody struggle, police said Tuesday. Police had not confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the 65-year-old Memphis resident. Police were not sure how he was killed, but investigators found "a lot of blood," police Sgt. Vince Higgins said. "The nature of the attack was brutal," Higgins said. "The entire house is a crime scene." Higgins said there were signs of a struggle...
  • Another Big Game Today

    11/12/2005 7:10:58 AM PST · by skimask · 19 replies · 313+ views
    OK fellow FReepers, today the LSU Tigers will play the Crimson Tide at 'Bama. What do yall think will be the outcome of these two Top 10 teams will be? Will we have another undefeated team shut out of the BCS game like last year?
  • The South Rises With The Tide

    11/20/2004 9:55:05 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 7 replies · 764+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/21/04 | George F. Will
    Don Cole, aka the Heart Guy, was ailing and wore a beeper. He was a candidate for a heart transplant and was not supposed to ever be more than a two-hour drive from his Nashville hospital, in case it received a heart that could be transplanted. He said that, if the hospital learned that he left the two-hour radius, he would be removed from the list of recipients. So why, weekend after weekend, was he 3 1/2 hours from Nashville, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.? "If I can't go to Alabama football games, what's the point in living?" Then there is the...
  • The ALABAMA/AUBURN IRON BOWL Thread...

    11/18/2004 7:58:22 PM PST · by LowOiL · 130 replies · 5,652+ views
    11-18-04 | Me
    Please place your predictions, traditions, comments, jabs, and jokes on this thread for the 2004 Auburn/Alabama game...This is the thread...
  • The Grade Distortion Epidemic

    03/07/2003 12:32:57 PM PST · by bourbon · 18 replies · 430+ views
    History News Network ^ | 03-05-03 | David T. Beito and Charles W. Nuckolls
    THE GRADE DISTORTION EPIDEMIC 03-05-03 By Charles W. Nuckolls, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama and David T. Beito, Associate Professor, Department of History. Both are members of the Alabama Scholars Association . Throughout the last year, the issue of grade inflation has often been in the national media spotlight. Shocking revelations about the skyrocketing rise in the percentage of A's and the promiscuous granting of Honors awards at Harvard University especially have fueled debate. Despite this, some teachers and parents choose to console themselves with the theory that grade inflation is limited to the Ivy League or other...