Armchair Talking Head

Hercules, Hercules!

Remember that precocious little fat kid at the Klump’s dinner table in the Nutty Professor?  Well apparently that is JUCO transfer, Bama nose guard Terrence Cody who now weighs in at 365lbs.  Here’s to “Hercules” having his way with Cullen Harper and C.J. Spiller tomorrow night.

My Take on the Tide: 48 Hours from Kickoff

In 48 hours, the Tide will begin their 2008 campaign under the Dome in Atlanta.  Before we can talk about where the Tide will go in the second year under the “Nicktator,” we must take a look back at where we’ve been.

In the first year under Nick Saban, the story was “close, but no cigar.”  Every game in the first half of the season seemed to be a nail-biter, minus the Vandy game which wasn’t exactly a blowout either.  The first leg ofthe 2007 season featured a 3 point win over Arkansas, an OT loss to UGA, a touchdown loss to FSU, a near tragic 6 point win over Houston, and a 3 point scare at Ole Miss.  The turning point came against Tennessee.  Everything clicked for the Tide, and everything bombed for the Vols in a 41-17 Alabama win.  When everything was setting up for a late season run off the momentum of the Tennessee win, the house of cards came tumbling down.

A potential monumental upset fell by the wayside against LSU with a 1 touchdown loss.  The wind was completely let out of the Tide’s sail after a demoralizing loss in Starkville, followed by the LA Monroe debacle.  In the Iron Bowl, redemption was almost had, but slipped away by 7.  Even the Weed Wacker Bowl was a close one, with the Tide overcoming Colorado 30-24.

It was a roller coaster that I only survived thanks to Captain Morgan, and Jim Beam.  The old ABC theme, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” never met a more appropos team.  The close wins were uplifting, the blowout was exhilarating, and the near losses, especially to State and LA Monroe were down right demoralizing.

If the 2008 campaign is to be more successful, the close losses have to go away.  To get where the program needs to be, we can’t lose any more games to cupcakes like LA Monroe, and the annual match up with Starkville Feed/Seed/Lawn Mower Repair and Junior College must be a guaranteed win.  When that happens, then we can talk about having enough in the tank to hold on against the likes of LSU, UGA, and Auburn in the 4th Quarter.

The “process” is well documented, and that’s just what this Saban experiment is; a process.  I think the “easy” games will come with relative ease.  Perhaps contending for an SEC West title is a year down the road, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel sweet Bammers, there’s light at the end of the long, dark, vile tunnel that stretches from DuBose to Fran; from Price to Shula.  The end of the long Bammer Nation nightmare is nigh.  A loss in the game Saturday with Clemson will be an understandable casualty of the “process” to achieve that end. A win in the Georgia Dome, however,  has the very real potential to set that end into motion at a breakneck pace.

It’s football season baby.  Despite the copious amounts of academic BS I’m doing right now, not even my law profs can take my joy away.


This Whole Law School Thing…
August 27, 2008, 10:47 pm
Filed under: Miscellany, Pigskin

…is very time consuming, as I’d imagined.  Thus, I haven’t posted any nuggets for you lately.  Hopefully @ some point tomorrow or Friday, I’ll have some thoughts up about the opening weekend of college football.

Until then, Torts, Civ Pro, Crim Law, Contracts, blah.

Favre headed to Babylon
August 7, 2008, 4:19 am
Filed under: Pigskin | Tags: , , , ,

Media outlets now report that Brett Favre has been traded to the New York Jets in return for a draft pick. Let it be said that I now officially hate the J-E-T-S. What a douchebag. Favre goes out crying, spouting off about how he has nothing left mere months ago, and now he’s ruining his legacy with the only team he’ll be remembered for in a positive capacity in turn for the opportunity to run his name into the NFL mud.

Pay attention kids, this is NOT how you end a Hall of Fame career…

Favre will most likely win in Week 1 vs. the Dolphins. However, perhaps he’ll be persuaded to re-retire after Week 2 when Tom Brady shows the old bastard what a real QB looks like, and if that doesn’t do the trick, after Shawne Merriman wipes his ass with what’s left of his old bones in Week 3, he’ll be on a one-way trip to the Old Folks Home in Kiln, MS… God, I can’t stand Brett Favre. Once, I adored the man. He was all that was right in sports, but now he’s everything that’s wrong with the world.

1st Annual TalkingHead/ElGringoLoco Turner Field/IHOP Throwdown
August 1, 2008, 1:22 am
Filed under: MLB, St. Louis Cardinals | Tags: , , ,

As I mentioned, a few friends of mine and I ventured over to Turner Field last night to see the Cards play the Braves.  Chris Carpenter looked pretty good in his first outing since Opening Day 2007.  He didn’t have command of his stuff like I’d like to see, but the velocity was there.  For once, I think we’ve gotten a pitcher off the DL who is back to his former self.

There were, of course, a few jackasses at the game.  I present to you Exhibit A “Annoying guy with maraca”

The brain trust of the two greatest sports blogs in West Alabama took some time for a photo op:

And ladies and gentlemen, the International House of Pancakes in Douglasville, Georgia will never, EVER, be the same:

Good times…good times.  Go Cards.