Armchair Talking Head


When Bama fans and UcheaT Fans Unite…
September 28, 2009, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Pigskin

I especially like this statement reproduced over at Roll Bama Roll concerning the hatred of “little brother.” Even if it is from the perspective of a Tennessee fan.

Dear Auburn,

With your football contest against my alma mater now less than a week away, I feel this is an appropriate time for me to remind you of my feelings for you. I hate you. I hate your backward little cow college. I hate your players, coaches, students, administrators, fans, alumni, janitors, and cafeteria workers. I hate your multiple mascots. I hate you to the point I root for both Alabama and Al Qaeda against you. I hate the fact your supporters, with their cow feces caked work boots, will be allowed inside Neyland Stadium next week. I hate you to the point that I have rooted for Texas to defeat you. I hate you so viciously that I don’t even root for you against Vanderbilt, I simply hope the ground opens up and swallows both teams and their supporters. I hate you enough to hope you go winless and scoreless every season.

I hope this clears up any ambiguity about my thoughts regarding your institution and its supporters. Have a nice day.

Sincerely,

Hatvol96



Week 1 Thoughts

Well, well. We might actually have a decent football team on our hands here in Title Town.  The first half was eerily reminscent of that “Oh shit what’s happening!?!” feeling (see: Sugar Bowl, 2009), but the Tide pulled it through in the second half.  McElroy really seemed to come into is own, Mark Ingram was an absolute hoss, and the defense is as advertised.  It will be good to have a light next few weeks, but Nick Saban isn’t taking it lightly. Just ask him.

I posed the question of what will be the bigger story, Auburn with a potential loss to La. Tech or Alabama’s match with Va. Tech.  I don’t think there’s any question that the majority of the buzz surrounding college football is coming out of Tuscaloosa this week.  To be fair, I didn’t see a snap of the Auburn game, but it appears they somewhat handled La. Tech.  So I guess that means we have to start calling him 6-19 Gene. That’s such an improvement, right Barn?

I don’t know much about Alabama’s Week 2 opponent Florida International, except thanks to Coach Saban’s presser, #4 is pretty good.

Here’s to a 4 day week, the first weekend of tailgating on the Quad, and returning to Bryant Denny.



East Bound and Down
September 4, 2009, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Shipping out of T-Town for Atlanta. I won’t be blogging while in ATL, so here’s a question/prediction that will be a known quantity upon my return.

What will be the bigger story in Alabama Sports on Monday: A win/loss by Alabama, or a loss of any sort by Auburn to Derek Dooley’s LA Tech team? I have a feeling the latter is a more likely occurrence at this point. Time shall tell.

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. You can’t describe the feeling of watching the first kick of football season. It’s like a drug but better. It’s all I’ve wanted for the last 8 months, and it’s only 29 hours away. Roll Tide.



2 Days: Never Been So Happy Edition

Damn, I’ve never been so happy to see the NCAA issue a ruling than I was at about 7pm last night when the edict came down from on high (Indianapolis) that Julio Jones and Mark Ingram are clear to play Saturday against the Hokies upon paying restitution for their “improper benefits.”

Apparently, Julio and Mark have already made their payments.  If not however, might I suggest the “Human Fund”?



3 Days: Visual Edition
September 2, 2009, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Pigskin, Saban, The Tide, Tuscaloosa

While Bama fans sit with teeth clenched waiting on an NCAA ruling that may, or may not be coming, I’m comforted by the view I’ll have Saturday.

 

The view from Section 108

The view from Section 108

I’m not about to guess what’s going on between the two most unpredictable entities in the universe: the NCAA and Nick Saban.  However, playing against the #7 team in the nation without Julio Jones and Mark Ingram is not going to be a pretty thing to watch.  The Tide can still win Saturday, but McElroy will have to be superb in his debut, and Richardson, Upchurch, et al will have to step up and make major contributions in the backfield.  I’m confident that we can keep Tech’s run happy QB Tyrod Taylor in check.  The question will be can a diluted Bama Offense (assuming we’re without the services of Julio and Ingram) be able to move the ball against Bud Foster’s perennially tough defense?  

That’s why we play the game, I suppose.



Week 1 CFB Picks
September 1, 2009, 1:38 am
Filed under: Pigskin

Without any explanation, here are my Week 1 picks.  Hopefully a break from real life will allow me to pontificate on the first week of pigskin before I leave on the trek to Atlanta.

 

I really wanted to pick La. Tech.

That Nevada upset of the Golden Domers is going to bite me in the ass, but I couldn’t help myself.



5 Days: Musical Edition
September 1, 2009, 1:26 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Only 5 days until the Tide’s kickoff in Atlanta against Virginia Tech.  Whether or not we’ve got Julio and Ingram, it’s game week.

For your topical musical pleasure: Alison Krauss and Union Station.