Armchair Talking Head

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.

Melissa Wins
August 5, 2009, 12:30 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

A little late getting to this, but my boy Jeffrey Saad was taken down in the finale of Next Food Network Star by Texas Housewife Melissa d’Arabian. I was distraught for awhile.  We even had mexican food in honor of Jeffrey’s bent for Tex/Mex cooking.  

I survived, however, and hear the good news:  In a mere 32 days and 4 hours, college football will be upon us once again.  And in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?

Next Food Network Star Finale
August 2, 2009, 3:51 am
Filed under: Food

Over the summer, mostly due to me being a fat ass and the general malaise that is the two month lead up to football season, the girl and I have become addicted to The Next Food Network Star.  Tomorrow night at 8pm is the season finale when we all find out who Bobby Flay, et al choose to carry on in the path of Guy Fieri as the contest’s winner of a new show.  We’re left with Jeffrey, the restauranteur, and Melissa the housewife.

I can’t begin to tell you the level of excitement around my house.  It’s sick.  We’re completely infatuated with the show.  I’ll be sad to see Melissa the housewife go, but I’m pulling for Jeffrey. He seems a lot more into it and genuine than any of the other contestants have, and Melissa seems to just be a fancier regurgitation of Rachel Ray.

I’ll be cooking up something of my own to celebrate the occasion, and if I can ever figure out how to upload pictures to my mac, I’ll post some.

On a side note, last week’s show revolved around the new Amy Adams/Meryl Streep flick Julie & Julia.  The film releases August 7th and focuses on a woman who cooks all of Julia Child’s recipes.  I have pretty high hopes for it.  (Read: Please don’t be a chick flick.)