Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Week 5 - THE TIDE IN THE SWAMP
Wed, September 28, 2011 | link
Remember LEONARD POST TOASTIES ? If he were broadcasting it would
be something like... " The pachyderms from Tuscaloosa - made BBQ out of the Hogs from Ozark Country .... making them
little piggies squeal wee wee wee all the way home" ... I do miss Leonard's Loser's...
Bama D was everywhere on Saturday making the highly vaunted Ark offense, down right
offensive. 38 - 14 and it really wasn't that close. The Pigs could muster a bit above 200 yards while Bama flirted
with the 400 yard mark.
Bamas running game was great,
and the passing of McCarron was a measley 75% for an even 200 yards. But Bama has no time to gloat as the plot as they
say , thickens.
Alabama is on the road this week, for
it's first SEC road game to visit --again channeling Leonard - "THOSE GIANT WATER LIZARDS IN GAINESVILLE" ok
ok, no more ...
Bama and the Gators are
ranked extremely high in all defensive categories in the SEC. Bama is a bit higher than the Gators, but hardly enough
to mention. Muschamp must be very anxious to coach against his former mentor and boss, Nick Saban. No doubt the
Tide will have it's hands full with the D of Fla and with the tandem of Rainey and Demps carrying and catching the ball out
of the backfield. Bama counters with Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacey
If you are bored enough that you happen to read this occasionally, you know I get nervous on all
games but especially those of a magnitude like this one. Bama is favored by 4. My thoughts for what they
are worth. Most are saying this will be a defensive battle, and i do tend to agree. Given both teams have a very stingy
defense and given Fla is at home, makes me very very very nervous. But logically looking at Ark and the fact that they
were the top Offense in the SEC and Bama stopped them C O L D, I think Bama's D will have similar success against the Gators.
There is one area I am extremely concerned about... Bama's inconsistency in the Punting game. Defensive games
are often decided due to Field position and that makes me even more nervous. I look for this one to be close, and Bama
pulling it out with the Defense.
Bama 23 Florida 16
Thursday, September 22, 2011
WEEK 4 Bama moves into the SEC Schedule - PIGS!!!!!
Thu, September 22, 2011 | link
WOW - Bama ran ran and ran against the MEAN GREEN OF NT. Richardson and Lacey
had their way with the MEAN GREEN D, as they both ripped off long TD runs. Final Score BAMA 41 - North Texas 0
Bama's D remains in the top 5 in the nation in almost all categories. This week as
Bama takes on the HOGS of Arky, that D is expected to be put to a bit of a test.
Bama will face and offense capable of putting up points under Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.
Many speculate that Petrino will challenge Bama's D and stretch what is vaunted as the best secondary in the nation.
I think Bama will certainly rise to the occasion but I think
they will have a hiccup or two early on, before settleing in and ultimately dominating in the final quarter.
I look for Bama to have a big day throwing the ball, after setting that up with a pounding
running game as AKRY loads the box...
LOOKING FORWARD TO BAMA's first
of many SEC wins in 2011
BAMA 31 ARKY 16
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Week 3 - Bama vs North Texas State
Before I get into this weeks game I have to say a few things about my Trip to Happy Valley. I have traveled
with the Tide over the years and had the great fortune of visiting many venues. None compare to the hospitality, kindness
and genuine respect shown by the PS fans.
Thu, September 15, 2011 | link
I know many Bama fans will equate this to their lack of production
on the field, but it is genuine and it made me stop and think. No mater if it was at the game, or at a pub in Harrisburg,
the fans were just great. They have a knowledge of the game similar to an SEC fan, but ... most were equally looking
forward to the game the next day ... STEELERS.
I also was fortunate enough to have seating near the coaches boxes and was pretty close to Coach Paterno.
I remember the day when folks would clamber to get a look at Coach Bryant and while most of the PS fans have a tremendous
amount of respect for JoPa, you can sense they are ready for him to step aside. Most I spoke with about this, feel his
staying (especially the past 2 years) has caused more damage than good.
As for the Game.... Bama dominated on both
sides of the ball. More so than the score indicated, and when I watched the replay, I realized they played a more solid
game than I had thought watching live.
The one area we seem to have struggled in was PUNTING. Hopefully with
time that will get better.
Bama finds itself ranked #1 in Total Defense in the SEC going into Saturday evenings game
with NTS. I suspect this should be a great time for the Coaches to again, experiment and give some of the younger guys
I look for the Tide D to continue domination, and the Offense to score early and often.
56 - NTS 6 Roll Tide
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Week 2 - WELCOME TO HAPPY VALLEY
Wed, September 7, 2011 | link
Bama took care of Kent State in the fashion many people suspected they would, covering the spread predicted of 38 points.
But the next one on the schedule "Aint" Kent State. The Nittany Lions - with Jo Pa at the helm are hosting
the Crimson Tide at 230 Saturday, with the game on ABC TV.
Bama is a favorite in the game, currently ranked #3
in most polls -
Against Kent State, Bama played extremely well on Defense allowing only 6 first downs... but
the offense using both QBS, McCarron and Sims did well, but .. both turned the ball over and both sputtered at times. PS also
uses two QB's. I thought McCarron did a great job in his first 3 possessions, but once Sims came in Mc seemed to loose
his rhythm...at his next opportunity.
Bama's O line didn't play up to expectations of some, but - I think that
may have been due to the rotation of different players - seemingly for the coaches to assess them in a real game setting.
Penn State likewise disposed of their opponent Indiana State 41 to 7.
should live up to their pre season hype in this one, given the opportunity on the National Stage - I look for the Defense
to perform like most Saban defenses, and this week I look for Bama to run the ball with more success. The addition of
Carter at WR should help spread the field a bit.
I am fortunate enough that I will be viewing this one in person...
PREDICTION - Bama 31 - 13
Friday, September 2, 2011
2012 KICK OFF
BAMA VS KENT STATE
Fri, September 2, 2011 | link
Greetings everyone!!! Roll Tide !!! I have caught some heat from various folks
for not updating my site form last year. I must admit (as bad as I hate to) I was in such shock over the loss at the
Iron Bowl, that I never could muster the motivation to post .. but I digress.
It's a new year, and the Bama fans
know with each year the expectations are for Championships. Bama is lauded in many polls as the favorite or contender
for the BCS NC game.. and I must say looking at this D ...wow.
We should know a bit more next week after our visit
to HAPPY VALLEY.
This week, Bama takes on Coach Saban's alma mater The Kent State
KS D was rated high in last years rankings, but I think everyone knows Bama will be too
much for them. This should be a great opportunity for the coaches to get some game time looks at the Offense, including
the QB's and the defense a chance to shine.
I look for Bama to open up the Offense a bit, in order to give both
QB a chance to get a feel for the game.
Bottom line, BAMA 42 KS 6
I will be surprised if Coach Saban
will run the score up too much on his former team.ROLL TIDE see you in Happy Valley