Football: Alabama’s homecoming, news & links

Alabama plays South Carolina this week, but fans have already started talking about Tennessee. When you combine the potential for distraction with the common homecoming distractions then you have a recipe for disaster. Can Alabama rise to the challenge? That is the question. Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said this week, “It’s going to be important for our players to do what they need to do so that we take care of our business, bounce back and not be satisfied with where we’re at, but continue to work and improve as a team.”

A site note: my grandmother died today at 93. We knew it was coming for about the last week or so. I’ll continue to update the blog over the next few days, but as it was today, the updates will be at odd times.

On to the links:

It will be interesting to see Mark Gottfried on camera calling SEC games. I hope it goes well for him.

The latest on homecoming festivities and Alabama’s prep for South Carolina courtesy of UA:
TUSCALOOSA – The No. 2 Alabama football team wrapped up a tough week of practice with a 90-minute practice in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Thursday afternoon as preparations wind down for Saturday’s game with No. 22 South Carolina.

“South Carolina is a very good team, four points away from being undefeated this year and really playing well offensively,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “They have some really good balance in their offense. Their defense is outstanding. Eric Norwood is a fantastic player. They are playing really well on special teams. They’ve got good team speed. Steve Spurrier’s done a really good job with this team.

“It’s going to be important for our players to do what they need to do so that we take care of our business, bounce back and not be satisfied with where we’re at, but continue to work and improve as a team.”

The game will be nationally televised by ESPN with kick off set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews will describe the action. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss. The game can be heard locally on WFNN-FM (95.3) in Tuscaloosa.

HOMECOMING AT THE CAPSTONE: Alabama will celebrate its 89th homecoming this weekend when the Crimson Tide football team plays host to South Carolina.

The homecoming festivities begin Friday, Oct. 16 with the annual pep rally and bonfire on the UA Quad beginning at 7 p.m. The 2009 homecoming parade will begin in downtown Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m.

“Homecoming is a great tradition,” Saban said earlier this week. “People have an opportunity to come back to something that they have a passion for, that they developed roots at and looked forward to the opportunity to come back to, just like we all look forward to our opportunity to go home anytime we have a chance. Once you become part of something that is bigger than yourself, like the University of Alabama, I know we have a lot of people that look forward to coming back to that and we certainly look forward to them coming back and hopefully our team will make their visit a positive one.”

Alabama has compiled a 74-13-1 (.839) all-time homecoming record, including a 35-0 victory over Arkansas State last year. The Crimson Tide is riding a seven-game homecoming winning streak dating back to the 2002 season. This is the fourth time Alabama has faced South Carolina on homecoming, with the other three meetings taking place in 1942, 1966 and 1992.


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    sorry to hear about your grandmother, cap. condolences.

    it’s interesting to hear the news about soros in the checketts group. more hypocrisy on parade.

    ask yourself this question: how much money did soros make on the tanking of our economy??

    hint: it’s in the billions.

    soros is a euro-trash left-wing radical and has never hidden it. he hates america. he’s been open about his desire to spend any amount of money to defeat bush and get a leftie in charge in washington.

    (1.)soros openly worked against bush and our war effort.

    (2.)our economy crashed under the weight of the poison debt pumped into our economy (and the world economy) by fannie mae, freddie mac, congressional liberals (christopher dodd, barney frank, the congressional black caucus) and their ilk.

    (3.)soros was betting against our economy and made millions.

    coincidence??? we report, you decide.

    but nothing will be said by the nfl players union, the owners, roger goodell or the obama administration’s left-wing lapdogs in the mainstream media.

    a man who profited handsomely from the demise of our economy, bagged billions on the backs of those in our country now struggling to keep their heads above water.

    (remember that the next time you hear obama railing on about corporations, insurance companies and profits)

    over a man who the media has flat out fabricated and broadcast lies about to keep him out of the ownership package.

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    My Condolences about your lost. My Grandmother was the most important part of my life at that time … She surely would be shaking her head about things nowadays…

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    E.G. White

    Sorry about your Grandmother Cap. I can imagine how you feel. Mine who passed 23 years ago was the most important person on earth to me, only to be surplanted by my Mother who passed last year. The world is far less important to me now. Condolences to you and your family.

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