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PICKS: Will Tide survive undefeated Bulldogs? Will Tigers win another game?

Alabama? Oregon? Florida? Notre Dame? Who is going to win out in the end? What about Kansas State? And yes, even LSU won’t go away as they climb back up in the polls. Week nine brings us some very interesting contests that might help us filter out some of the madness. I enjoyed an almost […]

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Tide and Tigers both travel to Tennessee for SEC matchups

What do UAB, South Alabama and Auburn all have in common? They are all 1-5 on the season, and each of them has yet to win a conference game. Will any of that change this week? Week 8 of the 2012 football season features a few moreinteresting SEC matchups, including one of college football’s greatest […]

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PICKS: SEC top ten games include LSU vs. Florida & Georgia vs South Carolina

Toomer’s trees aren’t all that will be in trouble if Tigers lose to Razorbacks

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PICKS: How good is this Alabama team & other items for College Football Week 5

It is hard to believe we are already into week five of the 2012 college football season. For the most part, week four went as expected but there were a few hiccups along the way. Alabama rolled. Auburn surprised a lot of people, taking LSU down to the wire. Even UAB held their own against […]

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PICKS: Alabama will win, Arkansas will rebound, Michigan over Notre Dame & LSU vs Auburn prediction

College football picks involving SEC and national powers including: Mississippi State, Troy, UAB, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan.

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PICKS: Alabama’s litmus test will not be such a test after all

Last week, the two newest members of the SEC were welcomed to the league as many expected – with a loss. Auburn and Arkansas both had major letdowns while Alabama and LSU took care of business as expected. I had a good week going 11-4, putting me 21-9 on the season for a .700 correct […]

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PICKS: Auburn to defeat MSU, Alabama to cruise at home & other SEC picks

Texas A&M and Missouri get their first taste of SEC play. Share your thoughts on these college football picks.

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Column: Alabama must score more points than most expect to defeat Michigan

2012 College Football Season Has Finally Arrived. Picks from around college football including: NC State over Tennessee; Vandy over South Carolina; Auburn over Clemson.

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Jones: Winning means more hate for SEC?

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones Back when Michael Jordan was in his hey-day, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was indeed the greatest basketball player alive. There were commercials airing aimed at kids who wanted to “be like Mike.” Men were buying cologne at $45 a bottle so they could smell […]

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To all my Alabama friends,

note: Dale sent this note in last night, but I was away from my laptop. Posting it this morning as it reflects the feelings of so many. To all of my University of Alabama friends. I have spent a lot of time in Tuscaloosa over the years and the sights and reports I am hearing […]

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Jones: Time to calm down and show some class

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones As I have stated in the column before, I believe the Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry is the best rivalry in all of college sports. There are a number of pro sports rivalries that probably garner more national attention, but people all across the country are aware of the major […]

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Gottfried will turn Wolfpack program around

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones You think coaching in the SEC is easy? No, I am not talking football, I mean hoops. Going up against Kentucky and Florida on a regular basis is no easy task, but what if your future trips to post season play depend on how well you do against Mike […]

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Thinking about the dangers of baseball

Salazar story makes sports fans cringe Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones Several years ago, I took a weekend trip with some buddies of mine to watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Chicago Cubs. We managed to snag some tickets sitting on the bottom row, just above the wall in left field. Truly great […]

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Bama fans and Auburn fans need to relax!

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones I love SEC football just as much as the next guy. Maybe more. During the off-season, I am one of those that can be flipping channels, and if I run across one of those “classic” games from 1987, I will stop and watch. I love college football. All that […]

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Big holes to fill before kickoff in 2011

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones So what happens now? The 2010 football season is officially over. The BCS Champion has been crowned and the teams, bands and cheerleaders have left the stadium. Just like that, it starts all over again. Recruiting! Talking smack! Spring practice! Here in Alabama, football is not a seasonal sport. […]

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Defense will determine BCS winner

Sports in Paradise by Dale Jones So here we go Auburn Fans, a shot at the title. A place that no one, not even the Auburn faithful, expected to be at the end of this season. Now, on the tails of an Alabama National Championship, comes the Auburn Tigers with a chance to bring the […]

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Will Tide fans pull for the Tigers in BCS game?

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones You have heard the old joke that says, “My favorite two college football teams are Alabama and whoever is playing Auburn.” This joke, like pretty much any other Alabama / Auburn joke can be easily turned around. It is not difficult to find fans in these parts that love […]

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A new Football Capital of the South?

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones Written across the upper deck at Legion Field in Birmingham were the words “Football Capital of the South.” No doubt many historic contests happened in that stadium. Memories of the “Punt Bama Punt,” game, watching the Bear Bryant lean on the goal post, and numerous high school state championships […]

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Here is your Iron Bowl prediction…but first

Sports in Paradise By Dale Jones I spent the early part of this decade living in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area. One day on the golf course, a buddy of mine asked me to explain to him this “whole Alabama and Auburn thing.” I asked him what he meant? He told me he had never seen […]

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Jones: Some conference title games on the line

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones The gridiron seashell did not let me down last week, as we were 13-2 missing only the Southern Miss game and the Baylor game. Otherwise, it was a good week, taking us to 128-37 on the season for a .776 winning percentage. Most fans in our neck of the […]

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Jones: Tide & Tigers play Bulldogs

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones Say what you want, but after last week, I think the Iron Bowl just got a lot more interesting as a stand-alone football game. Yes, I realize that Alabama is no longer in the hunt for an SEC Championship or to repeat as National Champs, and I would agree […]

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Big game for Alabama in Baton Rouge

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones The unpredictability of college football continues to make this sport the greatest ever. With a mountain of undefeated teams continually being reduced to a molehill, the homestretch of this 2010 season gets more interesting by the day. That number will decrease even more this week with No. 4 TCU […]

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Jones: Will No. 1 go down again this week?

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones With still a month to go in the regular season, many have already begun to label the 2010 Iron Bowl as “the game of the year” in college football. That could be the case, but the Tide and the Tigers still have some hurdles to jump before we get […]

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Jones: Tide and Tigers continue to win in week 8

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones Football season is fun when the two favorite teams in our state are both doing well. This year, they are both doing extremely well. The Auburn vs. Arkansas game last weekend was truly one of the most exciting SEC battles I have ever seen. Those with tickets definitely got […]

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Jones: No. 1 will fall again this week

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones Our old faithful gridiron seashell led us in the right direction last week, as we predicted correctly 13 of the 15 games, including the upset of the week, South Carolina over Alabama. While Bama fans are licking their wounds from being pounded by the Gamecocks, Tiger fans don’t need […]

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Jones: Will the Tide survive?

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones If you did not catch the ending of last weeks’ Tennessee vs. LSU game, don’t worry about it. You will be seeing it for years to come as one of the craziest endings ever to a college football game. Alabama cruised to a big win against the Gators, Auburn […]

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Jones: All Eyes on Tide vs. Gators

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones Fans all over this state are still catching their breath after last weeks’ nail-biters. Alabama and Auburn mounted impressive comebacks, and UAB took Tennessee into double overtime. Crazy!!! As for my picks from last week, I guess I should have gone with Auburn after all, the Longhorns let me […]

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Jones: Picks for Week 4

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones I am so happy that last week is over. WOW. Coming off a perfect 15-0 run in week 2, last weekend, thanks to surprises from Vandy, Southern Miss, Arizona and UAB (are you kidding me) I went a pathetic 10-5. I apologize and will try to do better, but […]

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Jones: Predictions for Week 3

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones Boom chakalaka!!! For the first time since I’ve been predicting football games in this sports column, I was perfect last week with all 15 selections, including my upset of the week. That puts me at 27-3 on this young season for a .900 winning percentage, and for two weeks […]

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Jones: Tide & Tigers will start with big wins

Sports In Paradise By Dale Jones It is going to be pretty tough to beat my record from last season. During the 12-week regular season, picking 14 games each week as well as an upset of the week, I went 142-38 for a winning percentage of .789. On top of that, I selected the upset […]

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