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‘Pissed off’ Saban: Don’t undervalue ‘Will not be denied’ attitude

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban gets “pissed off” when he talks to people about the Arkansas game and they are disappointed Alabama only won by a single point. “You want to talk about something that’s frustrating? That’s frustrating,” Saban said at his Monday press conference. Saban began his meeting with the media saying he was […]

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Around the Web: Tarkenton vs. McCarron, Razorbacks vs. Tide

Alabama is looking to regain some confidence after its loss to Ole Miss last week, and Arkansas is looking for its first SEC win of the Bret Bielema era after coming tantalizingly close in an overtime loss to Texas A&M. Former University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis, a […]

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Saban: Practice, play like Hulk, not guy selling newspapers

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban wants his players to prepare each week as if they were going to play, whether they are first string or fourth string. At his Wednesday afternoon press conference, Saban said every Tide player should be striving to be the best they can be whether they are high or low on […]

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Bama fans beware: Rick and Bubba revel in Alabama loss

If you want to listen to the Rick and Bubba Show, that is your perogative. But to do so as an Alabama fan or supporter, do so with the understanding that you are supporting a program that is as orange and blue as the Jordan-Hare student section, with the same approximate alchohol induced I.Q. The […]

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Saban: ‘Who’s making this team better?’

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban covered a lot of ground in his Monday press conference as Alabama recovers from a loss to Ole Miss and looks forward to an improved Arkansas team. Saban’s bottom line was “how do you respond?” He said it would be important for Alabama to “finish plays,” “finish drives,” and “finish […]

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AL.com shows more incredible bias in tacky feature against Alabama fans

Need more proof that AL.com is an antagonistic news outlet against the University of Alabama and its fanbase? How about this: That’s right. For your viewing pleasure, AL.com wants to show you Alabama fans amid a disappointing loss. There are 93 pictures featured in the piece, showing photo after photo of Alabama fans at the […]

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Bama goes down in perfect storm to inspired Black Bear Rebel Thingy Team

When I’m wrong I’m the first to admit it. Ole Miss is for real. LSU isn’t. But the Black Bear Rebel Thingies from the University of Mississippi are certainly for real. The Alabama Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of the 2014 season to an inspired team on an historic day in Oxford. It was […]

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Saban: Sims throwing with ‘no issues,’ Ole Miss can move ball on ground via short pass

By Hunter Ford In a brief Wednesday afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said Blake Sims is practicing as if he was never injured, and the Tide has had a good week of practice. Earlier in the day, in his weekly teleconference, Saban said Sims began throwing the ball toward the end of last week. “Blake has […]

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A few good reads to prepare for Ole Miss-Alabama

Waiting for the Wednesday afternoon Saban press conference and surfing the Web.  Here are some of the best reads so far this week. Rebels jive talkin’ Last year, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said he was confident the Rebels would move the ball and score points on Alabama. The result was a 25-0 loss in […]

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Bama faces biggest test of 2014 from state of Mississippi

That sound you hear isn’t thunder. It’s the distant rumbling of a battle that will soon take place in the near future. The 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide faces its biggest test soon, and this year that test isn’t LSU or Auburn. It’ll come from across state lines. When Mississippi State comes to Tuscaloosa November 15. […]

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Shocker: Auburn pursuing another player with a criminal past

Auburn University’s football program is at it again. The Tiggers are once again actively pursuing a criminal for their football team. Thug U. may soon be the new home for Jonathan Taylor, the former Georgia defensive lineman kicked out of the Bulldog program after being arrested and charged with aggravated assault/family violence. Taylor is in […]

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Rolling Stone: Alabama goes electric

It is not quite “the thrill that will getcha when you get your picture” on the cover, but the Alabama Crimson Tide has made the online edition of Rolling Stone. It’s an excellent article, written by Michael Weinreb. He calls Alabama the “most iconic and revered and successful program in the south, if not all […]

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Crimson Tide sends shockwaves through the SEC with big win …again

It’s become a common theme each year under Nick Saban. Bama is back..again…and anyone wanting to dethrone Dixie’s Football Pride best start hitting their knees. The football gods weren’t hearing it last Saturday. Prayers sent from places like Lee County, Knoxville and Baton Rouge fell on deaf ears. Partially because there is no such thing […]

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Tide fans must wear game faces for Florida

There’s no need to hide the women and children when Alabama battles Florida tomorrow. However, Tide fans of all ages, genders, makes and models, need to bring their A-game for the tilt with the Gators. I took my youngest son, age nine, to the Southern Miss game last weekend. It was his first game at […]

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Saban says Florida is ‘way better, way better’ than last season

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says the 2014 Florida Gators are an outstanding team. In 2013, Florida struggled to one of its worst records in recent history, going 4-8. Saban, at his Wednesday afternoon press conference, said that was partly due to numerous injuries at key positions. The Gators are full strength for their showdown […]

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Florida Gators loom large for Alabama

By Hunter Ford Alabama players understand the importance of this week’s game against Florida. It’s the conference opener for Crimson Tide. “If they don’t, they don’t understand Alabama football and playing in the SEC,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. Saban said he believed his team improved a little bit in a 52-12 drubbing of Southern […]

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Was Courtney Upshaw’s sack on Big Ben illegal? You decide.

Last night the Ray Rice-less Baltimore Ravens defeated Ben Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. Bama’s C.J. Mosley had a great game, forcing and recovering a fumble while recording 4 solo tackles and five more assists. But talk among football fans today is the hit former Bama star Courtney Upshaw planted on Big Ben. Upshaw sacked Roethlisberger […]

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Despite media efforts, Bama’s QB “controversy” is anything but

The QB situation at Alabama; what does it mean at this point? (An analysis by The Conduit) First things first, Blake Sims is the starting quarterback at Alabama. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the media. Most outlets seem to think it’s a crisis of biblical proportions in Tuscaloosa, the most epic controversy of […]

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Most interesting things have happened in Alabama-Southern Miss series

Alabama’s game Saturday against Southern Miss is the most important game of the season.  Well, it’s the most important game so far; because it is the next one. Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings would say, “If you don’t think games like these are important…try losing one.” And Stallings knows.  He lost his debut in 1990 […]

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Saban wants players in ‘beast mode’

By Hunter Ford In his Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said some Tide players are practicing in “beast mode” while others…not so much. “Focus stamina” is the key phrase for the week, Saban said. “You have to do it every day.” He said the Tide is still looking to establish “identity” as it heads into […]

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Saban: Focus is on the tree not the shadow

By Hunter Ford In his Monday meeting with the media, Nick Saban said it was not necessary to categorize his quarterbacks as starters or non-starters. “I know you (the media) would love to create a quarterback controversy,” Saban said.  “But one thing I noticed, that I hope you noticed, was when Jake Coker threw a […]

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Saban: Develop routine to sustain through season

By Hunter Ford In his afternoon press conference, Nick Saban said the focus this week has been to “develop routine” as the Tide prepares for the home opener against Florida Atlantic. “The focus on our team is really on improvements,” Saban said.  “You have to practice well… have the mental energy to develop the habits […]

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Alabama Football Rewind: What did we learn in Atlanta?

I spent the entire first Saturday of the 2014 college football season in Atlanta, GA, as I and plenty of Alabama fans recovering from the 8-month-long pigskin detox do when the Crimson Tide comes to Gotham City to open the year against a power-five conference opponent. It was hot. It was confusing. Most of all, […]

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Saban won’t map out QB plan with media

By Hunter Ford Nick Saban says he will play both Jake Coker and Blake Sims at quarterback this week against Florida Atlantic, but he doesn’t feel obligated to map out his strategy with the media. When he met the press Monday, Saban said he was still formulating a plan to play both quarterbacks. “But when […]

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Bama in the NFL: Tiders who made the 53-man rosters

The 53-man rosters are now complete, and heading into the 2014 season Alabama is again well represented. The biggest story of the new NFL year, at least as far as Alabama is concerend, is Vinnie Sunseri. Let me be the first to say it. I was wrong. I’m wrong a couple of times a year, […]

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Alabama Football: 8 named players of the Week for WVU win

Alabama played West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff. The Tide won 33-23. [/caption]The Alabama football coaching staff praised eight players for their performance in Alabama’s win over West Virigina. The players named Players of the Week included Amari Cooper, Jalston Fowler and TJ Yeldon on offense, and Johnathan Allen, Landon Collins and Cyrus Jones […]

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West Virginia Game Report Card: Sims, kickers and Clint Trickett’s hair

For the fifth time in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, the Crimson Tide took its show on the road…or more accurately, to a neutral site…to begin the 2014 season. Like all the others, Bama walked away from a dome with the win to begin the new season, leaving behind a few unknowns heading into […]

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GAME NOTES: Alabama 33 West Virginia 23

ALABAMA FOOTBALL (via UA Media Relations) POSTGAME NOTES – WEST VIRGINIA VS. ALABAMA SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 • GEORGIA DOME • ATLANTA GENERAL NOTES GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for today’s game against West Virginia are Landon Collins, Christion Jones and Austin Shepherd. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to defer the opening […]

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IMB trustee Hershael York should be called out for his hateful remarks

Southern Baptist Convention headed for schism Editor’s note: This is not related to football, so skip it if you don’t care about theology or denominational business. I’m posting it here because I am tired of keeping silent while serious issues fester within my extended family. Trustees should be seen and not heard. Seriously, that is […]

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Why CBS Sports Fantasy Football is a winner

This post brought to you by CBS Sports. All opinions are 100% mine. I love fantasy football. What I don’t love is all the mindless recordkeeping and stacks of papers and binders filled with information that running a fantasy football league once required. Thankfully, technology has made the entire task easier. Some of my most […]

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