One of the best sports writers in the state examines losing—giving us a chance to bethink ourselves on our long winter of discontent.

When I read this column and Memphis Tider’s game memories, I’m both depressed and buoyant. The losses sting, but with Saban hope is renewed.

Two other items worth reading as the mercury rises, TideDruid gives us a preview of what we can expect on our roadtrips this fall, and Roll Bama Roll continues its excellent preseason look at teams around the SEC.

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