Alabama spent decades trying to replace Bear Bryant, never being satisfied.
Well, they finally found a great one, one that's actually BETTER than Bryant. I am just anxiously waiting the period following Saban, because they'll be even more picky and even less likely to realize their expectations.
The legend of Bear Bryant has grown through the years, but people forget that his 11th-14th seasons at Bama were not all that impressive. He went 4 straight years without an SEC title from 1967-1970, going 6-5 and 6-5-1 in 1969 and 1970.
It's reasonable to wonder if in this day and age that Bryant would've been run off at that point. He obviously wasn't and went on to win 9 more SEC titles and 3 more national titles after that point. It's just interesting to look back on that and wonder how that would play these days. Imagine Saban going 9-3 these next two seasons and then 7-5 the following two seasons. Would Bama try to usher him into retirement?
For comparison, Bryant won 3 national titles and 4 SEC titles in his first 10 seasons at Bama. Saban has won 4 national titles and 5 SEC titles in his first 10 seasons at Bama. This coming in a tougher era of college football with scholarship limitations, a BCS title game, and now a playoff.
Once a batter steps into the batters box he shouldn't be allowed to step out, unless he's out, going to first or charging the mound since he got plunked. Likewise the pitcher should stay on the mound only leaving it between batters. Finally to eliminate the long walk from a reliever coming in the game from the outfield bullpen, bring back those cool golf carts with the oversized team hat on top to pick up the pitcher at the bullpen and deliver him to the mound FedEx quick.
I am hoping the ZBO resolution comes true!!
@CL - It's a slippery slope. You do have a point. I'll shut up now.
Thanks Phlo. In my experience, it's thinking that we HAVE control that's the problem. The adjustment isn't in trying to change our nature, but only in adjusting our -response- to the inevitability of disappointment and tragedy. That's the place where faith is indispensable. And in fact why mine is so unshakable.
I'll bet you are better at that than you give yourself credit for.
Oh jeez, this is the kind of conversation that caused me to leave California. There were 7 billion stories in 2016 and 7 billion reasons not to care about mine.
Some people aren't able to adjust themselves, me included. Sometimes bad things happen to decent people that we have no control over. But I'm happy for you that 2016 went so well.
Well now Bruce..
That comment calls for a specific holiday Irish toast:
"Here's to you, here's to me...
The best of friends we'll always be...
But if we should ever disagree...
To Hell with you, and here's to ME!!"
I wonder what level of maturity is evidenced by your last retort? 13? Or less?
So, you are 13. Got it.
Well thank you. I'd shake your hand, but, you know.
@CL - Even with all that, you've got more balls than most young men, CL. Stand proud. Nil admirari et nil desperandum.
Hey Bruce. The fact that my attitude bothers you, proves it's right on target. As a matter of fact, at this particular moment, I am enjoying you sputtering, as you choke on your self-righteousness. If we ever talk face to face, I'll let you know how many people I have personally helped past their individual personal tragedies; how and why, and I can guarantee you that it is orders of magnitude more than you have done.
See, the thing is, life is nothing but a series of disappointments, tragedies, losses and pain. For every one good thing that happens, there are probably three that didn't go how you wanted them to go. That's no reason to wish all the negative experience away, though. It sometimes takes the negative experiences, in order to prepare you, to allow you to understand the blessings which you DO have, and how to receive them. The good stuff.
You don't understand that, clearly. And I don't particularly care. You're a small minded, dyed-in-the-wool, thinks-he-knows-better, arrogant journo, and you're gonna be that way until you die. Your judgey behavior is built in.
So rail at me if it makes you feel better. 2016 is a great year. It's just that some bad things happened in it. And we all get to decide which parts of it we are gonna remember; if we are gonna concentrate on the parts that were good, or if we are gonna concentrate on the parts that were bad.
You can live in either world. It's up to you.
And you can go ahead and fuck right off if you don't want to hear that.
I adjusted myself, and found that those aren't the balls of a young man. Now my attitude is worse than ever.
Run your self-centered platitudes by someone whose parents just died in a forest fire or whose kid committed suicide or whose wife just got blind-sided by an 18-wheeler. Tell them they ought to try your "attitude of gratitude." I'm sure they'll appreciate it. Jesus, man. What are you, 13?
2016 was a GREAT year for me personally. One of my best ever.
If it wasn't for you too, maybe you should adjust yourself.
An attitude of gratitude goes a long way.
And none of us lives forever.
The Grizzlies pay the Tigers to play at the FEF, a super sweet deal for the UofM. Dates are not a problem. They find plenty of dates to play some of these schools you've never heard of. As for Louisville, they won't play us here anymore. Tigers have tried. They did get a neutral site game vs Louisville next season. Look for coach Smith to make sure the out of conference home schedule is beefed up next season. He pretty much inherited this year's lame one.
I agree. Tigers should play Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisville for sure in home and home series. But that agreement with the Grizzlies hinder them because they need enough home games to get the money.
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