Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

A few thoughts about Basketball Tide’s win over Tennessee

Alabama's Anthony Grant during the second half. (AP photo by Vasha Hunt of AL.com)

Alabama’s Anthony Grant during the second half. (AP photo by Vasha Hunt of AL.com)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The Crimson Tide grabbed a much-needed win over Tennessee today. It marked Alabama’s first SEC victory in two league games. Here are a handful of thoughts:

–Alabama returned to the type of team that can out-fight an opponent for win. The Tide did that against South Dakota State and Oregon State earlier in the year, but suffered close losses against Cincinnati, Mercer and Tulane. In all three cases, the Tide struggled at the end. Today, Alabama had to battle, and for once, it got a win.

Andrew Steele had 11 points and four steals, and he really does make a difference off the bench. He’s not loaded with quickness, and the 6-foot-4 guard is a little slender. But he seems able to guard players whether they’re big, small, quick, whatever. Alabama is 7-1 when he plays and 2-5 when he was out with his sports hernia.

Moussa Gueye, a 7-foot-0 junior, gave Alabama five rebounds off the bench but no points. If he could become just a little bit of an offensive threat and cut down on fouls, he could add plenty. He has played in 15 games and has 15 points, 20 blocked shots and 40 fouls.

–Alabama isn’t done with Tennessee yet. The Tide travels to Knoxville on Jan. 26.

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Basketball Tide beats Vols at home for first SEC win

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Tennessee missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sealing Alabama’s 68-65 win over the Vols on Saturday afternoon.

Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford each had 15 points for the Crimson Tide. Releford scored all of hits points in the second half. Releford scored all of his points in the second half, including two foul shots with 7.5 seconds left to put Alabama up by three.

Levi Randolph added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for Alabama (9-6, 1-1 SEC). Andrew Steele added 11 points off the bench.

The game drew an announced attendance of 12,093.

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In honor of the father of Manti Te’o

Brian Te’o or somebody claiming to be him has posted on the “Manti Te’o ‘Official’ Fan Club” page on Facebook, asking for a boycot of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Manti Te’o is, of course, Notre Dame’s All-America linebacker. The person claiming to be Brian Te’o posted a complaint about the newspaper running the headline “Bowled Over” on a photo of Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, well, bowling over Manti Te’o.

Here’s the post: “Our family has been very gracious to the Star Advertiser by providing interviews and photos of our son in the recent weeks. On our way home from Miami we were “privileged” to see how the Star Advertiser returns that favor by posting a photo of our son “presumably” being “bowled over” by the Alabama RB. So, from this point forward, Star Advertiser you have been officially black listed. I will no longer agree to any more interviews, sharing of photos, or anything else, and I will encourage all who have a subscription to your newspaper to not renew. Be more responsible in the future…if you can.” Brian Te’o

The best response on the Facebook thread came from Facebook user Todd Hinckley: “Should I cancel my Directv because I had to watch his missed tackles for 3 hours ?”

In honor of Brian Te’o, here’s another photo I’m sure he’ll like, courtesy of my friend and co-worker, Gary Cosby, who got this shot of Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon bowling over Te’o.

T.J. Yeldon runs over Notre Dame's Manti Te'o for a touchdown. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

T.J. Yeldon runs over Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o for a touchdown. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

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Obama calls Nick Saban … again

Alabama's Nick Saban after the 32-28 win over Georgia. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Alabama’s Nick Saban after the 32-28 win over Georgia. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Alabama coach Nick Saban and President Barack Obama should be old friends by now. The president called Saban after Alabama’s 42-14 win in the BCS National Championship Game.

Saban has gotten three of these calls now from Obama. In addition, his 2009 and 2011 national title teams visited Obama in Washington, D.C.

Here’s The Associated Press story:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is congratulating University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban on another BCS championship, joking that “he and the Crimson Tide are beginning to make this a habit.”

Alabama won its third championship during Obama’s presidency on Monday night, defeating Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami.

Obama called Saban on Thursday afternoon and noted that it was the third time he’d made the congratulatory call to the coach.

The White House says Obama commended Saban “on the incredible organization he has built” and said he looks forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

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Katherine Webb to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

We're guessing Katherine Webb, shown in the Miss USA pagent June 3, 2012, is well qualified to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. (AP file photo by Julie Jacobson)

We’re guessing Katherine Webb, shown in the Miss USA pagent June 3, 2012, is well qualified to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. (AP file photo by Julie Jacobson)

Alabama football fans have reason to buy Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition when it comes out Feb. 11.

Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, is slated to appear in the issue.

Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama USA, gained plenty of attention when ESPN broadcaster Brent Musberger showered her with compliments about her looks during Alabama’s 42-14 BCS win over Notre Dame.

In addition, the Auburn graduate represented herself and our entire state exceptionally well when The Today Show interviewed her, picking up more fans and followers.

Click here to read Sports Illustrated’s interview with her. Here’s a snippet as she talked about having graduated from Auburn but dating an Alabama football player. Again, she really expresses herself well in these interviews.

“Luckily, I graduated in May 2011, so I haven’t had a reason to go back on campus unless it’s been for a football game. I’ve had a little bit of backlash from Auburn, and I understand. Auburn and Alabama have one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. But I lived in Los Angeles and there aren’t a lot of great guys in L.A., so for me to find someone who has a good, humble heart and who is amazing and treats me so well, that’s a really special find for me. At the end of the day, football is just a game. I don’t care if he’s from Alabama or wherever, I don’t pay attention to the rivalry when it comes to my personal relationship.”

Here’s the video of Webb at the game when Musberger talked about her, and it’s followed by her Today Show interview:

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Alabama vs. Tennessee, basketball game information

Alabama's Trevor Releford, center, looks for help as he drives between Missouri's Negus Webster-Chan, left, and Jabari Brown, right. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

Alabama’s Trevor Releford, center, looks for help as he drives between Missouri’s Negus Webster-Chan, left, and Jabari Brown, right. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

When: Noon today

Where: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa

Records: Alabama 8-6, 0-1 SEC, Tennessee 8-5, 0-1.

TV: ESPN2

Alabama lineup: G Trevor Lacey, 6-3, So., 12.3 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 3.4 assists; G Trevor Releford, 6-0, Jr., 16.4 ppg., 2.8 assists; F Levi Randolph, 6-5, So., 7.8 ppg., 3.6 rpg.; F Rodney Cooper, 6-6, So., 12.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg.; F Nick Jacobs, 6-8, So., 5.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg.

Tennessee lineup: G Trae Golden, 6-2, Jr., 11.4 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 4.3 assists; G Jordan McRae, 6-5, Jr., 12.7 ppg., 3.0 rpg.; G Josh Richardson, 6-6, So., 8.5 ppg., 5.2 rpg.; F Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, So., 11.6 ppg., 7.8 rpg.; F Kenny Hall, 6-9, Sr., 6.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg.

Noteworthy: Trevor Releford scored 26 points in Tuesday’s loss at Missouri, giving him 1,004 for his career and making him the 46th player in school history to pass 1,000 points. … Alabama has used eight different lineups in its last 11 games, and Lacey is the only player to start every contest this year. … Alabama outrebounded Missouri 32-27, even though the Tigers entered as the second-best team nationally with a plus-13.0 rebound margin. … The six teams that have beaten Alabama have a combined winning percentage of 74.2. … Tennessee lost its last game Tuesday at home to Ole Miss 92-74. … Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri are the only SEC teams to lead their all-time series with the Vols. The Tide leads 74-65 in 139 meetings.

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