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Looking at the Crimson Tide schedule

Alabama head coach Nick Saban observing the open period of the spring scrimmage on Saturday. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban observing the open period of the spring scrimmage on Saturday. (Copyright photo by Brett Hudson)

I’m sure most, if not all, of you have the Alabama football team’s scheduled memorized and have your plans set for tailgating and watching the game.

Here’s a look at the schedule with why I’m interested in seeing the game in my first year on the beat.

• Aug. 31 vs. Virginia Tech at Georgia Dome: It will be my first game covering the Crimson Tide. That has me fired up already. Then there’s the fact that it’s against a strong program and in an NFL stadium.

• Sept. 7: Bye: It’s a strange time to take a break. Teams usually like to have a bye at midseason.

• Sept. 14: at Texas A&M: Johnny Football will be on display. He beat Alabama last year. I’m sure the Crimson Tide will want revenge.

• Sept. 21: vs. Colorado State: It’s the first home game of the season. Folks I’ve talked to as I settled in the Tuscaloosa area stress how big home games are around here.

• Sept. 28: vs. Ole Miss: I have a close friend who tells me Ole Miss stories from growing up around the area. He talked them up, but we’ll see if he does when it’s Alabama week.

• Oct. 5: vs. Georgia State: Well, it’s a home football game.

• Oct. 12: at Kentucky: Mark Stoops is the new head coach. His brother, Mike, coached at Arizona when I covered a Pac-12 team. He was very entertaining with his crazy basketball coach-like sideline antics. Is Mark similar to Mike?

• Oct. 19: vs. Arkansas: Another new coach in Bret Bielema, who is from Wisconsin. He was a good guy dealing with him the both times the Badgers played the previous team I covered.

• Oct. 26: vs. Tennessee: Life has been tough lately for the Volunteers, but there’s some sort of rivalry with Alabama. I remember when their game was must-see-TV, even on the West Coast.

• Nov. 2: Bye

• Nov. 9: vs. LSU: Big game for the rankings. My first game at my previous shop was at LSU with Nick Saban as the coach. It was a memorable game for me at many levels.

• Nov. 16: at Mississippi State: There’s a proximity rivalry game here, but not in the wins and losses. It’s called the 90 Mile Drive, and it will be interesting to make.

• Nov. 23: vs. Chattanooga: Well, it’s another home game.

• Nov. 30: at Auburn: The Iron Bowl speaks for itself. I’ve heard so much about the rivalry, I’m looking forward to experiencing the game.

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What's at stake tonight?

Quite a bit, actually.

Not only the Atlanta Regional is on the line tonight, but a potentially huge super regional showdown is possible with a Crimson Tide win. Should Alabama beat Georgia Tech for a second straight night, it’ll have a shot at playing another Iron Bowl in the super regional.

That’s right, an Auburn win over Clemson paired with a Tide upset would put two of the biggest rivals outside of Coke and Pepsi in the best-of-three super regional.

There’s no need to get ahead of ourselves just yet, but just imagine the possibility. Alabama vs. Auburn for a spot in the College World Series would make for an interesting week, wouldn’t it?

VIDEO: Final out of Alabama baseball win over Auburn

Baseball Iron Bowl: SEC baseball style

Final: Alabama 7, Auburn 1: The Tide advances to Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal to meet either Ole Miss or South Carolina. This was surprising both in score and outcome as Auburn came in hotter than any team in the tournament and the West Division champions.

Middle ninth: A bases-loaded walk scored Brock Bennett and a David Kindred single added two more to leave the stunned Auburn crowd trailing 7-1 heading into the final at-bats.

End eighth: Auburn leaves runner at second as Alabama holds 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Middle eighth: Clay Jones doubled to right and Jake Smith did the same to left to make the score 4-1 Alabama.

End seventh: A strike out ended the inning one pitch after Bennett nailed Casey McElroy trying to steal second. Alabama fans are excited.

Middle seventh: A Taylor Dugas triple off the right field wall fooled the outfielder and scored Brock Bennett from second. It’s now 3-1 Alabama with “Take me out to the ball game” playing.

End sixth: Auburn strands a runner after a two-out error to keep the score 2-1 Alabama with three innings remaining. Shortstop Josh Rutledge fired up the Bama crowd with leaping catch on a well-hit line drive.

Middle sixth: Two strike outs, no hits as Alabama goes down in order. 2-1 Tide remains your score.

End fifth: Still 2-1 Alabama after a 1-2-3 fifth inning. Pitcher Jimmy Nelson has limited the SEC’s best hitting team to three hits through five and struck out four. The game is moving right along, not sure if it has anything to do with the pitch clock, but it’s worth noting.

Middle fifth: Taylor Dugas led off with a bunt single that extended his streak to 45 straight games in which he’s reached base. A double play took him back off the bases and a Ross Wilson fly out ended the half inning with Alabama still leading 2-1.

End fourth: Still 2-1 Tide after Tigers posted no hit. no runs, no one left on base. Word is traffic still snarled on roads leading into Regions Park.

Middle fourth: Alabama takes a 2-1 lead after Andrew Miller made up for his previous strike out with a 2-run single through the right side with the bases loaded. Auburn has some movement in its bullpen.

End third: Auburn takes a 1-0 lead after Dan Gamache’s double, a sacrifice bunt and squeeze scored him from third. Crowd has energy, more so on the Auburn side at this point.

Finally made it to the game. It’s 0-0 going to the bottom of the second after Alabama’s Andrew Miller struck out with runners on second and third in the top half of the inning.

Here is a look at the crowd, first with the Auburn side, followed by the Alabama side.

All-SEC baseball teams announced

We are less than 24 hours from the highly-anticipated SEC tournament opener between Auburn and Alabama at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and the league has announced its top performers of the regular season.


A quick check of the ticketing website reveals general admission tickets remain for the two-game first session that also includes South Carolina/Ole Miss. And now, the all-conference teams:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hunter Morris, Auburn
SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Austin Maddox, Florida
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Cory Luckie, Auburn
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida

FIRST TEAM
1B – Hunter Morris, Auburn
2B – Anthony Gomez, Vanderbilt
3B – Zack Cox, Arkansas
SS – Josh Rutledge, Alabama
C – Micah Gibbs, LSU
OF – Taylor Dugas, Alabama
OF – Trent Mummey, Auburn
OF – Brian Fletcher, Auburn
DH – Kevin Patterson, Auburn
P – Blake Cooper, South Carolina
P – Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss
RP – Kevin Chapman, Florida

SECOND TEAM
1B – Preston Tucker, Florida
2B – Chris Bisson, Kentucky
3B – Austin Maddox, Florida
SS – Austin Nola, LSU
SS – Nolan Fontana, Florida
C – Ryan Jenkins, Auburn
OF – Matt den Dekker, Florida
OF – Brett Eibner, Arkansas
OF – Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina
DH – Matt Gaudet, LSU
P – Drew Smyly, Arkansas
P – Grant Dayton, Auburn
P – Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt
RP – Matt Price, South Carolina
RP – Brett Huber, Ole Miss

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B – Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B – Anthony Gomez, Vanderbilt
3B – Austin Maddox, Florida
SS – Nolan Fontana, Florida
C – Mike Zunino, Florida
OF – Andrew Miller, Alabama
OF – Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF – Chris Fritts, Tennessee
OF – Connor Harrell, Vanderbilt
DH – Brian Johnson, Florida
P – Hudson Randall, Florida
P – Brian Johnson, Florida
P – Chris Stratton, Mississippi State
RP – Brett Huber, Ole Miss
RP – Matt Price, South Carolina

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P – Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt
1B – Preston Tucker, Florida
2B – Scott Wingo, South Carolina
SS – Nolan Fontana, Florida
3B – Jake Smith, Alabama
C – Micah Gibbs, LSU
OF – Matt den Dekker, Florida
OF – Trent Mummey, Auburn
OF – Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina

VIDEO: Saban accepts Iron Bowl Trophy

From halftime of the Auburn basketball game:

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VIDEO: Closing seconds of Auburn loss

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Welcome to SEC championship week

The madness is definitely upon us. The extra reporters attending today’s news conference showed how this week takes on a different level of importance. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to read more about in the coming days:

  • Mark Ingram is fine and Nick Saban said he should practice this afternoon. He doesn’t expect him to take any contact while recovering from the hip pointer suffered late in the Auburn game.
  • It turns out Cory Reamer had a hamstring issue last week that limited some of his practice time and playing time against Auburn. Ali Sharrief saw more action because of the previously unreported injury to Reamer.
  • Rolando McClain was named SEC defensive player of the week for his 12-tackle game at Auburn.
  • On the topic of Alabama’s lack of emotion to start the Iron Bowl, quarterback Greg McElroy called it “embarrassing.”

Iron Bowl 2009 time laspe

And now, I present the 2009 Iron Bowl time lapse as seen from my seat in the Jordan-Hare Stadium press box. Enjoy.

Alabama/Auburn replay

The link you’ve been waiting for is here. To catch every commercial-free second of an incredible Iron Bowl, click this link.

If you want to see the various front pages of newspapers in the state, check this out.

Then, when you’re done watching, come back to the Bama Blog for the time lapse look at Friday’s game.

What a first half

First Auburn jumped ahead 14-0.

Then Alabama fired back with 14 straight points.

And that’s where we stand at halftime. It’s been a wild ride so far as Mark Ingram’s been held to 20 yards and 10 rushes.

Read more later

Warmups entertain Iron Bowl crowd

We’re 29 minutes from kickoff in Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium is filling in. Fans were entertained by a lengthy video on the big screens commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first Iron Bowl in Auburn. Of course the memories wouldn’t be as joyous for Alabama fans.

Anyway, stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see if my experiment works. I set up my point-and-shoot camera to try a time-lapse deal of the stadium filling up. Who knows if I get it right, but we’ll find out.

The press box is loaded with a who’s who of sports writing. Don’t worry, this game will earn plenty national coverage judging by the names and faces walking around.

Check back later for any additional insight.