Congrats to the Alabama Crimson Tide football team for winning the CFP Championship last night.  A tip of the hat to Coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers for a great game as well.  For all the lackluster bowl games that college football fans were subjected to, the bowl season ended on a high note.

As a big college football fan, I watched most of the games as it seems like my schedule gave me off days at the right moments to allow it.  Other than the Oregon/TCU game, last night’s game was the best out of all the bowl games.

While everyone starts to recruit for next year, we’ll begin the “Process” of reloading.


RIP Dusty Rhodes

From Yahoo News:

The WWE announced on Thursday afternoon that professional wrestling legend Virgil Runnels, a.k.a. Dusty Rhodes, died earlier in the day. He was 69.

Rhodes is a WWE Hall of Famer and a three-time NWA Champion. Always one of the most distinctive and fascinating wrestlers, the man nicknamed The American Dream never failed to entertain and/or enrage every time he stepped into the ring. His career began in the 1970s and continued into the 90s.

Working at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport does have its benefits.  One that I like is that I’ve had the opportunity to meet many professional wrestlers, both old and new school.  One of the most humble and down to earth wrestlers that I ever crossed paths with is Mr. Runnels.

As great of a career and as big a superstar he is/was, he was one of the coolest people to talk with.  I got to meet him when he was traveling to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2007.  We talked about his career and such as I was pretty awestruck just to be in his company.  He told a few stories about things as well.

At no time did he give off an “I’m better than you” or “You’re beneath me” type vibe that you hear being attributed to famous people.  As a fact, most of the old school wrestlers are all pretty mellow.  I guess it’s because of the nature of the business and how they all had to bust their asses to get to the top.

He’ll be missed here on Earth, and he will join the Pantheon of great wrestlers in the beyond.  Godspeed Dusty Rhodes, and my condolences and prayers are extended to your family.  Thanks for taking the time to make a fan’s day just by engaging in idle chit-chat.

Press conference of the year

h/t to Mashable for the photo!!

Somehow, I missed the press conference of the year.

Was it Obama talking immigration?  No.  Boehner on Israel?  Not even close.

The press conference of the year was all about balls.  Big, brown balls that are being squeezed, rubbed, and played with in all other kinds of manners by grown men.

‘I don’t want anyone touching my balls after that. I don’t want anyone rubbing them, you know, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect and that’s what I expect when I show up on the field.’–Tom Brady as reported by Daily Mail

I don’t want to stand between any man and his perfect balls.  If he doesn’t want anyone touching his balls after he’s got them just the way he likes them, you can’t get mad at him for being overly protective of his balls.  And, according to Brady, everyone has their own preferences.

‘Everybody has a preference. Some guys like them round. Some guys like them thin. Some guys like them tacky. Some guys like them brand new. Some guys like old balls,’ he explained.

Mashable posted a list of his 8 greatest quotes on balls, and the teenager in me couldn’t get through half the list without bowling over in laughter.  I would love to meet him now just so I can ask him if he has ever heard of the term “double entendre.”  For example, it’s hard to top the quote they rank as number one…  “They also know how I like the balls and I tell them how great they are.”  Priceless!!!

Thanks for the laugh Tom.  I don’t think people will ever look at you playing with your balls in the same light anymore.

One for the road…

The “sweetest” Christmas gift given this year


William “Skip” Garrett III knew the perfect gift to make his father’s Christmas dreams come true. What he might not have been ready for was the outpouring of emotion that was to follow.

Garrett, a Huntsville native who now lives in Los Angeles, California, shares a “die-hard” love of Alabama football with his father, William D. Garrett Jr. He came to his father’s Madison home for Christmas to give him the very thing any Crimson Tide fan would love. His father’s response was so powerful, he decided to share it with the world.

The video below shows Williams Garrett’s surprise when he opens his gift to find Sugar Bowl 2015 tickets. Shock quickly turns into tears of joy as he is overcome with emotion. Now the lifelong fan will get to see the Tide take on the Ohio State Buckeyes with his son in person.

What better gift is there to give an Alabama alumnus/fan this year other than tickets to the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl?  Seeing the father’s reaction brought a tear to my eye.

Garrett’s trip with his father will come 22 years to the day that they watched their first Alabama game together.  That game was the 1993 Sugar Bowl when Alabama beat the University of Miami for the national championship that year under Gene Stallings.

I remember watching that game, as well as they hype before the game.  Alabama had just won the first SEC Championship Game at Legion Field that year.  Miami was supposed to be so loaded with speed players that Bama wasn’t going to have a chance to match up with them.  Well, not only did Bama match up with them, we took them to the woodshed.

If there’s two names that ring synonymous with that particular game, it’s George Teague and Lamar Thomas.  Together, they gave us the play that’s known as “The Strip”.  Ask any Alabama fan old enough to remember that game, and they can tell you exactly what “The Strip” is as well as who pulled it off.  The play was nullified by a penalty against Alabama, but if you ask any diehard fan, that is one of the greatest plays in Alabama football history.

Here’s to hoping that the two of you get to witness something this awesome in person on Thursday.  Enjoy your trip, enjoy the game, and hopefully all will end with a win for Bama.  ROLL TIDE!!!


SEC Championship Saturday


It’s game time, and the SEC Championship is on the line.  A loss by Alabama would likely end the hopes for another championship in Tuscaloosa.  A win today will see Saban’s March to the “C” enter the next phase.

For a bit of history…

Will traditions continue???  Stay tuned…

Roll Tide Roll!!!