Category: Sports

‘Roll Tide … now will you marry me?’ Alabama lineman wins championship, then wins the girl

[caption id="attachment_57071" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Brad Bozeman (SEC Network/Twitter)[/caption] While his teammates were celebrating their historic come-from-behind victory over Georgia last night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman focused on more important things. The 319-pound junior from Roanoke, Ala., dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/950603186091511808 Exit question: Would he have still asked if Alabama had lost ... or better yet, would she have still said yes? We kid, y’all. Roll Tide!

ROLL TIDE: Two heroes emerge in Alabama’s epic national championship victory over Georgia

[caption id="attachment_57052" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The crowd celebrates after Alabama wins the National Championship against Georgia in overtime (Yellowhammer)[/caption]   The first words a relieved looking Nick Saban said to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi after winning his sixth national championship -- five with the Crimson Tide, one with LSU -- Monday night: "Was that a good game or what?" No doubt. Georgia dominated for most of the game, but the Tide came from behind to tie the game and win 26-23 in overtime. Two heroes emerged in the showdown between SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia. The first: Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman second-string quarterback who entered the game in the second half in an unexpected, and some would say risky, substitution. The left-handed Hawaiian completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and went on to throw a 41-yard touchdown to DaVonta Smith to slide past the Bulldogs in the epic win. "First and foremost I'd just like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," Tagovailoa told ESPN after the game. "You know, with Him all things are possible and that's what happened tonight." The second hero is the star quarterback Tagovailoa replaced: sophomore Jalen Hurts, who showed class and maturity beyond his years when told to step aside for his less-experienced and less-accomplished counterpart. With his signature calm and peaceful smile, Hurts cheered his teammates from the sideline and rejoiced in Tagovailoa's game-saving leadership. "[Tua] stepped in and did his thing," Hurts said moments after the game ended and confetti…

That time Nick Saban chewed me out at a press conference

Looks like I have a new and improved excuse to stand firm as the only non-Crimson Tide fan in my family: Nick Saban is my trigger. I’ve been having some strange reactions to sports news lately but I couldn’t think why … -- First, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey announced that SEC Media Days will no longer be held exclusively at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Thinking about SEC Media Days made my eyes start to twitch. -- Then, Phillip Fulmer was named Tennessee’s acting athletic director after John Currie was fired. My hands began to shake. -- Next, Saban’s defensive coordinator signed on as head football coach for the Volunteers. SEC Media Days … Phillip Fulmer … Nick Saban … Tennessee … Alabama … Something about it all made me break out in hives. And then the memory came back, washing over me in one big wave. Remember back in the early 2000s when Coach Fulmer was Tennessee’s head coach and he secretly told the SEC and NCAA about a University of Alabama booster who cheated to recruit players? All that led to an NCAA investigation, the booster’s conviction and probation for the Crimson Tide. I was a news and sports intern at Birmingham's WBRC in 2003 when Coach Fulmer was one controversial guy in Alabama. I can’t remember the exact details (and calls and emails to WBRC did not receive a response), but someone in the sports department sent me -- unsuspecting, no-clue-me -- into SEC Media Days with one question…

J. Pepper Bryars: Why do we care so much about football?

    Every fall I tell myself not to get too emotional about Alabama football. “It’s just a bunch of guys I don’t know, who are going to a school that I didn’t attend, who are playing a game with a ball, a game that I have no control over, and whose result doesn’t have any real impact on my life.” That’s what I always say ... but it’s never how I actually feel. Football, college football, and Alabama football specifically seems to have attached itself to my DNA, wormed its way into my soul, and burrowed itself into my brain. It’d probably be easier to separate myself from my right hand than separate myself from caring about Alabama football. But I’m not one of those obnoxious fans who won’t shut up at the water cooler, or that guy who keeps statistics on wide receivers like he’s following the stock market, and I’m certainly not one of those really crazy people. It can get ugly. Earlier this month an Alabama fan shot an Auburn fan in Mobile after arguing about which team is better (what a stupid thing to argue about, as if there’s any question, #RTR). I haven’t gone that far, but I have acted irrationally. Once I was so depressed after Alabama lost to Tennessee that I went out and bought a Jeep to brighten my mood (stupid). And I did de-friend my wife on Facebook for her celebratory comments after that 2013 “Kick Six’ Iron Bowl (she’s…