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Why Alabama didn’t win a Heisman until last night

Heisman: Emotional evening for newest Heisman member – ESPN.

1. Timing. Alabama has had two great eras. Everyone knows about the Bryant era, but the first was under Wallace Wade (1923-1930) and Frank Thomas (1931-1946). The Heisman wasn’t given out until 1935, halfway through the period. Wade and Thomas had several great players from 1923-1934. If the first Heisman had been given out one year earlier, there is every chance that the first winner would have been Don Hutson, who pretty clearly was the best player in college football in 1934.

2. Defense. Most of Alabama’s best players have been defensive players. Only one defensive player has ever won the Heisman, and he was a defensive back who played some offense and returned kicks. Players like Lee Roy Jordan and Derrick Thomas could easily have been the “most outstanding college football player”.

3. Team mentality. Coach Bryant in particular played a lot of players, and very rarely rode one quarterback even before he installed the wishbone. If you watch footage of some of his sixties teams, he’s playing three or four quarterbacks when his starter is someone like Joe Namath or Ken Stabler. It’s weird, actually. But it worked.

4. The wishbone. Coach Bryant’s best teams, the dominant seventies era squads, ran the wishbone. The way that system works, no running back is going to get more than at most forty percent of the team’s carries. If a wishbone player is going to win the Heisman, it’s probably going to be a quarterback, but as noted, he was using three or four quarterbacks and none put up huge running totals.

5. Namath. Joe would have won the Heisman his senior year, in my opinion, except that he had knee problems which hurt his mobility and brain problems that caused Bryant to keep him in a rotation system rather than riding a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Bama won the national championship that year, but Namath only attempted 100 passes.

6. Dumb luck. Just one of those things.

The faculty Senate is lame

University of Alabama faculty senate unhappy class days will be lost for football championship game | Breaking News from The Birmingham News –

The actual faculty members I’ve talked to all seem excited. The thing is that the faculty senate is made up of the tightest sticks in the University and they have no sense of joy.

This sends a strong message to our young people

Plaxico Burress sentenced to two years in prison on firearms charge – ESPN

I hope that they all now know that shooting yourself in the leg isn’t worth it.

This is cruel, I know…

Lowder, McGregor, Dye lost millions | | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL


The Tuscaloosa News is going to lose its shirt

TideSportsExtra set to launch Monday | | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL

This is not going to work.

Take that, Chavez!

Venezuelan national team shows up in Birmingham, but no tournament – Breaking News from The Birmingham News –

So this guy invited the Venezuelan national basketball team to a “tournament” in Birmingham. But there were no other international teams, just a local semipro outfit. (The Venezuelans lost to them. Venezuela is not a basketball power.) The guy says that the other teams couldn’t get visas. Really, none of them? And from what I can tell, nobody around here had heard about the tournament. Certainly, I hadn’t. The Venezuelans wound up having to throw themselves on the mercy of the local Hispanic community just for food and shelter. Amazingly, from what I can tell, Larry Langford is not involved in this. Next stop: Olympics!

Yeah, right

United States cricket governing body wants top-flight league in America – ESPN

You can’t get us excited about soccer, and you’re going to try cricket on us? Even the English know that cricket is boring.

Rick Reilly’s Go Fish – ESPN The Magazine,

Rick Reilly’s Go Fish – ESPN The Magazine

This guy says “Near as I can tell, there are five reasons most of America finds it impossible to be happy for Kobe Bryant…” And then he lists them. Of course, he ignores reason number one, that a whole lot of people think he’s a rapist.

He’s really popular too

Kissinger joins board for U.S. World Cup bid – U.S. Soccer – ESPN Soccernet

On the other hand, it’s just soccer. Who cares?

They just don’t care

Former president George W. Bush to throw out first pitch for Texas Rangers – ESPN

Well, if there’s anywhere the WPE won’t get booed, it’s there. But I bet there will be a few boos.