“Al from Dadeville” not the only lunatic in Alabama-Auburn football rivalry

This past week has been one of the lowest points for college football in the state of Alabama. Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he called in to The Paul Finebaum Show as "Al from Dadeville" and proudly confessed to poisoning Auburn's Toomer's Corner 130 year old oak trees. After hearing the audio clip of Al, I asked myself what would drive somebody to have so much hate and anger over a college football rivalry that they would risk serving time … [Read more...]

Missed opportunities take Tide’s victory

It was the missed opportunities that took Alabama’s victory away. At the time, neither the team nor the fans knew it, but in those two turnovers and two field goals, Alabama lost precious points that could’ve won the game. In the No. 11 Crimson Tide’s 28-27 loss to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers, Alabama had 24 points in the first half, though the team should’ve had more. In the beginning of the second quarter, running back Mark Ingram was en route for a big gain for the Tide, running 41 yards … [Read more...]

Tide looks ahead to Iron Bowl

Alabama’s 63-7 victory over Georgia State Thursday night may have been the exception to the Crimson Tide’s 24-hour rule. While most games allow Alabama to enjoy a win or grieve a loss for one day, some of the Tide players may have had their eyes set on the next opponent before the blowout of the Panthers even ended. “Our attention might have been on [Auburn] a little bit already, mischievously so,” said senior quarterback Greg McElroy. “I think we’re ready for them. We’re looking forward … [Read more...]

Tide loses second game of 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. | In its last road game of the 2010 season, the No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide fell to the No. 10 LSU Tigers in Death Valley 24-21. “We certainly had our opportunities,” said head coach Nick Saban. “We knew that we would have to play a complete game, and we would have to play our best game of the year that we are capable of, playing in a situation like this against a good football team. I don’t think we did that, especially in the second half.” The Tide went into halftime … [Read more...]

Alabama still has much to play for

BATON ROUGE, La. | The sequel to last year’s fairy tale does not have a happy ending. With Alabama’s 24-21 loss to LSU on Saturday, nothing short of a miracle could save Alabama’s national championship hopes. But, the Crimson Tide hasn’t forgotten that there are still a few games left in the 2010 season. “We’re not going to just go out there and sit down and lose the rest of the games,” said junior running back Mark Ingram. “We still can play to have a 10-win season and play for a New … [Read more...]