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My CRIMSON TIDE is headed to a fourth straight National Championship game! BAMA prevailed 45-34 in a dominant performance over the Oklahoma Sooners. The game was really not as close as the final score indicated, with BAMA running away to an early 28-0 lead. OU was playing catch up the whole time, but to their credit they caught up enough to make BAMA sweat a bit in the fourth quarter.

Tua Tagovailoa was 24 of 27 passing, accounting for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. Oklahoma QB and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray passed for 308 yards, but only completed 19 of 37 passing attempts. But he also rushed for 109 yards, accounting for 417 of OU’s 471 total yards of offense.

I must say that Kyler Murray earned my respect. When it looked like BAMA was headed for a blowout, Murray kept Oklahoma in the game. He made some incredible plays with his arm and his legs against one of the best defenses in the nation. However, I think all objective viewers clearly saw who the best QB in the nation truly is. TUA proved that he indeed deserved the Heisman. No disrespect to Kyler Murray, but TUA was more accurate, more precise, and he controlled the game from start to finish. Kyler Murray played from desperation. TUA played with complete confidence and control.

The Heisman is not an MVP award; it’s supposed to be an award given to the best player in college football, period. And I would dare anyone to tell me they would actually draft Kyler Murray over Tua Tagovailoa as an NFL quarterback. Kyler Murray may have deserved an MVP award, but TUA undoubtedly deserved the Heisman.

But BAMA does not exist for winning Heisman Trophies; BAMA exists for winning National Championships. Football is a team sport, and the fact that the TIDE is headed to a fourth straight National Championship game tells you all you need to know.

Once again we will be facing a great Clemson team, coached by a former BAMA player and former BAMA assistant coach. We BAMA fans have great respect for Dabo Swinney and for the program he’s built at Clemson.  I expect another extremely close game that will go down to the wire.

Against Oklahoma we made some mental and fundamental mistakes that were quite uncharacteristic of a Nick Saban coached team. I think those errors were mostly due to the emotion BAMA had coming into the game, feeling personally slighted that TUA didn’t win the Heisman. The result was that we committed some dumb penalties and allowed ourselves to be goaded by OU’s trash talk and cheap shots. But I expect us to play a much more disciplined and fundamentally sound game against the Tigers in the National Championship.

But congrats to Oklahoma and Kyler Murray for not giving up and for challenging us to the very end. Most teams would have folded after being down 28-0 against mighty Alabama, but OU kept scrapping and fighting and was able to stay within striking distance. So they deserve credit for that.

Whatever happens next Monday night, it’s been an incredible season. I’m so proud of this team, especially our seniors. I continue to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I’m so happy to be living through this historic Nick Saban era. It won’t go on forever, so I’m relishing every single moment of this amazing decade of dominance. And even if you hate Alabama, you should at least respect and admire the greatness you’re witnessing.

I love my Crimson Tide! Here’s hoping we can finish this undefeated season with another National Championship. It won’t be easy, but I know we’re up to the challenge.

ROLL TIDE!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo takes too many shots ... and misses a lot for a big man.

Disclaimer: I care about the Milwaukee Bucks only because Antetokounmpo is Greek.
 

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SolEX01 said:
Tua is looking human tonight: 2 picks including a pick 6.  Still a close game.
Rough night. Congrats to CLEMSON . They flat out whipped us tonight. Dabo Swinney has won two out of three National Championships against the greatest coach in the history of college football. That is mighty impressive.

I will post more thoughts later on.

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My thoughts on the tough loss to Clemson in the National Championship:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/gebre-menfes-kidus/reflections-on-bamas-loss-to-clemson-in-the-national-championship/2517224135016493/

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NASA's budget is less than one half of one percent of the federal budget...
This is a silly argument. Even with this being true, if the money spent on NASA were shifted it would house, feed, clothe, and provide transport for every homeless person in the United States, with billions left over.
 

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SolEX01 said:
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What does that have to do with sports?  ???
I'm not sure but this is just the thread it was in? ???
Maybe you meant to post in Random Postings unless you posted the original post in 2012 in this thread.
The original posts were definitely in this thread. It was somewhat related to sports at first, kinda sorta ???
 

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Maori Davenport needed an injunction to overcome her suspension.

TROY, ALABAMA -- After weeks of speculation and scrutiny, embattled high school basketball star Maori Davenport made her eagerly anticipated return to the court on Friday night in Charles Henderson High's 72-17 win over Carroll High (Ozark, Alabama).

It was her first game in 43 days, but the senior needed just 19 seconds to get on the board. She finished with 25 points and -- per the scorer's table -- had too many rebounds and assists to keep track of. The game will be reviewed via video for official statistics.
http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/25738719/maori-davenport-scores-25-points-charles-henderson-triumphant-return-court
 

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Has there ever been a year before this when the NFC and AFC championships both went into overtime?
 

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Looks like it's the New England Patriots w/ Tom Brady as quarterback.
 

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Let's fight 14 rounds to a complete draw and then decide the entire match by whoever lands the first punch in round 15. Because, yeah, that makes sense. The NFL's overtime rules are ridiculous. The entire NFL is ridiculous. For the first time all year I actually watched two complete NFL games back to back. And they were both incredible games. And I really didn't care who won. But both games were ruined by horrible officiating and idiotic overtime rules. Not to mention the constant commercial interruptions. And you wonder why I can’t take professional football seriously. What a waste of my time. But congrats to the Patriots for calling heads.

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Let's fight 14 rounds to a complete draw and then decide the entire match by whoever lands the first punch in round 15. Because, yeah, that makes sense. The NFL's overtime rules are ridiculous. The entire NFL is ridiculous. For the first time all year I actually watched two complete NFL games back to back. And they were both incredible games. And I really didn't care who won. But both games were ruined by horrible officiating and idiotic overtime rules. Not to mention the constant commercial interruptions. And you wonder why I can’t take professional football seriously. What a waste of my time. But congrats to the Patriots for calling heads.

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I like sudden death if field goals are taken out of the equation. It's so anticlimactic given an NFL kicker's range.
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Let's fight 14 rounds to a complete draw and then decide the entire match by whoever lands the first punch in round 15. Because, yeah, that makes sense. The NFL's overtime rules are ridiculous. The entire NFL is ridiculous. For the first time all year I actually watched two complete NFL games back to back. And they were both incredible games. And I really didn't care who won. But both games were ruined by horrible officiating and idiotic overtime rules. Not to mention the constant commercial interruptions. And you wonder why I can’t take professional football seriously. What a waste of my time. But congrats to the Patriots for calling heads.

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Agreed. If Mahomes had the ball, Chiefs win. Amazing game ending ruined by NFL overtime.
 

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There's only one feasible solution to this problem: abolish football.
 

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One of the announcers quietly mentioned, "Overtime rules," but he did not say what he would do about it.  I agree with him but do not know what would make a better overtime.  Less commercials definitely. :)
 

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Future or potential Hall of Fame caliber players the Steelers have burnt bridges with over the last four or five years:

Troy Polamalu
James Harrison
Antonio Brown
Le'Veon Bell

Who's next?
 

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BRYAN BARTLETT STARR (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019)



When I played QB in high school I wore #15 in honor of Bart Starr. Along with Roger Staubach, he remains my favorite professional quarterback of all time.

Bart Starr was hardly the greatest athlete to play the position. In fact, he was only drafted in the 17th round, the 200th player selected overall. But what he lacked in talent he made up for in intelligence, toughness, leadership, and heart.

Bart Starr was born in Montgomery, Alabama and played college football at the University of Alabama where he started at QB, safety, and punter. But his college career was beset with a serious off the field injury that crippled his playing days at The Capstone.

Bart Starr endured many hardships in his life. His endurance on and off the playing field was a testimony to his iron character and the fortitude of his faith. He proved that anyone with a strong work ethic, a will to succeed, and an ability to persevere through adversity can accomplish great things in life.

Starr is the only QB to have led his team to three consecutive NFL Championships, including Super Bowls 1 and 2 for which he won back to back MVP’s. He also has the highest QB passer rating of any quarterback in NFL history.

BART STARR: ROLL TIDE and REST  IN PEACE +++

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Thanks Gebre.  He was quite a player and role model.
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
Let's fight 14 rounds to a complete draw and then decide the entire match by whoever lands the first punch in round 15. Because, yeah, that makes sense. The NFL's overtime rules are ridiculous. The entire NFL is ridiculous. For the first time all year I actually watched two complete NFL games back to back. And they were both incredible games. And I really didn't care who won. But both games were ruined by horrible officiating and idiotic overtime rules. Not to mention the constant commercial interruptions. And you wonder why I can’t take professional football seriously. What a waste of my time. But congrats to the Patriots for calling heads.

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Out of curiosity, is the CFL, which has slightly different rules and plays on a field 110 yards in length, experiencing these problems?  They did once try to establish themselves “south of the border” with only slightly more success than the laughable XFL of 2000ish. 

I have an intellectual curiosity in gridiron games like football and I find some of the historic figures who played in that game in prior decades, like your Quarterback Starr, admirable, although I can’t sit through a football game or any spectator sport (indeed, the only sport I ever enjoyed in my youth was basketball, because of the thrill of visualizing the trajectory of the ball in my head, and I was actually rather good at it, but now in my senescence it just makes me dizzy).
 

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Steelers fans watching the Raiders deal with the whole Antonio Brown helmet thing right now

 

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SolEX01 said:
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Steelers fans watching the Raiders deal with the whole Antonio Brown helmet thing right now
I feel sorry for AB who wants to play with a helmet that contributed to his current condition.
I think you may be right...
 

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Flyers' new 'rage room' lets fans smash TVs, other everyday items

Some NHL teams placate their fans with free hats or magnetic schedules. The Philadelphia Flyers, however, know what their fans really want: the opportunity to smash a flat-screen television with a hockey stick.

The Flyers announced on Tuesday that the Wells Fargo Center now has a "Disassembly Room," the first-ever "rage room" inside a major professional sports arena.

Located behind a "hidden" library wall entrance in the team's new "Assembly Room" lounge and bar area, the anger cave allows Flyers fans to take out their aggression on household items like TVs, dishware, bottles and guitars using a variety of tools like baseball bats, orange and black sledgehammers and, of course, hockey sticks...
 

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I was just thinking yesterday that I wasn't sure whose fans I felt worse for: Browns or Jets. This morning I can safely say it's the Browns. Oy.
 

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I was watching the Steelers vs. Browns game on Twitch last night and clicked away with about a minute and a half left. Little did I know...
 

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Not sure if you saw it (the vid, which Antonio himself recorded), but yeah it was pretty out there
 

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Kobe Bryant is apparently among those who died in a helicopter crash.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28569438/kobe-bryant-dead-helicopter-crash
 

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I was never a Kobe fan, but this is tragic news. Hard to believe. He was undeniably one of the all-time greats. A true student of the game who was highly intelligent and played the game the right way. Prayers lifted up for all of his family and friends and the entire Laker nation. And let’s not forget the other people who also perished in this tragic accident. May God grant peace to all of their families and loved ones.

Kobe Bryant: R.I.P. +++

MAMBA OUT!


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Agreed.  Memory eternal with Kobe, his daughter, and the three others, and Lord have mercy on their families and relatives!
 
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