Sadly, the "Serve Phil Fulmer A Subpoena" event remains off the schedule.
Come Wednesday, a horde of SEC coaches and players will clash with more than 800 media representatives in Hoover, Alabama in that annual event known as the Southeaster Conference Media Days. This year the conference is making the whole shebang available on live video and you know you are going to watch it because you are as desperate for football as the rest of us you sad bastard.
But take heart, dear reader, it means fall practice is just a couple of weeks away.
In anticipation of the event, sportswriters have already begun padding their weekly wordcount with specious lists of "hot" topics. Among the offenders are the AJC's Tony Barnhart, the Gainsville Sun's Pat Dooley, ESPN's Mark Schlabach and the Orlando Sentinel's Andrea Adelson. The Birmingham News' Jon Solomon also informs the rest of college football that all their base most decisively belong to us. So get reading and get ready for the talking points.
But What The Hell Is A Nittany Lion?
Folks in Pennsylvania are getting rather excited about heading to T-Town on Sept. 11. The Johnstown Tribune Democrat and the State College News have both penned a retrospective looks at the Bama/Penn State rivalry recently. The SB Nation website covering the Nittany Lions, Black Shoe Diaries, has already offered a primer on the history and peculiar culture of Alabama football for it's loyal readership.
We Can't Wait To Hear Coach Cochran's Quote For This One
Penn State has announced its next White House game -- when all the Nittany Lion fans at Beaver Stadium wear white -- will be Sept. 10, 2011, against the Crimson Tide. The Godfrey Show suggests that this might not be the best idea.
Why Don't You Paint Me A Picture?
Team Speed Kills, the SB Nation blog covering all things SEC, had a great pair of articles last week compairing the success (or lack of) achieved by the teams in the conference using points-per-game and yards-per-game. The first one examined the 2009 season and the second was a cumulative assessment of the 2007 and 2008 seasons. UPDATE: They now have posted a comparison of the SEC versus a field of national teams.
A Family of Champions
Dave Hart, Alabama's Executive Director for Athletics, was recently in Pennsylvania to accept an honor on the behalf of his late father, Dave Hart Sr. The elder Hart was coached the Greater Johnstown High School Trojans for eight seasons, with his 1958 team winning the WPIAL Class AA crown in the midst of a 27-game undefeated streak. The district posthumiously awarded Hart the Sr. John P. Murtha Friend in Education Award this month.
Linebackers Of Seasons Past
Alabama's three-time All American linebacker Woodrow Lowe was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame over the weekend. Another linebacker from that era, Colenzo Hubbard, was named as the recipient of the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award presented by the UA National Alumni Association. He will recieve the honor during halftime of the San Jose State game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sept. 4.