The Jumbo Package │05.20.14

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Your daily dose of Crimson Tide related links and quotes

Reports: Former Alabama DE Ed Stinson hires Drew Rosenhaus, signs $2.4 million contract with Arizona | AL.com

The Arizona Cardinals' fifth round pick reportedly fired an old agent, hired a new one and then signed a multi-year contract. Stinson signed a 4-year, $2.406 million deal with an $186,740 signing bonus

Is it just me or is Stinson the quiet, almost forgotten member of the Bama defense over the past couple seasons? He's not a guy who's going to wow you with stats, but he does his job, is rarely pushed out of position and as far as I know, has never gotten in trouble with the coaching staff. 

Eighth-Seeded Alabama Baseball opens SEC Tournament against Ninth-Seeded Kentucky - ROLLTIDE.COM 

The game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Rusty Ensor calling the action. The game will also be available on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Tuesday’s game is a single-elimination game and the winner will play the No. 1 seeded Florida Gators on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

The Crimson Tide will start freshman right-handed pitcher Nick Eicholtz on Tuesday versus Kentucky. During the regular season, Eicholtz appeared in 19 games with eight starts, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.06 ERA in 50 innings. The Wildcats will counter with junior left-handed pitcher A.J. Reed, who was just named the SEC Pitcher of the Week. Reed enters Tuesday’s game with a 10-2 record with a 2.11 ERA. Reed has started 14 games in 2014, posting 66 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .229 batting average.

SEC Baseball Tournament Preview 2014: What Each Team Needs in Hoover - Team Speed Kills

Alabama Crimson Tide (RPI: 24). A deep run could put them on the bubble for a regional, particularly since they have to come through the single-elimination first round and then Florida after that. But the Tide has been in a bit of a slump lately, so getting to host will probably take a lot of work in the conference tournament. Most likely, Bama's just in the NCAAs no matter what happens.

Beat Kentucky and then face Florida? Thanks SEC scheduling!!!!

Alabama center Ryan Kelly makes Rimington Trophy's spring watch list | AL.com

Kelly, a fourth-year junior, is entering his second year as the Crimson Tide's man in the middle of an offensive line that is looking to replace two starters. Kelly started nine of 13 games last season, missing three in the middle and the regular season finale against Auburn because of a knee injury.

At first I kind of scratched my head at Kelly being on the list. Don't get me wrong, I think he could be a very good center, but he didn't have a great season in 2013 and I wasn't sure why he'd be included....then I read this.

Eleven of the SEC's 14 centers made the list.

Oh....I see what you did there.

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Alabama has 10 commits, Auburn has 2 in latest Rivals 100 rankings | AL.com

The rankings, released Monday afternoon, feature 10 Alabama commits in the Top 100. Even more impressive is the fact that five of those commitments are in the Top 50. By comparison, Auburn has two commitments in Rivals' Top 100.

"We soooo gona domenate dem bawners cuz Saban gots all the cruits and we moar talinted, PAWWWL"- guy who apparently missed the 2010 and 2013 Iron Bowl (and not cause he went to Disney)

Future SEC Football Schedule Rotation Announced | TigerDroppings.com

Just jettison the "fixed" opponent (Florida) from the schedule and replace it with another conference game. Such an easy fix even an idiot like myself can do it

I went  trolling  looking for commentary regarding the SEC schedule unfairness and so far none of our fellow SBN sites has anything up on it yet...So, just for funsies, check back on TigerDroppings every once in a while and I'm sure you'll find more doozies like this one.

Austin Peay State has a 40 foot sinkhole in its end zone - SBNation.com

A 40 foot sinkhole opened when construction crews began work on what was believed to be a much smaller hole, according to The Leaf Chronicle. Initially three feet wide, it was excavated and found to be it's current size. Now it's a matter of back-filling and preparing the playing surface for the fall.

I played a couple high school playoff games on this field, so this isn't as funny to me as it is to others...Still, I've heard this is a common occurance for AP. 

Still comin' to your city: Inside college football's national anthem - SBNation.com

And even if you claim to hate ESPN because it's a soulless conglomerate hellbent on owning all of sports or whatever, you really love "College GameDay." It's a deep and abiding love, and it's well earned. "College GameDay" is ESPN at its best. The network flexes its influence and coffers to provide us with hosts who blend insight with rapport while afloat in real, live seas of fanaticisms. Best of all, it's programming built with the purpose of raising up a sport most often referred to as a true religion.

Love it or hate it, when the theme song for College Gameday comes on you know a little part of your heart gets excited, cause football. 

But when it comes to college football theme songs which is your favorite? ESPN's or CBS'?

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