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The Crimson and White Roundtable: 3SIB Hosts

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Third Saturday in Blogtober hosts this week. I am feeling very boring today, and therefor am unable to make a cheeky, clever title or intro. I am sorry for letting all of you down.

What record would you consider "sufficient progress" in the coming season?

3SIB is a bunch of thieves, stealing last week's poll question for their own. They've been associating with known Vols for far too long now. Anyway, I already answered, but here it is again for those of you too lazy to scroll down that far:

Full disclosure, I voted 9-3 since I see nine winable games on the schedule (Tulane, WKU, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, UT, Arkansas State, MSU, and Auburn) and three that, at least right now, I don't feel so good about (Clemson, UGA, LSU). I've said it before, and I'll say it again here; sufficient progress, at least to me, is beating the teams we should and being competitive with the ones we shouldn't. We didn't do so bad last year with the being comepetitive against teams we shouldn't beat, needing maybe three plays total to go our way against UGA and LSU to have been victorious, but we also played way down to the level of competition against Ole Miss and Houston, two teams we should have dog whipped but needed last second miracles to beat, and MSU, ULM, and Auburn, teams we should have beaten but still couldn't put away despite having several opportunities to do so. Stepping up and ending those kind of shenanigans is the first step towards returning to elite status in the league, and I really feel like a 9-3 (maybe 8-4) record would reflect that.

Does college football need a playoff? Why?

Nope. For all the talk of "there's no true champion!", what makes anyone think that a playoff system would do any better? Just like some new nightmare scenario screws around with the BCS every year do you really think that, by year two under a playoff, there won't be some similar situation where a "national champion" is questioned by everyone? What happens when an undefeated regular season team manages to drop out in the second round (to be even more devilish, because of an injury or bad call), while a three loss team that didn't win it's conference or division but got in for being ranked high enough goes on a tear and reachs the title game? There would be endless "team B only won because they didn't have to play team A!" talk all over the internets and tvs about how team B isn't a worthy champion and we need to go back to the old bowl system. Further, once teams lock up playoff spots, what's to keep coaches from resting their starters just like in the pros, sacrificing "meaningless" games for the sake of being healthier once the post season rolls around? That's actually what bugs me the most, that it almost completely negates the meaning of the regular season, and I just don't like it.

If you’re an Alabama fan and a native Alabamian, then more than likely you became a fan sometime between conception and the cutting of the cord, but what moment do you remember best as being "the moment" that you became an active participant in your fandom?

1989. At Penn State. You know what happened.

I was 11 years old at the time, and before that game I was an "Alabama" fan because my parents were. I usually watched TV games with them, and when we won, I was happy, but when we lost (or were losing) I went in the other room and read my comic books or watched something else and didn't really care. I actually honestly didn't remember Alabama losing before that game and was terribly upset at the idea we might. But I'm getting ahead of myself. For some reason, I watched that game alone; I remember my mom was watching it in the den, but I don't know where my dad was (maybe out of town that weekend?). Usually, if he wasn't watching the game I wasn't either, so I still am not sure why or how the TV I was watching wound up being this game. But it did, and when Penn State drove deep to get into field goal range I was almost in tears. I couldn't believe Alabama was about to lose because, like I said earlier, I wasn't consciously aware of Alabama ever having lost before, mostly because I never finished watching the games where we were losing. When the kick was blocked, though, I jumped up and started screaming and my mom came rushing into the living room all "what's wrong?!" and I was screaming something about "WE BLOCKED IT! WE BLOCKED IT!" and she just kind of shook her head and went back to the den, realizing at that from then on I'd be hopelessly obsessed over Alabama like my dad (and her father, as well, another big influence on my football obsession).

What rule change would you most like see implemented?

I honestly can't remember where I heard or read this, but I do recall someone, somewhere talking about how it would be cool if, during rivalry games, both teams got to where their home colors, and they used the example of how cool it would be to see Alabama in it's Crimson take on UT in their Orange. That's something I'd like to see, too.