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Monday Morning Required Reading Must Bid You All Adieu

Today is one of the best days of the year, the start of fall football practice. (Cue the Vuvuzelas!) At 9:30 am this morning the 2010 Crimson Tide players will report for the start of the pre-season workouts that mark the endgame for this long horrible slog of an off season. In a mere 31 days, we'll have honest-to-god Alabama football back in our lives again and it won't be a moment too soon.

Sadly, your staunch friend and companion Monday Morning Required Reading must say goodbye. It's been a fun year for this feature but times change, personnel must be reshuffled and the wheels of progress grind on. The start-of-the-week news roundup simply has become a thing of the past and Roll Bama Roll is nothing if not cutting edge.

So, instead of sadness, lets say goodbye to MMRR with a celebration of the football that's almost upon us and travel one last time through the blogosphere together...

Alabama players report today, practices start Thursday l Michael Casagrande previews the start of Alabama fall practice.

Alabama and Florida Are the 2009-10 TSK Teams of the Year l Team Speed Kills The SB Nation blog covering all things SEC looks back at the progress of Alabama and Florida through the 2009 season that culminated in the SECCG for the ages.

Fifth consecutive national football championship isn't out of SEC's reach | The Press Register Tommy Hicks thinks an SEC team has a good chance to win it all -- if they can survive conference play.

Can anyone challenge Alabama in SEC West? l The Savanna Morning News Buck Belue wonders if anyone in the SEC has what it takes to knock Alabama from the top of the heap.

Careful with unrealistic expectations | The Tuscaloosa News Cecil Hurt warns Alabama fans from setting their hopes too high for 2010.

Blueprint for Championship Success l Clashmore Mike This is a Notre Dame blog that we stumbled upon wasting time doing research on Twitter.They are currently midway through a series examining what it takes to build a National Championship team and it's chock full of numbers, and statistics and all that fun stuff.