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The Still New Alabama Jumbo Package │03.20.13

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We were SOOOOOO close.
We were SOOOOOO close.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ummmm RT @<a href="">chitribhamilton</a>: Brian Kelly on assessment of <a href="">#Alabama</a> game, after watching the film: "We're a lot closer than I thought."</p>&mdash; Roll Bama Roll (@rollbamaroll) <a href="">March 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Yeah that was me doing a little trolling yesterday afternoon. but come on Mr. Kelly what game were you watching and how drunk were you while watching it? "A lot closer"? Really? Maybe you only watched the opening kick off? Cause I've watched the BCS National Title game no less than five times.....this month. (OK maybe not that many times. Just twice) and each time I've looked for instances that would tell me that Notre Dame just wasn't into it and we weren't really playing all that great...Ya know what? Every time I come away more impressed with our performance and preparation. Sure there were some iffy calls early but on; the muffed punt return, for example, would have made things a little more interesting. But in the end, Alabama was just too good and Notre Dame was just that overrated.

Maybe he meant Teo was close to making more tackles or they were close to the crystal ball before the game or Notre Dame is close to Ohio or close to joining the ACC???

NCAA suspends two recruiting rules changes - ESPN

The board did not change its stance on the most contentious rules changes, which eliminate restrictions on how recruits are contacted and how many times coaches can contact recruits outside of official no-contact periods.

Thanks REC ::internet fist bump::

AJ's arm gets a rest this spring |

After all, the team has six QB's in all this spring — plus a highly regarded walk-on in freshman Luke Del Rio. Reserves Blake Sims, Alec Morris and Phillip Ely were joined this spring by early-enrolling freshmen Parker McLeod and Cooper Bateman. If nothing else, that makes for a little less practice mileage on McCarron’s throwing arm. "It helps getting a break. It’s fun to sit back and watch the younger guys compete, watch them grow," McCarron said. "It’s going to be a fun spring."

This doesn't sound like a Saban move, letting a guy take it "easy", but what else can he do? AJ is the starting QB (shocker, right?) and at some point a clear #2 must be named. Will it be Sims? Bateman? Or maybe a guy like Del Rio blows us all away? I've always heard the most popular QB at Alabama is the back-up. Well, that ain't true this year.

Heisman Trophy winner and former Alabama star Mark Ingram is wearing a new number |

Ingram (5-9, 215 pounds) wore No. 28 his first two NFL seasons. Ingram is entering the third year of his $7.4 million four-year rookie deal. He finished the 2012 season with 156 carries for 602 yards and five touchdowns.

I'll make one quick point about this and move along...The Saints have completely wasted and misused Ingram. Why draft a Heisman winning running back and give him only 156 carries a year? D-U-M-B

Team rallies past Auburn to continue winning streak

The Alabama women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to nine matches with a comeback victory over in-state rival Auburn Friday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in another match that went down to the wire. Alabama was 2 points away from losing the match but fought back to win 4-3.

I've played tennis (at a very low level I might add) and it may be, outside of Golf, the hardest sport to be relatively good at. And I don't mean standing in one spot while some dude hits the ball right at you. It is incredibly tough. So yeah..Alabama being good at Tennis is impressive to me and the fact they beat Auburn makes it even better. ROLL TIDE LADIES.

How is Jalston Fowler looking? Watch him and Tide's other RBs at practice |

Raiders give Rolando McClain permisson to seek trade options |

Bama Picks Up Third 2014 Commitment - Roll 'Bama Roll

Men's Golf Earns 10-Shot Victory at Schenkel Invitational - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

The unlikeliest Alabama walk-on, Jai Miller shows encouraging athleticism, willingness to learn |

Watch the offensive line at work during Alabama's second spring practice |

On a final note we have been throwing around the idea of changing the name of the Jumbo Package. There are many reasons but mainly the new format isn't really "Jumbo" and it doesn't really scream "ALABAMA". So, if you have any ideas please throw them out in the comments. We are looking primarily for a title that includes, in some form or another, the words Alabama, Crimson Tide, 'Bama etc.

Thanks and Roll Tide