Happy Friday, everyone. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means that we must watch the Mobile leprechaun video at least once. Pretty sure it’s a state law. We also have some links for you, as usual.
It’s a big weekend for the ladies, starting with the SEC Gymnastics Championships in Jacksonville tomorrow. Cyndee will have your preview later today.
The women’s basketball team notched a big win yesterday:
The win was the first postseason tournament victory in coach Kristy Curry's tenure with Alabama, but the pressure wasn't anything new to the players who battled Tulane in the WNIT one season ago.
"It's a testament to how much our kids want to win, continue to grow the program and be successful," Curry said. "We've learned, and we learned how it felt a year ago losing at Tulane, and to get a 20th win is a step forward."
Congratulations to Coach Curry and team on this achievement. A 19-13 regular season and 5-11 in conference may not seem like much, but she faced a much greater rebuild than counterpart Avery Johnson does, four years ago inheriting a team that was coming off of two consecutive sub-.500 overall seasons with matching 2-14 SEC records. Her job is also made more difficult by SEC dominance in women’s ball, as evidenced by the eight teams who received NCAA bids this season and nine last season. The ladies will host Little Rock in the second round on Sunday at 2pm CT.
OSORIO BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD FOR SCORELESS INNINGS STREAK
Alexis Osorio has thrown 38-consecutive innings without allowing a run, which passes Stephanie VanBrakle for the longest streak in program history. It is just the fifth time a Tide pitcher has posted a streak of at least 30-straight scoreless innings
Osorio is having a season for the ages, and has a chance to leave Alabama as the greatest pitcher in school history. She is the current all-time leader in strikeouts per game, and at her current pace has a very realistic chance at the total strikeout record held by Kelsi Dunne. Good luck to the ladies on their first SEC road trip of the season.
As always, we have football notes:
Tight end Miller Forristall didn't hesitate when asked which young player impressed him behind the scenes.
"Quinnen Williams," the rising sophomore said quickly. "He plays on the scout team right now but he's really strong and really athletic and he's smart. He's going to do big things."
Safety Ronnie Harrison named a few players who stood out to him.
"I'm looking at Aaron Robinson, Mack Wilson, Terrell Hall -- guys like that who came in played and contributed early. I'm looking for those guys to have a big year."
We keep hearing these same names. Quinnen Williams clearly impressed on the scout team. On some level you have to wonder if it might have been worth burning his redshirt to have him available for the playoffs, but I digress. Williams and Hall are the two guys on defense that I am most excited to see.
Fans can now only wonder what Howard could have done if he had been featured more in the Tide's offense or if he had the opportunity to play under new coordinator Brian Daboll.
Daboll most recently coached tight ends for the New England Patriots -- a team that turned Rob Gronkowski into a star and once shredded teams on the reg with 12 personnel when Aaron Hernandez was still a free man.
The arrival of Daboll could spell more opportunities for Miller Forristall and Hale Hentges.
That 12 personnel was killer in New England (OK, that was bad.) Daboll should have plenty of fun playing with a toy box stocked with running and receiving talent.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, Lacy will have seven weigh-ins that will be worth $55,000 apiece. His weight goals will be 255 pounds in May, 250 pounds in June and August and 245 pounds for September, October, November and December.
Some of the China food isn’t that fattening, Eddie. Go with the shrimp and veggie dishes, no fried rice or egg rolls, and watch the portions.
Clemson’s graveyard, which tracks wins dating back to 1948, has gained prominence in recent years as the Tigers’ success has grown. The program adds a tombstone for every win over a ranked team that comes either at a neutral site or on the road.
Hey, celebrate the national championship. Those are special and should be commemorated... but a landmark for an October conference win? Come on, guys.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend, and be safe as you celebrate today.