Happy Thursday, everyone. Alabama men’s basketball played their hearts out last night and very nearly handed Auburn their first home loss of the season after spotting the Tigers 16 points to open the game. Herb Jones came off the bench to play some stellar defense and provide a spark, and the team seemed to rally around him playing so soon after surgery. The Tide set SEC records with 22 three point makes and 59 attempts, which just goes to show that a small team can in fact use that strategy against bigger opponents.
So many times, teams fall into the mental trap of “shots aren’t falling.” There will be stretches of 2-for-16 when you shoot that many threes, but there will also be stretches where you hit four in a row. Combine the two and you’re shooting 40%, as long as you didn’t give up on the three before the hot streak came. The strength of this particular team is running and shooting, and the weakness is in the interior, both offense and defense. Keep launching them, men, and be unconscious about it.
Bless their hearts. According to at least one writer, the Georgia at Alabama game will be among the most hyped in program history.
Few Georgia regular-season games have had as much hype as the 2019 clash against Notre Dame. College GameDay came to town. It was a matchup between top-10 opponents. And Georgia had a chance to show off its new LED lights in a primetime atmosphere.
The game mostly lived up to the hype from a neutral-viewing standpoint, though some Georgia fans probably found the game a little disappointing given a sluggish offensive performance.
But for all that when into that game, there’s a very real chance that when Georgia visits Alabama during the third week of the 2020 season, the hype for that game will surpass and even dwarf the Georgia-Notre Dame contest.
Yeah, we do these every year, Dawgs, and usually win them.
I don’t really expect a Georgia team that’s replacing basically an entire offense to be able to keep up with what will be a very experienced Alabama team in September, but we will see how things look in the fall.
If Scott Cochran has anything to say about it, things will be looking fine.
In recruiting news, Alabama has found a couple of targets in an unusual location.
In the past two days, Clear Creek Amana 4-star defensive end TJ Bollers and Council Bluffs Lewis Central 4-star tight end Thomas Fidone both received offers from Alabama, arguably the top college football program in the country.
The last time that ‘Bama has offered an Iowa native was in 2014 when they offered Cedar Falls 4-star offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher, who was committed to Iowa at the time. Pierschbacher flipped to Alabama shortly after the Tide offered.
Fidone is one of the top tight end prospects in the country. Keep an eye on him.
Last, Pawwwwwwwl may be leaving ESPN soon.
Among the ideas being discussed with all four major networks, per the report, is a pitch to gauge interest in a sitcom about Finebaum, 64, and his call-in show. There was no mention as to whether Finebaum would star in the sitcom.
AL.com reached out to Finebaum on Wednesday morning, but he was traveling and unavailable for comment.
In addition, the Sports Business Daily reports Finebaum has been approached about creating a website and podcasting network, similar to The Ringer.
A sitcom about a clown show? I guess that could work.
That’s about it for now. Have a great day.