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Jumbo Package: No Alabama football would be “economically catastrophic” per mayor

Your latest Crimson Tide news and notes.

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. The biggest news in the sports world is that Major League Baseball appears headed for a July start.

It ain’t college football, but any good news surrounding sports is welcome at this point.

Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox said that canceling football would mean economic disaster for the city.

“It would be economically catastrophic for Tuscaloosa if there is no football season,” Maddox said. “Even a mitigated football season with restricted attendance and number of ball games would have dire economic consequences.”

Alabama football is a significant economic driver for both the city of Tuscaloosa and the state. According to statistics from the University of Alabama, home games during the 2015-16 season brought in an estimated $175.5 million, or $25.1 million per game. Maddox said that in the end, all decisions must be made on the basis of public health.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, Walt.

Roman Harper will be on SEC Nation this fall.

SEC Network’s Jordan Rodgers is also expected to join host Laura Rutledge and analyst Tim Tebow, while Paul Finebaum will no longer be a part of the program. The N.Y. Post. first reported the exits of Finebaum and Spears, and the addition of Rodgers. Harper, who has previously worked locally in Charlotte and New Orleans, will begin at SEC Network next month.

Picking up Roman and losing Pawwwl is a great trade.

Alabama has offered spectacularly named in-state prospect Justice Finkley.

Finkley’s extensive offer list already includes Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

“He is so explosive,” Hewitt coach Josh Floyd told earlier this spring. “His get-off speed is unbelievable for as big and strong as he is. He has a motor that doesn’t stop. He plays fast and hard for the entire game. A lot of times that is hard for a defensive lineman. This guy never stops. I would hate to try and block him.”

247sports has Finkley listed at 255 lbs. headed into his junior season. That is a big young man to be playing the edge.

There seems to be some racial unrest at Liberty University.

“My short time spent with the athletic department and most professors at Liberty University was much appreciated as it helped me improve my skills, gain new experiences and meet a diverse group of friends,” Land wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, due to the racial insensitivity displayed by leadership at Liberty University, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal and no longer be a student-athlete at Liberty University. I pray that I am able to be provided with a opportunity at a new school that respects my culture and provides a comfortable environment. Bless it! #BLM”

I for one am shocked that Hugh Freeze doesn’t have this situation under control. Shocked, I tell you.

Last, we have a policy against doxxing users so I’m not going to mention any names, but I think we all know the only person on the planet who would create a Navy SEAL inspired obstacle course and nutrition program for squirrels.

You now have a face to put with the username.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.