Wednesday, November 9, 2016

“The man who broke every rule in the political handbook has captured the White House.”

I didn’t vote for him. I voted Libertarian. In part as a protest and in part because I knew he would carry Alabama.

That said, I also knew that he wouldn’t play by the normal rules of politics.

He didn’t, and he won the White House because of that very fact.

“Can I win? Can I win?” Trump would ask his strategists in the closing weeks, though he often defied their advice, refusing to eliminate trips to Pennsylvania, Colorado and other states that he had virtually no chance of winning.

Over and over, the real estate mogul displayed a fingertip feel for public sentiment and remarkable ability to bounce back, despite being written off by what he came to view as the corrupt media. He would criticize Mexican rapists, John McCain, Carly Fiorina’s face, call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, and yet drive the news agenda and keep on winning. But that was with Republican primary voters.

On the broader stage, running against a Democrat whose unpopularity nearly matched his, Trump’s own words became the most potent weapons against him.

The pattern was remarkably consistent. Trump would hone a successful message, stick to the script — often reading from once-disparaged teleprompters — and wind up chafing at the rhetorical shackles.

His savvier advisers would realize that he wasn’t having fun. And then he would rebel. He would create a new narrative. It could be a phrase, a tweet, an extended riff in front of a rapturous crowd. Trump would mar the story line, blame the media for twisting his words, keep defending or tweaking his remarks, and suddenly he was no longer talking about taxes or terrorism.

The mainstream media used to think that they make the rules and everyone else has to either play by their rules, or be destroyed. Donald Trump absolutely wrecked the rules, and Hollywood, CNN, MSNBC and all of the other sef-styled elites are aghast.

That’s a good thing in my book. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. But I did sit last night and watch in amazement as he broke the once formidable Blue Wall and took Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and probably Michigan. It looks like for once, the little guy won. The average Joe. The dude who pulls on his boots before sunrise, dons his hardhat and gets to work for his family and their future.

Average Joe showed up yesterday, and he Got Shit Done.

God Bless America, and may He, in His infinite wisdom, lead Donald J. Trump on the right course for this country and its future.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

I am going to call him Jalen “The Terminator” Hurts

0055351-hyrv (1)“It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop... ever, until you are dead!”

So plays Alabama Quarterback, Jalen Hurts. He is a true freshman, but he plays like a machine sent from Skynet to destroy the opposition.

When he gets knocked down, he gets up, rejuvenates and does not quit. When he makes a mistake, he adapts, he innovates, he learns and then overcomes.  Such a quarterback has not ever been seen in these parts, and might not ever be seen again, unless Skynet really does send a Terminator back in time.

“He. Does. Not. Stop. Ever.”

Until you are beaten. Ole Miss Learned it. Texas A&M learned it. Arkansas learned it. Tennessee learned it. LSU learned it. Everybody has learned it, and everybody else has a good reason to be scared witless.

For Alabama fans, this is both a beautiful and scary thing. To have such a deadly talented, remorseless and relentless player at the most important position in the new SEC is a good thing. On the other hand, having that much power placed in the hands of a true freshman is scary.

Hurts is likely headed to New York in the next couple of years, and it’s just as likely that he’ll accept Alabama’s third Heisman Trophy. It is unlikely that he’ll stick around for the remaining three years of his eligibility.

Machines like Hurts are built to succeed, and there is no indication whatsoever that he won’t. And that’s going to come with the lure of millions and an early exit to the NFL, where he will almost certainly succeed.

”The Terminator's an infiltration unit: part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled. Fully armored; very tough. But outside, it's living human tissue: flesh, skin, hair, blood...”

Mmm Hmmm. And it’s coming for you, College Football. It should be as much fun to watch as Terminator.

For that reason, I will heretofore refer to Jalen Hurts as The Terminator.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Us vs Y’all: The Third Saturday in October

imageHere we go again. This time, the calendar is right.

Alabama plays Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

This is absolutely one of the most intense and storied rivalries in SEC and college football history. For many Alabama fans, Tennessee is the most despised rival, even over that thing we have on the last regular season game of every year. For many Tennessee fans, this rivalry’s intensity exceeds the one they have with Florida.

On the field, Tennessee has beaten Alabama 37 times. No other team on the planet can claim 37 victories against Alabama. Tennessee has 13 SEC Championships. No other school in the league is as close to Alabama’s 24.

Beginning in 1995 with Peyton Manning as a sophomore in Knoxville, Tennessee ran off a streak of seven straight victories. No team in the SEC has ever beaten Alabama seven straight times and it may not ever happen again. Tennessee rightfully claims six National Championships. No other team in the SEC is as close as Alabama’s 15.

These are the two marquee programs of SEC Football lore. These are the two flagships. Florida may have more fans and more TV viewers. Georgia, too. But no two programs have done more on the field than Alabama and Tennessee. Nobody. No two programs can claim head coaching legends like Paul W. Bryant and General Robert Neyland. It’s 11 decades of college football at it’s finest and most intense.

One of my earliest football memories was listening to the 1972 game on the patio with my father. Bama was down 10-3 late in the fourth quarter due to a very stout Tennessee defense. But the Tide somehow managed to score two touchdowns in under two minutes and pulled out a 17-10 victory. Bama play-by-play announcer John Forney was nearly unintelligible as the final seconds ran off the clock, but my father’s grin, as he pulled out the Victory Cigar, was all I needed to be told—beating Tennessee is huge.

It’s the Third Saturday in October and this year the calendar is right.

It’s Us vs Y’all.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I can no longer support Donald Trump for President.

I must now find someone else to vote for.

Many of you know me. Many of you also know that I am the father of four girls, and live in a family of 237 females (not that many but sometimes, it seems like it). 

Locker room talk? Yeah. Been there. Done that. But never like this. I consider this violence. A lady’s dignity, to me, is always sacred.

I have never; nor would I ever, ever, engage in acts of abject aggressiveness. I don’t care how hot she is, or how hot she is for me. It’s just not done by a gentleman. That’s not how I was raised.

And therefore, though I despise the idea of even speaking the words “President Hillary Clinton,” I can no longer support, nor will I vote for, Donald J. Trump for President.

The Republican Party needs to move immediately to remove Trump as the nominee for President, and replace him with Mike Pence, a fiscal and constitutional conservative we of all good sense and conscience should support.

I have told a lot of folks that we had a choice between an unpredictable clown (Trump) and a known crook (Clinton) and that I was going with the clown. We’re going to hell in a handbasket either way; why not enjoy the ride?

When you treat women like this? Ride’s over, dude.

Monday, September 26, 2016

“Head Roll Bowl” Loser Les Miles Loses Head

Image result for les milesHe’s out.

Les Miles is now the former head coach of the Louisiana State University Bengal Tigers, and everyone saw it coming.

I can’t take credit for the term “Head Roll Bowl,” as a few of my Twitter, Facebook and TideFans pals coined it first.

But, oh my… was it prophetic.

I watched every single play of last Saturday night’s matchup between two of the four contenders for SEC West runners-up. I was both legitimately bored and completely amazed.

We knew both teams had stout defenses. We knew also that neither team had a go-to-guy at quarterback, a position which is becoming increasingly more important in SEC football. We also, also knew that LSU has college football’s best tailback in Leonard Fournette. We also, also, also knew that Auburn would sell out to stop him.

The outcome of the game—and the outcome of either coach’s career at his respective university—came down to one play. And that play would be the offensive penalty LSU committed before the highly controversial and much discussed play in which Danny Etling (1) finally saw an open receiver and (2) finally completed a pass to him.

It is often said that if the outcome of a game comes down to one play, then it’s your own damned fault for letting the game come down to that crucial play.

Had there been four, three or two seconds left at the end of regulation, we might be talking about why Gus Malzahn was fired and how Les Miles saved his job. The pass was made. The feet were down. It was a game winning score.

But it didn’t count, and now Les Miles is looking for something else to do.

Exit Questions: Why fire Miles now? Why let coach Ed “yaw-yaw” Orgeron take over as interim coach with the real meat of the SEC schedule remaining?