Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tide to scrimmage against Memphis

Read the 3rd from last paragraph..  This is not uncommon, but unfortunately these scrimmages are usually not open to the public.  Last year I understand we went to Western Kentucky for a preseason scrimmage.  Memphis should give us a little better matchup.  My guess is we will scrimmage against Memphis on the weekend of November 3rd in Tuscaloosa.  It should be a good time for them to get it in under the radar with everybody focused on the Bama-LSU football game in Baton Rouge.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Scheduling and Marketing

1.  According to CBS Sports, the SEC has changed the schedule, and our's is supposed to get easier.  I'm not sure how much easier you can get than having auburn as your permanent rival, but perhaps it means we were originally slated to play Kentucky, Mizzou, or Florida twice and now only play one of them once?  Assuming our schedule actually did get easier, that's better for trying to get a good seed in the SEC tournament, but bad for the all important RPI purposes.  Regardless, I don't like the SEC office unilaterally changing something that all coaches had already agreed to.

2.  Myself and others have talked a lot on here in the past about how the athletic department should do a better job of marketing the program.  Some of you may recall, I went to Kansas City last year to watch us get run out of the gym at the Wildcat classic in front of a very large and mostly classless crowd.  Since then, I get at least one piece of mail per month from K-State and multiple emails per week.  Today, I got a telephone call with a recording of their head coach inviting me to come watch practice.  They are relentless, and it is somewhat annoying in that I obviously don't give a damn about K-State, but I would like to see more of that type of effort from Alabama.  Season ticket holders get a robo-call from Coach Grant inviting them to a closed practice, but perhaps we should do the same and have an open practice for everyone who has bought a ticket?  The constant emails and mailings to everyone who has ever bought a ticket could serve to keep the program on the minds of the more casual fans.  I would suggest we figure out a way to do it geographically though, so that we aren't wasting our money sending stuff to visiting fans over 700 miles away.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bama Offers Elijah Staley

There are reports that we have offered a scholarship to Elijah Staley, a 6'7 SF out of Marietta, GA for the 2014 class.  ESPN has him rated as a 4 star.  He has other offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, UCF, West Virginia, Georgia, Ole Miss, and auburn.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2K sports Classic in NYC revealed.

We open up with Oregon State in the first game at Madison Square Garden.  Villanova and Purdue are on the other side of the bracket.  Those should all be pretty good matchups.  I am going to continue my reputation as resident, overly optimistic homer and pick us over Purdue at this point.  Of course, I reserve the right to change my prediction as we get into the season.  I am going to try to arrange a work trip to NYC for those days.

Read more from ESPN here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Your semi-annual 'Rank the MLB parks bobbyjack has been to this year'

I've been to 7 this year... Oakland, San Diego, LA Dodgers, Atlanta, NY Mets, Twins, and St Louis with potentially 4 more on the slate through the end of the year. Here are my rankings so far:

1) Target Field- Minneapolis, MN. Built in downtown, it fits the area well. Lots of bars/restaurants, great view from anywhere int he park, and the concessions are pretty decent. Only negative is pricing... I paid $40 for 2nd level seats behind home plate. A bit pricey for the team that's on the field. I parked about 1/4 mile away for $10. Twins lost to the Brewers that day.

2) Busch Stadium- St Louis, MO. Very much like Target Field, lots of stuff around the park, good view from everywhere, but the concessions were not as good. I left in the 6th inning as it was about 100 degrees. Thankfully, shade hit my seats around the 2nd inning so I got some relief. Pirates smoked the Cards that day. Parking... don't spend more than $5 unless you're lazy and need to be next to the park.

3) Petco Field- San Diego, CA. To be honest I was expecting more from this place. Great location, nice facilities, but mediocre food. Parking was a pain... ended up spending $15 about a 1/4 mile out. Padres topped the D-Backs.

4) CitiField- Flushing, NY. took my kid to the game... and it was miserable hot. Overpriced seats (bought 2 for $40 in upper deck left-CF) that feel far away from the action, but great food selection. Has a lot of things to keep the kids entertain although I don't understand why you bring a kid to the game if you're gonna spend most of your time NOT watching the game. Mets beat Padres in this one. If you drive you're probably insane... or from outside of the 5 boroughs. The 7 train gets you there.

5) Turner Field- Atlanta, GA. I've actually been to 3 games here this year... 2 vs OUR NY Yankees and the other vs the Pirates. They lost both against the Yankees and beat the Pirates in the other one. The field is devoid of anything interesting, but the bar in RF is pretty damn cool if you're there just for the social aspect of it. Lots of things to keep the kids entertained though..., but concessions suck. Parking can usually be had for $10 and I suggest if you know in advance you buy in advance. The people directing traffic there should be fired as it's a cluster getting in and out.

6) Dodger Stadium- Los Angeles, CA. I never understood the big deal with this place. It's the 3rd oldest park in MLB and it feels that way. Nothing around it as far as food/bars and parking is ONLY inside the park... at $15. The view from most seats is good and the concession is okay. Dodgers beat the Pirates that day. I just realized I've seen the Pirates 3 times this year on the road.

7) O.com Stadium- Oakland, CA. This is clearly the worst ballpark in MLB. It's near the airport, easy to get to via mass transit ($6.00 RT from SF I think), but other than that... AUful. I've seen minor league parks that look MUCH better than this dump. I understand why no one of any talent would willingly go there to play.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Former Bama players getting PAID in the NBA

Let's start off with our pal Gerald Wallace who signed with the New Jersey Brooklyn Nets for 4yrs/$40 million. Good for him as I thought he was way underutilized in his one season at the Capstone. Unfortunately, he harbors resentment towards the University and not where it should be which is toward xCMG.

Next up, Mo Williams gets traded back to Utah from the LA Clippers in a 4 team deal and exercised his $8.5 million option for the upcoming season.

Finally, Alonzo Gee has overcome the odds of being an undrafted player to being coveted by many teams. The Cavaliers have extended a $2.7 million qualifying offer to him. Not bad for a guy that passed through the NBDL in Austin. Something I didn't know until recently, the great Quin Synder coached Alonzo Gee in Austin. You know Quin from being the ex-Mizzou coach.