Alabama’s gift to the college football world

For once, it really is about something good for the kids.

Instead, it essentially took another month for the magnitude of what had been accomplished to start becoming apparent.

It was Oct. 10. Georgia was playing Tennessee, and Bulldogs star running back Nick Chubb suffered his horrific knee injury near the sideline. In addition to the replays, CBS had an overhead camera and another nearby that caught every moment as the medical staff tried to help him. Chubb‘s agonizing pain was on full display for the world to see, even after being helped to the bench.

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Later that evening, Alabama was hosting Arkansas, and Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland was shook up during a play. As he headed toward the sideline, ESPN reporter Holly Rowe zeroed in when the tent sprang up.

“Her jaw just dropped,” Allen said.

Ragland turned out to be OK and returned to the field, and the tent became the story. When she finally got a chance to talk with Allen near the end of the game, her first question was, “What in the world is that?”

It was an immediate hit with the players.

“I love having that privacy,” senior linebacker Reuben Foster said. “I don’t want anybody from back home worried about me or nothing, or somebody to say the wrong thing because it’s really nothing. Just go out there, get an oil change and just come on back out.”

The tent had other advantages that had not been anticipated. As the season progressed, Allen and the other Alabama trainers found that the players were more comfortable and honest when shielded, and fans weren‘t yelling for them to “suck it up” and get back on the field. He especially saw a difference when dealing with concussion issues.

Fans can be such a classy bunch.

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126 responses to “Alabama’s gift to the college football world

  1. Keese

    10 rows back behind GA bench at Clemson there were several jackasses yelling at Gurley when he got hurt. One of em said “I hope you broke your leg”

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  2. College football “fans” are the people that may end up turning me off from the game. I don’t have a son, but I’m not sure I would let him play now.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Just rub a little dirt on it and get back in there.

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  4. M

    I think they give them something in that tent. Seems to happen with elephants when they get hurt. Down and out, suddenly playing as nothing happened.. fishy fishy fishy

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  5. Jared S.

    I like these things and had been wondering where they came from all of a sudden. Kudos to Jared Cassity. (Jareds are pretty cool….except, of course, for that former Subway spokesman….we’ve disowned him.)

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  6. Puffdawg

    Here is why Nick Saban come up with the tent idea, I guarantee it…

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  7. Al

    Same fans that boo their own team’s players.

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  8. Little Lord Fauntleroy also thinks they should just suck it up and play:

    I know more about concussions than the doctors do believe me. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/10/13/donald-trump-isnt-letting-up-in-his-criticism-of-softer-nfl/

    Real tough talk from a guy who complained of bone spurs to keep himself out of the service during the war.

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    • Russ

      Come on, man. Football blog! I come here to get away from political crap.

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    • Macallanlover

      There are asses, and there are ignorant asses….you qualify as both, in multiple discussion areas. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. (And you are a jerk on top of that….sure there are at least 3-4 people worldwide who like you so there is hope that you won’t die alone.)

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      • Another wonderfully substantive retort Mac.

        The truth is a bitch ain’t it? It’s so much better to view this asshat as a tough talkin, truth telling, patriot instead of the narcissistic, entitled, sexual assaultive, business failure and coward that he is ain’t it? Sorry Mac, some of us live in reality and don’t really give a damn about your fee fees. I think you’ll find in about 13 days that I have more people that agree with me than with you. Millions more.

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      • Jared S.

        I don’t “like” Derek very much. But I’m with him in the loathing Trump department.

        Giant Meteor 2016

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        • I don’t “like” Hillary very much but I like the “Fourth Reich” much, much less.

          BTW: Ralph Nader brought us GWB. That’s just a cautionary tale for all you Johnson/Stein voters. Voting 3rd party is great when you see the two major candidates as equally scary. That’s just not the case this year. Mein Fur-grabber/Russian candidate can’t be permitted to win.

          So please, suck it up and do the right thing for all us us on 11/8. Set your own personal issues aside for one cycle. Its important.

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          • Scorpio Jones, III

            “Mein Fur-grabber/Russian candidate” a quoteable line my man.

            I kinda like Hillary, reminds me of that math teacher I wish I had listened to.

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          • I don’t care. I live in GA. Most likely Trump will win. If he loses Georgia because I vote 3rd party, then I suspect he’s going to have much bigger problems on election night to deal with.

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            • Bulldog Joe

              True.

              Like him or not, Trump is the closest thing we will see to a competitive 3rd party presidential candidate in our lives. Everyone else (including Wallace, who won Georgia) was a wasted vote.

              The republicans were deservedly eliminated in the first round.

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          • MLB2

            So go vote for the slimiest politician available? Haven’t people suffered enough after Bush and Obama? Does equal treatment under the law mean nothing to you? I haven’t voted since the Patriot Act was passed because America is fucked as far as individual liberty is concerned. If the Federal government could be reduced to providing the military and settling disputes between the states, we could all find a comfort zone. I might have to move hundreds of miles away but I’d be willing to do that. All that matters is group identity. As long as the individual is diminished this country will grow weaker. Of course if individual achievement was emphasized then some of us minorities might become too powerful and not rely on either of the two parties. The rich white liberal cannot allow such things to happen because Utopia is only possible if they are in charge of bringing it about. When I see the political landscape, I sometimes feel guilty for having children. The golden rule is dead. Shameful.

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            • Trump has run a campaign based entirely on white identity politics and talk radio talking points.

              For he sake of the GOP, he needs to get blasted so they can cut ties once and for all to Rush, Hannity, Ailes, etc.

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              • MLB2

                Define “white identity politics”, please.

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                • I can never tell if this is willful ignorance or whether you really don’t see it.

                  Mexicans=rapists
                  ban muslims
                  law and order
                  make America great again

                  are all designed to attract those who think:

                  -hispanics threaten our society, see Pat Buchanan
                  -Islam, a religion largely populated with members with darker skin, is a threat to Christendom largely populated by white people of European descent
                  -resistance by minority communities to law enforcement is either unwarranted or even if warranted, it’s probably necessary because they’re animals anyway
                  -America was best when it was run entirely by white men and the “others” were ruled by white men.

                  Its painfully obvious to this white middle aged man, I can’t see how its not obvious to you. Does he have to burn a cross or say the N-word?

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                  • I’m curious about your opinion on this…why are so many folks voting for Trump? Are they just plain old racists, unintelligent, etc.? What’s up with all of that?

                    Also, are you sort of holding your nose to vote for HRC or are you all in?

                    [BTW I’m not planning to vote for any of the three.]

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                    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

                      “why are so many folks voting for Trump? Are they just plain old racists, unintelligent, etc.? What’s up with all of that?”

                      They’re looking forward to me bringing my extremely credible source.
                      It will be the best Inauguration Day reveal ever.

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                    • “All” is broad. I think there are well-meaning evangelicals who will vote Trump with much reservation. I think that there are smart people who believe the “trickle-down” nonsense who will vote Trump with reservation.

                      The folks that go to the Trump rallies and act like its a NASCAR event? I think I’ll accept your description.

                      I’m holding nose. I was for Obama in 2008 so if I had another choice, I’ve shown I’d take it. That said, I think my dislike is mainly because she’s just such a bad “retail politician.” There is no inspiration there. None. Makes Al Gore charismatic by comparison. I like presidential candidates who inspire. HRC just doesn’t have it in her.

                      I do think she has a chance to be more effective tho because I think that the GOP may have more room to work with her to solve some things whereas they couldn’t do business with Obama for fear of being “primaried.”

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                    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

                      “the GOP may have more room to work with her to solve some things”

                      The election is rigged, for her pleasure.
                      She will be well taken care of in the House

                      and in the Senate

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                    • Napoleon BonerFart

                      Republicans preparing for Clinton scandals? What for? Who ever heard of a Clinton scandal, amirite?

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                  • MLB2

                    Maybe because I look at people as individuals and go on a case by case basis. Politicians paint with broad brushes. You’re spouting CNN generalities about his statements. As far as the N word, it’s just a word. Sticks and stones and such. It’s all divisive and distractions. Obama had a real chance to bring the country together but chose to try to destroy it, racially. I’m sure MLK is spinning in his grave. We’ll just have to agree that we’ll never see eye to eye on government. Peace to you and yours.

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                  • @ Derek: From a R who has left the R party cause the R party left me. Your last sentence still would not do it to the devout supporters. This would only be “doing away with political correctness”. From the pretty steady comments on this blog site regarding politics over the past few years, your comments are lost in space.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                Trump has brilliantly responded to years of Democrat and liberal campaigns. When whites are blasted as racist and minorities are pitied as victims, there will be backlash. Welcome to it.

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            • I agree with a lot of what you say here. I am afraid of the pro-state people in both parties. However, the Democrats just want my money. The GOP wants literally everything else. The only freedom they believe in is guns, period. Weed, abortion, marriage, private sexual acts, taking your niece to an empty men’s room because you just have to: BIG FUCKING GOVERNMENT MUST TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!!!

              That conundrum at least for me has an easy answer.

              There is no sensible small government party and there won’t be in my lifetime. The vast majority of the people people of this country are authoritarians who disagree about what the power of the state should be used to control. What they both agree about is that government should be BIG.

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              • MLB2

                There is too little difference in the parties to truly tell them apart anymore. The Rs stir up the evangelicals every 4 years like the Ds stir up the blacks and Latinos. They keep us divided so we won’t unite and take back our government. Political Correctness has worked like a charm for the politician. Weak minded America can’t speak the truth for fear of offending someone. Dump is right about one thing: America isn’t great anymore. Killary’s slogan is too stupid to repeat. I get not voting for Dump but voting for Killary baffles me.

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                • I disagree. We certainly avoid important issues and both parties seem to recognize that not discussing important issues is advantageous electorally. Ultimately, this is the fault of the voters. If you believe in market economics, politicians are selling and voters are buying. As a group, we aren’t very discerning consumers.

                  As far as substance, the right wants to starve the government of money so that programs that they don’t believe in fall away. They know that they can’t rid the government of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid etc… at the ballot box, but what they can do, in the words of Grover Norquist the father of this approach, is “make government small enough that they can drag it into the bathroom and drown it.”

                  How do they do that? Tax cuts. Tax cuts. More tax cuts. For who? The rich. The people that don’t need government unless its enough government to arm your kid with a rifle to die in a swamp/desert/jungle somewhere to protect his assets. If you want to raise those taxes they scream “soak the rich”, “job creators”, communism or whatever they decide is the best message to get poor white people to vote against their economic interests.

                  There’s a difference and its a big one and it matters. You may want a more transparent, direct process, but what that would lead to is sweden. There are many people who will do anything to avoid sweden, including lyin1g, cheating and stealing. And I’m not saying they’re wrong, I’m simply saying that telling the truth about these things is important so that we get a Government that is representative of the people not what Frank Luntz concocts to convince people to either vote GOP or opt out. Under either scenario, the GOP wins.

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                  • Napoleon BonerFart

                    If you’re blaming the voters for unresponsive government, why not blame policyholders for the abuses of insurance companies? Or blame the citizens of Ferguson, MO for the abuses of its police? After all, those people are equally, indirectly responsible for the policies of that harm them as voters are.

                    Sure, you can blame Republicans for trying to use tax cuts to starve government programs. It even makes sense. Incidentally, can you give any success stories of government programs being shuttered due to lack of funds? None come to my mind. In fact, I can’t think of any significant government programs that have been shut down. But I’m not the student of Republican evil that you are.

                    It’s interesting to me how you can make a seemingly lucid argument against our current government … and then state that you believe the solution to the problem is more Democrat politicians. That’s like believing the cure to cancer is more cancer.

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                    • I’m saying that the elected government we have reflects the views of the voters. You can call that unresponsive. I call it democracy.

                      What has the government done that the voters that put them there didn’t want them to do?

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                    • Napoleon BonerFart

                      So, unpopular government programs are actually popular government programs? People are against lifetime politicians. Yet the government protects incumbents so that we have lifetime politicians. And there are a hundred other examples. So, do people not really know what they want? It’s time to expand your thinking beyond seventh grade civics. Government isn’t by the people and for the people. It’s an unstoppable juggernaut with a mind of its own.

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                    • What unpopular government program?

                      So the people don’t vote for the lifetime politicians? I kinda figured that’s how they got that whole “lifetime” label.

                      You really are dumb ain’t ya?

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                    • Napoleon BonerFart

                      Dumb? I’m not the one who believes that Democrat politicians can fix the problems they helped create. That takes a special kind of IQ, or lack thereof. Try not to lick the windows on the short bus, Derek.;)

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                    • No reason to get personal just because you were confronted with such a stupid fucking comment such as “lifetime politicians” aren’t elected by the people. You clearly ate too much lead paint as a child.

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                    • Napoleon BonerFart

                      As usual, you’ve invented a stupid quote to argue against. It’s just more evidence of your small mind.

                      Here’s some free advice. Once you’ve admitted to being a Hillary voter, you’ve already established that you’re an idiot. You should then try to limit your other statements. They only make you look worse.

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          • Roterhals

            Horseshit. There isn’t much difference between the two “mainstream” candidates….neither one of them addresses the issues that are gonna cripple this nation. I’m voting Libertarian because it’s time some of their ideas, like a balanced budget, ending the nonsensical “war” on drugs, term fucking limits (most important of all imo) and a host of others, get more traction.

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    • Mad Mike

      Well as I’ve told you before all politicians, not just Trump, are scumbags. You know my stance on that. I just have a question for you though, because I’m the curious type. Since you brought up Trump’s avoidance of service, and you’ve said to me that we ought to take Kim Jong Un out. I’m guessing you must’ve served. What branch were you in?

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      • None. Considered it, but ultimately I just don’t really like/respect authority at all. I felt that I was too much of an anarchist for military service.

        Had I been 10 years younger on September of 2001, I probably would have felt obligated.

        As far as Vietnam, I don’t really harbor any ill will against people who avoided that disaster. What I hate are the chicken hawks who supported the war for all but themselves, like Cheney and W. Not even sure what Trump’s view was, if any. Don’t have to scratch the skin that far to hate that guy. I’ve hated him since he first appeared in public view.

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        • Mad Mike

          Do you not see the similarities between your own advocating we take KJU out (hoping you remember that exchange), and the chicken hawking of Bush and Cheney?

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          • Not really. I can’t advocate for military force ever if I didn’t serve? Seems really fucking stupid actually.

            Now if I said that I’m for taking out the leader of the DPRK but I wouldn’t serve in any capacity in such an effort, that would be comparable.

            Put me in a bomber over Pyongyang. I’ll hit the button. Promise.

            (I’d prefer a sea based cruise missile though.)

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            • Mad Mike

              How is their warhawking and you’re advocating conflict with North Korea different? You both want a war you know you won’t be participating in. You can split hairs and call me “fucking stupid” all you like guy, it doesn’t bother me. Oh, and I didn’t say you couldn’t advocate, advocate all you want to Hoss. Freedom of speech is a right. You can talk abut what you’d do if you got the chance all you want, I’ve been listening to jackasses flap their gums like that since I got out of boot camp. Doesn’t change the fact you will never have that tested, and you know it.

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              • Jesus dude. Fine youre right, pro-war draft dodgers can be commander in chief and people who never served can or can’t or something have an opinion about them or war or whatever because boot camp. Got it. .

                Is it relevant that a guy was for the war and got his own ass out of it or is the only relevant issue the person who is pointing out that hypocrisy? Seems to me that the guys who are in the positions to make these decisions are more important than me, but maybe i don’t get it because I never went through boot camp.

                Appreciate your service. Don’t appreciate the complete lack of clarity in your position

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                • Mad Mike

                  Like I said, express whatever opinion you want dude, I guess you missed that. My main point is you are/were both advocating for wars you know you won’t have to participate in. So if he’s a hypocrite for it (and he most certainly is) then you’re kind of one too. That clear enough for you?

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                  • I think you need to look up “hypocrisy” in the dictionary.

                    What you are missing is an issue of timing. The hypocrisy is not today or during the Bush admin. The hypocrisy was then, during the Vietnam war. In other words, the hypocrite is the guy who is for the war WHILE the war is on-going but refuses to fight himself.

                    It is not hypocrisy for FDR or Lincoln to declare war despite their lack of service although I understand that’s your position and you are well entitled to it.

                    You are using “mad” in the British, out your GD mind, sense right? Good moniker that.

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                    • Mad Mike

                      FDR and Lincoln didn’t have a choice in their situations Derek, the country was attacked, so there is a clear cut difference there.

                      Spare me the lame insults that are an attempt to get me to get into some juvenile name calling contest.

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                    • Who attacked the country when Lincoln was President? I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that the south just wanted to peaceably exit the Union not invade the North. I’d check that out if I were you.

                      In any event why does “choice” matter here? Are you saying that a president who didn’t serve can declare war under different circumstances than those who did? That makes sense to you?

                      I also noticed that you dodged the timing issue. I’m saying that Bush and Cheney were hypocrites in the 1960’s not in the 2000’s. Did you get the distinction or are you in fact “mad”?

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                    • Mad Mike

                      Since it won’t let me directly respond to your latest comment I guess I’ll do it here. Last time I checked the Confederates fired the first shots, so technically the U.S. was attacked. We can debate the rest of that issue some other time.

                      With the whole presidents declaring war thing I think declaring war in the defense of the nation is perfectly acceptable, regardless of whether or not a president served in the military.

                      I know Bush’s support for the war in ‘Nam, while dodging the draft, is what you are talking about on the hypocrisy issue, I AGREED WITH YOU, it was hypocritical. I’m saying you’re somewhat of a hypocrite as well because you believe we need to take out North Korea even though they haven’t attacked us lately. That’s warhawking, just like his support for Vietnam was.

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            I think it’s just a natural synthesis of Hillary’s foreign policy. Has a nuclear power pissed you off? Threaten war! Why can’t we take on North Korea while we’re straightening Russia out?

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Still amazed Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards against a ranked team less than 12 months from that day.

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  10. I for one could of done without seeing Nick in pain that day. Shook me pretty good…and it was hard to get back into the game after that. The tent sounds like a good idea.

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  11. Mayor

    I think the bigger issue vis-à-vis the tape of Chubb’s injury is how clearly it demonstrates how the bad field conditions at UT’s stadium caused his injury. Why isn’t the NCAA, the SEC and ESPN all over THAT?

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    • Macallanlover

      Do not think Chubb’s injury had anything to do with the, admittedly, bad TN field. Didn’t think it that night, haven’t seen anything that indicates that since. Just an urban legend type of rumor to me.

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  12. ugafidelis

    I hated watching that situation unfold. My 9 year old was on the verge of tears amfy stomach was doing hula hoops around my ass.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I’m with you. It reminded me of the Willis McGaughey injury. I’m not a doctor. But at the time, I wondered if he would ever walk right again.

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  13. Hobnail_Boot

    In 2003 Auburn decided to trot out their new, fancy inflatable toilet tents in Sanford.

    That was also the day that the 108-110 student section was given complimentary toy footballs from some local vendor.

    Man, what a fun time that was.

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    • The 984

      I remember that in 2005 too. Did the student section cheer when people threw footballs into the inflatable toilet while someone was in there? You bet they did.

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  14. I thought Alabama’s gift to college football was making every fanbase in the SEC go crazy and fire all their coaches because they aren’t Nick Saban.

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  15. PTC DAWG

    You know it bothers some, yet you have a pic of Chubb in obvious pain on your very blog. Point could have been easily made without it, IMHO…YMMV.

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  16. Debby Balcer

    I am glad to see the tent give players privacy while they are being treated.

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  17. The Dawg abides

    Anybody know what kind of lighting they have in there?

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I’m guessing LEDs. They can be battery powered, bright, small, and portable. Like newer camping lanterns that use them are amazing.

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  18. TheHandOfGod

    Senator, I’ve asked before and I’ve never gotten a straight answer. I haven’t asked you, tho. They’re in ALABAMA. Forget about Bear Bryant and the Alabama birthright to win titles. College football isn’t the NFL. Where if u miss on quarterback/pass rusher/ left tackle, it sets u back 4 years. College teams get/allowed to bring in roughly 20 new players/year. Let me preface this by saying, “I realize McGarrity is a putz”, but why do we refuse to spend money? Not rocket science to see if a team brings in better recruits, you have a much larger margin of error. If a coaching hire isn’t working, cut bait-eat buyouts and move on. We have Coke money for christs sake and we act like middle class. But as in life, you gotta spend money to make money. And yet we’re committed to middle of the road spending (and that’s including coaching). Herman was the hire. Said it @ Thanksgiving and I still believe that. The best thing that’s happened to us this year is that Auburn has turned the season around. Petrino is probably still only a 3 game losing streak from becoming their next coach. It’s only a matter of time. It’ll be next year at the latest. And he’ll do what he’s done everywhere else, win. And btw if Herman wasn’t, which I’m sure wasn’t the case, Bobo would’ve been the better hire. Granted, not a sexy pick. But if he’d, or even Richt for that matter, been given the same parameters/or lack of, he could’ve and always did do more with less.

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    • They started spending more money after Pruitt arrived and the process has only sped up with Smart. Just look at the numbers for the recruiting budget now.

      That being said, spending more is only half the story. It’s how wisely that money is spent that matters just as much, if not more. The jury is still out on that one.

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    • This would have been more appropriate a few years ago. We’re spending more money than we ever have and started spending more over the past few years.

      Simply spending money doesn’t guarantee anything. You have to wisely deploy that money. Another reason why I’m fine with Kirby for a few years even if he’s a bust: I believe he’ll leave behind a modernized infrastructure that was lacking before.

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  19. ““I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world,” Trump told Stern of avoiding STDs. “It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam era. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.” (Trump reportedly avoided serving during the Vietnam War by getting student deferments and a medical deferment.)”

    Fuck him.

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    • For bone spurs. Rush got a deferment for an ass cyst (then tried to tell everyone later it was for a football injury). Just disgusting.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Rush IS an ass cyst. But he’s very good at it.

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        • Agreed. He’s ultimately done far more damage than good to the GOP, but he’s extremely talented at what he does.

          Hannity on the other hand, is an absolute no talent. He is incapable of getting through a segment if he gets off script or if one of his nonplanted callers gets through and challenges him, he’s toast.

          Not a bright guy and not good at this job. But, he had the foresight to piggyback with Rush as his lead-in and then was willing to be Ailes’ puppet.

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  20. Good to see the political and football conversation. Good to see no one has changed their mind on pretty much anything. To me America is great now and pretty much has always been great. Do not understand this make it great again-which I am sure makes me, to some of the bloggers, ok, not a Trump supporter, and to some of the others, a tree hugging, left wing commie who hates America, scum sucking libtard, leftist politically correct welfare bum and on and on.

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    • Macallanlover

      No, doesn’t definitively make you anything but pretty much proves you are both naïve and blind. Hey, they say ignorance is bliss, at least you are enjoying the ride down. Don’t get me wrong, Trump cannot make America great again, doesn’t matter who wins this election, we are too far down a very bad path. A path both Dims and Republicans put us on, and the electorate allowed it to happen. We will have to pay the piper regardless of the 2016 vote, may just change the speed everything happens.

      Only difference is Trump would at least try to correct some of the issues, Killary would throw more gas on the fire. Just a question of whether you want to try to fight to straighten this out, or surrender to the inevitable. You could fix the security issues, maybe, but the financial fallout could only change if we competed two Hail Mary’s, after recovering two onside kicks.

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    • I still can’t believe no one has pinned Trump down on when exactly he thinks America was great. What time frame was that?

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