Category Archives: Blowing Smoke

That’s nice of you to say.

No doubt Stetson Bennett deserves his share of praise (more on that to come), but there are limits.  Like this:

… Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White dropped this line when talking about the challenge the Bulldog quarterback poses to the Wildcats Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m., CBS).

“Facing Bennett in college is kind of like facing Brady in the NFL, in that he’s seen so much,” White said. “He’s got so much experience. We’ve got to try to find a way to give him something he hasn’t seen.”

My eyes, they rolled a little reading that.  Brad’s problem is that his comparison won’t faze Stetson in the slightest.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Georgia Football

Ah, but the pre-snap penalties… that’s where they had us!

If it hadn’t have been for that damned crowd…

… Tennessee could’ve been a contendah, I tells ‘ya!

If they get a rematch with the Dawgs, I hope it’s in the Peach Bowl.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Blowing Smoke

Moving the Urnge goalposts

Tennessee fans went from “we’re scoring fiddy, bitch” before the game to this afterwards:

Which begs the obvious question:  how would Alabama fare in a rematch on a neutral field, Vols?



No doubt he’ll really shine in a rematch on a neutral field without rain.  He might even be as good as he was in Knoxville last season.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Blowing Smoke

Always be… ‘crootin’?

Well, this is one way to spin a 3-4 record:

The stupid things you get to say when you’ve got an $85 million buyout…


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Recruiting

The opposite of We Want ‘Bama

There’s setting low expectations, and then there’s setting no expectations:

Enjoy the game, Coach.


Filed under Alabama, Blowing Smoke, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are.

Bo knows expectations.

Oregon fans, you’re adorable.

Gosh, where have we heard that before?


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Pac-12 Football

TFW “rebuilding” is the new “throwaway”

El Oh El.

Despite winning the SEC, beating Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl and competing in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, Alabama coach Nick Saban looked back on last season Wednesday and called it “kind of a rebuilding year.”

Tell that to Metchie and Williams, boss.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Nick Saban Rules

Today, in always be ‘crootin’

That may be Kirby’s motto, but Nick’s right there with him, or maybe even past him, when it comes to selective puffery.

At this event last year in Hoover, Ala., Alabama’s Nick Saban raised eyebrows when he casually mentioned that at least one of his players had inked an NIL deal approaching $1 million. The Crimson Tide’s legendary coach offered some numbers again Tuesday at SEC Media Days.

Unsolicited, Saban mentioned that Alabama players have garnered name, image and likeness deals totaling more than $3 million. He proudly proclaimed that as “better than anybody in the country.”

Yeah?  And exactly how does he know that?  Did he survey his peers at the 130 other programs to find out?

I guess we’ll all have to take his word.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Nick Saban Rules

Alex, I’ll take “false bravado” for $200.

Yeah, I’m sure that’s just the thing to shame Greg Sankey into action, Governor.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Political Wankery

The Look

Be afwaid.  Be vewy, vewy, afwaid.

Bryce Young has had the look.

His dad, Craig Young, knows it well. He’s witnessed it before. Several times, in fact, throughout the Alabama football quarterback’s life. And it’s back this offseason.

“I can see that look in his eyes where he’s been so motivated,” Craig said.

… The look appeared again in 2021 when Young strived to take advantage of the open Alabama quarterback spot. He ended up winning the Heisman Trophy.

“This,” Craig said, “looks very familiar to those times.”

Young is fresh off a season that ended with a 33-18 loss to Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship. It was only Young’s fifth loss over his past four seasons of football.

Now, the quarterback who seldom loses has the task of responding to his greatest loss yet.

“He’s hungry,” said Taylor Kelly, a long-time QB trainer for Young. “It’s the hungriest that I’ve seen him.”

So, you’re saying he wasn’t hungry to win a national title?  Maybe he just lost his appetite after Metchie and Williams went down.


Filed under Alabama, Blowing Smoke