2600 miles and 11 states. Worth every minute.
The game. Never really was too upset. Didn't expect much going in just wanted a "game". A bit closer would have helped to silence the media and typical haters. Also, seems like at this point Denard could be used much better. Seemed like 'Bama played the run. All we had was Denard throwing the BOMB. Where is the ball control, short passing attack? Lets have some steady improvement and beat all the rivals this year.
Trip highlights (very high-level):
Springfield, IL - Land of Lincoln overview
Route 66 - Partial ride to St. Louis. Nice lunch at the Ariston Cafe.
St. Louis - Arch and tram ride
Kansas City - Great BBQ and Tiger game. Very nice people and town. Nice ballpark.
Kansas - Beautiful ride. No Isaac.
Oklahoma - Didn't really stop. Big country.
Texas - Great times in the Stockyards. Rodeo, TexMex, Billy Bobs, nice UM tailgate in Lincoln Square
Cowboy Stadium - Huge, very cool
Arkansas - So, So. Scary people
Tenn - Stopped in Memphis for some Beale Street and food at the Flying Fish. Saw Elvis
Kentucky - Mammoth Cave, Jim Beam Distillery.
Ohio - Just the most terrible drive ever. Worst state - roads and everything. sad.
What a great way to see some of the country. Many other interesting stops we just had to pass on but I will return to many.
In honor of our upcoming epic season opener in Dallas, I'm very pleased to share with all of you this Blockhams original Wallpaper design titled "TURN BACK THE TIDE!" Using artwork previously created in a Blockhams Friday Rough, this is a design where the good guys always win... Let it be no different in the Cowboy Classic. GO BLUE!!!!
WIDESCREEN FORMAT (Click to download full size artwork)
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EDIT: As requested, here is the artwork in a suitable Facebook timeline proportion:
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THREE DAYS UNTIL MICHIGAN FOOTBALL...
Wow, that is all I can say.
For a team that we've only played 3 times, they really hate us and pretty much everyone north of the Mason Dixon. They think we're pricks, elitist, and that they're following the rules as far as oversigining goes.
I know Alabama lost quite a few great players to the draft this year however they still have so much high quality depth it's ridiculous. Dr. Saturday (Matt Hinton) has an article going over the recruiting classes of Alabama since 2008.
Here's a few interesting quotes:
For the second year in a row, they went into Arizona for one of the nation's top juco players, cornerback Travell Dixon. Not only was no position neglected: With the surprise addition of Lynchburg, Va., defensive tackle Korren Kirven, there are at least two four or five-star players at every position except quarterback and tight end. (And yes, there's a kicker.)
By Rivals' count, it's 'Bama's fourth No. 1 class in five years under Saban, a spree that's now stacked the roster with an incredible 99 four- or five-star prospects since 2008 — 54 of whom, including the incoming class, remain on the prospective 2012 roster.