November 8, 2015 |
It's clear that the College Football Playoff selection committee loves to declare its arrival on the scene when it debuts its rankings. If it gets criticized, so what? We all know that talking badly about something is better than not talking about it at all. Certainly, you could buy this week's top three - Clemson, LSU and Ohio State - in any order you want. But the fourth team, Alabama, well, that got some people a little irate. The Crimson Tide, who finished No. 1 in the final 2014 CFP poll, have one loss, a 43-37 defeat to Mississippi.
September 24, 2015 |
He hadn't planned to go to Mass that day six weeks ago. Yet something moved Francisco Elotlan, 32, to attend his church in southern Alabama, where he has lived as an undocumented Mexican immigrant since 2004. Immediately following that August Mass, there was a lottery drawing. The winner would get a spot on the chartered bus bringing 56 pilgrims 1,000 miles from the 25 Hispanic parishes in the Archdiocese of Mobile to Philadelphia for Saturday's papal Mass on the Parkway. The Aquinas Center, a South Philadelphia convent turned community center that strives to bridge cultural divides, is to host them in a dormitory filled with bunk beds.
September 18, 2015 |
When the world is introduced to a talent as bold as Brittany Howard, things happen fast. That was the case when the Alabama Shakes first came to music fans' attention. The Athens, Ala., rock and soul band, fronted by the powerhouse vocalist, headline the Mann Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night behind its stellar new album, Sound & Color . After being spotted and talked up in 2011 by Patterson Hood of roots-rock band Drive-By Truckers - who are opening up for the Shakes at the Mann - the Shakes became an instant blog buzz act and the first band to be featured on Austin City Limits before their debut album, Boys & Girls , was even released.
January 12, 2015 |
Over all those sultry training-camp afternoons in Tuscaloosa, all those midseason practices to prepare for Auburn or Florida or another SEC power, all those pro days for the dozens of prospective draft picks that Alabama produced, Greg McElroy could never get over the way so many NFL scouts listened so closely to Ed Marynowitz. "It was captivating how many people went out of their way not only to say hello, but also talk to him with notepads out," McElroy, who quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2009, said in a phone interview.
December 31, 2014 |
SO THE moment that college football junkies have been clamoring for, for way too long, finally is coming to a television screen near you: tomorrow's inaugural FBS playoff semifinals. Can there really be a much better way to ring in another year, especially now that the Eagles won't be playing any games that counts for 9 months? It almost reminds you of the old days, when Jan. 1 meant 12 straight hours of matchups that mostly meant everything. Of course, the next 2 years the semis are on Dec. 31, but you get the concept.
November 26, 2014 |
SINCE NOBODY in the top seven lost last weekend, there wasn't any movement where it matters in the second-to-last College Football Playoff poll. So if the inaugural four-team playoff field were set today, it would still be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. TCU remained in front of Ohio State at No. 5, with Baylor holding on to the seventh spot. Some have speculated that Ohio State might be able to move into fourth should it win out, which would mean winning the Big Ten title game against Minnesota, which it already beat on the road, or Wisconsin.
November 20, 2014 |
MISSISSIPPI STATE, which had been No. 1 in the first three College Football Playoff polls, finally lost on Saturday at Alabama. So you figured there would be some movement in Week 4. And there was. Alabama moved up from fifth to the top spot. It's the first time the Crimson Tide has been in the first four. MSU, meanwhile, slipped to fourth. Which means if the inaugural playoff started tomorrow, the Bulldogs would still be in. And that's all that really matters. Oregon and Florida State, the lone remaining major unbeatens unbeaten (sorry, Marshall)
October 29, 2014 |
AFTER TODAY'S games, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will make its first rankings, and, on Tuesday night, we fans will get our first inkling at what the four-team playoff system might look like. This is an improvement over the BCS, which chose two teams to play for the national championship, but it simply isn't fair and won't solve the controversy. Let's assume the college football season plays out as like this . . . * Florida State runs the table and wins the ACC playoff and finishes 13-0.
September 21, 2014 |
The question looms larger than ever on the college football landscape entering Week 4 of the season: Is Jameis Winston a good person, or a knucklehead? The quarterback of top-ranked Florida State has been suspended for Saturday night's game against No. 22 Clemson for making what the university called an "offensive and vulgar" outburst demeaning to women. This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Winston, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, who reportedly is under investigation by the university for an alleged sexual assault.
September 19, 2014 |
SO WHAT DO we know about this Alabama team, really? Well, it's taken three games, but, for starters, we can finally say that Blake Sims is the No. 1 quarterback for the third-ranked Crimson Tide. And you were thinking junior Jake Coker, who transferred in after graduating from Florida State in May, would be AJ McCarron's successor. The same guy who supposedly nearly beat out Jameis Winston for the FSU job in the spring of 2013. But Sims, a senior who was the backup the last two seasons after getting carries as a running back in 2011, apparently wasn't ready to accept that role forever.