Elphaba Ain’t Got Nothing On Damien Walters When It Comes to Defying Gravity

Gravity, what a bitch.

Try telling that to free running/parkour extraordinaire Damien Walters. Check out this amazing video on some sick new stuff he’s working on for 2010:

If free running and extreme sports aren’t your cup of tea, maybe you would feel more comfortable combating the laws of physics along side good ole’ Elphie.

(+10 cultural savvy-ness points if you can name the Elphaba reference….I’ve already claimed my 10, btw.)

Bama Championship Rings Are a Thing Of Beauty

The 2010 SEC, BCS, and NCAA Championship rings were handed out yesterday.

Aren’t they a site for sore eyes? Roll Tide Roll.

Alabama Crimson Tide 2010 SEC, BCS, and NCAA Championship rings

Source: Gentry Estes (@BamaBeat), via Roll Bama Roll

VIDEO: Shaun White’s double mctwist 1260 gold medal run

Shaun White successfully defended his gold medal in Vancouver last night, winning for the 2nd consecutive time. He unveiled the brand new trick he’s been creating in secret during his second run.

It’s name? The Double McTwist 1260.

Here’s a video of Shaun’s 1st and 2nd run…though I don’t know how long this video will stay up due to probable copyright issues.

UPDATE: Yep, it’s already been pulled down. Try googling it or searching for “double mctwist 1260″ on youtube.

Mark Ingram Wins The Heisman!

W00t! Mark Ingram wins the Heisman Trophy! The 1st Heisman Trophy winner in Bama’s history, if you can believe that. Congrats Ingram, congrats Saban, congrats Bama. Roll Tide Roll!

[image credit: The New York Times]

Bama Couldn’t Hang On

As Gavin already mentioned this morning, our Crimson Tide just couldn’t hang on to their lead to knock off LSU and potentially clinch the SEC West championship.

LSU made all the right mistakes for us to take care of business, but we just made too many mistakes of our own…having 3 starters suspended didn’t help any though.

For those who realize the emotional and symbolic importance of this game, it’s an especially hard loss for the Saban led Tide.

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Saban Stacks His Staff

Via TideSports.com:

“Whether the reputation is deserved or not, University of Alabama football has entered a new period reflective of its coach, who has described himself as no-nonsense and process-oriented, and comes across like a hard-nosed CEO.[...]

In many ways, the new staff is similar to what Saban had previously pieced together, and each new coach could have a one-word nickname as telling as his eventual titles:

The Master: Kevin Steele, former executive head coach and linebackers coach at Florida State, and named the 2005 National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com. In describing him, Saban used words like “fantastic” and “terrific.”

The Veteran: Joe Pendry, who has told recruits that he’s the offensive coordinator. Pendry has nearly 20 years of NFL experience, most recently as the offensive coordinator of the Houston Texas under Dom Capers.

“I’ve always liked to have, I’m going to refer to it as an old hand on staff,” Saban said.

The Prodigy: Last season, Major Applewhite coached a spread attack at Rice, which scored the most points (350) and amassed the third-most yards (4,486) in school history.

The Ace: Burton Burns, former running backs coach at Clemson. When Alabama will be looking to sign a prize recruit out of Louisiana, he’ll be the closer.

The Post: Kirby Smart coached defensive backs for Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins, and is one the coach can lean on since he’s familiar with the system.”

Visit TideSports.com to read more.

[UPDATE: In light of Bill Parcells resigning from the Dallas Cowboys and from the coaching career (maybe for more than eight days this time), I sure hope Saban's statement that he is not interested in the Cowboys job is more trustworthy than his statements regarding his interest in the 'Bama job while at Miami. Yikes.]

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Welcome to ‘Bama, Saban

It’s official, former Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban is en route to Tuscaloosa to formally accept the head coach position. Saban has extensive success in both the NCAA and NFL. His college record is 91-42-1 and his pro record is 15-17-0. He won SEC championships in 2001 and 2003, the BCS Championship in 2003, and finished in the AP Top 25 in five of his six seasons at LSU.

As I previously noted, I’m a little concerned about this move. I feel like Saban, though he’s a great coach, sold out. He spent a month and a half talking about how much he loved and was committed to the Dolphins, only to change his mind because the deal was too sweet. I guess some would say, “who can blame him?”, but I just have a special respect for people who stick to their guns and remain loyal.

Nevertheless, welcome to ‘Bama, head coach Saban. You’re now in one of the highest profile and pressure positions in college football. I hope you lead our boys well.

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What’s It Gonna Be Saban?

So yesterday ‘Bama AD Mal Moore flew to Miami to meet with Dolphins head coach Nick Saban about filling Shula’s head coach position. Throughout December Saban has adamantly declined interest, but Moore reportedly offered him an eight year deal worth $30 million, which would make him the highest paid coach in college football, were he too accept. I think Saban is a great coach and had great success at LSU, both winning a national title and earning the NCAA coach of the year award in 2003, before going to Miami and revamping the floundering Dolphins program.

Personally, I’d love to see Saban at Alabama. However, there are two things that make me hope he doesn’t take the job. The first is true of any coach replacing Shula–and that is that I really liked Shula and think he got shafted…seriously shafted. The second is that where as I do believe that Saban would be great for the Tide program, I may not think as highly of him if he gives in strictly because the financial deal is so sweet. I’ve really admired how he’s stuck to his guns and stayed loyal to his Dolphins this last month, and I would hate to think all that could be changed by money…regardless of how advantageous it would to have him at ‘Bama.

Well, he’s supposed to say one way or another some time today, so I guess we’ll know soon enough. If he does decline, Mal Moore is screwed. He wanted to have a replacement coach in place by January 5th.

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