Tide Floats Like A Butterfly And Stings Like A Bee

Posted by | Oct 26, 2011 | -

Below are some of the top Tide football stories for today published by various organizations:

Saban suggests Alabama is the Muhammad Ali of college football

By Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News
Is it me, or did Nick Saban just compare his Alabama football team to Muhammad Ali? No, he didn’t suggest that Mar­quis Maze floats like a butterfly or Dre Kirkpatrick stings like a bee, but the coach who loves to dip into other sports for metaphors and an­alogies did invoke the boxing leg­end in an interesting way. Before his speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, I asked Saban if he was concerned that his team has fulfilled only half of his “start fast, finish strong” mantra on a regular basis. He didn’t skip a beat. “I guess the expectation is, if you’re Muhammad Ali, you’re gonna knock everybody out in the first round,” he said. “I don’t think he did that in every one of his fights.” True that. Ali didn’t win every one of his fights, let alone by early knockout. “Sometimes he sparred,” Saban said. [More]

Saban ready to discuss Alabama-LSU game

By Tommy Hicks, Press-Register
For two weeks, the hype surrounding the No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown that is the LSU-Alabama game will continue to build momentum. The game Alabama coach Nick Saban has avoided talking about in previous weeks is now the next one. Before speaking to the New Horizons Credit Union-1st and 10 Club at Heron Lakes Country Club on Monday, Saban said there is good and bad in having an off week before the big game. “I think after eight straight weeks our team probably needs a little break physically and emotionally, psychologically, and about every way,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to improve some of the deficiencies we have on our team and focus on fundamental execution, which is usually the issue with a team as the season goes along. “But at the same time, sometimes you like the continuity of playing each week and getting in a routine, especially when you’re playing well.” Saban said LSU brings a lot to the table and will require a lot of preparation and attention over the next two weeks. [More]

Saban Gets Ticket


Tide Returns To Practice

By Ken Rogers, Dothan Eagle
Alabama returned to the practice field after two days of recovery following Saturday night’s victory over Tennessee. No one needs to be told what’s next. The showdown between top-ranked LSU and the second-ranked Crimson Tide will be the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 game ever played at Bryant-Denny Stadium. But it’s not until Nov. 5. Tide coach Nick Saban said managing that will be crucial. “Getting our players not to think about everything that’s surrounding the game. That’ll be the hardest part,” Saban said during his press conference Tuesday after practice. “… Not to get affected by the circumstances surrounding the game is probably the key to being able to play a really good game. But you need to focus on what you need to do to play good football.” Senior receiver Darius Hanks said he’d like to approach this as just another SEC game. “If we think the game is too big, I think it’ll hurt us,” Hanks said, adding that he’s “definitely looking forward to it.” So is nearly everyone else. [More]

LSU-Alabama: They’re that good

Posted by Jerry Hinnen, CBS Sports
The truth is that there’s no way to guarantee the winner of LSU-Alabama will finish the national championship job the way the 2009 1-vs-2 SEC championship game winners did and the Buckeyes didn’t, or that they’ll even make the BCS title game. (Facing Georgia in the Georgia Dome might be tricky, for instance.) But there’s two things we can say with certainty: 1. after the past five years, the SEC champion deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to playing for national titles 2. LSU and Alabama are both SEC championship-caliber teams. In fact, both might be a good bit better than your typical SEC champion–or (with one exception) even any of the league’s national titlists in its current streak. How can we say that? [More]

Roll Tide!
More Headlines:

Playing those mind games
Muschamp announced John Brantley but that he is probable for Saturday’s game

Richt on Florida struggles: ‘Flip schedules and I’m not sure it wouldn’t be different’
They’ve played three ranked teams, and two of them are dominating everybody that they play

Vols to start QB Worley vs. USC
I told (Jadeveon) Clowney that he beat him [High School], so we’re going to take it a little personal

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