Taking a brief break from what is bound to be a busy couple days — here are some links to get you through a Monday.
— Football stuff: first, Nick Saban wants you at A-Day (so you'd better show up); and you SHOULD be there, because you don't want to spoil his good mood; also, 'Bama has another commit for '10. For Auburn stuff, JCCW is your one-stop location; but if you're interested in former AU guys, DC Sports examines the psyche of Jason Campbell.
— On the diamond, 'Bama swept lowly Tennessee with ease this weekend, a big confidence boost for a team that's been in the dumps the past two weeks and is welcoming LSU (and its throngs of leather-lunged fans) this weekend. Also, the Braves picked up great performances from Derek Lowe, Jordan Schafer and Chipper Jones in a win over the defending World Series champs.
Chipper, obviously, is the face of the Braves franchise and has been for some time. He's a franchise success story, a draftee who came up with tons of promise and actually lived up to it, going from "up-and-coming young star" to "sage locker-room veteran." He was brought up a Brave and he'll retire that way. How many guys are left who can say that these days?
— A few other things: 'Bama captured another regional in gymnastics; there's some talk that Anthony Grant will keep Antoine Pettway on staff; and Ronald Steele is starting his march toward the NBA.
— Finally, in state-related news, here's the skinny on the video bingo deal in St. Clair.
— Since it's Championship Monday, here's the highlight of the weekend:
And that's that. Hopefully I'll still be alive to blog again tomorrow.