Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday links: big weekend

Before we get to this morning's links, let's share this.

It was the highlight of Saturday night's big win over Arkansas, in which Tony Mitchell stepped into a phone booth and emerged wearing a cape (note: look here for a complete highlight of the game). Honestly, we were fortunate Mitchell and freshman point guard Trevor Releford stepped up when they did — Arkansas was beating us to every loose ball and everybody else was shrinking from the moment. Releford was especially huge because he found his shooting touch (3 big 3-pointers in the second half), and if he can do that with some consistency ... I mean, do I even need to say it?

— So here's your Toomer's trees from the Alabama perspective roundup: the group Tide for Toomer's was still raising money at last report; my friend's daughter took an adorable photo standing next to a tree; and Kleph explains the importance of the trees to rival fans.
One day I want to go see the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium and watch my beloved Crimson Tide put a beat-down on Auburn they haven't seen since the days of Coach Bryant. I want it to be epic and undeniable. When the game is over I want to walk through Toomer's Corner under those big beautiful oak trees and marvel how wonderful they look in their unadorned splendor.

— A little more from Saturday night at Coleman: the jumbotron caught coach Saban taking in the game with Barry Sanders and his son. Is this an NCAA violation? SportsbyBrooks says it is; Alabama says it is not. The offseason kind of sucks, doesn't it?
— Speaking of the offseason, the Auburn thing continues. Good grief.
— One last thing before we go: Phil Steele has the odds to win the 2011 championship already. Yeah. Have fun with that.

See you guys tomorrow. Roll Tide.

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