So Long, For Now

I started this blog for several reasons.  First, I wanted a place to write stuff about Alabama football.  I also enjoy writing and wanted a place to express myself.  Lastly, I thought the discipline of trying to write and post something everyday would be good for me.

For the most part, I’ve been able to experience the benefits of all three of those things. 

But now, it’s time to head in a different direction. 

With all due respect to the Tide, my interests in life are a bit more diverse and there are some other things I’d like to write about.  But I  feel it would be a bit disingenuous to post a bunch of other stuff to a blog that is generally devoted to college football.

So, after this post, I’ll be moving my blogging efforts over to www.husbandfatherson.wordpress.com.

I hope to continue writing about Alabama football, but also add things concerning my walk with Jesus Christ and life in general.

Thanks for everything and Roll Tide,

BD

Christmas and the Virgin Birth

If you celebrate Christmas, you are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah.

Essential to this celebration of the birth of Jesus is the recognition that He was indeed born to a virgin.  That is, his mother, Mary, had not lain with a man in order to become pregnant.

Is this hard to get our heads around?  For sure.  Is it essential to our faith?  Yes.  And because of this, the “virgin birth” always comes under attack this time of year.

Ligonier Ministries, via Albert Mohler, Jr., addresses this most-essential of Christian doctrines:

Implications, indeed. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, who was His father? There is no answer that will leave the Gospel intact. The virgin birth explains how Christ could be both God and man, how He was without sin, and that the entire work of salvation is God’s gracious act. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, He had a human father. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, the Bible teaches a lie.

Carl F. H. Henry, the dean of evangelical theologians, argues that the virgin birth is the “essential, historical indication of the Incarnation, bearing not only an analogy to the divine and human natures of the Incarnate, but also bringing out the nature, purpose, and bearing of this work of God to salvation.” Well said, and well believed.

Merry Christmas to you all.

“If he had one of his visions or something…”

This kind of vision?

I’m sorry, but I just can’t let this slide:

“I didn’t want to waste my year, but they made sure I didn’t waste my year,” he said. “Staying on me. [Craig] used to call me every morning. If he had one of his visions or something at 5 o’clock in the morning he would call me or let me know. ‘J-Boo, don’t do this.’ Stuff like that. He was my mentor while he was down here.”

That would be 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston speaking of his mentor, Dameyune Craig who, of course, is now on the Auburn coaching staff.

Apparently Craig has the gift of “visions.”  That’s cool, I guess.  I wonder if that’s the sort of thing that comes and goes or if it just works in certain places?

Palmer Loves Him Some Hyperbole?

 

Whoa, Jesse

Whoa, Jesse:

“He’s the best running quarterback [Dak Prescott] that Dan Mullen’s ever coached,” ESPN’s Jesse Palmer said on the TV broadcast. “Yeah, that includes Alex Smith, who was the No. 1 pick overall. That includes Tim Tebow.”

A former Florida Gator quarterback himself, Palmer knew what he said, and backed it up.

“The escapebilty, you don’t have to block everybody in order for him to give you the explosive play,” Palmer said. “He makes this offense better in the red zone a lot like Tim Tebow and Alex Smith.”

You’ve said a mouthful there, Jesse, given Smith’s performance at Utah and Tebow’s Heisman exploits at UF.

But on the other hand, Prescott does make Mississippi State better.  Yes, he’s a good runner, but he’s also tough and seems to be a great leader.  If State is able to build on their Liberty Bowl appearance and take a step forward in 2014, it’ll likely be because of Prescott.

2014 Heisman Contenders…already

ESPN’s Edward Aschoff has a job to do and yesterday it was analyzing sleepers from the SEC for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.  While ‘Bama running back T.J. Yeldon won’t be a sleeper, he’ll be a candidate from the get-go, receiver Amari Cooper could creep into the conversation:

4. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: He had a relatively quiet regular season, but Cooper has what it takes to be a real superstar in this league. We saw major flashes of it during his freshman year, but nagging injuries cut his production in 2013. He caught 36 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder against Auburn. Cooper is a deep threat and can make the tough catches in traffic. If he’s healthy, he could make a Heisman push, as he becomes the prime go-to guy for Alabama’s new quarterback.

Cooper is a fantastic receiver, possibly even the best in the country, but I’ll go ahead out on a limb and say due to the Tide’s uncertainty at quarterback, Cooper won’t win.

On the other hand, if the quarterbacking issues cause the ‘Bama to run more, that could easily help Yeldon’s cause.

On the Record: I Don’t Like This

As you have probably heard, former Tide player D.J. Pettway re-signed with Alabama.

Granted, we don’t know the whole story related to Pettway being kicked off the team, but what we’ve heard isn’t good.

So, based on what we know, I just have to say I don’t like this.  Yes, I want all the best for Pettway, but I just don’t know if Alabama is the best place for him.

It sure would be interesting to hear what the victims think about this.  That would certainly affect my perspective on the situation.

McCarron: The Coaches’ All-American

 

Close…

This is pretty cool:

Every Division I head coach is eligible to vote for the team, with the balloting then taken into account by a selection committee that makes the final decisions. AFCA media relations official Vince Thompson told CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd that a majority of the ballots returned named McCarron at quarterback — but that the committee considered Winston and several other signal-callers as well.

“(Winston) was discussed heavily as were McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Jordan Lynch and Derek Carr. They were all top vote getters,” Thompson told Dodd. “They had a lively discussion. McCarron led voting. The majority of head coaches picked McCarron. It’s everybody’s own opinion.”

Don’t think this isn’t a shot at Winston.  It has to be.

It also indicates, I believe, the tremendous respect that coaches across the country have for McCarron.

Congrats, AJ.  Well deserved.