The Southern Geek – Vlog Episode 13 / 2014 Auburn and Alabama Bowl Game Reactions


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It has been an interesting week across the sports landscape in Alabama, especially college football.  Alabama faced Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and Auburn faced Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game.  In my opinion, both Alabama and Auburn blew their bowl games.  Yes, I thought both Alabama and Auburn had excellent chances to win their bowl games.  But mistakes from both teams resulted in loses.  Before you read my thoughts, enjoy episode 13 of The Southern Geek where I talk about this post.

I thought Auburn played an excellent first half inside the Rose Bowl.  They controlled Florida State’s offense and Jameis Winston and the QB really struggled during the first half.  Auburn QB Nick Marshall and their offense pounded the ball and the score was soon 21-3.  But while watching the game, I knew Florida State had a chance to come back, and they did.  Florida State scored a touchdown and it was 21-10 at the half.  But I still had confidence Auburn could control the game and win it, I was wrong!  After what must have been a dicey locker room speech for Florida State during halftime, they came out swinging during the 2nd half.

The 3rd quarter of the game was mostly even for both teams.  Both sides had possessions and both sides were mostly punting the ball away.  But the 4th quarter was Florida State’s shining moment.  It induced a 100 yard run for a touchdown, Auburn interception, Auburn committing a pass interference penalty in the endzone, and the Auburn defense falling asleep at the wheel.  What happened Auburn, you had Florida State for three-quarters.  It was like during the Georgia and Alabama games where they came back in the fourth quarter, expect this time there was no miracle.’

Auburn ran out of luck, and they watched Florida State raise the crystal football.  Most of the country, who are SEC haters, instantly celebrated because the SEC lost!  ESPN, Fox Sports, and other sports networks and radio shows have pounded away at the SEC because they are really happy they lost!  I would not be surprised if the staff at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol even celebrated.  The smack talk against the SEC has been at record levels since the Auburn loss.  How many times the celebration song from Kool and the Gang has been played today.  It’s a celebration, the SEC is not the best conference in sports right now, not for now at least.  The honor goes to the ACC.

Auburn gave up the biggest lead ever in BCS Championship history, and they deserved to lose.  I still give props to the team and Gus Malzahn for the great season.  I never fought Auburn would reach the national championship game.  I thought they would win 7-8 games and go to a bowl game.  Some Auburn fans still rolled Toomer’s Corner last night even though Auburn lost.

I know most Alabama fans were rooting for Auburn last night, but there were some fans saying “Roll Noles Roll” last night.  You know your team also blew it in the Sugar Bowl as well right?  Alabama was dominated by Oklahoma and they never had a good chance.  Why does Alabama always lose their bowl games when it’s not the BCS National Championship game?  Did the Iron Bowl loss really effect them that much?  Surely, they did not want to be embarrassed like when they lost to Utah.  So to sum things up, both Alabama and Auburn had great seasons, but both teams failed to finish.  And the entire country thanks Alabama and Auburn for losing so the SEC could finally lose, celebration!

So with college football now over until Fall 2014, could the state of Alabama concentrate on more pressing issues.  Like creating more jobs so we are not the second worst job creating state in the country.  Or how about having the Alabama Legislature passing some bills that would help poorer people be better off.  How about the legislature and leaders concentrate on helping East Alabama prosper so Anniston/Oxford is not the second worst performing metro area in America, or Gadsden is not the fourth poorest city in America, or Sylacauga/Talladega is not the fifth poorest region in America.  Alabama needs to concentrate on different things other than college football.  Maybe it was a good thing both Alabama and Auburn lost their bowl games.

One thing is for sure, I am glad the BCS is now a thing of the past.  I look forward to the college playoff system in 2014!

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The Southern Geek – Vlog Episode 11 / Iron Bowl, The Sound of Music Live, Nelson Mandela


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Here is my latest The Southern Geek vlog video!  This video talks about my thoughts about  Auburn winning the 2013 Iron Bowl, by the way, congrats to Auburn for being SEC champs!  The video also talks about my thoughts about The Sound of Music Live and the life of Nelson Mandela.  Enjoy the video!

The Southern Geek – Vlog Episode 10 / My 2013 Iron Bowl Pick


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This year is the mother of all Iron Bowls where #1 Alabama and #4 Auburn will face off.  So in this Southern Geek Vlog Video, I discuss my pick to win the 2013 Iron Bowl.  It’s a pick most people are not expecting, enjoy the video!

The Evening Post: 2013 Iron Bowl -The Rivalry Music Anthem


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This Saturday, #1 Alabama will travel to #4 Auburn to play in the 2013 Iron Bowl!  This game will be the biggest game ever in the history of this matchup.  The winner will win the SEC West and will have a great shot of playing in the BCS Championship Game!  Later in the week, I will come out with my predictions and game pick.  But for now, I wanted to share this great music video from Walker Hayes.  The video was uploaded in August but it will get plenty of airtime this week!  This song is an anthem that speaks to the intense rivalry that is the Iron Bowl!  This song is written and performed by Walker Hayes.

Buy the song on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/iron-bowl-the-rivalry-single.  Enjoy the music video!

Kickstarter Tuesdays: Roberta – First Lady of Southern Sports


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There is a special Kickstarter project going on to talk about a special women in Alexander City.  Roberta Alison was born in Alexander City in 1943.  She learned tennis from her father, and in time, the young girl from Alexander City, Alabama played the game with a rare combination of power and intelligence, filling a case with trophies.  In the 1960′s women’s college sports were non-existent.  So Roberta Alison did something that made history.

From SEC Digital Network.

From SEC Digital Network.

At age 19, Alabama tennis coach Jason Morton found Roberta Alison training on grass courts in Tuscaloosa in preparation for the U.S. National Championship.  He convinced her to attend Alabama and play on the men’s tennis team.  This was the first official move toward allowing women to participate in varsity athletics in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA.  To make this happen, Alabama athletic director Paul “Bear” Bryant, helped push a rule change through the SEC.  Alison was welcomed by the men’s tennis team, where she quickly emerged as a trailblazing figure.

Roberta was the first woman to be awarded an athletic scholarship by the Crimson Tide.  During her time at the University of Alabama, Roberta Alison was in the No. 4 position her first year but played in either the No. 1 or No. 2 position in her second and third years. Here’s a crazy fact, some of the competing schools men’s varsity teams would default to her rather than risk playing against a woman and losing to a girl!  Roberta won the women’s collegiate singles title in 1962 and 1963, and the 1963 NCAA doubles title.  Alison also was a four-time Blue Gray champion, and a three-time Southern tournament champion.

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Roberta Alison had dreams to compete on the world stage in tennis but that never happened.  She returned to Alexander City, married one-time coach Earl Baumgardner, raised a family, and became a respected and beloved member of the Alex City community.  Roberta was a lover of animals and she helped start the Lake Martin Humane Society and was active in LMHS activities for many years.  Sadly, Roberta Alison died in 2009 from injuries in a house fire.  In 2012, the University of Alabama dedicated a new indoor tennis facility naming it the Roberta Alison Baumgardner tennis facility.

Here are some words from Keith Dunnavant:

Half a century after her pioneering tennis career, Roberta Alison Baumgardner’s name adorns a modern tennis facility at her alma mater, in an age when the Crimson Tide sponsors nearly a dozen women’s sports and athletic scholarships for females are plentiful.  But her story remains largely unknown in a world she and other pioneers helped create—a world in which young girls all across America, empowered by the opportunity that eluded previous generations, gravitate to sports, dreaming not just of game-winning points, but also of life-altering scholarships and the sort of fulfillment that can only come from competition and achievement.  Alison’s story is awash in ambition and optimism and a young heart stirred by the pursuit of her own particular bliss.  Her story reflects who we were, and who we became.

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This Kickstarter project is to produce a documentary film about Roberta Alison.  The film will be made by ShadowVision Productions and produced by Keith Dunnavant.  Like the African-American pioneers highlighted in Three Days At Foster, the central figure in Roberta is emblematic of something larger, presaging not just the coming revolution in women’s sports but also the culture-sweeping conversation about gender and boundaries that erupted in the 1960s.  This is an important story that needs to be told, screams out to be told, and they need your help.  The budget raised here will help them fund the filming of interviews, travel, and post-production, anticipating completion in mid-2014.

As of June 25th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $4,600 of the $10,000 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 9 days left to reach the $10,000 goal.  For a pledge of $15, you will get a commemorative 8 1/2 x 14 inch film poster, signed and personalized by the filmmaker.  For a pledge of $30, you will get a commemorative DVD of the film when it is completed.  Plus, the above-mentioned poster.  There are also many other pledge options including a special thanks in the closing credits, online access to the film, and autographed books!

To learn more about Roberta – First Lady of Southern Sports and to pledge money go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/610210604/robertafirst-lady-of-southern-sports?ref=home_location