03 January 2010
The Alabama football team held its first practice in the state of California on Saturday. Don't let the calendar fool you... for the team this was a Monday practice. Though, for the first time all season, Bama practiced in pads during the first practice of the week. The practice held at Costa Mesa High School and Orange County College was the first of five practices that Bama will have leading up to Thursday's BCS Championship Game against Texas.
Here's what you need to know:
The Tide is apparently pretty healthy. I'm not in California yet, so I wasn't at practice today. But, by all reports, everyone that was expected to practice did. The flu bug that had hit the team appears to have passed, and everyone was cleared to practice.
Marquis Johnson continues to wear a big wrap on his left hand because of a fractured thumb, but looks like he's ready to play on Thursday.
Otherwise, no news is good news. If Bama has a quiet week, then that means that the Tide will be healthy and ready to go on Thursday night. And that's what we all want to hear.
The one interesting thing of note today, other than the Tide's trip to Disneyland, was Coach Saban evoking a bit of sports history in his press conference. He mentioned the 1980 U.S. Hockey team, and their defeat of the powerful Soviet team in the Olympics. He talked about how the U.S. team beat the Soviets, and that's all anyone remembers... while in actuality, the U.S. had to then beat Finland in the gold medal game.
U.S. Hockey coach Herb Brooks famously told the players - "If you don't win today, you haven't won a f**cking thing!" That pretty much sums up Coach Saban's attitude, as well.
Bama will practice again on Sunday, and we'll have as much of a report as possible. And I still hate orange.
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