09 May 2011
I know we've been a little slow to get things going again after the storms of the 27th. I can put part of the blame for that on the fact that my internet has just now returned to reliability. But, to be totally honest, it's been a little tough to focus on things like football. If you haven't been to Tuscaloosa since the tornado, if you haven't driven down 15th Street or Hargrove Road, you just simply can't imagine it. I've been purposefully avoiding Alberta City and Holt. The city has begun its recovery thanks to the help of millions of folks donating and so many people volunteering that some had to be turned away. So I guess it's time to try to return to a little bit of the routine. And that means thinking about, and in my case, writing about Alabama sports.
We never took the time here at the Bama Sports Report to congratulate Sarah Patterson and the Alabama women's gymnastics team for winning the National Championship. I know that women's sports don't exactly dominate the headlines here, but a national title in any sport is something to proud of. I used to do some work with the Tide gymnastics program and those ladies work their butts off and represent the University extremely well in the classroom, in the community, and in the gym. Their title is well earned.
The Bama women's softball team wrapped up the SEC Championship over the weekend. That's nothing new for Patrick Murphy and his team, as lofty rankings and titles have become the expectation. You can pretty much count on the Tide to be a contender in the SEC Tournament, and to host NCAA Tournament games once again.
Both of the golf teams are top seeds at their NCAA Regional tournaments, showing off the depth that's been created in the Bama athletic department.
We didn't do any coverage of the NFL Draft and where the Bama guys went - including the SEC record tying four first round picks. The lack of power made that tough to report on. We'll rectify that in the coming days with looks at where Bama's drafted players went, and how they fit with their new teams - assuming that the NFL lockout will be over in time for them to actually join their new teams.
We'll also get to our look at the football roster. We've got scholarship numbers to talk about. We've got post spring position battles to talk about. We've got player profiles coming.
We'll also do our best to let you know of anything that Bama athletes and coaches are doing to try to help in the recovery of the city of Tuscaloosa.
Mostly, though, we're just going to try to get back to the routine. It's not easy, so forgive us if it goes a little slow. If you've got suggestions for things you'd like to see us write about in the coming days/weeks, let us know.
Otherwise, we'll try to get an overall report on how the spring sports are wrapping up their seasons and get into the post spring football talk.