01 November 2011
The University of Alabama football team officially began work for the LSU game on Monday. The practice was held on Coach Saban's 60th birthday and began what should be a very interesting week.
Here's what you need to know:
We aren't likely to know the status of Anthony Steen or Eddie Lacy until game time. The staff will know long before then, but we will almost certainly see Lacy limited all week and Steen working sporadically with Alfred McCullough at right guard.
The staff likely already knows whether these guys are playing or not, but they don't want to tip that information to LSU. We'll still tell you what is visible during the media viewing period, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's what we'll all see on Saturday.
Alex Watkins still has a cast on his broken arm, but he was out of a black jersey. It would be a big boost to Bama's special teams if Watkins is able to play.
Barrett Jones was back working at left tackle after some lighter workouts last week. He's one of several guys who have played pretty banged up for the last weeks. The off week came at a good time.
Sadly that's all of the real news. And that's likely to be about all we get all week. The staff isn't going to show anything of value leading up to a game of this magnitude.
How big is the game? Tickets are listed on Stubhub for more than $10,000 each. I doubt those folks will get that much, but I am betting you'll see tickets go for close to $1,000 during the week.
Rumors are rampant that the game is likely to see a lot of celebrity attendees. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Shaquille O'Neal, Lil Wayne, Charlie Sheen... I won't be surprised if all or none of those folks make it. But the fact that rumors abound about it should tell you what you need to know.
If you have tickets, count yourself lucky, because this is likely to be one of those special games that people talk about for years. It's probably going to be one of those games that five years from now there will be 200,000 claiming to have been there.
I'm not much for hyperbole when it comes to stuff like this, but this will simply put be the biggest game ever played in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Bama will practice again on Tuesday, and we'll have our normal report.