Thursday, May 30, 2013

Viane Talamaivao gives verbal to Alabama

Centennial High School (Corona, CA) offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama for 2014.

Listed as a four-star prospect per, Talamaivao, who stands
6-foot-3 and tops the scale at 300-pounds, selected the Crimson Tide over the likes of Florida State, UCLA, and USC. In total, Talamaivao had scholarship offers from 17 major programs.

With his pledge to the Crimson Tide, Talamaivao becomes the eighth verbal commitment in respect to the 2014 signing class.


May in Review: Title rings and Hall of Fame scenes

Once spring practice concludes during the latter portion of April, college football takes a backseat to a plethora of other sports. This “black hole” period often results in the month of May being one of the most lackluster months on the calendar in respect to college football news…most notably University of Alabama football news.

Given the climate that is May, a “block” of newsworthy items that occurred during the month has been compiled to form a “month in review” post.

In no particular order, here are several “nuggets” that came across the wire this month…

Saban inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

If dominance over the opposition is a factor when deciding “Hall of Fame” material, then Nick Saban must have tipped the scale. Alabama’s football leader has officially been enshrined…aight?


Mal Moore named AD of the year

The late Mal Moore has been named the Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. Posthumously honored, Moore passed away in late March following a lengthy illness.


Crimson Tide receive two verbal commitments

Defensive tackle O.J. Smith and linebacker Zach Whitley have each verbally pledged to the University of Alabama for 2014.

Smith, rated a two-star prospect (no, that is not a typo) per, stands 6-foot-2 and tops the scale at 320-pounds.

In respect to Whitley, the four-star prospect stands 6-foot-2 and tops the scale at 222-pounds.

Danny Woodson, Jr. transfers to South Alabama

When a log jam of talent at wide receiver meets personal suspension, a transfer is usually on the horizon…and so is/was the case with Danny Woodson, Jr.

Woodson, Jr., the son of former Crimson Tide quarterback Danny Woodson, will now complete his college career at the University of South Alabama.


QB Phillip Ely to Toledo

The rumors began as early as a week after the national championship game, and finally, months later, those rumors have been validated. Former Tide backup quarterback Philip Ely is now a Toledo Rocket.

With lack of playing time being the obvious reason, Ely has decided to part ways with Alabama, although he will do so on excellent terms. Via Ely’s Twitter feed he praised ‘Bama fans and wished his former teammates nothing but the best in the future.

The proof is in the ring…or rings

Crimson Tide offensive lineman Anthony Steen, via Twitter, posted the new “bling” which is the ultimate “material piece” that commemorates the 2012 national championship season.

Pictured below, the rings honor the SEC Championship, BCS National Championship, and "program" national championship.

Don't let the "bling of a dynasty" hurt your eyes!

Edwin Watts Golf

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Roll 'Dega: McCarron/MWR highlight 'Bama title team

When Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is not throwing touchdown passes in the national championship game, he’s driving the pace car in NASCAR’s most elite division.

As the Sprint Cup Series arrives in Talladega this Sunday for the Aaron’s 499, McCarron will be the honorary pace car driver as he will lead a 43 car field to the green flag.

In conjunction with McCarron’s appearance, Michael Waltrip Racing, for the third time in four years, and second consecutive year, will honor the national championship Alabama football team with a special paint scheme. The No. 55 Aaron’s/Alabama National Championship Toyota Camry will be piloted by MWR team owner, and veteran racer, Michael Waltrip.

No. 55 Aaron's/Alabama National Championship Toyota Camry

Chipper Jones, the former Atlanta Brave and future MLB Hall of Famer, will serve as the grand marshal for Sunday’s race.

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