SEC Media Days Encounter: The most exciting part of Media Days last week might have been the treats. We received an invitation to attend "Media Appreciation Night" sponsored by DISH Network at the Hoover Met. There was free food, so I went.
We were shuttled from the hotel to the stadium and treated to ribs, barbeque and all the fixings. The highlight for me had to be the meet and greet with the special guest, Emmitt Smith.
I could tell you that he was chummy with everybody, but that wouldn't be true. In his defense, the NFL's all-time leading rusher had about a minute with each guest. Here's how our exchange went (by the way I'm a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan).
Me: Hey Emmitt. Enjoyed watching you play. I'm a big Cowboys fan.
Emmitt: (No response).
Me: (Smiling for the camera). Thanks Emmitt. Good to see you.
Emmitt: (Smiling for the camera - no response).
Was I upset? Was I snubbed? A simple "Thanks" or "Hey" would've sufficed. Maybe he was saving his voice for the brief speech when he bragged about running all over Alabama as a Florida freshman at Birmingham's Legion Field.
SEC Media Picks: The media picked Alabama to win the SEC - the kiss of death. Alabama has never won the SEC when being picked by the media. Every time they won, they weren't picked.
Nick Saban said he hopes they buck the trend this year. Last year's champ Auburn got the second most votes. Believe it or not, somebody picked Arkansas. The Hogs didn't win a game last year in conference, but neither did Auburn before last season's title run.
State Title Winners: Tallassee's 8U Darlings softball and 15U Babe Ruth baseball brought home championships last week. In addition, several local players were a part of the 11U state baseball title with the local Beehive squad. Congrats to all for representing the community well.
The local Beehive team is in Mississippi for the World Series. The 8U Darlings will travel there too for the Dixie Softball World Series action. The Tallassee Babe Ruth squad will be on its way to Virginia.
Some of the Babe Ruth players will be missing some workouts for football with their travels. If Tallassee wins the regional in Va., they're off to Washington state. Those games could be played into late August. The football season starts Aug. 22. It'll be a nice problem to have for coach Mike Battles.
Taylor at Stanhope: Tony Taylor has taken over the head boys basketball job at Stanhope Elmore High School. Taylor had recently been coaching in Georgia. He also coached at THS.
Jones Legacy: Another Tallassee legend has passed on. Tom Jones was a player under Coach "Hot" O'Brien at THS and went on to coach at the high school and college levels. Read More about his Hall of Fame career.