Finebaum Book: Paul Finebaum has released his new book, "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference." I didn't have $26.99, so I read bits and browsed the pictures at Books-A-Million last week.
On the cover photo are many callers to the Paul Finebaum Show, which airs from 2:00-6:00 weekday afternoons on 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM. Included are; Tammy, I-Man and the infamous Charles from Reeltown. Inside the book, Finebaum makes reference to the guy from Highway 49 with his "country boy whuppin'" quote.
As for Finebaum's playing days, there are none to speak of. He writes, "I never played a down of football. I'm built like a paper clip. I weigh a buck and change and wouldn't know a skinny post from the post-master general. But I know what greatness looks like. It looks like the SEC."
Finebaum's radio show is now available on the new SEC Network. Bruce Burgess with Bright House Networks had this to say about the new channel. "In all my 43 years in the business, I have never seen this much excitement over a channel launch."
High School Games of the Week: Raycom Media will be featuring prep football games on television every Thursday. Locals can watch on WSFA's digital channel, Bounce TV.
Graham Dunn of River Region Sports, weekdays from 12:00-2:00 on WTLS Radio, is handling the play-by-play. Click Here to read the full story.
Football Picks: This week I transition this column into football prognostications. Next week I'll incorporate the college slate. Remember to make your predictions and e-mail them to me to take part in our weekly contest. *Note: pick your winners before the games are played.
Childersburg at Reeltown: The Rebels open up with a hefty schedule. Instead of kicking off against Dadeville, Reeltown now plays up to another good 4A team in Childersburg. Dadeville will follow next week.
Expect a close game, but I give the visitors the edge. Chil. 22, Rebs 20.
Trinity at Dale County: Just as its hard to pick against Jackie "O," it's also tough to go against longtime coach Randy Ragsdale at Trinity. I'm going against the trend this week. Dale Co. 27, Trinity 21.
Central Miami at Hoover: People don't talk about Rush Probst much anymore. Remember the MTV show, "Two-A-Days?" Josh Niblett hasn't skipped a beat at Hoover U. He's currently in the midst of the school's longest win streak at 30 games.
This may be the best opportunity for a loss. There's probably no team in this state that can knock off the Bucs. Hoover 24, Miami 21 .
Spanish Fort vs. Stanhope Elmore: The in-state team that might have the best shot at Hoover is Spanish Fort. The Toros (remember Oz) are building a dynasty.
This is the only game that will count in the Champions Challenge. Stanhope needs to show that they're worthy of the invite after a 4-6 season last year. Toros ("What's a Toro?") 34, Stanhope 20.
Notasulga at Tallassee: The jamboree now counts. The CW's Loser Line is Tallassee by 45.
I'm sure that the Blue Devils' Robert Langford is grateful to former coach James Lucas for setting this up (tongue in cheek). It's just a mismatch.
Baynes will have a field day for a half and rest up for next week. Battles won't run up the score, but it'll be out of reach by halftime.
THS 54, Not. 6.