Thursday, November 29, 2012

SEC, SEC, SEC, SEC!



Sorry to shout, but I have to brag and boast a bit - as a Crimson Tide fan it feels damn good to be heading to the SEC Championship this weekend. Yes, again, and Alabama will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the battle for their division.

On the one hand you have Georgia, fighting for a Championship win, and for the chance to say they blew the Crimson Tide's chances at not only another SEC Championship, but also wanting to crush our dreams of trying for a 15th National Championship title.

On the second hand, you have the Alabama Crimson Tide. You know the team everyone is tired of seeing in the Championship games, seeing at #1, hearing about on Sports Center, the team people are tired of seeing win and take all the glory. Those people are namely Auburn fans and any other fan of any other college team in the United States. I know you're all sick of it - if you're into college football you're thinking LET SOMEONE ELSE WIN, LET SOMEONE ELSE go to the Championship game. Well it almost happened. The moment Alabama lost to Texas A&M, fans everywhere were cheering, screaming and totally counting out Alabama for another SEC Championship and / or National Championship run. My husband and I were not. You never count out Alabama, not until that fat lady sings.

Less than two weeks later, here we are. Ducks, lost a game.  Kansas, lost a game. In my living room that night you would have thought we were watching Alabama play the way my husband and I were yelping and cheering at the end of those games. It's my opinion as a Bama fan that yes, we deserve this. Others will balk at such things. Others will say, let someone else have this time to shine, and to that I will say this, when your team is playing the way AL does, keeping the points low like we have been trying to do all season, and win over tougher opponents in your own division, and (in my opinion, the college league) then we will gladly pass the torch on to you to take on another super tough team, or even ourselves in the National Championship.

I'm not saying that Oregon and Kansas aren't great teams. They are, but I have to say that I think having to battle with teams in the SEC such as LSU, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and now Texas A&M seems to be a lot tougher than playing in the PAC12 or BIG10 - NO disrespect to these teams but if you look at the current BCS standings, which division has more teams in the top ten? That's right, the SEC (6 schools, in the 10 ten). Bama only lost 1 game in their own division, this year, and that was the only game they lost for the entire regular season. Being knocked down by Texas A&M which we knew would be a hard battle, was rough but we are still #2 in the rankings and that feels good. Not as amazing as a perfect winning season, but to still have a fighting chance for a National Championship run, feels great.

You will notice I am not crap talking, or boasting that we WILL be in the National Championship this year. I will be honest, I hate trash talk. So I you won't get it here. It's my hope that we will make it there, and that we will win. I would love to face Notre Dame for the title. My husband has been talking about wanting this all season long when he saw how well the Fighting Irish were doing and mentioned that this is how he'd like it all to go down. If we are skilled enough and lucky enough to win against Georgia, and if and only if we are skilled enough and have trained hard enough to take on Notre Dame and win in the National Championship game, this will make 15 wins for Alabama. A pretty awesome record for sure. But I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch.

Looking too far ahead can really ruin a team. The thing I love about Nick Saban as a coach is that he's not looking too far ahead in the future. He focuses on each game as it comes, and he prepares his team accordingly for the game in front of them. Not 2 games a head, not a single hop ahead, the game in front of them. I am sure there are kids on the team, hopeful for a shot at the National Championship but you best believe that Saban will be drilling it into their heads that they have to prepare for Georgia, and Georgia alone.  The Bulldogs will fight with all they have against the Tide. I know this. All teams do. Georgia has a lot to prove, as does the Tide. These two teams haven't played each other yet this year, so it will be a fresh game for both of them. GA will a force to be reckoned with come Saturday and Alabama knows this.

I don't make predictions, and I don't make bets. I hope my team will win. So I will do as I always do during and Alabama game, sport my teams colors (my lucky shirt), drink a beer  (or 5), curse the announcers every time they comment on the kicker, Shelley's perfect season (don't jinx us asshats!),  hold my breath whenever AJ McCarron bombs a pass down field, scream at the television to the receiver to hold on to that ball, holler at Lacy to run his ass off and get angry every time we get a penalty, and above all , shake my "sword" (shaker/pom pom) and cheer loudly for the Tide.

The SEC is forever changing. In the wake of the loss to Alabama, Mr. Chizik was fired from Auburn. Tennessee got rid of their coach and may others are changing their ways to keep up with teams like Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU and Florida. Each year the teams get better, and each year the fans faith in their teams is tested. I will admit as a semi-new Bama fan I have started rooting during a great time in the school history, but the passion I've developed in the past 6 years for this team, will stay through thick and thin.

We had one loss this year - and for a fan base that is used to winning you would have thought we'd lost the Super Bowl when A&M took us to the house. It was a bit difficult to watch the Aggies sing their victory song and do their victory dance in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but, it was warranted. They played an amazing game. Bama fans are passionate, as are Auburn Fans. And the same can be said for all the SEC fans I know. I've always enjoyed football, but I will be the first to say NFL is completely different than college. There is a certain passion involved with college players vs. professional.

I look forward to the game this weekend. It's my birthday on Saturday. So I will be hoping for a win. However, win or lose, I know both Georgia and Alabama will be ready for the game, and fight until that final whistle is called.

May the best team win! And may Notre Dame be ready for the furry that is THE SEC, no matter who wins.

Lastly I leave you with a proud, ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hot or Not? It's time for an NBA breakdown



My roommate (Upgrade) and I have varying opinions of men. We like different guys, we go after different looks. However, we both love the NBA. A lot. And we both love to watch the men. Cause they are delicious.

We don't agree who is most delicious. We'll let you decide. Here's our top picks and why they got there.

Kevin Garnett
http://image.funscrape.com/images/k/kevin_garnett_boston_celtics-6712.jpg
Upgrade: HOT! I give him a 10, a fucking 10!!!! (Ok, Upgrade, we need to know why . . . . ) He's sexy. He's sexual chocolate. His smile is captivating. Plus, he looks mean, I like it. Lots of intensity in his face when he plays.
AuntBT: Not. Ok, I'll give you the smile. The rest, I don't really see it. But it's okay. We know we like different guys.

Tyson Chandler
http://img.fannation.com/upload/truth_rumor/photo_upload/346/295/full/Tyson-Chandler-Getty.jpg
AuntBT: HOT. Ok, this is my absolute number one. He's so pretty, intense, and an amazing ball player. Plus, I love boys with tattoos. Delicious.
Upgrade: Not. When looking at this picture I would say yes, but he isn't always nice to look at on the court.

Dwight Howard
http://s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibtimes.com/files/styles/article_large/public/2012/08/10/295292-dwight-howard.jpg
AuntBT: Hot. Still not my favorite, but I completely see it. I mean, come on. Look at those arms and shoulders.
Upgrade: Seriously Hot. This one is tough, mainly because he might top KG, who is my absolute fave. I would lick the sweat right off of those massive arms and gorgeous skin...right off!

Kobe Bryant
http://images.forbes.com/media/lists/53/2009/kobe-bryant.jpg
AuntBT: Not. Sorry, the fact that I've now had to look at two Lakers players is one thing, but I just can't get on the Kobe train. He makes my skin crawl.
Upgrade: Hot. Always been on the list...the smile is contagious, regardless of whether or not he is complaining about a call. He has an interesting story too, which makes him even more sexy :)

Dahntay Jones
http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/common/medialib/269/696263.jpg
AuntBT: Not. Sorry, I've seen this guy up close and he seems like a nice enough kid. But that's about as far as it goes. He's not ugly, but nothing is making my knees shake.
Upgrade: He has the sexy, sultry, smokey look going and it is HOT!

Dirk Nowitzki
http://thenolookpass.com/Pix/dirk003.jpg
AuntBT: Hot. Yup, I said it. I love me some tall german men. I also feel in love just watching him play ball. Not saying he should be on the cover of a magazine, but definitely hot in my book.
Upgrade: Not. This one has grown on me over the years, mainly because of the type of person he is, but if we are talking initial meeting and seeing him, I would say he doesn't do it for me :( Sorry Dirkalicious!

Blake Griffin
http://richkidsbrand.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/b.jpeg
Upgrade: Hot. Don't know what it is, but he is SEXY! The arms are immaculate, and the body is to boot as well. He has a pretty gorgeous smile too, you just don't see it a lot. Plus he is one of the most exciting players to watch in the league, great combo :)
AuntBT: Not. Sorry Upgrade, I know you love him. He does nothing for me. He's not one I would stop on the street to stare at.

Shawn Marion
http://pegasusnews.com/media/img/photos/2012/11/06/thumbs/marion.JPG.728x520_q85.jpg
AuntBT: Hot. Yes, he's completely and utterly T-Rex. (Watch him shoot. He's T-Rex.) But he's yummy. Check out how he dresses before games. You'll thank me.
Upgrade:  Not. On the court, no...the faces are too much for me, and that god-awful shot! Yuck! But I agree with AuntBT, the man sure can dress!

Carmelo Anthony
http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.138753.1313984789!/img/httpImage/alg-knicks-carmelo-anthony-jpg.jpg
AuntBT: Not. Sorry. He's still the nasty player from the Thuggets. Nothing about him is hot, except maybe his lust to be Lebron. Who also, still sucks.
Upgrade: Don't see why he made this list, but I guess I can see why some might think he is good looking. He does have pretty skin, but that is about it for me.
Why did we put him on the list? Oh right. Cause we wanted to make sure people knew he sucks.

Tony Parker
 http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/804/06/804_1340631286.jpg
AuntBT: I'll straddle the line on this one. He annoys the crap out of me, but I get why girls love him. I mean . . . he does have a great french accent.
Upgrade:  Not even a little. French accents mean nothing when you are a cheater...sorry Tony, that right there ruins it for me...plus you aren't that good looking anyway. You were lucky to have Eva when you did.

Luke Walton
http://lakers.ocregister.com/files/2012/01/Luke-Walton.jpg 
AuntBT: Hot. Why must there be so many Lakers??? Ugh. Other than that, he's hot. He's a benchwarmer, but I like to look at him. A muzzle might be a good option for him though. Just sayin.
Upgrade: Not. Much better looking than his father, but doesn't really do much for me...I do like his hair though!

Vince Carter
 http://www.sbrforum.com/Pictures/vince-carter-mavs.jpg
Upgrade: Hot. The ultimate sex appeal when you are talking older man! He has had it since day one! Another gorgeous smile!
AuntBT: Not. I love to watch Vince play, but no. Not getting it. Sorry Upgrade.

Chris Paul
 http://sportscoma.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Chris-Paul.jpg
AuntBT: Hot. Yes, he's little on the court, but I like it. He's got a fantastic smile. He handles the ball like no one else. Just sayin, good hands.
Upgrade: Not. He is a good looking man, I must admit, but doesn't do much for me.

Derrick Williams
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1112/nba-rookies-to-watch/images/derrick-williams(2).jpg
AuntBT: Not. Nope. Sorry. Plus, he's a child.

Upgrade: Not. Was OK until he smiled. Come on Derrick, you have the money, now fix those teeth!
Why is he on here??

Tyler Hansbrough
Tyler Hansbrough Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels thanks fans before the start of their game against the Duke Blue Devils on senior night at the Dean E. Smith Center on March 8, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler Hansbrough
AuntBT: I'll straddle the line on this one. He's pretty cute, but he bleeds more than most girls. Seriously, he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. He's broken his nose so many times he has to wear a face guard every game. Hence the college photo.
Upgrade: Not. Other than the fact that he is in the NBA, there is nothing appealing about him to me. But it could be that he is UNC alum.

Kris Humphries
http://ronernbphilly.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/kris_humphries_111028207.jpg 
AuntBT: Hate to admit it, but Hot. He's so dumb. So dumb. But, he's pretty. Yup. So pretty.
Upgrade: HOT, but ruined...because of all the Kardashians, you had to pick the dumbest, whiniest, most nasty of them all, therefore makes you pretty dumb yourself. But you are nice to look at Kris, yes you are :)

Okay ladies, what are your thoughts?? Any we missed? Any that you completely disagree with? It wouldn't be the first time we were wrong. 

All photos were found from Google Images

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cold weather? Yes, I think so.





My goodness, where did October go? I can’t believe it’s already November.

Good things happen in October and November. It’s definitely the best time of year (well the Fall season is). Down here in Texas we don’t have snow very often, so when the cold air blows in, we throw on our big soft sweaters, our boots (no spurs), and complain about how cold 40 degrees is. And we love it. Why? Because it finally feels like football season and basketball season begins. There is something about being covered head to toe in hats, gloves and overcoats, sitting outside freezing at a football game. Not that I’ve actually been freezing yet, but wearing a jacket is nice. The Dallas Cowboys are losing and it’s glorious. Jerry Jones was actually quoted saying if he wasn’t the General Manager, he would fire the General Manager for the team playing this way. Yes, his ego is so large that he won’t step down as GM, but if the GM was another person, he would absolutely fire them. Ummmmm . . . . yeah, and people wonder why I hate the Cowboys.

College football is incredibly intense right now. The SEC has been completely turned upside down. Honestly, it’s the exact opposite of what I had hoped. I had kept my fingers crossed that the SEC would stomp on the egos of Texas A&M. Yes, sorry to all you Aggies out there, but I’ve had to hear your “whoop” one too many times, and have had to deal with a few die hards that I really would like to punch in the face. (That’s not to say that there aren’t lovely and kind Aggies out there, because I know there are. I have a few friends who are awesome Aggies, unfortunately the obnoxious overtake the kind in this situation.) The Aggies have somehow dominated and took down the number one seeded Alabama. Yes, Roll Tide was put to shame by the Aggies. I’m just shaking my head.

When the leaves start to change into those pretty hues of orange and yellow, you get a tingly sensation in your toes, and you know it’s time to head inside and watch basketball! Ah, yes. I know you are as thrilled as I am that the NBA is back in session. College basketball kicked off last week, and we’re diving head first into a great season. Why so great? The Lakers are already causing drama by firing their head coach after FIVE games. Yes, you read that right, apparently that’s all it takes now. In case you’re wondering, that is what having no support from upper management looks like, the first sign of trouble and you’re gone. The older guys are all hurt and riding the bench. For quite a few teams, their star players are riding the bench from injuries. This is bad, but also a great thing for the younger players. This gives them a chance to actually learn how to play in clutch circumstances. They are required to step up and lead, make the plays. When the “stars” get healthy enough, the dynamic will change. But, this means the coach will be able to look at different players throughout the season. Yes, you want your best players healthy, you want the older players leading the team, but you also want the young guys to step up and not just follow. I also like the older guys resting, so their legs are ready for the playoffs.

So what does this mean for the ladies? Get that fire going, cuddle up on the couch, and enjoy some wonderful sports. For the men? Deal with it, we’re watching too. Go make us some chili.