Thursday, November 15, 2007
Posted by The Stringers at 11:18 AM
Monday, November 12, 2007
What's that? The word "Croom" isn't in the dictionary? You know why? Because it's not a verb. Or a four-letter word. Not anymore. You do not lose to Mississippi State these days and lose your job. At least Tommy Tuberville, Rich Brooks and Nick Saban hope that's the case. Tuberville, Brooks and Saban are good football coaches, but that's not all they have in common. They all coach teams that will play in bowl games this season. They all coach teams that have been ranked this season.
They all coach teams that were ranked this season when they lost to Mississippi State. And not one of them would trade rosters with Sylvester Croom for all the cowbells in Starkville.
Beat one ranked team as an underdog, and it could be a fluke. Beat a second ranked team as an underdog, and it could be an extraordinary run of good fortune.
Beat three ranked teams in the same season, two of them away from home, and there's no explanation beyond hard work against long odds.
That's why today, more than ever, "Croom" is nothing more and nothing less than a proper noun. It's the proper name of a proud head football coach in the Southeastern Conference.
In a few weeks, it'll be the name of the 2007 SEC coach of the year.
Croom has come a long way in four long years at Mississippi State. He's gone from making Alabama look bad by not hiring him to making Alabama look bad by playing him.
The Crimson Tide can't use probation and sanctions as an excuse after a second straight loss to the Bulldogs. Croom inherited probation and sanctions himself in Starkville, without a rich tradition to help overcome those problems.
Consider that his alma mater can boast of 12 national championships. His employer can boast of 12 bowl teams.
Don't laugh. Six of State's bowl teams actually won their bowl games.
Unlike its 24-16 loss to Mississippi State last year, Alabama can't blame Saturday's 17-12 defeat on Mike Shula. In some ways, this loss under Saban was worse.
Last year, Alabama lost with a first-year starter at quarterback to a State team with a second-year starter under center.
This year, Alabama lost with a second-year starter at quarterback - who's regressing under the new regime - to a true freshman at the wheel.
Not to mention, after losing to State last year, Alabama should've had all the motivation it needed to even the score, especially for a master psychologist like Saban. Instead, the Tide now has active multi-year losing streaks to three of its five SEC West rivals.
Four years of grinding across the state line have made one thing more obvious than ever. Alabama hired the wrong man in 2003.
The Bullies have lost a lot of games the last four seasons without losing their way, without losing faith and hope in their head coach.
In that way, Mississippi State is the school that got Croomed.
Posted by The Stringers at 6:59 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2007
So I guess Coach Stringer was taking in some serious words of wisdom on the sidelines...or who knows, maybe HE was the one doing all the talking. I would definitely not be suprised. Reed is very smart on and off the field. He works so hard and I am so proud of him and all of the BULLDOGS!
Reed looks pretty excited! That is him
with his hands up in the air!!! All I can say is..."We just beat the hell out of you! MAROON, WHITE...fight, fight fight. MISSISSIPPI STATE, woo, you're damn right!"
Next week we travel to Little Rock to play Arkansas. I cannot believe that we only have 2 more games left in the regular season. I feel like we are just getting started!!! Anyway, all is well in the Stringer house. All is REALLY REALLY well.
Posted by The Stringers at 12:45 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
So, I have a little brother. I am a pretty big fan of his, which you will come to learn. It is very possible that you will get tired of hearing about my brother seeing as how basketball season is
upon us. He is great. He is a senior at MRA where he leads FCA. He is involved with Young Life for Junior High Students and many other church organizations and activities. He is also a really good athlete. You will hear alot about MRA basketball in the coming months and then on to baseball in the spring. Anyway, the best thing about Andrew is his witty personality and his sense of humor. He is hilarious. From doing full out impressions of Will Ferrell (from any of his movies) to cracking a joke at the dinner table, he is a hoot! That is why I was not surprised wen I saw this picture on his facebook. During homecoming week, they had "celebrity day" where the students dressed as their favorite celebrity. Will Ferrell? Jerry Rice? A musician? Oh no. That would be too easy...and he might just fly under the radar. That would be NO fun!
As you can see from the picture, Andrew chose a much more exciting celebrity to honor on this day!!! Prison pants, a football jersy, some gold chains, and of course some DOGS
hanging around his neck!!! I cannot believe that he got away with this!!!! I little risky, but altogether clever and yet again HILLARIOUS!!! Thank, Michael Vick, for making me smile!
Posted by The Stringers at 8:35 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
I know I am a little behind with this post, but we have been so busy around here that I really have not had time to sit down at my computer for more than two seconds.
We had a great trip to Lexington for the Kentucky game. The trip home was even more fun!!!!
Let me just start out by saying...NEVER TRUST THE WEATHERMAN! The wives all flew with the team so I was "asked politely" by my husband to "pack light." HA. I know we were only going to be there for one night, but you never know about the weather or my mood or whatever excuse we ladies give for packing our entire wardrobe for a weekend away! So....about the weatherman. It was SUPPOSED to be 60 degrees and partly cloudy, so we were thinking....GREAT, BEAUTIFUL Kentucky weather for the game. WRONG. We woke up Saturday morning and went to get on the bus and it was DARK outside....at 9:30 in the morning....DARK and FREEZING. More like 40 than 60. Our husbands and even the equiptment staff were all running out bringing us extra sweatshirts and rain gear. (I guess they were thinking about the flight home with us and would rather us not all be wet and bitchy.)
We all bundled up but actually were a little warm throughout parts of the game because we were jumping up and down so much!!! I actually stripped down to my tank top when the refs made that terrible call against derek pushing andre woodson out of bounds. I was so fired up!!!
Posted by The Stringers at 5:15 PM