shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Wooohooo!!! Happy Dance! Wooohooo!

National Champs!!!



14th National Championship!!!!!!!!!!
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Wooohooo!!! Happy Dance! Wooohooo!

National Champs!!!



14th National Championship!!!!!!!!!!
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Wooohooo!!! Happy Dance! Wooohooo!

National Champs!!!



14th National Championship!!!!!!!!!!

Roll Tide!

Dec. 4th, 2011 07:32 pm
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Going to the National Championship Game! (Well not personally. Those tickets cost a lot so it's doubtful that I'll go.) But the Tide.

Rematch w/ LSU!


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

Roll Tide!

Dec. 4th, 2011 07:32 pm
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Going to the National Championship Game! (Well not personally. Those tickets cost a lot so it's doubtful that I'll go.) But the Tide.

Rematch w/ LSU!


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

Roll Tide!

Dec. 4th, 2011 07:32 pm
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Going to the National Championship Game! (Well not personally. Those tickets cost a lot so it's doubtful that I'll go.) But the Tide.

Rematch w/ LSU!


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Hah!

I just happened to run across ESPN doing a history of the SEC Championship Game documentary, and they were showing the inaugural game.   So, they're showing the crowd and the cheerleaders 'at the game' wearing short sleeves and t-shirts.

Okay, I was at that game.  Want to know my most clear memory of it?  It wasn't our winning.  It was that IT WAS THE COLDEST GAME EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!  Twenty years later, I still remember how cold it was.  I remember what boots I was wearing, because my feet were frozen.  I remember that we were sitting in the endzone... where we were freezing our asses off.  I remember that it was 5 degrees and windy!

It. was. cold.   

... so I'm thinking they were using crowd shots from some other game. :D

(And yeah, I realize how bizarre it is that I remember a football game from twenty years ago.)
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Hah!

I just happened to run across ESPN doing a history of the SEC Championship Game documentary, and they were showing the inaugural game.   So, they're showing the crowd and the cheerleaders 'at the game' wearing short sleeves and t-shirts.

Okay, I was at that game.  Want to know my most clear memory of it?  It wasn't our winning.  It was that IT WAS THE COLDEST GAME EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!  Twenty years later, I still remember how cold it was.  I remember what boots I was wearing, because my feet were frozen.  I remember that we were sitting in the endzone... where we were freezing our asses off.  I remember that it was 5 degrees and windy!

It. was. cold.   

... so I'm thinking they were using crowd shots from some other game. :D

(And yeah, I realize how bizarre it is that I remember a football game from twenty years ago.)
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
Hah!

I just happened to run across ESPN doing a history of the SEC Championship Game documentary, and they were showing the inaugural game.   So, they're showing the crowd and the cheerleaders 'at the game' wearing short sleeves and t-shirts.

Okay, I was at that game.  Want to know my most clear memory of it?  It wasn't our winning.  It was that IT WAS THE COLDEST GAME EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!  Twenty years later, I still remember how cold it was.  I remember what boots I was wearing, because my feet were frozen.  I remember that we were sitting in the endzone... where we were freezing our asses off.  I remember that it was 5 degrees and windy!

It. was. cold.   

... so I'm thinking they were using crowd shots from some other game. :D

(And yeah, I realize how bizarre it is that I remember a football game from twenty years ago.)

Dude!

Oct. 31st, 2011 12:37 pm
shipperx: (Spike - Holy Crap)
Out of curiosity, I checked out what tickets in my area of the stadium are selling for for the Nov. 5 Bama vs.LSU game.

Dude... $645 - $1000 per ticket!

That's nuts!

Selling 1 ticket (at the lowest number) would just about cover everything I spent for the entire season. (I'd net a profit with the high number).

Part of why they can drive the ticket prices so high is that every game is sold out to season tickets holders and have been for decades (except for the mandatory allotment of visitor's tickets {which in turn go to the opposing team's season ticket holders} and student tickets {which require student I.D.'s).

There's a waiting list to become eligible to buy season tickets, because people don't give them up. I've had the exact same seats since 1991 (if someone new picks up a seat around you, you wonder who got divorced or died. Seriously.)

So the tickets that are for sale are season ticket holder re-sales for this specific game. And at $1000 a ticket (face value I think is $75 or $85(?) I cannot blame them. (It would shatter my Dad's heart if any of us discussed selling our tickets to the game... which we wouldn't do... because are you KIDDING?!)



For those going wha-huh?

What's driving the economics of these tickets is that currently we're ranked #2 in the nation and LSU is ranked #1, and the winner of the game is all-but given the SEC West berth in the SEC championship (and the SEC east kind of sucks this year, so odds are with the West). And in the last five years, the winner of the SEC went on to (rather handily) become the National Champ.

In essence this regular season game will most likely kill one team's chances of even being allowed to play for the national championship, because despite being #1 and #2 in the polls, the odds are against the BSC allowing a re-match.

This week's game could be the whole ball of wax.

ESPN is has taken to hyping the hell out of the game:





Heh. And so have fans: (And you thought only shippers did fan vids! :)

Dude!

Oct. 31st, 2011 12:37 pm
shipperx: (Spike - Holy Crap)
Out of curiosity, I checked out what tickets in my area of the stadium are selling for for the Nov. 5 Bama vs.LSU game.

Dude... $645 - $1000 per ticket!

That's nuts!

Selling 1 ticket (at the lowest number) would just about cover everything I spent for the entire season. (I'd net a profit with the high number).

Part of why they can drive the ticket prices so high is that every game is sold out to season tickets holders and have been for decades (except for the mandatory allotment of visitor's tickets {which in turn go to the opposing team's season ticket holders} and student tickets {which require student I.D.'s).

There's a waiting list to become eligible to buy season tickets, because people don't give them up. I've had the exact same seats since 1991 (if someone new picks up a seat around you, you wonder who got divorced or died. Seriously.)

So the tickets that are for sale are season ticket holder re-sales for this specific game. And at $1000 a ticket (face value I think is $75 or $85(?) I cannot blame them. (It would shatter my Dad's heart if any of us discussed selling our tickets to the game... which we wouldn't do... because are you KIDDING?!)



For those going wha-huh?

What's driving the economics of these tickets is that currently we're ranked #2 in the nation and LSU is ranked #1, and the winner of the game is all-but given the SEC West berth in the SEC championship (and the SEC east kind of sucks this year, so odds are with the West). And in the last five years, the winner of the SEC went on to (rather handily) become the National Champ.

In essence this regular season game will most likely kill one team's chances of even being allowed to play for the national championship, because despite being #1 and #2 in the polls, the odds are against the BSC allowing a re-match.

This week's game could be the whole ball of wax.

ESPN is has taken to hyping the hell out of the game:





Heh. And so have fans: (And you thought only shippers did fan vids! :)

Dude!

Oct. 31st, 2011 12:37 pm
shipperx: (Spike - Holy Crap)
Out of curiosity, I checked out what tickets in my area of the stadium are selling for for the Nov. 5 Bama vs.LSU game.

Dude... $645 - $1000 per ticket!

That's nuts!

Selling 1 ticket (at the lowest number) would just about cover everything I spent for the entire season. (I'd net a profit with the high number).

Part of why they can drive the ticket prices so high is that every game is sold out to season tickets holders and have been for decades (except for the mandatory allotment of visitor's tickets {which in turn go to the opposing team's season ticket holders} and student tickets {which require student I.D.'s).

There's a waiting list to become eligible to buy season tickets, because people don't give them up. I've had the exact same seats since 1991 (if someone new picks up a seat around you, you wonder who got divorced or died. Seriously.)

So the tickets that are for sale are season ticket holder re-sales for this specific game. And at $1000 a ticket (face value I think is $75 or $85(?) I cannot blame them. (It would shatter my Dad's heart if any of us discussed selling our tickets to the game... which we wouldn't do... because are you KIDDING?!)



For those going wha-huh?

What's driving the economics of these tickets is that currently we're ranked #2 in the nation and LSU is ranked #1, and the winner of the game is all-but given the SEC West berth in the SEC championship (and the SEC east kind of sucks this year, so odds are with the West). And in the last five years, the winner of the SEC went on to (rather handily) become the National Champ.

In essence this regular season game will most likely kill one team's chances of even being allowed to play for the national championship, because despite being #1 and #2 in the polls, the odds are against the BSC allowing a re-match.

This week's game could be the whole ball of wax.

ESPN is has taken to hyping the hell out of the game:





Heh. And so have fans: (And you thought only shippers did fan vids! :)

shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, any more than it already has in flood-ravaged central Pennsylvania, and they'll play a football game not far from here Saturday afternoon.

The normal driving distance is 88 miles, but this time, it'll be longer. Local authorities are advising fans to find alternate routes because parts of Route 22/322, the main highway between the state capital and State College, are closed for a very good reason.

They're either under water or the water has caused the road itself to crack and buckle.

Alabama and Penn State have so much in common, it seems only natural that they should find company in misery.

April saw a killer tornado in Tuscaloosa.

September brings a flood to central Pennsylvania that also has taken lives.

On Thursday, the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg rose to near-record levels after the drenching rains from Hurricane Irene followed by Tropical Storm Lee. There were mandatory evacuations and a mandatory curfew in several areas.

Flying into the Harrisburg International Airport at midday Thursday brought a scary sight. Some city streets literally disappeared into water as if they were boat launches.

A lot of people, locals and visitors wearing crimson and white alike, found themselves searching for higher ground.

There's a moral there somewhere.

Call it a break in the clouds.

Alabama and Penn State don't play every year, but the Crimson Tide's return visit couldn't have come at a worse or better time.

It couldn't be worse because of the weather, the terrible reminder that not even Father Time, Joe Paterno, is a match for Mother Nature. But college football needs this game right now in the worst way, which means the timing couldn't be better.

Is your head about to explode from the dollar-driven hypocrisy of Big 12 schools like Baylor, trying to stare down Texas A&M's move to the SEC when they didn't blink while leaving TCU, SMU and Houston in the dust of the old Southwest Conference?

Greed flies the charter and drives the bus, and Alabama and Penn State don't mind turning a profit themselves. Like most schools from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, they don't give up a non-conference home game very often, unless it's to play in some kind of classic at a neutral site.

But Alabama and Penn State don't mind giving up a big payday to play home-and-home with each other in one of the last great intersectional matchups. At least until conference games become intersectional matchups themselves.

Are your retinas still burning after watching Georgia in its red Nike pajamas and Maryland in its Technicolor Under Armour costumes on the season's opening weekend?

Turn your tired eyes to Beaver Stadium. There will be no wardrobe malfunctions when Alabama shows up in its traditional white unis with crimson helmets and Penn State trots out in its classic blue jerseys with white hats.

Bland will be beautiful.

Have you had your fill of the ugliness that the Alabama-Auburn game has become? GQ just did the latest in a series of national stories on the subject and called it "the most poisonous rivalry in sports."

If Alabama-Auburn is poison, Alabama-Penn State is the antidote.

If Alabama-Auburn is the Bryant-Denny P.A. system playing "Son of a Preacher Man" to mock Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama-Penn State is Nick Saban asking Tide fans not to boo the venerable Paterno before his visit last season.

Penn State assistant Jay Paterno, son of the head coach, returned the favor in his newspaper column Thursday, asking Nittany Lion fans to treat their visitors this weekend with class.

Maybe it's easier to be nice to the friend you see every so often than the neighbor you see every day. The friend is nothing more than an occasional opponent. The neighbor is an actual threat.

With all kinds of threats at its doorstep, college football can see one way to change for the better. Try to make Alabama-Auburn more like Alabama-Penn State.
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, any more than it already has in flood-ravaged central Pennsylvania, and they'll play a football game not far from here Saturday afternoon.

The normal driving distance is 88 miles, but this time, it'll be longer. Local authorities are advising fans to find alternate routes because parts of Route 22/322, the main highway between the state capital and State College, are closed for a very good reason.

They're either under water or the water has caused the road itself to crack and buckle.

Alabama and Penn State have so much in common, it seems only natural that they should find company in misery.

April saw a killer tornado in Tuscaloosa.

September brings a flood to central Pennsylvania that also has taken lives.

On Thursday, the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg rose to near-record levels after the drenching rains from Hurricane Irene followed by Tropical Storm Lee. There were mandatory evacuations and a mandatory curfew in several areas.

Flying into the Harrisburg International Airport at midday Thursday brought a scary sight. Some city streets literally disappeared into water as if they were boat launches.

A lot of people, locals and visitors wearing crimson and white alike, found themselves searching for higher ground.

There's a moral there somewhere.

Call it a break in the clouds.

Alabama and Penn State don't play every year, but the Crimson Tide's return visit couldn't have come at a worse or better time.

It couldn't be worse because of the weather, the terrible reminder that not even Father Time, Joe Paterno, is a match for Mother Nature. But college football needs this game right now in the worst way, which means the timing couldn't be better.

Is your head about to explode from the dollar-driven hypocrisy of Big 12 schools like Baylor, trying to stare down Texas A&M's move to the SEC when they didn't blink while leaving TCU, SMU and Houston in the dust of the old Southwest Conference?

Greed flies the charter and drives the bus, and Alabama and Penn State don't mind turning a profit themselves. Like most schools from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, they don't give up a non-conference home game very often, unless it's to play in some kind of classic at a neutral site.

But Alabama and Penn State don't mind giving up a big payday to play home-and-home with each other in one of the last great intersectional matchups. At least until conference games become intersectional matchups themselves.

Are your retinas still burning after watching Georgia in its red Nike pajamas and Maryland in its Technicolor Under Armour costumes on the season's opening weekend?

Turn your tired eyes to Beaver Stadium. There will be no wardrobe malfunctions when Alabama shows up in its traditional white unis with crimson helmets and Penn State trots out in its classic blue jerseys with white hats.

Bland will be beautiful.

Have you had your fill of the ugliness that the Alabama-Auburn game has become? GQ just did the latest in a series of national stories on the subject and called it "the most poisonous rivalry in sports."

If Alabama-Auburn is poison, Alabama-Penn State is the antidote.

If Alabama-Auburn is the Bryant-Denny P.A. system playing "Son of a Preacher Man" to mock Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama-Penn State is Nick Saban asking Tide fans not to boo the venerable Paterno before his visit last season.

Penn State assistant Jay Paterno, son of the head coach, returned the favor in his newspaper column Thursday, asking Nittany Lion fans to treat their visitors this weekend with class.

Maybe it's easier to be nice to the friend you see every so often than the neighbor you see every day. The friend is nothing more than an occasional opponent. The neighbor is an actual threat.

With all kinds of threats at its doorstep, college football can see one way to change for the better. Try to make Alabama-Auburn more like Alabama-Penn State.
shipperx: (Alabama _ Big Al)
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, any more than it already has in flood-ravaged central Pennsylvania, and they'll play a football game not far from here Saturday afternoon.

The normal driving distance is 88 miles, but this time, it'll be longer. Local authorities are advising fans to find alternate routes because parts of Route 22/322, the main highway between the state capital and State College, are closed for a very good reason.

They're either under water or the water has caused the road itself to crack and buckle.

Alabama and Penn State have so much in common, it seems only natural that they should find company in misery.

April saw a killer tornado in Tuscaloosa.

September brings a flood to central Pennsylvania that also has taken lives.

On Thursday, the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg rose to near-record levels after the drenching rains from Hurricane Irene followed by Tropical Storm Lee. There were mandatory evacuations and a mandatory curfew in several areas.

Flying into the Harrisburg International Airport at midday Thursday brought a scary sight. Some city streets literally disappeared into water as if they were boat launches.

A lot of people, locals and visitors wearing crimson and white alike, found themselves searching for higher ground.

There's a moral there somewhere.

Call it a break in the clouds.

Alabama and Penn State don't play every year, but the Crimson Tide's return visit couldn't have come at a worse or better time.

It couldn't be worse because of the weather, the terrible reminder that not even Father Time, Joe Paterno, is a match for Mother Nature. But college football needs this game right now in the worst way, which means the timing couldn't be better.

Is your head about to explode from the dollar-driven hypocrisy of Big 12 schools like Baylor, trying to stare down Texas A&M's move to the SEC when they didn't blink while leaving TCU, SMU and Houston in the dust of the old Southwest Conference?

Greed flies the charter and drives the bus, and Alabama and Penn State don't mind turning a profit themselves. Like most schools from BCS automatic qualifying conferences, they don't give up a non-conference home game very often, unless it's to play in some kind of classic at a neutral site.

But Alabama and Penn State don't mind giving up a big payday to play home-and-home with each other in one of the last great intersectional matchups. At least until conference games become intersectional matchups themselves.

Are your retinas still burning after watching Georgia in its red Nike pajamas and Maryland in its Technicolor Under Armour costumes on the season's opening weekend?

Turn your tired eyes to Beaver Stadium. There will be no wardrobe malfunctions when Alabama shows up in its traditional white unis with crimson helmets and Penn State trots out in its classic blue jerseys with white hats.

Bland will be beautiful.

Have you had your fill of the ugliness that the Alabama-Auburn game has become? GQ just did the latest in a series of national stories on the subject and called it "the most poisonous rivalry in sports."

If Alabama-Auburn is poison, Alabama-Penn State is the antidote.

If Alabama-Auburn is the Bryant-Denny P.A. system playing "Son of a Preacher Man" to mock Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama-Penn State is Nick Saban asking Tide fans not to boo the venerable Paterno before his visit last season.

Penn State assistant Jay Paterno, son of the head coach, returned the favor in his newspaper column Thursday, asking Nittany Lion fans to treat their visitors this weekend with class.

Maybe it's easier to be nice to the friend you see every so often than the neighbor you see every day. The friend is nothing more than an occasional opponent. The neighbor is an actual threat.

With all kinds of threats at its doorstep, college football can see one way to change for the better. Try to make Alabama-Auburn more like Alabama-Penn State.
shipperx: (heroes_joy)
Yesterday was the celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the National Championship (at least it was no longer freezing!) Roll Tide!

And whoever produced this vid, spent one heck of a lot of time on it (so much so that I don't have the heart to leave a remark about his dyslexia with the national championship titles, telling him that he ascribed one to us in the year 9164 (oops!). Heh.

This is Alabama 1925-Present
shipperx: (heroes_joy)
Yesterday was the celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the National Championship (at least it was no longer freezing!) Roll Tide!

And whoever produced this vid, spent one heck of a lot of time on it (so much so that I don't have the heart to leave a remark about his dyslexia with the national championship titles, telling him that he ascribed one to us in the year 9164 (oops!). Heh.

This is Alabama 1925-Present

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