6 Fun Facts About the History of the Alabama Crimson Tide

At the University of Alabama, football is king. The school’s gridiron squad has won numerous national titles, has had renowned coaches and players, and was even featured in the motion picture “Forest Gump.” While most fans of “Alabama,” “Bama,” or “UA” know these details, you might be unaware of some others. Here are some facts about Alabama football, which fewer football fans know:

1. The “Crimson Tide” nickname originated from a muddy game

Prior to becoming the Alabama Crimson Tide, people commonly referred to Alabama’s football squad, as the “Crimson White” (named after the school colors) or “Thin Red Line.” Then in 1907, Alabama played its arch rival, Auburn. Alabama was a huge underdog, and the teams played in a “sea” of red mud. However, Alabama battled Auburn to a 6-6 tie. Later, a sports editor named Zipp Newman popularized the nickname “Crimson Tide.”

2. No Alabama player has won the Heisman Trophy

Ironically, despite all the success of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s football team, no player has won the Heisman Trophy award-given to the most outstanding NCAA football player in a single season. In 1993, David Palmer became the closest Alabama player to winning the award. David “The Deuce” Palmer, played wide receiver for the Crimson Tide, and would later play seven seasons with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

3. Alabama has won 21 SEC titles

The Crimson Tide’s football record is simply outstanding. Here are some of its accomplishments, throughout the years:

o 12 National Titles

o 25 Conference Titles (21 SEC)

o 51 Bowl Games

o 92 All-American Players

4. Paul “Bear” Bryant had a .834 winning percentage as Alabama’s coach

Coach “Bear” Bryant is a legend at Alabama. He led the Crimson Tide to six national championships, which is half of the team’s all-time 12 national titles. Bryant also coached at Texas A&M University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland. However, Alabama was where Bryant had his most success. Bryant earned the nickname “bear” when, at 13-years-old, he wrestled a bear as part of a theater’s promotion.

5. Alabama’s elephant mascot dates back to 1930

The origin of the school’s elephant mascot was the 1930 season. At that time, Coach Wallace Wade was the team’s general. During a game versus Mississippi, an Alabama fan shouted, “…the elephants are coming!” referring to Alabama’s huge, aggressive players. Everett Strupper, a sportswriter, reported the incident.

6. Three former Alabama coaches are in the College Football Hall of Fame

Since the Hall of Fame first opened its doors in South Bend, Indiana (1951), it has inducted 16 Alabama players, and three coaches. The coaches inducted were Wallace Wade (1923-1930), Frank Thomas (1931-1946), and Paul “Bear” Bryant (1958-1982). The Hall of Fame inducted Bryant as both a player and a coach.

The football history at Alabama is simply amazing. It includes 12 national championships, Coach “Bear” Bryant, and some aforementioned less famous facts. Use Alabama Crimson Tide merchandise to cheer on the team to its next historical moment-another national …

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TitleChase Football Manager – We Review This Exciting New Game!

I've just spent 3 hours with my two boys (9 and 7) and we did not touch the Wii once! The reason? TitleChase! So what's this then, you're wondering? Well, in a nutshell, TitleChase is a board game where you're the manager of a football team – any team you like. You go through a whole season playing league and cup matches, buying and selling players, earmarking money from sponsorship, ticket sales, new club strip, etc., but watch out – you can get fined for crowd violence, poor player discipline, even failing drug tests!

You buy and sell Star players to help your team's track record and aim to be the team on top of the League at the end of the season.

Here's the low-down on this board game that's appeared from now and is catching on with kids of all ages (42 is still a kid, right?).

What Is It?

TitleChase is a Football-based Board game with supporting CD. Yes, it's aimed at football fans, but the rules are simple enough that you can have fun playing it even if you do not know the first thing about the game.

What Does It Do?

It's similar to Monopoly in that you move round a board based on the throw of a dice (sometimes two) and you collect or spend money on items (in this case players or fines, not houses and hotels). As you land on the various squares, you have to make choices to try and build a strong squad and make it through the various rounds of the Cup and keep ahead in the League.

What's Cool About It?

My boys loved the fact that the CD allows you to choose your own teams and play them against the great names – you can even print off the fixture list and League Table. You are all Team Managers, but you also get to choose who's going to be the League Chairman, President, Treasurer and Match Referee. The excitement builds as you get closer to the Cup Final, and you should have heard the roar when Daniel's Devils knocked Chelsea out of the Cup to meet Dad's Demons in the Final! Back in the League, we've got Matthew's Mighty taking on the relatively unknown Man United – and getting a 3-2 home win! This is a game that captures the attention from the start, and the passion to win builds quickly.

Half way through the game, I asked if the boys wanted to go on the Wii – usually a guaranteed way of getting them to stop fighting with each other! 'No, Dad, we want to finish the game!' I'm not going to argue with that! You do not realize at first, but it's actually very educational – you get money (and lose it!) For various events and each player has to decide whether to spend their earnings on a Star GoalKeeper or Defender, or save up and get a Star Midfielder or Forward. You can see …

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Amazing Facts About Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, a seven time World Champion is a German Formula One driver. He is one of the famous champions, well known for his racing. The number of races he has taken up so far is 304 with 91 tremendous wins. He started his Formula One racing successfully in the year 1991 with Benetton F1 team. He switched on to Ferrari team in the year 1996, up to 2005 he was driving for Ferrari team with consecutive winnings. In the year 2006, he retired from F1 but joined as Formula One advisor with Ferrari. Later in the year 2010, he signed up a three year contract with Mercedes GP team and returned back to racing again.

Schumacher career as a racer is a wonderful journey without any controversies. He is the only racer who has achieved too many records with a huge inspiration. He has gone through several injuries and accidents. He is extremely known for his quality and success. Apart from his success and stardom, he has also gone through lots of penalties when it comes to racing.

Michael Schumacher at the Indian Grand Prix

It was a great honour for Indian fan to have such a legend of F1 to race in the Indian Grand Prix. He finished in the 5th position by scoring 10 points in 2011 Indian GP. When asked about his thoughts of racing in India, Schumacher said “I have always been curious to get to know new cultures, so I am looking forward to travelling to India as I haven’t been there.” After finishing his race for the year 2011, “The Formula 1 debut of India last year was certainly a success,” said Schumacher. He is also excited and awaiting for the Indian GP, 2012.

Amazing Facts about Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher has a lucky pendant, and it is noted that he does not drive without this pendant.

He is not interested in letting his son to take up f1 racing but he will advice him for some other sports like golf or tennis.

He likes to design cars and has done some designing for the Ferrari.

He does not have any friends in Formula One.

He does not talk with his brother Ralf Schumacher, who is also a racer.

He has a unique character or hobby of collecting watches.

Michael Schumacher Latest News

Schumacher couldn’t make a victory in the three years with Mercedes team. “I thought that two years was sufficient time to take the title,” Schumacher told, “It was a team that had just won the world championship, and was now a big name as Mercedes. I thought that, if we put two and two together, we would drive it forward towards that end. But it did not succeed.”

Michael Schumacher is looking forward to return back to India for the upcoming Indian Grand Prix, 2012. He stated that “There were a surprising amount of fans during the weekend, and the track itself really is cool. We drivers were given a …

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5 Easy Steps To Building Your Own Soccer Goal

Soccer is easily one of the most widely played youth sports in America right now, and with the economy the way it is, purchasing equipment might be a little more financially challenging than it was before. The equipment needed for a game of soccer is really not all that much: a ball, shoes, shin-guards, and a goal. What is the most expensive? The goal. Below are a few steps for building a cost effective goal that can be used at home for practice or on a field for a game.

Materials needed (most if not all of these can be purchased at your local hardware store): First, you need a post hole digger to dig holes deep enough to place your goal-posts in. Next, you will need two 4×4 vertical bars and one 2×4 cross bar. Other miscellaneous materials that would be helpful include: a staple gun, tape measure, nails, cement mixture, a net, and a string to tie the net onto the bars. For your bars, you can use PVC, aluminum, or steel tubing (I think PVC is the best because it is the easiest to work with).

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the dimensions of a full-sized match play goal must be 24×8 feet, so take this into consideration when purchasing your materials and constructing your goal.

WARNING: I suggest that you do not use home-made goals if your child plays on full-sized goals as these can break and potentially seriously harm your child. Instead, it is suggested that you buy competitively priced, professionally made soccer goals from a reputable dealer.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is get your post hole diggers and dig holes for your two vertical posts. Keep in mind that the stability of the entire goal rests on these holes, so be sure that you dig them well enough and deep enough as to ensure structural stability.

Step 2: Once your holes are dug, mix your concrete and pour it into the holes with the vertical bars in place. I suggest quick drying cement here because it is simple and more efficient.

Step 4: Find a friend! Here you will need to attach the cross bar to your goal, and it will be much easier if you have more than one person doing the job. A ladder might also come in handy, unless you’re Yao Ming, then you might be alright.

Step 4: Choose a net that best meets your needs. A net can be either permanent or replaceable. Make sure that you decide this ahead of time and fasten the net to the posts accordingly. Be advised, this job can be time consuming because of the many connections between the bars and the net that need to be made.

Step 5: Once the net is installed, test it out using a good quality soccer ball and a good quality leg! Make sure to also check the structural stability to ensure safety for you …

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Run a No Huddle Offense With a Football Wrist Coach

Many offenses in High School and College Football do not huddle. How do they do it? You have to be able to get your play calls to your players. Most teams will use either signals or a football wrist coach in order to get the play call in.

Calling Plays with a Wrist Coach

Putting a wrist band on all eleven of your offensive players lets you get in a play call by simply calling out a number or holding up a number. Using this system cuts down on the amount of missed signals.

You can now speed up your offense by calling out or showing the number of the next play call immediately after the first play ends. If your players know that they are in a race to get up and get the next call, they move faster. You can wear down your opponents this way!

Check With Me

Another benefit of the football wrist coach is the “Check With Me” system. This means that you can have your players line up in a formation, and look at how the opponent lines up. Then the coach calls out another number on the wrist coach, and the players check their wrists for the new call. That allows you to get the perfect play call in against your opponent.

Inserting Play Cards

Many templates are available for an excel spreadsheet that will print out a sheet the perfect size to fit in the window. You can also make these on your own. Use card stock or have the cards laminated.

Some teams change the cards at halftime in order to avoid a team from zeroing in on their most common play calls. This is a good idea if you are concerned about the opponent stealing your signals.

Using the wrist coach is the easiest, most efficient way to speed up your offense and minimize confusion and mistakes.…

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Supporting Your NCAA Pride With Your Team Colors

Saturday gets a little bit sweeter when the brisk fall rolls in and the season tickets are ready, having fans tied up for the rest of the NCAA college football season. For diehards, it can even be a little tricky working in the holidays with all of those bowl games to keep you busy. It is all about showing off that college team pride.

Tailgating. It is a must. In fact, it is almost a weekly ritual. Pop up the tent, turn on the grill, play a few tailgate games and though it seems like it is not soon enough, it is game time! So get ready to cheer on your tigers and chant about your razorbacks or get ready to roll tide. Whoever your NCAA sports team is, you have almost everything on your checklist.

However, there is one thing missing. What to wear to your NCAA college game or even to hang out with the buddies to watch the game is almost comparable to how a woman might pick out her outfit on any given day. It takes thought and care. Shall you wear your jersey or your lucky old Clemson t-shirt that seems to bring a big win despite the fact that it has more holes than Swiss cheese?

Do you go to the stadium in your full war paint? Maybe your game is even on a big local network and the shirt has come off and the letters of your favorite sports network are painted across your chest. Sure, this is acceptable … if you are a student still. It is not very likely that the average adult NCAA college football fan goes to the games sporting paint and team tattoos and spray painted hair when they have officially retired from that stage of their life. Come on, you want to look classy and somewhat normal even.

Let us consider proper attire for NCAA football games. It is borderline chilly weather with a little bit of brisk breeze, generally, though it depends on the reason. It is the beginning of fall for goodness sake and yes, you will have the opportunity to tailgate and even look a little bit tasteful. But first, let us think about some of the traditional college costumes that NCAA football fans across the United States have adapted. Many styles are specific to the regions and where schools are located. Fortunately, some of those styles become fads that pass within a couple of years while others maintain tradition.

For those football fans in the southwest, good food and good weather is what they have in store for NCAA football games. They might just have their fitted hats, their university t-shirts with cut off sleeves and board shorts. And southwest region football fans will not forget the eye black paint under the eyes in case of that ever so bright glare.

On the west coast, specifically the mid-Pacific region, the male football fans are just a little bit more on the preppy but …

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History of Cheerleading

The history of cheerleading originates from the United States in the late 1880’s with your average crowd yelling and chanting to encourage their team. No one is quite sure how they documented that it was the first cheer ever but credit is given to Princeton University in 1884 for coming up with a Princeton cheer and marking there place in cheerleading history.

Then a few years later, the Princeton grad Tom Peebles brought cheering to the University of Minnesota. But it wasn’t until 1898 that fellow University of Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed what was the very first cheer ever in November of 1898. The story is that Minnesota was having such a terrible football season that people felt the need to come up with positive chants and cheering was born. Minnesota went on to organize a male cheer squad in 1903 and organized the first cheerleading fraternity in the history of cheerleading, Gamma Sigma. Ironically enough cheerleading started out as an all male sport, it was felt there deep loud voices were more projecting than a woman’s voice. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that women became much more involved in cheerleading and began to incorporate gymnastics, pyramids and throws. Today, youth cheerleading is predominantly made up of female cheerleaders however college cheerleading is still about fifty percent male.

Well, the students cheered all they could for Minnesota yet they still got beat. It was a student’s scientific thesis that positive fan support would actually help send positive energy toward there team and assist them in winning. Well, the cheer wasn’t enough to garner a win but it did create a new sport. University of Minnesota stuck with the idea and eventually began to have an organized group of cheers at every game

The evolution of cheerleading to a sport was again developed by The University of Minnesota as the women became known for there athletic ability by including gymnastics in their routines. Then in the 1930’s the sport developed into much more of a display of showmanship as the athletes become much more entertaining and fun to watch. The megaphone would become the next big addition to cheerleading history in the early 1900’s and the pom pom which was introduced by Lawrence Herkimer really gave cheerleading a symbol to hang its hat on.

Herkimer has to be seen as the grandfather of cheerleading. He has done so much for the history of cheerleading by founding the National Cheerleading Association at S M U and holding cheerleading schools way back in 1946 and ’47. Herkimer’s camps have now grown to over twenty thousand attendees.

Today the sport has evolved into a highly athletic and competitive field displaying males and females of incredible talent. Herkimer and University of Minnesota have carved out a unique history of cheerleading.…

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Sports Betting Tips – How to Bet on Futures

You may or may not have already learned that future bets are wagers placed far in advance of a sporting event after reading our Overview of Sports Gambling Bet Types. The basics are all there, so the purpose of this article is to explain why futures offer such strong value and give tips on improving your chances to win when betting futures.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get appealing odds by betting when oddsmakers first release them or well before an event is decided. For example, placing a future wager on the Kentucky Derby a month ahead of time can get you a much better price on a horse than betting much closer to the race when the real contenders are revealed for all to see. Future odds are not set and can be adjusted by sportsbooks periodically, but the odds at the time of your wager are the odds you are locked into.

A futures bet example with major team sports would be NFL futures, where you often can get much higher odds on a team by betting before the season starts. An NFL future bet on a team to win the Super Bowl might be 20/1 in the preseason, but by midseason, those odds might decrease to 10/1 if the team turns out to be a legitimate championship contender.

It’s important to note that sportsbooks can change futures at any time, and they are available to be bet all the way until the event gets underway. Future bets are also not restricted to the championship game, as you can bet on who will win a conference or division too.

Future bets in NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball and MLB baseball are team-oriented in that you bet on the team’s performance while proposition bets on non-team future events that involve individuals like boxing, tennis, golf and NASCAR are also available. Keep in mind that with futures you are always betting that the event will happen, on whether the team will accomplish something such as a championship and not against their chances of doing so. For example, if Duke is 5/1 to win the NCAA Basketball Championship, you can bet $100 on Duke and will win $500 if they win it all – but with standard future betting you cannot bet against Duke winning it all.

Tips to Win

The key to betting futures is realizing their true value and using the right Tips to Win. The most important consideration is determining what changes a team has made to enhance their chances of vying for a championship like the Super Bowl or World Series. Draft choices, coaching changes, free-agent signings, trades and returning starters all impact a team’s ability to compete, so each aspect should be considered when making your future bet.

The Draft

The draft is a much bigger factor in NBA basketball and NFL football since a rookie can approach superstar status much earlier (i.e. LeBron James) than other sports like …

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Accumulator Tips

It’s pretty much possible to bet on anything these days, bets are not just confounded to sports either. There are events, on TV as well as political that you can always get odds for.

Best Accumulator Tips

When it comes to betting there are several types of betting you can go for. If you are serious about accumulator betting then check out the daily accumulator tips offered at footyaccumulators, the most popular sport to bet on, in the UK, is football, followed closely by horse racing and then cricket, rugby… Here’s a top ten list:

  • Football
  • Horse Racing
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Greyhounds
  • Formula 1
  • Boxing
  • Darts

Footy Accumulators study all matches from all the English leagues and from all the best in Europe too. There tips are thoroughly researched so be sure to check out their tips daily, for all your accumulators.

What’s an accumulator?

Accumulators are bets that combine a minimum of 4 selections, basically 4 separate bets.  There’s not much more to this explanation, it’s simply a multi-bunch of bets.

It doesn’t just have to be on football or any other specific sport. You can mix and match your accumulator and enter in a range of sports, as well bet types.

What can an accumulator culminate of?

As just mentioned, an accumulator needn’t just consist of one sporting sector. You can take a tip from a darts game, cricket match or any other sport tip can be placed within your acca. So, get shopping around and put together your acca now for a greater return on your bet.

How to win?

To ensure you win on an accumulator bet all your selections need to be successful. Ensuring you are successful with each selection is key here. So, what to look for. A good tip is to go for a win or lose result and go for a selection of favourites. There’s no guarantee in football but by keeping an eye on upcoming fixtures and by analysing a team’s form you can usually acquire a good understanding and go for a most definite result.

You could also pick a few teams where it’s highly likely both teams will score, this will go some way in boosting your odds. After all, the better the odds the higher the return on your stake, and that’s what we want.…

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Clubs And Associations In Algorfa

3A Edad

This is one of the largest association and is a club for pensioners, there are different activities available such as dancing, sewing classes, keep fit for the mature, hairdressing services, dining out, board games and cards but the day trips and weekends away are most popular with all the association members both Spanish and English. A yearly subscription is all that is required to be part of this group; the association is run by a committee whom are helped by the local Council, at this moment in time we are awaiting the grand opening of the new 3ª building which hopefully will be sometime in November if not earlier, the new building is located in the Village square and has been designed with all the latest modern requirements.

Women’s association.

This is a club originally started for housewives and women living with domestic violence, although the association still offers 24hours support and refuge for women the club is now mostly women enjoying life away from their husbands and children, the club has many members both young and old and offers many different activities for all ages, twice a year the association have an evening out where approximately 200 women eat and drink in a private club with entertainment and disco. The majority of mothers are members of this fun loving association.

Music association.

This association is for the talented musicians or singers amongst us or those simply wishing to learn music either young or old all are very welcome. Algorfa music band play in all the Algorfa fiestas and the Cecilia choir is very popular amongst all. Private classes are also available and are held down stairs in the Councils new Cultural centre which is by the side of the infant school.

Football association.

Majority of the members are fathers and sons, there are many different teams of football with ages ranging from 6 years up to adulthood. Here in Algorfa we have two pitches, changing rooms and a snack bar, members or non members are always very welcome, this association is also funded by the Council and they arrange tournaments to be played in different areas meaning weekends away for all the family to enjoy. Soon to be installed by the Algorfa council is an Astroturf pitch.

Algorfa school of dance.

Dancing is most popular amongst the young and for a small amount of 10 EUR a month, if aged 3 years or above your child can dance twice a week and partake in all the Village fiestas. The children are taught by a local dance teacher and once again the dance school council run.…

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