OK, ALABAMA fans are probably still checking their blood pressure, pulse and heartbeat after Saturday night’s visit to LSU and Baton Rouge. With that in mind, I do have a few observations:
1. The scoreboard read 21-17 for Alabama, but the honest truth is LSU lined up and busted us (yeah, I’m a Bama fan, Auburn, too) in the chops pretty good.
2. AJ McCarron’s five-play, 78-yard drive to the winning touchdown with less than a minute left was a thing of beauty. It was an NFL drive a la Peyton Manning.
3. Alabama will handle Texas A&M by like 27-13 Saturday, do as it wants with Auburn, and beat Georgia in the SEC championship game in Atlanta.
All of that means hello Miami and what should be a heck of a football game against Oregon.
Them’s my thoughts ... and now, on to other things ...
A BOO-BOO on my part and a delightful email setting me straight;
“Thank you for putting my grandson’s name in your birthday announcements but his name was misspelled.
“His name is not Nathan. It is NAMATH. He was named for the great JOE NAMATH. Can you do a reprint on his name? He will be 12 years old and we are all very proud of him and the history of his name. He is a student at Wellborn Elementary.
“The family is big Alabama fans. I have a cat named STABLER and another grandson named TIDE, so you can see why NAMATH wears his name with pride.
“If you can’t mention this in your column, we understand and will just try again next year.”
That came from Kathy Pitts ... a very proud grandmother ... and I wonder how many heart attacks the family suffered Saturday night.
I had just three ... in addition to six “throw-ups.” But it was a classic, all the way.
QUOTABLE: “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
IF YOU don’t read “The Lockhorns” in our Sunday comics, you’re missing some great laughs. Fact is, it’s the funniest of our “funnies.”
You’ll find “The Lockhorns” buried at the bottom of the back page comic section. I have no idea who Bunny Hoest and John Reiner are, but their humor is as good as it gets.
One other thing: When we changed our comics several months back, we lost “Hocus-Focus.” It returned recently, but not to the comics section. You’ll find it each Sunday at the bottom of Weather/Coffee Break.
It’s a silly waste of time, but I love it ...
BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 31 — Diane Mangham; Nov. 4 — Becky Williams; Nov. 8 — Chong Abbey.
TOP TEEN: Meet Samantha Kerper, a senior at Sacred Heart Catholic School where she carries a 3.98 GPA and is president of the Student Government Association.
That 3.98 GPA becomes even more impressive when you look at Samantha’s course load. She is in Dual Enrollment English 101-102, Anatomy, Physics, Calculus and Government-Economics.
Young Miss Kerper is a member of the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), and served on the Prom Committee as a junior.
She was on the school’s volleyball team that made it to the Elite Eight in her junior season and the Final Four as a senior.
“Samantha is a delightful young lady who is a born leader,” says Sacred Heart principal Charlie Maniscalco. “She is a remarkable student who is not only incredibly intelligent, but also independent, competitive, highly motivated, intuitive, and always engaged in every classroom activity.”
Proud parents are Dr. and Mrs. Tim Kerper of Anniston.
Take a bow, young lady ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5682 or email: email@example.com