No one felt worse after Alabama’s shocking Iron Bowl loss to Auburn this year than Cade Foster.
The Crimson Tide’s starting kicker missed three field goals during the game, then was yanked with one second remaining in favor of redshirt freshman Adam Griffith, who ended up missing the 57-yard field goal that was returned 109 yards for a Tigers game-winning touchdown.
Foster received threats and horrible, awful messages on Twitter. His teammates stuck up for him though.
It’s been two-and-a-half weeks since the Iron Bowl, but Wednesday, Foster, who wears No. 43, Instagrammed a letter he received from another No. 43 — President George W. Bush. The letter says, “Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best – Sincerely – another 43 George Bush.” Foster then writes in the caption, “Framing this.”
While we here in Dallas was awoken Saturday morning to ice in the trees and roads, I had relatives on the road driving from California due to be here Saturday. It was a tough call to tell them to avoid north Texas and all of the problems of ice on the roads. They went south all the way to Louisiana and then turned north to Tennessee. I hope to see them soon.
This particular video was produced with a Camera:Sony NEX 7 with 16mm
S800 Hexacopter with Zenmuse Gimbal.
I just priced one of these neat things at the hobby shop for about 1200.00. Lots of restrictions to owning one, but it sure looks fun!
That seven-year offer to Shin-Soo Choo we heard about earlier? Well, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the scoop on where it came from:
According to a source, the Rangers have a seven-year offer on the table to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and he is giving it serious consideration. The offer is less than the $153 million deal that Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees this off-season but is still strong enough for Choo to consider.
The Rangers had a two-hour meeting with Chin prior to the Winter Meetings and gave him a strong sales pitch about coming to Texas. Choo turned down a six-year offer from the Rangers, according to the source. But now it appears the Rangers have gone seven years and could have a good chance to sign him at possibly around $130 million.
That’s not quite the eight-year offer he is reportedly seeking, but unless the Mariners are somehow willing to blow everybody out of the water like they did with Robinson Cano last week, this might be the best he can do.
The best free agent left on the market, Choo batted .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs, 54 RBI and 20 stolen bases over 154 games with the Reds this past season. The 31-year-old owns a .389 career on-base percentage.
UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers and agent Scott Boras are having “ongoing conversations” regarding Choo, but that reports of a seven-year deal on the table are inaccurate. As with most of these reports, it’s hard to know what to believe, but we’ll continue to track it.
From Good Bull Hunting:
Last month, ESPN circulated a graphic comparison of Jameis Winston vs. the last three Heisman winners. Let’s take a look at how Johnny Manziel stacks up against ESPN talking head Danny Kanell’s Heisman frontrunners: Jameis Winston and A.J. McCarron.
For all of the detailed statistics on why Johnny Manziel deserves the Heisman, check out this FanPost from mattywatty01.
CONCORD, N.C. — When Austin Dillon started running the No. 3 that brought back memories of Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress didn’t really think running the number in Sprint Cup was all that feasible.
Earnhardt had won six of his seven titles with that number, and his death in the 2001 Daytona 500 still stung.
Dillon then crashed on the first lap of the 2011 truck race at Daytona, his first superspeedway race. At that point, there weren’t thoughts of whether to bring the 3 back to Cup. There were thoughts of whether Dillon, a grandson of Childress, would even make it to Cup.
You know how they say a picture is worth 1,000 words? Times have changed, and one of the greatest technological advances computers have given us is the GIF. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a GIF may be worth 10,000. Take, for example, this GIF of Nick Saban snagging a sack full of money and walking out on his press conference.
You’ve all seen the news. One second Saban is going to become the next head coach at Texas and the next he’s working on signing an extension with Alabama. Whatever he ends up doing, it’s obvious Saban is going to parlay this situation into more money. That’s what makes the money bag GIF the best kind of GIF.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III met the media on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since getting benched by coach Mike Shanahan this week.
Griffin said that his job for the rest of the season is to help Kirk Cousins win games for the Redskins, but made it clear that he would prefer that his job responsibilities still included starting at quarterback.
“I’m sure everybody knows by now that coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season. We talked, I talked to coach, he talked to me about it. I expressed my desire to play,” Griffin said. ” He explained to me his reasoning. At the end of the day, coach’s decision is what we go with.”
Griffin dodged a question about whether he would want to play for Shanahan again next year in the increasingly unlikely event that Shanahan’s apparent staredown with owner Dan Snyder doesn’t end with a new coach. He did say he “can’t bother” worrying about whether Shanahan’s stated reason for making the move at quarterback, protecting Griffin, was the actual reason, although his demeanor and body language suggested he was bothered.
Snyder declined to comment on his way into the owners meetings on Wednesday and Shanahan is due to address the media shortly.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Shin-Soo Choo wants $140 million over seven years. Buster Olney was hearing the same thing. Scott Boras doesn’t do bargains — or if he does, he does them quietly, much later and after his demands aren’t met — so this is no huge surprise.
At the moment Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Rangers and Mariners are the current “lead dogs” in the hunt for Choo. The Reds are said to be somewhat interested in bringing him back, but not at those prices. The most notable suitor for Choo had been the Diamondbacks, but with the trade for Mark Trumbo that avenue is closed.
Jacoby Ellsbury got $153 million over seven. Choo had almost 70 points of OBP on Ellsbury last season, but Ellsbury, you know, is an actual center fielder, so the just-below-Ells slot seems to make some kind of sense.
Got a video of my grand baby getting ready for Army Navy game.
Guess which team she is pulling for?
The reports about Nick Saban heading to Texas are only rumors at this time, but boy are they heating up.
Multiple reports have Saban being offered a deal from Texas in the 10 years $100 million range.
From Football Braniacs:
We have word now from two trusted sources that Nick Saban to Texas is a done deal. One of the sources said the money he will get is substantial (obviously) but we haven’t got any word on what that number might be.
UPDATE: for those asking for exact dates on when this is going to happen. We don’t know. We are telling you what we know which is that we have two very good sources that have told us that Nick Saban is going to Texas and one of the sources said that the money is going to be substantial. We would not have run this unless we trusted the sources.
We received word from one source saying it was going to happen and then we contacted a second source asking for confirmation and the second source confirmed. That’s what we know.
Dean Blevins is reporting that Texas is offering Saban $100 million and 1% of Longhorn Network to leave Alabama.