A little bit of this and a little bit of thatPublished 10:44am Thursday, November 3, 2011
Good morning Brewton area sports fan and welcome to another edition of Adam’s Sports Blog. I got to thinking the other day about changing the name of the blog to the “Robinson Report” but I think I will just leave everything the way it is.
As I write this blog on this Thursday morning, we are one day away from the start of the AHSAA football playoffs and two days away from the “Showdown in T-Town” between Alabama and LSU.
I am not one to brag a lot on myself or toot my own horn, but I have to tell you something that happened yesterday.
After returning back to the office from a dentist appointment, I was reading some stories on ESPN.com about the game Saturday and saw where the Birmingham News had said that over 600 media credentials were expected to be issued for the game Saturday.
As I am reading this, no lie, I get a call from Tay Bailey from the Alabama Press Association and she says they had a cancellation for a media sideline request and wanted to know if I wanted it.
After the shock wore off, I told her yes but had to OK things with my wife since it was kind of a last minute thing and all. By the way, I have an awesome wife and I am not just saying that because of the reply she gave back to me, but I have an awesome wife.
Shari, my wife said that she could not let me pass this opportunity up and to tell them yes I would take the pass.
So, Saturday night, I will be on the sideline of the biggest game of the year! How cool is that!
This game should be a knockdown drag out. Putting my emotions away from Alabama, I think the Crimson Tide will win this. I think the offensive line will help pave the way for some runs for Trent Richardson and that will open up the passing game for A.J. McCarron. The defenses for both teams are awesome, but I think the loud 100,000-plus crowd in Bryant-Denny will help Alabama get a close win.
As for a score prediction, lets say: Alabama 24, LSU 13.
Battle of Murder Creek 2011:
If any of you missed this game Friday night, you missed a good one. That was one of the best games in the rivalry I had seen in a long time. In this rivalry, like all rivalries, records can be thrown out. T.R. Miller came in 7-2 while W.S. Neal came in 1-8.
The Tigers struck first to take a 14-0 lead, but the Eagles stormed back and used an onside kick to tie the game at 14-14 at the half.
A play here there, a stop, a penalty and turnover game T.R. Miller scores in the third and fourth to get the win by 12 points, 26-14.
Hopefully, in a good way, I hope this rivalry has more games like that. We need this rivalry to become better and better like in the early 90s with both teams ranked and a packed out stadium with fans in line before school gets out.
With coach Hoehn at W.S. Neal, and if he stays there and the players continue to buy into his program, I think W.S. Neal is on their way up and things should be headed that way soon.
After talking with him after his first taste of the Battle of Murder Creek, he said he liked the rivalry. He said it was a great game with both teams playing hard and with class. He said he wished he could play the game again this week and looks forward to it every year.
One thing that might change the rivalry next year is, as of right now, W.S. Neal looks to be heading down to 3A next year which could force the game to be a region game and moved to week nine instead of week 10.
According to last reports by the AHSAA, reclassification numbers should be released around Nov. 20. We will have a report on the new numbers when they are released.
TRM vs. Greensboro:
This Friday night, tomorrow night, T.R. Miller will host Greensboro in the first round of the AHSAA playoffs.
T.R. Miller (8-2) is making the playoffs for the 28th straight year and will host 5-5 Greensboro.
The two teams last played back in 1997 with Greensboro winning. According to Tiger head coach, Greensboro, who is on a four-game losing streak after starting the season 5-1, has played without their quarterback the last few games.
He is expected to return this Friday night against the Tigers. Riggs said Greensboro is a throw first team. This should test the Tigers, but I see T.R. Miller advancing to round two.
More than likely, T.R. Miller will play at Handley next week. Handley is currently 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. Many people expect Handley to play for the 3A state championship this year and some say they will win it all.
T.R. Miller will have a tough task if they have to make the trip to Handley, but they have to win this first game tomorrow night first. Coach Riggs told me in years they have seen success in the playoffs, it usually came with an upset of a team in round two. Next week at Handley, would be certainly that.
Time will only tell.
Well, I thank you for your time this week and I hope your Thursday is a great day and the rest of your week is as well.
We have some middle school basketball games today and of course the football game tomorrow night. Get out and support your favorite team or player.
Until we meet again here or out in the world of sports, God bless.