Today is … National V-J Day
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• We are happy to report that Crimson Tide announcer Chris Stewart’s bypass surgery Tuesday went well.
• Alabama pitcher Chase Lee was named the Cal Ripken League Pitcher of the Year. He led the summer league in strikeouts as a closer, with 51 in 26 innings compared to just six walks. In 16 games he notched seven saves and had a 1.03 ERA. “When he came in the game was pretty much over,” Gaithersburg Giants head coach Jeff Rabberman said. “He is as dominant of a pitcher we have had in the league in the last seven years.”
• Jaylen Waddle was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List. The award is for the top offensive player who has a Texas connection.
• CBS Sports announced its preseason All-American team with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses all first-team selections. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and safety Xavier McKinney were all second-team picks along with Waddle on punt returns.
• There’s been a lot of talk about Tony Brown during the Packers’ training camp, and he may even be pushing for a starting job.
• According to ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, HBO is in negotiations with four schools for a weekly behind-the-scenes show during the 2019 season: Alabama, Arizona, Penn State and Washington State. Alabama has yet to agree to the project, though.
• The USA U-19 Women’s National Team, which includes Crimson Tide players Skylar Wallace and Montana Fouts, continued to roll at the Softball World Cup in Irving, Calif. Late Tuesday it defeated the Czech Republic 8-0 in five innings, and on Wednesday it blew past Canada 12-0 in four innings.
• We’ll leave you with this photo of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones:
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
August 14, 2014: The SEC Network was founded. … Jarret Johnson was also born on this date in 1981, in Homestead, Fla.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
“He literally knocked the door down. I mean right off the hinges. A policeman came in and asked who knocked the door down and Coach Bryant said, ‘I did.’ The cop just said, ‘Ok,’ and walked away.” — Jerry Duncan on Paul W. “Bear” Bryant following a 7-7 tie with Tennessee.