Today is …
National Day of the Cowboy. For our more mature readers it’s also National Scotch Day.
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• Alabama posted some video behind-the-scenes of Nick Saban’s car-wash day at ESPN on Thursday:
• Alabama gymnast Shallon Olsen will compete at the Pan American Games at the Villa El Salvador Sports Center as part of Team Canada. While the team finals will be held Saturday, the individual event finals will be July 30-31. Olsen won gold on the vault at the Canadian National Championships in May.
• The biggest reason for Quinnen Williams’ holdout was that the Jets wanted to defer more than 30 percent of his $21.7 million signing bonus until next year. The problem was Williams is still an Alabama resident, which has roughly half the tax rate as New Jersey, where he’ll be living next year. NFL Network reported the Jets will pay 75 percent of the signing bonus in 2019 and 25 percent in 2020.
• I think he’s ready to go:
• Seven Crimson Tide baseball players were named to their respective summer league’s All-Star teams, including Brett Auerbach, Tyler Gentry, Justin King, Chase Lee, Jacob McNairy and Garret Rukes. Incoming junior Jackson Tate was also selected.
• Running back Corey Grant, who spent a redshirt season at Alabama in 2010 before transferring to Auburn, has signed with the Green Bay Packers.
• Oh my, how times have changed:
• We’ll leave you with this, from Alabama’s football video shoot:
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
July 27, 1969: Four Alabama players were selected to the Southeast Area All-Time football teams by the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America. Bully VandeGraaf made the team for the first 50 years of football (1869–1919), while the second 50 (1920–1969) included Don Hutson, Lee Roy Jordan and Fred Sington.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
“I think the best way to put it is when you're getting recruited you go around to a lot of different places and you hear every coach sitting in their office tell you that they're going to win a lot of games and you're going to be a big part of that, but when Coach Saban tells it to you, you believe him. He looks you in the eyes and says: ‘We're going to win championships.’ And he lays out a specific plan how he's going to do it. And I think that's what guys buy into.” -- Former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (2009-12) about Nick Saban.