Today is …
National Leon Day … we’re exactly six months away from Christmas. Leon is Noel spelled backward.
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• Skylar Wallace, batting leadoff, hit a grad slam and pitcher Montana Fouts threw three scoreless innings to earn the win as the USA U19 Women’s National Team crushed Ireland 13-0 in the 2019 Atlantic Challenge Cup in Ireland. The game was believed to be the first-ever fast pitch competition of its kind in Ireland (which means that Wallace had the first grand slam). The team heads back home to play in the USA Softball International Cup July 1-7 in Columbus, Ga.
• Joe Namath did a couple of more interesting interviews, with Garden & Gun and Howard Stern:
• Alabama swimming and diving head coach Coley Stickels announced the addition of Ozzie Quevedo to the Crimson Tide staff as associate head coach. The 2000 Olympian spent the last three seasons on the Florida State coaching staff after three years coaching at Auburn.
• The Southeastern Conference announced the matchups for the 2019 Big 12/SEC Challenge in women’s basketball, including Alabama hosting Iowa State on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Coleman Coliseum.
• Making the rounds on social media has been video of Alabama freshman linebacker Christian Harris in the weight room, as he power-cleaned 365 pounds.
• Speaking of the Alabama weight room …
• Amari Cooper had some things to say:
• Crimson Tide women’s tennis player Alba Cortina Pou won the flight A singles title during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit Tournament hosted by Alabama.
• Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton finished fifth in the voting for the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year Award. Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks was announced the winner during the 2019 NBA Awards Show.
• The NFL announced all training camp reporting dates:
Team, Site, Location, Rookies, Veterans
Arizona, State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ, 7/17 7/24
Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, GA, 7/18 7/21
Baltimore, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, MD, 7/17 7/24
Buffalo, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, 7/22 7/24
Carolina, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 7/24 7/24
Chicago, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, 7/22 7/25
Cincinnati, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH, 7/24 7/26
Cleveland, Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, OH, 7/24 7/24
Dallas, Marriott Residence Inn, Oxnard, CA, 7/26 7/26
Denver, UCHealth Training Center, Englewood, CO, 7/17 7/17
Detroit, Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, MI, 7/18 7/24
Green Bay, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, 7/22 7/24
Houston, Houston Methodist Training Center, Houston, TX, 7/21 7/24
Indianapolis, Grand Park, Westfield, IN, 7/21 7/24
Jacksonville, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL, 7/22 7/24
Kansas City, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, 7/23 7/26
L.A. Chargers, Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, CA, 7/24 7/24
L.A. Rams, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, 7/24 7/26
Miami, Baptist Health Training Facility, Davie, FL, 7/21 7/24
Minnesota, TCO Performance Center, Eagan, MN, 7/22 7/25
N.Y. Giants, Quest Diagnostics Training Facility, East Rutherford, NJ, 7/22 7/24
N.Y. Jets, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, NJ, 7/19 7/24
New England, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA 7/21 7/24
New Orleans, New Orleans Saints Training Facility, Metairie, LA, 7/18 7/25
Oakland, Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, CA, 7/23 7/26
Philadelphia, NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia, PA 7/24 7/24
Pittsburgh, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, 7/24, 7/25
San Francisco, SAP Performance Facility, Santa Clara, CA, 7/26 7/26
Seattle, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, WA, 7/17 7/24
Tampa Bay, AdventHealth Training Center, Tampa, FL. 7/21 7/25
Tennessee, Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, TN, 7/22 7/25
Washington, Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Richmond, VA, 7/24 7/24
• We’ll leave you with this …
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
June 25, 1980: Alabama announced its Team of the Decade for the 1970s would be honored at one home game this fall. Named to the offensive team were quarterback Richard Todd, running backs Johnny Musso, Johnny Davis and Major Ogilvie; receivers Ozzie Newsome and Wayne Wheeler; interior linemen Steve Sprayberry, Jim Bunch, John Hannah, Buddy Brown and Dwight Stephenson: and kicker Alan McElroy. Named to the defensive team are ends Leroy Cook and E.J. Junior; tackles Bob Baumhower and Marty Lyons; linebackers Barry Krauss, Woodrow Lowe, Rich Wingo and Thomas Boyd; defensive backs Mike Washington, Murray Legg, and Ricky Davis; and punter Gregg Gantt. — Bryant Museum
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
"I know that I picked up a great deal of things during my association with Coach Bryant. I know he influenced me as a coach by teaching me to never give up on your talent. And he told me there was no substitution for work. He convinced his people. And when players and coaches are convinced they can win, they're going to win." — Gene Stallings on Bear Bryant