You and I know that alot can happen between now and 2017, but if Saban were to remain the Crimson Tide coach through 2017 and possibly through Moses' tenure in Tuscaloosa, their beloved coach would in the saddle through 2021. That means Bama fans could get eight more years of Nick Saban, and in the process (sorry, couldn't help but use that word) very possibly more than a few national championships.
Another few thoughts as we head into midweek:
Each and every year there's one or two stars coming out of the NFL Combine. Former Auburn tailback Onterrio McCalebb's 4.34 forty aside (he had originally posted a 4.27, flirting with Bo Jackson numbers), I'd have to say that former Auburn defensive lineman Corey Lemonier has left Indianapolis in great shape. Lemonier, a defensive lineman (6 foot 3, 255 pounds), ran a 4.60 forty, did 27 reps in the bench press and turned in a 33-inch vertical. All that, and the guy looks like the Incredible Hulk... Kudos to former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who despite being four months removed from major hip surgery, took part in all Combine drills. Lutz ran a 4.94 forty and plans on improving that number at Auburn Pro Day. Lutzenkirchen felt that even while less than 100 percent, participating in the drills would show his toughness. Injured players are often faced with tough decisions. To participate in the Combine and be less than 100 percent, or wait until their alma mater's Pro Days to compete. A number of players from Alabama have decided on the latter. Eddie Lacy, Barrett Jones, Jesse Williams, Quinton Dial and Damion Square are all opting to wait for Pro Day to show their skills.
And a few comments on Danica Patrick. A few years ago, I received a phone call from a local race promoter that the driver would grant me an interview. After quickly gathering up a photographer, we raced to the Barber Motorsports Park and set up for the TV interview. At last, as Danica approached, her PR person walked up to me, introduced herself and said, "Allright, here we go- one question." Now I'm thinking, "One question? Are you kidding me?" My co-hort next to me that day was Mike Dubberly of Fox6. Gotta hand it to the quick thinking Dub, who, wanting a long answer from Patrick, looked at her and asked her, "What is the meaning of life?". Danica was not amused, but I thought that was very creative. Sunday afternoon, Danica proved she belongs on the Sprint Cup level- in fact you can now say she's certainly considered to be one of the guys (as long as she can find someone to draft with near the end of a race). But while she and her marketing people have done a great job creating "The Danica Factor", it sure would be nice to have the opportunity to ask her more than one question.