Apr 222014
 
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Apr 142014
 

By Finebaum Fan.

The Cover of Carson Tinker's Book.

The Cover of Carson Tinker’s Book.

Carson Tinker, is a familiar name to many people in the South.  It’s a name known today by thousands of fans supporting the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars.  Most SEC football fans can recall the name from fall Saturdays past.

But, it’s University of Alabama football fans who know the name best.  And it’s not necessarily because he was a great player who displayed unique abilities on a football field in Tuscaloosa.

Carson Tinker is an inspiration to many people.  He was a “walk-on” long snapper for the Crimson Tide in 2008 who earned and was awarded a full scholarship prior to his senior season in 2012.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban praised Tinker for his contributions to the team:

“We’re very excited that we’re able to award a guy that has been such a positive influence in so many ways – personally, academically and athletically in our program.”

But his triumphs on the football field are just a part of the story – perhaps, just a small part.  His triumphs off the field may prove to influence and inspire more people than he ever thought possible.

Carson’s book, “A Season To Remember: Faith in the Midst of the Storm”, is scheduled to be released on April 16th.

If you are one of the few football fans who have never heard of Carson Tinker, you should hear his inspirational story.

Here’s a start.

This moving video, narrated by the voice of ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, introduces Carson as he relates his experience during the devastating EF-4 tornado which struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011.  This video was broadcast prior to the Alabama vs. Penn State game on September 11, 2011.  You’ll hear commentary following by ESPN’s Todd Blackledge.

Carson was presented with a Patients of Courage Award by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In the following video,  produced by the ASPS, Carson discusses his experience, his injuries, and his forthcoming book.

Tinker announced recently, via his Twitter account, that he is scheduled to be a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday, April 14th.

It’s been almost three years since that tragic day in 2011.  Its memories have scared the minds and hearts of many Alabamians.  Most certainly, this book and today’s interview will serve to comfort and inspire a new group across the country who will also recognize the name – Carson Tinker.

Here’s an excellent interview with Carson by Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

You may read excerpts from the book at Amazon.com.

Apr 112014
 
Ken Burns, Documentarian

Ken Burns, Documentarian

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.

Burns’ partners include President Barack Obama, and former Presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.

There is quite an impressive list of other notable participants from all walks of life. Their renditions of the speech can be seen here.

Of particular interest to Finebaum fans may be this mashup of members of ESPN broadcasting team:

Burns was a guest of Paul Finebaum on Thursday’s show. The interview can be heard here.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary:

The ninety-minute film that inspired this initiative, THE ADDRESS, premieres April 15th on PBS at 8PM CST.
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Mar 072014
 
Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum's upcoming book

A Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum’s Upcoming Book

From Al.com by Bob Carlton.

March 26, 2013

Sports-talk radio personality Paul Finebaum has agreed to a major book deal with publisher HarperCollins to co-write a memoir about his popular call-in show, “The Paul Finebaum Radio Network,” and its impact on SEC football.

“Primarily, it’s about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC,” Finebaum told AL.com. “But it does quickly go through my career and how we got to this point.

“There will be commentary on why the SEC is better than everyone else,” Finebaum added. “It will certainly talk about the dominance of not only Alabama, but the conference. The (radio) show will be woven in and out of the book, featuring little vignettes on the callers.”

“No one speaks to SEC Nation — and Alabama fans in particular — with more passion, knowledge and humor than Paul Finebaum,” HarperCollins Senior Vice President and Executive Editor David Hirshey said in an email. “We expect this book to occupy the same spot  on the best-seller list that Alabama occupies in the BCS rankings — number one.”

The book is scheduled for an August 2014 release.


Thanks to Ben Flanagan, we have our first peek at Paul Finebaum’s new book due out later this year.

UPDATED:
Listen to Ben’s interview with Paul Finebaum about the book and read his story at al.com.

Mar 032014
 
Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

From YouTube Posted By ArizonaAthletics.

Was this a shot at Alabama Coach Nick Saban?

“Well I think there’s some coaches that have a hidden agenda. They want to slow the game down. They think fast-paced offense is leading to more injuries. There’s no evidence at all that says that. I just think they don’t want to evolve the game. People enjoy the game. They want to see action. They don’t want to see huddles or people holding hands or singing ‘Cumbaya.’”
- Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

Feb 282014
 

Racing champion, Jeff Gordon, teams up with Pepsi MAX to pull a prank on an unsuspecting automotive journalist, Travis Okluski.

 Okluski, of the web site Jalopnik.com, had questioned the authenticity of the original Pepsi “Test Drive” commercial.

I’m sure Gordon proved his point.

In case you missed it, here’s the original.

Feb 212014
 
Paul Finebaum Takes Aim at "Jim from Tuscaloosa"

Paul Finebaum Takes Aim at “Jim from Tuscaloosa”

By Finebaum Fan.

“I-Man”, a popular “hall-of-fame” caller to The Paul Finebaum Show, added yet another call to his repertoire today.

He began his call by discussing Finebaum’s short-lived collegiate football career at the University of Tennessee.  Finebaum, as everyone knows, was a highly touted quarterback prospect from Memphis whose career was tragically cut short by a knee injury before he was ever able to take the field.

“I-Man” continued (through discussing Larry’s call from yesterday) to a prepared slam of “Darriel from Columbus” but was interrupted by Finebaum.

It seemed Finebaum had “Jim from Tuscaloosa” on his mind.

“Jim” is a controversial character on the show whose exploits are well documented on this site.

Other than using the Finebaum show as a mouthpiece for his ill-placed rants, “Jim” likes to spew his venom anonymously on Twitter.

We would have included a photo of “Jim” to the right, but as far as we know – none exist.

As long as you don’t offend “Jim from Tuscaloosa”, you can follow his Twitter account here.

For your listening pleasure, we present the following audio of the call.

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Feb 202014
 
David O'keefe's "Bushwood - A Tribute to Caddyshack"

David O’keefe’s “Bushwood - A Tribute to Caddyshack”

“Larry” explains fighting a guy on the golf course over a “mulligan”…

You can order a copy of David O’Keefe’s “Bushwood - A Tribute to Caddyshack” at DavidOKeefe.com.

Follow David O’Keefe on Twitter.

Audio produced by John Hayes.  You can follow him on Twitter.

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Feb 112014
 

telephone270x200“I too would be gay if every man in the world looked like Nick Saban…”

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Feb 112014
 
Omar Sherif, Jr.

Omar Sherif, Jr.

By Finebaum Fan.

Omar Sharif, Jr., was interviewed today by ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, regarding Michael Sam’s announcement that he was gay.  Sharif is the grandson of  Academy-Award-nominated actor, Omar Sharif.

Sharif, according to his facebook page is an “Egyptian/Canadian, Muslim/Jewish, model/actor/writer/activist” who made a similar announcement nearly two years ago. He is currently a national spokesperson for GLAAD - Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Sharif was asked by Finebaum to react to comments made by nationally syndicated radio host, Rush Limbaugh.

Here’s the interview:  

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