Dec 012014

2013 Iron BowlBy FinebaumFan.

You know you’ve been waiting for it…

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Oct 302014
George Carlin

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By Finebaum Fan

“Jim from Tuscaloosa”, the infamous “sidekick” of Paul Finebaum, apparently made his final call yesterday – at least for a while.

“Jim”, a regular caller to The Paul Finebaum Show, let one of George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words slip and the ESPN censors missed it.

He, of course,  denied the allegation via Twitter, his forum of choice – second only to radio.

So, did he or didn’t he? Decide for yourself.

Play The Last Call From Jim from Tuscaloosa Before Probation

Did you hear it?

“I can’t BELIEVE I have to go through this SHIT to give you a compliment!” – Jim From Tuscaloosa

This wasn’t Jim’s first offense. According to Finebaum, “He was on double secret probation after what he said last week.”

Finebaum was joined by SEC Network Host, Dari Nowkhah, on today’s show as Finebaum and producer, John Hayes, discussed the “indefinite probation” with “Darriel from Columbus”.

Play John, Paul, Dari, and Darriel, Discuss Banning Jim from Tuscaloosa

“Jim”, well known for his Narcissistic tendencies, immediately contacted some of his closest personal friends (whom he has never met):

He even went so far as to invoke the name of the only caller ever be permanently banned from the Finebaum show, “Bobby from Homewood”.

“Jim” took the opportunity to announce that he has moved on from The Finebaum Show – again.

“Jim”, who quits the show almost as often as he calls it, bid a fond farewell:

For those of you who lament his passing on the show, have no fear.  “Jim from Tuscaloosa” is like a boomerang. You can toss him aside but he always comes back – whether or not you really want him.

These were some of the Twitter responses:

Sep 082014
Jim Disgusts Finebaum

Paul Finebaum’s reaction to “Jim From Tuscaloosa”.

Jim from Tuscaloosa” continues to embarrass his home state of Alabama on The Paul Finebaum Show.  Listen to his latest rant on the quarterback “controversy” at the University of Alabama.

It an agenda, Paul… it’s the protection agenda.  He’s one of THEM. He’s one of THEIRS – they figure.  It’s a color deal, Paul. It’s about COLOR.” – The REAL Jim From Tuscaloosa.

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Jan 212014

telephone270x200Bigotry: The state of mind of a bigot: someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats or views other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance. –

On Martin Luther King Day, John” called The Paul Finebaum Show and proved bigotry still exists in America.

Would you agree?

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Dec 142013
Mack Brown and Nick Saban share a smile before the 2010 BCS title game won by Alabama. (Associated Press file)

Mack Brown and Nick Saban before the 2010 BCS title game. (Associated Press file)

By Finebaum Fan.

The University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and The University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown are friends.

Texas Coach Mack Brown on the Tim Brando Show:

“Nick is a friend and he’s done a tremendous job at Alabama.  Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick.  So I don’t have to worry about that.”

Is it outside the realm of possibility that the two may have planned for a mutually beneficial resolution to the “Saban to Texas” story?

This is my summation.  It may be closer to the truth than some of the other stories you have been reading.

You know the tune


The Devil Went Down To Texas

“The Devil” went down to Texas, he was lookin’ for some money to steal,
he was in a bind ’cause the Tide fans whined, and he was willing to make a deal.
When he came across a buddy sitting on a seat and saying, “It’s hot!”,
Nick Saban jumped up on a pasture fence and said, “Mack Brown, let me tell you what.”

“I bet you surely know it – that I’m a ball coach, too.
And, if you’d care to take a dare; I’ll make a bet for you.
Now, you coach some pretty good football, Mack, but give ol’ Nick his due.
I’ll get a contract of gold and save your soul ’cause they think I’m better than you.”

Then Mack said, “You know, it’s funny and it might make me grin,
you make that bet; and they’re gonna regret ’cause you’re the best that’s ever been.”

Nicky, you open up your pen and coach your football hard.
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Texas and Jim Sexton deals the cards.
And if you win you get a shiny contract made of gold,
But if you lose, Bevo get’s your soul.

Ol’ Red opened up his book and he said,”I’ll write this check.”
And fire flew from his Montblanc pen and he gave ol’ Mack heck.
And he pulled the pen across the check – he knew he couldn’t miss.
And a herd of longhorns joined right in and sounded something like this.

“There’re rumors in Texas;  Gone, Mack, gone!”
“When Saban get’s here, we’ll be number one!”
“Miss Terry flew to Texas looking for a home.”
“You know Nick Saban loves to roam!”

“They’re firing in Austin; Run, Mack, run!”
“Nick Saban’s in the house of the burning orange.”
“Miss Terry’s in Austin!  It’s all done!”
“Bama, is the money tight?  Hook ’em horns!”

When McCombs finished, Saban said, “Well, you’re pretty good ol’ son,
But sit right down at that bar right there and let ME show you how it’s done.”

“They’re hiring in Austin; Pride, Mack, Pride!”
“Nick Saban’s in the house of the Rollin’ Tide!”
“Jimmy’s in T-town looking for dough.”
“Miss Terry, is the house right?  No, child, no.”

“Here comes Bevo;  Run, boys, run!”
“Nick Saban’s here to have a little fun.”
“Jimmy’s in T-town picking up dough.”
“Miss Terry move to Texas?  No, child, no.”

The Longhorn bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.
And he laid that golden contract on the ground at Saban’s feet.
Nicky said, “Bevo, just come on back if you ever wanna try again.
‘Cause I’ve told you once, in two thousand ten, I’m the best coach ever been!”

“There’s a hiring in Austin; Mack Is Back!”
“Nick Saban’s smilin’ with a new contract.”
“Jimmy’s in T-town spending his dough.”
“Nick Saban To Texas?  No, Hell, no!”


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Oct 092013

From By Brent Schrotenboer.

NCAA observers are watching closely to see how the association handles allegations that a former Alabama football player accepted impermissible benefits while at the school.

Nick Saban and Mark Emmert (By Marvin Gentry)

Nick Saban and Mark Emmert (By Marvin Gentry)

NCAA President Mark Emmert has a special relationship with Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

As chancellor at LSU from 1999 to 2004, Emmert hired Saban as his football coach and eventually helped make him the highest-paid coach in the nation at $2.3 million.

“Chancellor Emmert is absolutely the best boss I’ve ever had,” Saban said at LSU in 2004. “He’s the most significant reason I was interested in the job. Never once has he disappointed me.”

But how will that relationship work out now?

Saban’s program at Alabama has a problem that might draw attention from Emmert’s NCAA. According to a recent report by Yahoo Sports, one of Saban’s best players, D.J. Fluker, took money and gifts at Alabama in 2012 — a possible rules violation that could draw a penalty as serious as the NCAA ordering Alabama to vacate last season’s national title. An assistant Alabama strength coach also recently was placed on leave for providing an impermissible short-term loan to a football player, according to The Tuscaloosa News.

It’s another tough spot for the NCAA. Not only are its rules of amateurism under attack in federal court, but cases like this also present a recurring challenge to the organization’s image — the perception of bias when enforcing those rules. Close relationships among power brokers fuel that perception, especially because NCAA justice is meted out by peers in the small world of college sports. The perception grows when justice seems to be handled differently for different schools. In the past few years, the NCAA has faced criticism about how it punished — or didn’t punish — various schools compared to others, including Penn State, Southern California and a pending case at Miami (Fla.).

Alabama has two perceived friends in high places: Emmert and Alabama graduate Derrick Crawford, a director of enforcement for the NCAA. In the outside world, it’s akin to being accused of a crime and having the charges investigated at the police station where your uncle is the police chief and your friend is the top detective.

“That’s why (the NCAA) probably will handle this case very carefully — because of the perception,” said Michael Buckner, a private attorney in Miami who specializes in NCAA cases. “They’re probably going to err on the side of caution, so that nothing they do could be seen as being improper.”

Alabama did not respond to numerous requests for comment. The NCAA said it does not comment on current or potential investigations, but said it has a system of checks and balances to avoid conflicts.

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Oct 092013

From By Michael_Rosenberg.

Inspired by "Jim from Tuscaloosa"

Image Inspired by “Jim from Tuscaloosa”

Condoleezza Rice helped lead the United States into one of the most controversial wars in our nation’s history, but we can’t let her participate in serious business like planning a college football playoff. THAT would be OUTRAGEOUS. After all, Rice lacks the proper qualifications, and by “qualifications,” I mean “a penis”.

That seems to be the big complaint about Rice. I don’t know how many people are making it, but a few is too many. So before this becomes the dumbest movement in sports, let’s squash it.

Rice was selected to be on the committee to select four team’s for the first-ever College Football Playoff next year, and ESPN’s David Pollack and former Auburn coach Pay Dye are not happy.

Pollack: “I want people on this committee that can watch tape, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper.”

So no women?


Pollack later tweeted that this wasn’t about male or female. Of course it isn’t. It’s about whether Rice might have the cooties.

Dye told WJOX radio in Birmingham, Ala.: “All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt. … I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”

Dye also pointed out that, “the game is played on the field,” a helpful tip for anybody who wonders why there are no yard lines in the parking lot.

Hey, if trying to catch your breath in 110-degree heat is an important qualification, the committee should include anybody who has ever tried to walk to lunch in Phoenix. The criticism of Rice is silly and sexist, and it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what she is expected to do.

The playoff committee is supposed to determine which four teams are most qualified to play for the national title. That is it. Rice is smart enough and diligent enough to do that. The task has nothing to do with putting your hand in the dirt.

Play Pat Dye Comments on Condaleezza Rice On WJOX Opening Drive

Pete Rozelle, the greatest commissioner in NFL history, never played football. Mike Leach, one of the great coaching minds in college football, never played college football. Charlie Weis never … well, OK, bad example.

As with most sexism, the backlash against Rice is not about a hatred of women. It’s about protecting turf. It’s about insiders trying to keep outsiders out.

I’m sure that Pollack and Dye believe they are not speaking from a sexist place. They think they are protecting the game. But why did they feel the urge to do it? Because Rice is a woman, that’s why.

Quick: Name the members of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee. You can’t, can you? As my colleague Seth Davis pointed out on Twitter, Texas-San Antonio athletic director Lynn Hickey served a five-year term on that committee. She was the second woman to do so.

I bet Pollack and Dye don’t even know who is supposed to join Rice on the football committee. One of the people is longtime sportswriter Steve Wieberg, who is built like a kicker’s little brother. Where is the outrage about Wieberg? (And I’m not trying to start any — he will be great.)

But then, most people have no idea who has been determining the Bowl Championship Series title-game matchup for the last decade and a half. Who did you think was behind all those computer rankings, folks? Mean Joe Greene?

Rice served as the provost of Stanford, she is a huge college football fan, and she has dealt with much more complicated problems than this. She is one of many people on the committee. Unlike college coaches, athletic directors or conference commissioners, she has no financial stake in the selections.

And if she brings the perspective of somebody who didn’t have a hand in the dirt, that is actually wonderful. She can bring a more detached and reasoned perspective than the “eye test” or conventional wisdom. That’s what analytics experts have brought to every sport, and they have made teams and leagues smarter.

The college football committee needs outsiders. It should not be made up entirely of outsiders, and it won’t be, but adding somebody like Rice is helpful.

This silliness is reminiscent of Augusta National’s longtime determination to be an all-male golf club. That club’s unofficial policy, like this resistance to Rice, was about power. Augusta National’s members kept women out because they could, and they wouldn’t cave to anybody. Last year, they finally realized that the gender of your playing partner doesn’t make a damn bit of difference when you hit a fat eight-iron into Rae’s Creek. Fittingly, one of the women they invited to join was Rice.

College football has many problems. Condoleezza Rice’s place on the selection committee is not one of them.

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Oct 062013
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From by Bob Gillespie.

CHARLOTTE — For perhaps the first (and only) time in his adult life, Paul Finebaum says, he found himself struck speechless.

It was the evening of the 2009 BCS National Championship game, immediately after Alabama had defeated Texas in the Rose Bowl for the first of what would be three national titles in four seasons for the Crimson Tide. It was also about to become “one of the great experiences I’ve had covering sports,” Finebaum said.

For most of his three decades as a sports columnist and talk show host in Birmingham, Ala., Finebaum had been the outsider, the antagonist, the bomb-thrower when it came to the Crimson Tide – and for Auburn and most of the other teams and coaches in the Southeastern Conference, too. Now, suddenly, it seemed almost as if he were part of Alabama coach Nick Saban’s staff.

“Fans in the parking lot were hugging me, thanking me,” he said, sitting in an empty radio studio at the Charlotte headquarters of ESPNU, which will be the future home base for the SEC Network, and where Finebaum will be a central figure when the network launches in August 2014. “At the hotel, bell captains were screaming ‘Roll Tide!’ at me. And when I got home … suddenly I was being embraced, and I’d never had that before.”

His favorite story comes from the day after the game. At a Wal-Mart, Finebaum was approached by a man pushing a cart piled high with Alabama National Championship gear. “He said, ‘Mr. Finebaum, I am from Bangladesh, but today I am an Alabama fan.’ ”

As if telling Paul Finebaum somehow affirmed that – which, in a way, it did.

After years consisting mostly of post-Bear Bryant mediocrity, the Crimson Tide was back atop the college football world – and, almost ironically, Finebaum was along for the ride. That spring, Saban invited him to be an honorary captain for Alabama’s spring game; Finebaum, in the spirit of things, wore a Crimson Tide cap on the sidelines, a moment that immediately went viral on YouTube.

“For the first time in 20 years, I was on speaking terms with an Alabama coach,” he said. “I went from villain to, in some eyes, now part of the program.” He chuckled. “It wasn’t accurate, but I was pretty happy about it.”

Could his life get any better? Three years later, it has done just that – in spades.

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Oct 042013

From by Joseph Goodman.


Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

And here’s another disturbing anecdote of ESPN perhaps having too much power. On ESPN’s  College GameDay last Saturday, the network called for Southern California coach Lane Kiffin to be fired in the form of a poorly written and ill conceived prepared statement by radio buffoon Paul Finebaum. Kiffin was fired less than 24 hours later.

Never mind that Kiffin was trying to coach a team limited by extremely harsh scholarship reductions with inexperienced quarterbacks who were having a tough time absorbing USC’s complicated offensive system. Finebaum, with a flimsy monologue short on substance that read like it was scribbled on a cocktail napkin between sips of fruity drinks, called Kiffin the Miley Cyrus of college football. A few hours later, Kiffin’s boss, an actual Rhodes scholar no less, was pressured into firing his coach.

Southern Cal, by the way, plays most of its games on Fox.