Paul Finebaum Interviews AJ McCarron Prior To NFL Draft
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David Pollack, ESPN College GameDay analyst, is feeling the “Twitter wrath” of fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
After Bowling Green University’s Tyler Tate kicked a career-long 52 yard field goal against Northern Indiana University in the MAC Championship game, Pollack tweeted:
There is def one part of NIU’s game that Bama wished they had, a FG kicker. This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+.
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) December 7, 2013
Pollack was making reference to the performance of Alabama’s kicking game in the “Iron Bowl” last week against the Auburn Tigers.
The tweet did not go unnoticed by members of the number four ranked Crimson Tide – including kicker Cade Foster who responded:
Pollack did a little backpedaling:
Too little, too late. The backlash from the tweet was almost immediate. Tide quarterback, A.J. McCarron, was quick to back Foster:
Other teammates stepped up to defend and reassure Foster:
There are more, but you get the picture. Fans were eager to respond to Pollack’s tweet as well.
There were others, even a few Auburn faithful, who joined the conversation:
It is interesting to note that Pollack did not “tweet” when Tate’s previous 26 yard field goal attempt was missed or when Tate’s following extra point attempt was blocked.
Overall, for the game, Tate was 2 for 3 in field goals and 5 of 6 in extra points.
Had he done his research, Pollack would have known that Foster had hit a 53 yard field goal against Ole Miss earlier this season – one yard longer than Tate’s.
Pollack’s tweet stated, “This kid has a BOOT. He can make it from 60+”.
In reality, Tate’s longest career field goal was the 52 yarder against Northern Indiana. It is also his ONLY successful field goal from beyond 50 yards.
Cade Foster has never missed an extra point during his career at Alabama. He is a perfect 63 for 63.
Thousands of Alabama and Auburn fans joined together to support Foster after he received numerous insults and even death threats to his Twitter account during and after the “Iron Bowl”.
A facebook page supporting Foster has received 86,000 likes to date.
The Twitter tag #BamaFansForCade still resonates throughout the “Twitterverse”.
Perhaps this Twitter user put it best:
Judging from these comments, it’s pretty clear that Bama doesn’t wish for “a FG kicker”. They seem to be pretty happy with the one they have.
Tammy on AJ McCarron and Rolling Toomers Corner
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While quarterback AJ McCarron may not generate the same level of Heisman Trophy hype as counterparts Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston, the Alabama star was recognized with another honor this week. As he continues his quest for a third consecutive BCS title, McCarron graces the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.
McCarron has won 35 games over the course of his Crimson Tide career, and he has passed for 2,228 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013. Still, in some circles, the senior is labeled as a “game manager.” Writes executive editor L. Jon Wertheim:
“McCarron might be almost as well known for his arm candy as his arm strength, his body ink as his body of work. But let’s be clear: He’s not just one of the great Alabama quarterbacks. AJ McCarron is on the short list of the most successful players in the history of college football. Even if not many think of him that way.”
In the story, Wertheim explores the dichotomy between McCarron’s reputation in Alabama and across the nation, touching on his high-profile relationship with Katherine Webb and his leadership role in the locker room.
“By conventional metrics, McCarron is not going to elevate eyebrows. He will not often throw for 300 yards, the way, say, Manziel, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater will. He’s not a dual threat.
“Then again, if you want to build a case for McCarron, you could do worse than starting here: He has as many national championships as he does defeats.”
Following last Saturday’s 20-7 victory over Mississippi State, ‘Bama is 10-0. It closes the regular season with matchups against Chattanooga (Nov. 23) and rival Auburn (Nov. 30).
Given today’s culture of high technology, it was only a matter of time.
The magazine serves the Mobile, Alabama area and bills itself as “The Bay’s First Women’s Magazine!”.
McCarron’s mom, Dee Bonner, and girlfriend, model and former Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, posed at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile in July for an article in the magazine’s “September Fashion and Football” issue.
This parody image which surfaced depicts the faces of ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum and University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban in place of the beautiful ladies.
Although the point of the parody cover is best interpreted by the observer, no doubt detractors of Finebaum and rivals of the Crimson Tide will find it amusing. Such is life at the top and both Finebaum and Saban are at the top of their respective professions.
A similar, although more harsh, parody GIF went viral yesterday depicting the same two gentlemen. It originated on a blog penned by a Texas A&M supporter. The GIF spread so quickly that a second server was required to supply the demand.
If given the choice between the two framed magazine covers, rest assured the one of “AJ’s Girls” will be the one hanging on my wall. I’ll leave the other for the less tasteless sports fans who don’t recognize true beauty when it hits them in the faces.
The two women in the Alabama quarterback’s life posed for ‘Access.’
Forgotten in all of the hullabaloo about Brent Musburger’s creepy Katherine Webb comments at last year’s national championship game was that Musburger also spent time leering at A.J. McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, during the 90-second segment. In that way, McCarron’s mom is like the William Dawes to McCarron’s Paul Revere.
That historical wrong has been temporarily righted, as Webb and Bonner appear together on a cover of Access, a Mobile-based women’s magazine. Here they are, back-to-back, on the front of the September issue.
As Brent Musburger would doubtlessly agree, both women look great on the cover. And if you showed this picture to a person who had never heard of Katherine Webb or A.J. McCarron or Brent Musburger or that diving-based reality show Katherine Webb was in, I bet half would guess Dee Dee Bonner was the younger of the two.