Oct 282016
 

Celebrity sports fan, Tom Arnold, appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show today and promptly dropped this little bombshell:
Finebaum Tweets

As a comedian, Arnold is paid to say stupid things. Is this one of them?

Here’s the complete interview:

Play Tom Arnold Says Nick Saban Wanted New York Giants Job

Oct 092014
 
Nick Saban At Kent State

Nick Saban At Kent State

By Finebaum Fan.

In his weekly appearance on “Hey Coach”, Alabama Coach Nick Saban revealed that he had experienced the same injury that Alabama running back, Kenyan Drake, sustained in the October 4th game against The University of Mississippi.

Drake suffered a horrible leg injury in the second quarter against Ole Miss. During a tangled pileup, his left ankle twisted violently and he shouted so loudly that his voice was audible on CBS’ broadcast.

Saban played defensive back for the Kent State University football team under coach Don James.

Said Saban, “When I was a player in college, I got the SAME injury as he (Kenyan Drake) had…”

Here’s the audio with an update on Drake’s condition:

Play Nick Saban on Kenyan Drake Injury

“Hey Coach” originates live from Bob’s Victory Grille in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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.

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 112014
 

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

Play Legend - Gay for Nick Saban

Listen To More Finebaum Audio Clips

 

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!”

 

Contact me if you’re interested in making a recording to share on this site.

Dec 132013
 

From YouTube.com Posted By Keith Obermann.

Paul Finebaum joins Keith Olbermann to discuss the Heisman race, Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, and Johnny Manziel’s NFL prospects.

Nov 042013
 

From CbsNews.com.

Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide is once again ranked No. 1 and undefeated. His program has become the gold standard of college football. How does he do it? Armen Keteyian reports.

Oct 102013
 

By Finebaum Fan.

imagesESPN SEC analyst, Paul Finebaum, appeared on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge radio today.

Here’s how it went:

Play Paul Finebaum 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge Interview

 

Oct 092013
 

From UsaToday.com 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.

Read The Entire Article