Hope we can put aside our thoughts about Georgia State’s road to the 2017 BCS national championship for a couple hours.
A couple things for you. Here’s a link to a Mobile Press-Register story. It’s pretty standard, except for a mention that USA hopes for a crowd in excess of 30,000 for the game. Depending on what the excess is, it could be the biggest crowd of the season for a Georgia State game thus far. Here’s another story about Bill Curry talking about South Alabama. And another - it’s supposed to be a “whiteout.” Old Dominion tried a blueout last week and it was kind of high on the lame scale.
You know what the next step in whiteouts is? Plaid-outs. Or, maybe Alabama can have a houndstooth-out. I would be all in for that. Or maybe Hawaii could have a Hawaiian shirt-out.
Two things I’ll look for, and I’m going to guess I’ve mentioned them before for previous games – the running game and turnovers. When Georgia State has lost, those have been pretty big reasons why.
Second, I might not be on as much as the game is later and deadlines are a little tighter, but I’ll try to contribute as much as I can. For those of you outside of Atlanta and the powerful reach of 1160 AM, you can go the website and pull it in. (They’re actually broadcasting Notre Dame right now. They’re part of the the Fighting Irish radio network. Who knew?) (Georgia State sports information chieftain Allison George says the Panthers supercede the Irish on 1160. Notre Dame started at 2:30 p.m., so there will be overlap. But, failing that, locally, you can get the game on 88.5 WRAS or 1690-AM. 1690 carries a live feed on its website, too.)
Anyway, if you’re wondering, Mobile’s downtown is kind of nice. It sort of looks just a little bit like Savannah except a lot smaller and perhaps a little more depressed.
Mobile facts, courtesy of GSU sports information whiz Charlie Taylor. Bear Bryant coached his first game for Alabama at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 1958, a loss to LSU 13-3.
Mobile is the birthplace of Hank Aaron. If I’d thought of it, and had the time, I’d go visit his childhood home, which was moved next to Hank Aaron Stadium, where the local minor-league team is. I have been to Tupelo to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace, though.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium is named after two civic-minded businessmen.
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