It was a big day for the Raymond James Team at the 26th Annual Nucor Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament, as the team was the overall tourney winner, and team member Elliott Jones hit a hole-in-one. The team won $500 for their adopted school, Faucett Vestavia Elementary.

Few things are as thrilling as being in BDS on an Alabama game day. But let’s face it, a lot of us don’t get season tickets, and we’re super lucky if we score tickets to one or two Bama games all season long. And these days, many of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful Druid City host friends who love coming to visit on big game weekends – whether they have tickets or not. Sure, you can host your own home tailgating party (or crash someone else’s, preferably on or around The Quad) – but what if you want to get out and watch the game? 

There are a lot of great places to watch Alabama games in Tuscaloosa and have a great experience among like-minded fans. With football season in full swing now (can we get a “Roll Tide”?!), I thought this might be the perfect time to put together this handy dandy list, so we all can have plans in place. 

Offensive strategy. Defensive formations. Special teams’ breakdowns. We could talk for hours about game plans, pass coverage, containment, spread offenses, coaching philosophy, out of conference scheduling, playoffs, and home field advantages.

But what fun is that? That’s what every football analyst does. 

No sir. Not this column. This is the important stuff. This is where we get into the nitty-gritty of what it’s all about.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

As part of the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the flooding in Louisiana, Alabama gymnastics coach Dana Duckworth, ReadBAMARead and Two Men and a Truck are combining for a donation drive on from through Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Alabama head men’s basketball coach and New Orleans native Avery Johnson couldn’t just sit and watch silently as his native Southern Louisiana home was devastated by the recent catastrophic flooding, so he acted. And now he’s asking for the city of Tuscaloosa and state of Alabama to do the same thing.

James Bailey started studying martial arts seriously in 1978. Back then, it was mostly adults learning the fighting arts.

“When it started, 100% of the students were adults and the program was modeled after the Korean military,” Bailey said. “It was much more aggressive and there were no pads early on.”

The 10th annual Nick's Kids Foundation luncheon was held Wednesday in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium where checks totaling $475,000 were presented to 150 local and state non-profit organizations. Since Nick and Terry Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, approximately $5.5 million has been given to more than 250 deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.

The legend of the late former University of Alabama football coach Paul William "Bear" Bryant is an enduring force, especially in the men that he coached, mentored, and motivated to be extraordinary, not only on the field but also in life.  

Alberta Baptist Church co-pastor Keith Pugh, a 58-year-old native of Evergreen, is one of those men personally impacted by the coaching icon, as he attended UA from 1975-1980 and played on Alabama teams that won national championships in 1978 and 1979 while also capturing three Southeastern Conference titles from 1977-79.  

The DCH Foundation and DCH SportsMedicine are urging all sports and recreation-minded individuals to get their cycling gear and running shoes ready. This Saturday, June 25, the system will be sponsoring its inaugural DCH SportsMedicine Dirt, Sweat & Gears Trail Duathlon at Lake Lurleen State Park.  

The event should translate into a fun day for all participants, as it will involve a 10-mile trail bike ride on the Ridge Loop Trail followed by a 5K run on the Lakeside Trail.  

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