The Alabama Department of Athletics announced on Thursday, Aug. 16, its 10-year, $600 million capital initiative, The Crimson Standard, which is designed to comprehensively elevate the student-athlete experience, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans. The initiative includes major renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, and several other athletic facilities.

The words out of Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman’s mouth couldn’t have sounded better to Crimson Tide fans tiring of wide receivers whipping across the field rather than down it. When asked if Alabama has used jet sweeps this offseason under first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Bozeman’s answer was short and, depending on who you ask, pretty sweet, too.

“Not so far,” Bozeman told SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic during SEC Media Days.

The Alabama Golden Flake A-Day Game, scheduled for a 2 p.m. CT kick on April 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and Crimson Tide fans have the opportunity to upgrade their experience. The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 11 a.m. CT and admission will once again be free to the public.

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. 

Most University of Alabama football fans have been no doubt incessantly monitoring spring practice updates for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide team on a daily basis, already with visions of a national championship repeat in their respective heads.  

But for Saban and his coaching staff, spring practice is about filling in the pieces of the puzzle that will of course be a brand new Alabama team in 2016.  

Fortune magazine is out with its annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and while some might be surprised, those who follow college football know: Nick Saban is among them.

Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., this morning. The Heisman Trophy winner joined 3,000-plus people at the event, including the President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.


Henry wrapped up the breakfast by delivering the closing prayer in front of national and Congressional leaders. Following the commencement of the event, the running back shook hands with many of the constituents on stage before receiving a hug from Mrs. Obama and striking the Heisman pose with the President of the United States.



Roll Tide!

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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