Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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Tying Strange to Tide may come with problems

September 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A red “Make America Great Again” cap is featured in a new mail piece for Republican U.S. Sen. Luther Strange. But there is a big problem with Big Luther’s ad because the stylized “A” in America is the registered mark of the University of Alabama and may not be used without the University’s expressed approval.

The push card paid for by the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee with deep ties to Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is a clever optic, but according to the University, anyone wishing to use that particular “A” must gain permission and pay a licensing fee.

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Strange, Bentley and the dumbest scandal ever

February 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The dumbest, most obvious payoff I ever heard of as a reporter happened in 2000.

I was just starting out, working as a sports reporter, when rumblings began about shady football recruiting payoffs taking place in Memphis and involving the University of Alabama. Supposedly, some Crimson Tide boosters had paid a boatload of money to lure the nation’s top defensive player, a lineman named Albert Means, to Tuscaloosa.
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Shelby and Sessions Introduce Resolution Commending the Alabama Football Team

January 29, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Alabama Senators Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R) introduced a resolution commending the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team for their BCS national championship game victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Senator Shelby said in the joint resolution, “I congratulate the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.  The University, the Crimson Tide faithful, and the entire State of Alabama can be proud of this team not only for winning, but for representing us on the national stage with integrity and class. Under Coach Saban’s impeccable leadership, the Tide dominated in the first half, both highlighting the skills of star players Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, and A.J. McCarron, as well as the cohesive playing power of the entire team.  I am proud to represent a state whose esteemed universities have brought home the national title for four years in a row and counting.  I would also like to offer my congratulations to Notre Dame on a great team and an outstanding season.”
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President Obama Congratulates Alabama Crimson Tide on BCS Championship

April 24, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama and Rep. Terri Sewell (D) from Selma both released statements expressing their pride following the Alabama Bowl Championship Series (BCS) winning Alabama Crimson Tide football team’s visit to the White House.

Rep. Sewell said in her written statement, “Today I was delighted to join the Alabama Crimson Tide football team as we celebrated our 2011 BCS National Championship at the White House.  For the second time in three years, the crystal trophy calls the 7th Congressional District of Alabama home.  We are so proud of Coach Nick Saban, his coaching staff, and all of the players for their hard work and dedication that made this victory possible.”
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