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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Alabama's team leaders weren't thrilled with how practice was going for the...
What are you looking at? You're laborers; you should be laboring. That's what you get for not having an education.
Wow. Not sure how I feel about that.
and this is why leadership is so important to any Championship team!
Good job Nico
The Dynasty is Here!
This team has a lot of young guys that haven't been on this stage before. I'm not surprised by this at all.
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Distractions in Miami....get to work....
I take it as a positive. Nico will whip everyone into shape.
Well can't say that's a positive thing, but thankfully we have some leadership to steer the course, hope they continue to get zoned in.
I find it comical. That most everyone just thinks the team is always "focused & dialed in." These are college kids. & that just isn't reality imho.
This came from Chris Walsh in the Friday Practice quick hits thread:
"BTW, we've heard that yesterday's practice was pretty nasty, as in intense. More than on that in tonight's notebook."
I have a feeling the Vets of the team played a role in bringing some intensity to the practice field yesterday.
I like it.
The positive takeaway is that Bama's team leaders recognized an issue and addressed it internally. There are always issues in an organization... it's up to the leader(s) to assess, recognize, and correct. We'll know if it worked in a few days. RTR!
Also, I wouldn't get too caught up in stories like this. The team hasn't played a game in 4 weeks so naturally, these guys get tired of hitting each other and are ready to go hit the opponent.
ND is not a terribly complex team to prepare for. If the team brings passion to the field on Monday, we will be alright.
I live near Baltimore and I was listening to the sports radio guys one morning and one of the guys used to cover the Ravens for a newspaper in the area. He said it was always difficult to guage how the team would play. One week, they would look flat all week and then would destroy the opponent that Sunday. The next week, they would look great all week and get upset by a weaker opponent. He stopped trying to predict the outcome based on practice. It might not always work that way but Monday this game will come down to how the team plays on Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday practice will have little to do with the outcome. JMO
Some of yall do not understand this. Do you want this team ready to play today? No! As an athlete you can peak to early in your mindset. Everyone talks about distractions and keeping your mind right, but this is impossible. These kids are doing it the right way, and Saban is setting them up for that. When i heard about the Hotel i knew exactly what kind of mindset Saban wanted his team in....relaxed. They dont need to be sitting up in a room all day and night. They need to get out get there minds off this game and have fun. Come gameday everything will change, the mind will turn on and the body will follow. If you give up the mind to early for a game this big you can lose your composure, and you can lose your mind, therefore giving into the hype. Its human nature, just like the Louisville Florida game was. I would rather have a relaxed mindset showing up, then turning on that switch to play at a higher level. If the switch is always on the time before the game will mentally drain a team, i like this and hope the intensity will last till late monday night.
I like the way you put this and I can agree.
I can also take the "meeting" as maybe the leadership guys just wanted to up the ante so to speak. maybe practice wasn't that bad, but yet, they didn't feel it was at the level it had been prior to last year's game. experience will teach you that, and maybe (with 4 days to go) that's what the leaders saw - that the mind hadn't started to kick in that it was time to get down to business.
i want them relaxed as well - i think you play better (coming from an athlete who held the ball alot - pitcher/QB/shooting forward) and are more at ease when you are not constantly thinking about the game. being prepared is one thing, over doing it is another.
I like that they called the meeting. this team has been around and the guys in the lead knew they had to do something extra. so be it. at least it won't happen at half time now.
I initially thought the meeting happened after practice yesterday. However, after reading this article and the reports of an intense practice yesterday, I feel really good about it.
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