Alabama football: Bozeman, Crimson Tide showcase best of sports fandom
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a heartwarming gesture by Bradley Bozeman and the Crimson Tide.
Athletes, for better or worse, have a special ability to impact people’s personal lives in a deep and resonant way — especially when they come from a team as fanatically well-loved as Alabama. Be sure to read the heartwarming story of Bradley Bozeman and an Alabama fan’s last wish. Bozeman made a phone call to a patient at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice and helped arrange for a package of memorabilia to be sent to Tommy.
— Shepherd's Cove (@SCoveHospice) June 27, 2017
I can’t be sure of precisely what Bozeman and the Crimson Tide mean to Tommy, but through all the hand-wringing and sniping and hot-taking, it’s comforting to know that there still is a capacity for great goodness created by sports.
- The NCAA is considering expansive rule changes regarding athlete transfers. Kevin Scarbinsky says that’s a good thing.
- Charlie Potter of BamaOnline named a junior college transfer the 22nd-most important player in 2017.
- Usually the new boy of Alabama’s cornerback pairing gets targeted as a weak link. Not so with Alabama’s seventh-most important player, according to Marq Burnett.
- Our Chris Kirschner is out at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., which I just realized is an extremely strange name for what is basically a high school combine.
- Roll Bama Roll marks 65 days until kickoff with a tribute to the oft-injured Robert Foster.
Built by Bama
• For more heartwarming sports news, check out this slide show of Quinton Dial meeting veterans.
• Jimmy Nelson got the win for his Brewers against Cincinnati in an 11-3 decision. Nelson pitched seven innings, gave up 2 runs on 2 hits (2 home runs), walked 1 batter and struck out 11.
• It was a tough start for Justin Thomas at the Quicken Loans National. He started the weekend with a 4-over 74. He’s tied for 93rd after one day. Bud Cauley is 1-under par and tied for 26th.
— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) June 29, 2017
Around the Capstone
Alabama finished 25th in the final standings for The Directors’ Cup, awarded annually to the athletic department with the most overall success across all sports. The Crimson Tide earned extensive credit for their football finish, but weak showings across the other fall sports doomed the department. The women’s tennis team led the way in winter when Erin Routliffe and Andie Daniell finished as national doubles runners-up.
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