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Alabama football media guide sure is subtle, isn’t it? by Chris Olds

It’s been out for some time now, but I hadn’t tracked down a copy of the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s 2010 media guide to see just how the school treated its 13th national championship and its first Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.

Subtle, isn’t it?

Maybe not, but at a first (thumbnail-size) glance, I didn’t realize that he was holding the crowning jewel of the American Football Coaches Association trophy, the Waterford Crystal football that tops it.

Once I did, I realized that’s a pretty cool image. Having spent a few years in Tuscaloosa and, having finished school there in 2000, I can easily say that very little is this subtle when it comes to Alabama football.

And there’s nothing subtle about this media guide’s appeal. It will be a sweet item to get signed —  if one can chase down Ingram.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Beckett Media’s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue set to hit newsstands Monday by Chris Olds

The celebrations have only just begun for Crimson Tide football fans as the University of Alabama football team knocked off the Texas Longhorns for their 13th national championship on Thursday night in Pasadena, Calif.

And we want to make sure we can help the Alabama fans celebrate.

Beckett Media‘s Alabama National Champs commemorative issue will start arriving on newsstands on Monday with its dual-covered 80 full-color pages highlighting not only the Crimson Tide’s 37-21 victory, but also the team’s run to a perfect 14-0 season. Order your special issue today by clicking here.

Inside, fans can find a recap of the SEC Championship Game, the Iron Bowl and every other matchup this season. In addition, the issue also contains a look at the team’s biggest stars — including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram — as well as a rundown of some of the biggest names in Crimson Tide history and a look at their memorabilia.  You know, legends like Paul “Bear” Bryant, Joe Namath, Bart Starr and many others.

Get a sampling of what can be found inside the magazine after the jump.

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Urban Meyer’s shocking news leads to a shocker on cardboard by Chris Olds

Urban Meyer‘s decision to step down as the coach of the Florida Gators on Saturday night citing health reasons at age 45 has sent a few shockwaves through the college football world.

But it also prompted this writer to  do a little research on college football coaches and their trading cards, which led to another shocking discovery — their near-complete lack of cards — despite there being a constant flow of cards showing athletes in their NCAA uniforms.

It seems that all of the major football card manufacturers — and all of the smaller ones, too — have dabbled with players in college uniforms in their sets, but very few have dabbled with the idea of getting the most famous names in college football (the coaches) in their sets. Or if they have, they’ve chosen not to as they’ve also failed to sit them down with a pen to sign a few cards that can be placed into packs (certified autographs for the non-collector).

In fact, it appears that among college coaching’s elite names only Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Nebraska’s Tom Osborne have signed for a card company.

And the game’s biggest college coaching legends? If they have any autographed cards at all, they’re immensely rare cut autographs where the signatures were cut from documents and matted into the card.

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Does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram the greatest player in Alabama football history? by Chris Olds

Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram became the first player in the storied history of Crimson Tide football to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City.

One now has to ask … does that make him Alabama’s greatest player ever?

It’s an easy question to answer as the Crimson Tide’s list of past legends is lengthy. It includes 20 members of the College Football Hall of Fame and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yet none of those other Alabama Crimson Tide players ever won the Heisman.

While most football fans who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Southeastern Conference territory know precisely who the legends produced by Alabama are, let’s quickly recap them … and see if we can answer that question.

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Yet Another Post-Season College Basketball Tournament, Meanwhile, Football Has None by khaake
November 15, 2007, 11:03 am
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While college football fans have been begging the NCAA for a national tournament for years, college basketball will have a third one, starting this spring. 

The College Basketball Invitational will tip off March 18, and it will be a single-elimination tournament until two teams are left standing. Those teams will play a best-of-three championship series in a home-away-home format, beginning March 31.  

The CBI field will be determined after the teams are selected for the NCAA Tournament and the Postseason NIT.  The teams will be placed into brackets based on geography in the East, West, South and Midwest.  

Last year, a record 104 teams had 20 wins or more, all vying for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which has just 65 slots open.

 

Since college basketball has made it seemingly so simple for anyone to start their own post-season “championship” tournament, why can’t college football take the necessary steps and follow their lead?