Oct 082019
 

I can remember most of the anxieties and uncertainties that I had as an adolescent and young adult, because, well, they were anxieties and uncertainties. They were unpleasant. They significantly occupied my consciousness.

As I got older, naturally, they became easier to understand. I could more easily discern my role in them. I could evaluate different reactions to them. And, as my children grew, I started considering how I would help them with these anxieties.

So, of course, now that it’s time, there is very little commonality between what I was anxious or uncertain about and what they are anxious or uncertain about.

Different kids. Different world.

It’s generally agreed that being a parent is a difficult job. But until children are two years old or so, it’s only a question of endurance. You almost always know exactly what to do. You just have to have the time, money, and energy to do it.

Then, that “know exactly what to do” stays manageable for several more years, but starts getting gradually slipperier. It lurches a bit at puberty’s onset.

And then, finally, in late adolescence, it falls off a cliff.

 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Sep 292019
 

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So Clemson had trouble with the Fighting Mack Browns, and now Alabama’s #1 again.

I’ve already got lots of people squawking at me for my negativism, and that’s fine. I’ll be delighted for you to dig up this post after the LSU game, the Auburn game, the SEC title game, the semifinal, or the national championship, and rub my nose in it.

I’m telling you, Crimson Nation, we need to manage our expectations this year.

It was nearly exclusively our first team defense that Ole Miss racked up all those yards against yesterday. Yes, I know the outcome of the game was never in doubt, but when we throw the term “garbage points” around we’re generally talking about stuff we surrendered late in the game because we had underclassmen in the game.

And, yeah. But this year those kids are the first string—the young, gassed, inexperienced first string.

It is difficult to overstate how splendidly tragic our defensive injuries are. And I know Saban Inc. is getting these youngsters as many reps as they can, but LSU is barely more than a month away, and Coach O appears to have a monster offense on the ground.

Yes, we have one too. I’ve noticed. Oh, wow. But with our defense, which, so far, falls off a cliff late, winning a shootout is not a guarantee. Can our D grow up quickly enough?

Alabama will not be seriously tested until November 9. But folks, we might drop that one. We might drop the Iron Bowl too.

My right brain would love for me to be wrong. But so far, my left brain is telling me 11-2.

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