Some Guys Never Learn
"Now, that's what I'm talking about. You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked. You don't come into the OB playing that stuff. You're across the ocean over there. You're across the city. You can't come over to our place talking noise like that. You'll get your butt beat. I was about to go down the elevator to get in that thing."
Of course, this isn't the first time Thomas has let his mouth get him into trouble. For Alabama fans like me, the nice thing about hearing Lamar Thomas' name mentioned in the news is that it provides an excuse to re-live what I believe to be the second greatest moment in Alabama football history (behind only the 1979 goal line stand against Penn State, and just ahead of "The Kick" against Auburn in 1985). In 1993 Alabama was ranked second in the nation but wasn't given much of a chance against #1 Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Lamar Thomas, then a Hurricane wide receiver, spent the week or so leading up to the game talking about how the SEC wasn't what it used to be, how no one could guard Miami's recievers man-to-man, and how great it would be for him to win a third National Championship.
Then it came time to actually play the game. With Alabama somehow leading in the second half, Thomas was hit by Miami QB Gino Toretta (Fun Fact: for some bizarre reason Toretta actually won the Heisman Trophy that year and was then never heard from again) as he streaked down the sideline. He was on his was toward what appeared to be an easy touchdown and a chance for Miami to get back in the game. Then Alabama DB George Teague came into the picture. Re-live the memory for yourself:
Ironically, the whole play was then called back on an Alabama holding penalty, but had Thomas scored--or just held on to the ball--Miami would have refused the penalty and would have had a real shot at a comeback. As it was, Alabama won the game and their 12th National Championship, and George Teague's rundown has gone down as the greatest play that never officially happened in Alabama football history. Thanks for this trip down memory lane, Lamar.
One other sports note: My Cubbies hired Lou Piniella to manage the team today. Rumor has it that he's already pressuring the front office to bring in Alex Rodriguez, whom Piniella coached in Seattle. God knows I and all the residents of Cub-dom are pulling for you, Lou. But I've endured too many losing seasons to get my hopes up yet.