Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban leads his team out onto the field for pre game warm ups before their game against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

10 Ways to Survive the Alabama Football Offseason

Hey there, sad clown. What’s got you down? What’s that? No Alabama football until August?

Buck up, little camper. There’s no need to stay down in the dumps. There are plenty of ways to keep busy until the Tide takes the field again. And believe it or not there are great, fun things to do, right here in your own internet backyard. So don’t you worry about filling free time with volunteer work or interaction with your family. You stay right in that cocoon with these 10 things to get you through the offseason:

Work on your Nick Saban impression.

If you need a guide, study Rob Ezell’s spot-on work:

Tour the weight room.

Check out the amazing facilities with your personal guide, Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran:


Watch some classic trick plays.

Nice selections here, even if the Tide isn’t represented:

Find Bama stuff on eBay.

You’ll know just how incomplete your wardrobe is when you realize this is not in it:


Brush up on Bear.

Sure, you know everything there is to know. But this ESPN article gives some good little trivia bites to keep in your back pocket:

In a 1963 Saturday Evening Post article, Bryant was accused of conspiring to fix the game against Georgia the previous season. The article said Georgia’s athletic director, Wally Butts, gave Bryant the plays, allowing Alabama to roll 35-0. The charges were never proven and Bryant won a libel suit against the magazine.


Watch the 1993 Sugar Bowl.

The evisceration of Miami will always be a good pick-me-up. And in case you want to skip directly to it, George Teague’s Greatest Play that Never Happened is at about the 1:24 mark of the video. Also, while it would never play on Saban’s watch, you have to chuckle at Derrick Lassic’s Fred Sanford TD celebration.

Show off your trivia knowledge.

Here are some good Crimson Tide quizzes. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the quizzes (although I haven’t found any glaring errors), but I do know it beats staring at a blank TV screen hoping for football to come back on.

Engage in thoughtful conversation.

With a computer. I was surprised how much time I was able to waste talking football with Cleverbot. And no, I do not fear whales.


Learn about Pinterest.

I had never been on Pinterest before. Now, I may never leave. Roll Tide, Mr. Burgundy.


Help out your friends and family.

E-mail them this link. Tell them if they schedule parties, weddings, get-togethers, shindigs or hootenannies on these days, you will most likely not be available.

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