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As a Mom, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Lots of food, hanging out with the family, no pressure to shop or buy gifts.

By Stan J. Griffin: November 5, 2016

In his first start at fabled and hostile Tiger Stadium Saturday night, Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts endured the struggles that might be expected in such a precarious circumstance, especially in a pivotal Southeastern Conference showdown where the Crimson Tide and LSU defenses dominated for the most part.
But it was the poised and steady play of the Channelview, Texas native late in the game, overcoming an earlier interception and fumble, that ultimately propelled Nick Saban's No. 1 Tide team to a gritty and resilient 10-0 victory over Ed Orgeron's No. 13 host Tigers before a capacity crowd of 102,321 in Death Valley.
Alabama improved to 9-0 on the season overall and 6-0 in SEC play, while the Tigers fell to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in league play. The loss snapped LSU’s three-game winning streak.
It was the Crimson Tide's 21st straight win overall dating back to the 2015 season, and its sixth triumph in a row over the Tigers.
Hurts rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown in the game, and also completed 10 of 19 passes for 107 yards and a pick.
After Hurts was intercepted by Jamal Adams on the Tide's first possession of the game, the Tigers took over at the Alabama 33-yard-line. LSU, however, could not capitalize on the pick, having a 49-yard field goal attempt blocked by Ronnie Harrison.
Hurts was still a bit shaky as Alabama also went three and out on its second series of the first quarter, with the Tide freshman quarterback having a pass attempt deflected on a 3rd-and-1 play.
The defenses certainly ruled the first quarter, with the Crimson Tide failing to generate any early movement and the Tide defense harassing LSU quarterback Danny Etling, sacking him three times in the first 10 minutes.

By Stan J. Griffin: November 3, 2016

Retreating back in time to late September, it hardly appeared that the LSU football team was in any position to wreak havoc on anyone's season other than its own, and especially not for Nick Saban's No. 1 and undefeated Alabama team.
The Tigers appeared to be in much disarray after a 2-2 start and the early-season ouster of longtime coach Les Miles.
How things have changed.
Three games later, the talent-heavy Tigers are suddenly 5-2 and ranked No. 13 in the initial College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, and overall appear to be a totally rejuvenated unit under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
And now Saturday's contest between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide appears to be one of Alabama's most challenging hurdles as it seeks to run the table and repeat as Southeastern Conference and national champions.
Alabama (8-0 overall. 5-0 SEC play) and LSU (5-2, 3-1 SEC) are set to clash in a prime time showdown at fabled Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised by CBS.
Saban noted earlier this week that he has been impressed by what he has seen from the Tigers under the direction of Orgeron, and said he knows the contest in Death Valley will be a formidable test for his top-ranked squad.

By Stan J. Griffin: October 6, 2016

As the No. 1 Alabama football team has rolled to a 5-0 record thus far in the 2016 season, Nick Saban's team would probably still merit an incomplete grade at this point.
Although there have been some definite positives, such as finding a talented young leader at quarterback, continuing to develop along areas such as the offensive line and perfecting the art of the non-offensive touchdown, items such as turnovers, a general lack of fundamental execution at times and inconsistency and nagging injuries have perhaps prevented this team from being all it could be.
If there one certainty about this Crimson Tide team, however, it is that Alabama's true identity should be revealed during the course of the next four games, a stretch of grueling Southeastern Conference games that will no doubt be the defining one of the 2016 season.
It includes road games against No. 9 Tennessee and LSU and a home tilt against No. 8 Texas A&M.
And it begins Saturday with a trip to Fayetteville to battle Bret Bielema's No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks.


Auburn (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (2-2, 1-1 SEC), Series: AU leads, 61-26-2, 11 a.m. CT • SEC Network, Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (61,337)                   

LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) at Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC),  Series: UF leads, 31-28-3, 11 a.m. CT,  ESPN,   Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field (88,548)            

Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC), Series: UT leads, 2-0,  2:30 p.m. CT • CBS, College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,512)                        

Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at Kentucky (2-3, 1-2 SEC), Series: Tied, 42-42-4, 3 p.m. CT • SEC Network, Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (61,000)                                       

Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC), Series: UA leads, 18-8, 6 p.m. CT • ESPN, Fayetteville, Ark. • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)

Georgia (3-2, 1-2 SEC) at South Carolina (2-3, 1-3 SEC), Series: UGA leads, 48-18-2, 6:30 p.m. CT •  SEC Network,  Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)                                         .

OPEN: Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1 SEC); Missouri (2-3, 0-2 SEC).

As a parent, you want to ensure the best for your children.  You take them to the most trusted doctors and pediatricians, you send them to reputable schools, and you protect their physical well-being.  However, many parents are not aware of one of the most common difficulties facing children and adolescents; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Can you feel it? That slight dip in temperatures and the deepening of the blue skies that signals the official arrival of fall in Alabama? It’s a feeling that’s indescribable, and positively exhilarating. And it moves many of us to fling open our doors, lace up some hiking boots and set off into the great outdoors, in search of adventure (or just beautiful scenery).

Southeastern Outings, a non-profit organization which sponsors outdoor outings, has a lot lined up this month. All of these activities are open to the public. The events include easy day hikes, bicycle rides, and more – exploring some of the most scenic spots in Alabama.

Here is this month’s Southeastern Outings Calendar of Events. For more information, visit seoutings.org. Have fun!

By Stan J. Griffin: October 3, 2016

After evaluating the film of Saturday's 34-6 homecoming win by the No. 1 Alabama football team over Kentucky, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday that he saw his team execute much better in the second half after a somewhat sloppy first half where it stopped itself on numerous occasions with items such as dropped balls, missed assignments and general gaffes in terms of execution.
Saban said the overall good news for his 5-0 team, however, is that he is continuing to see steady improvement from it.
"We need to play better over and over and over again, especially when you play better teams," he said. "I think we had some outstanding performances in (Saturday's) game and I think our team is making progress, but I think we need to continue to do that, continue to work as every week in the SEC, you've got a real challenge and a real test."
Continuing to polish its overall game, while also continuing to trim its number of mistakes, will no doubt be crucial as Alabama enters into what will likely be a defining stretch of league games that includes showdowns with No. 9 Tennessee, No. 8 Texas A&M and LSU.
That grueling road begins this week with a road game against the No. 16/18 Arkansas Razorbacks (6 p.m., ESPN), and Saban said he feels Bret Bielema's squad is a "really, really good team."
The Razorbacks are 4-1 overall and 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play, with their only loss to No. 8 Texas A&M.

By Stan J. Griffin: October 1, 2016

After a week of having to cope with a great deal of outside noise, the No. 1 Alabama football team was no doubt hoping the magic and charm of Homecoming would be just the elixir it would need to get back on positive footing as it faced off against Mark Stoops' Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
And thanks to the offensive trio of Jalen Hurts, Calvin Ridley and Joshua Jacobs, all freshmen and sophomores by the way, and another smothering effort by the UA defense, Alabama shook off a slow and sloppy start to roll 34-6 in front of a capacity crowd 101,821.
Alabama improved to 5-0 overall on the season, as well as 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the visiting Wildcats fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Hurts led the Tide offense by completing 20 of 33 passes for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also carrying the ball nine times for 25 yards. Ridley, his main weapon on the evening, hauled in a career-best 11 throws for 174 yards and a pair of scoring receptions.
Jacobs, meanwhile, gained his first 100-yard game on the collegiate ranks as he carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and a TD. He also caught three passes for 44 yards, including a long reception of 23 yards.
“I thought we executed a little better in the second half, I thought we were a little sloppy in the first half,” said Tide coach Nick Saban after the game. “I thought the defense played well and I thought it was a pretty good win for us. I thought we left some points out there by not finishing some drives. There are certainly a lot of lessons to be learned from this game. We have to be more consistent in the passing game. Things like that we just have to continue to work on.”

This week, Alabama students will join over 8,000 other Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members at California’s San Diego Convention Center to participate in the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).
The FCCLA NLC provides wonderful opportunities for students to compete in national competitions, gain valuable leadership skills, explore interesting career pathways, have fun making new friends, and be inspired by some of our nation’s leading professionals and top motivational speakers. The theme of this year’s conference is “Empowered.”

Regions Field is up for it's second consecutive title as the the Best AA baseball field in the U.S.

Whether it's the great food, the fun kid's activities like the playground and batting cages or the good vantage points from all the seats,  show your appreciation for Regions Field by voting for this Birmingham gem.

To vote, click here.  Go Barons!


Here is a list of public boat launches closest to Birmingham.  Most are within an hour’s drive time.  We included Lake Martin because so many Birminghamians use Lake Martin regularly.  For a complete list of boat launches in Alabama, click here.

Most of these boat launches have one or two lanes. Almost none have public bathrooms, so make arrangements accordingly.

Don’t forget that you need a valid Alabama boater’s license. You can take an online course to get your license or go to the license office for a test.

If you just want to go fishing and aren’t launching a boat, don’t forget Lake Purdy down 280.  Note: The Lake Purdy phone line is broken and they can't run the credit card machine, so take cash this weekend.




Claiborne (Hwy. 84 Lndg.)

Alabama River

Sprott Landing

Cahaba River

B.B. Comer Bridge


Beech Creek


Brown's Creek (Warrenton)




Crow Creek


Honeycomb Creek




Long Island


Mink Creek


Minky Creek


Mud Creek (G'ville)


North Sauty Creek


Scottsboro City Park


South Sauty Creek


Stevenson (Snodgrass Bridge)


Tom Jackson Park


Town Creek (G'ville)


Val Monte Rd. (Bucky Howe)




Beeswax Creek


Childersburg Access (Hollywood)


Flatlands (Pineview)


Glover's Ferry


Hidden Valley (Paint Creek)


Kelly Creek


The Narrows (Co. Rd. 400)




Madwin Creek (Windy Point)


Pace's Point (Pleasure Point)


Smith Mountain Landing


Young's Landing (D.A.R.E. Park)


Higgins Ferry


Riverview Access

Oliver (Black Warrior)

Lion's Park (Lick Creek)


Smith Lake Dam


Smith Lake Park


Binion Creek


Foster's Ferry


Moundville Access


It’s a summer holiday weekend and in Alabama and that means barbeque.  And by barbeque, we mean pulled pork.   We spice it up with ribs and maybe some chicken, but pulled pork is where it’s at.  

The great thing about pulled pork is that it is inexpensive, reheats beautifully, feeds a crowd and pretty much everyone loves it.  Oh, and it’s gluten free if you use a gluten free barbeque sauce (which many are) and paleo in its natural state.  So Brooke can eat it with her salad and stay on her diet.

When I was growing up at the lake with my family, my grandmother always made ice cream.

There are fancy cooked creams and  whipped things in many ice cream recipes, but my absolute favorite was a light and almost fizzy ice cream that my Nanny made with store brand strawberry soda and condensed milk.

This recipe uses that same technique (which is dead easy) and a made in Alabama favorite, Grapico.   The little girls will adore the lilac color and the flavor is light and fun. 

Today’s guest blogger is Charles Kinnaird.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

We are bombarded with news of political discord at the local, state, and national level. One can get disheartened watching news broadcasts these days, wondering if we can safely navigate the political shoals ahead. Recently I found a place where everything seemed to be working, in spite of what the news media may report.

 I received a summons to jury duty which led to an opportunity to walk the downtown city blocks of Birmingham at lunch time. During that short walk, I re-discovered the city and found a vibrant and hopeful America.

The University of Alabama can add yet another national championship to its collection, and the most recent one was captured by a very special group indeed.

Special Olympics College at UA, which is a Unified Sport student club, recently claimed the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Unified Basketball title, as it defeated Central Michigan 51-43 in Columbus, Ohio to take victory in the division's inaugural title tilt.

One of the biggest events of the year in Birmingham golf, the Regions Classic, starts today.  Here's a quick listing of events, whether you go to Greystone to see it first hand (one day tickets are $20) or check the action out from the comfort of your couch.

Friday, May 20 Military Outreach Day - Pairings & Tee Times


Saturday, May 21

Sunday, May 22

*Gates open 7:00 a.m. everyday

** All times central

For more information, click here.

Free jazz in the parks of Birmingham.  Laying out on blankets on the green, letting the music wash over you. There is probably nothing better.  Thanks to Magic City Smooth Jazz there are free jazz concerts in Birmingham and around the state. 

Magic City Smooth Jazz is a non-profit  dedicated to enhancing cultural activities through various styles of jazz in the State of Alabama.  Since its inception in 2008, Magic City Smooth Jazz has hosted over 75 FREE concerts to the public while presenting over 275 emerging and established artists while impacting the lives of over 20,000 adults and children.  

Next in Birmingham, Kim Scott at Huffman High School and  Soul Collaboration (pictured above) at Avondale Park on June 5th plus more concerts throughout the summer.


Birmingham is covered up with farmer's markets.   Pepper Place Market downtown on Saturdays is the grandaddy of them all, but there are markets in East Lake, two in Homewood, and at the Summit. There are also markets springing up at churches, like the Wednesday morning market at Vestavia Methodist and markets at workplaces like the Kirklin Clinic, UAB and Southern Nuclear, to name a few.

This week, look for:

  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Cauliflower
  • Strawberries
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Onions (all kinds)
  • Radishes
  • Peas
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers
  • New Potatoes

Farmer's markets are also great for trying out new jams, breads and local honey.

Last year who would have predicted that Donald Trump might win the Republican Primary?

Last year who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would still be giving Hillary Clinton heartburn?

People have become so unhappy with the status quo that they are willing to vote for outsiders and non-traditional candidates.

It’s become totally impossible to predict elections and that may be true for Birmingham also.


I was energized to write this piece because of a comment made by a ComebackTown guest blogger last week.

He predicted that African-Americans will control Birmingham’s government for the rest of our lifetime.

I’m not so sure.

Birmingham voters might consider electing  a Mayor of either race if the candidate presented solid ideas that could transform Birmingham neighborhoods, schools, public transportation, and increase jobs and wages.

Birmingham is 73% African-American, but I believe blacks would be open to a candidate who might improve their lives.

Sadiq Khan was just elected Mayor of London England.  He’s the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital city–which is truly remarkable since Muslim’s represent only 12% of London’s population.

Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and 2012 with a U.S black population of  also about 12%.  Obviously many non-African Americans voted for him.

And this year’s presidential primaries have been totally unpredictable.

No one would have thought Donald Trump, a previous Democrat, billionaire and reality TV star, would defeat 16 Tea Party, conservative, traditional, and Evangelical candidates to be the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican party.

How do you explain Bernie Sanders, a 74 year old Jewish social democrat who had not even been a Democrat, mobilizing young folks 1/2 or 1/3 his age to give Hillary Clinton many sleepless nights?

I want to emphasize that I’m not saying a white mayor would be better than a black mayor.

And I’m not maligning the current administration.  Birmingham has made more progress in the last few years than in the previous twenty.

No candidate should be excluded from consideration because of his/her race.  I’m sure most people, and certainly African-Americans, would agree.

The Mayoral and City Council elections are next year.

I don’t know if a strong non-black candidate will be brave enough to step forward to lead Birmingham.  Maybe not.

But I do know that Birmingham citizens deserve options.

Let’s turn Birmingham around.  Click here to sign up for our newsletter.  There’s power in numbers. (Opt out at any time)

David Sher is Co-Founder of AmSher Compassionate Collections.  He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).

Birmingham Post-Herald (BPH) is Birmingham, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

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