Crimson Tide Roll Call: May 17, 2019

You can't tell from the angle of the photo, but Johnny Mack Brown wore No. 17 for Alabama.Courtesy of Crimson Storm Surge

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Pizza Party Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

Softball: Alabama at NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional (see below)

Baseball: Alabama at Georgia, 6 p.m., CT

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

Softball: Alabama at NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional (see below)

Baseball: Alabama at Georgia, 6 p.m., SEC Network+, Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• The Alabama baseball team lost a back-and-forth game at No. 6 Georgia, 9-4 but the Crimson Tide didn’t lose any ground in the SEC standings. With Kentucky losing to No. 2 Vanderbilt 16-10, and South Carolina getting crushed at No. 5 Mississippi State, 24-7, the three teams are still tied for the final spot in the SEC Tournament. “We actually played a pretty good game tonight, but it got away from us there in the bottom of the eighth,” Alabama coach Brad Bohannon said in a release. “It was a really competitive game against a really good team. To Georgia’s credit, they did a good job of limiting us to one run in each of the four innings we scored. They’re a very good team, very worthy of their ranking, and we’re going to have to play our absolute best baseball to get a win tomorrow.”

2019 NCAA Tuscaloosa Softball Regional

Friday’s games

Game 1, 3 p.m.: Lipscomb vs. Arizona State, Live Stats, Watch (online only)

Game 2, 5:30 p.m.: Alabama State vs. Alabama, Live Stats, Watch (ESPNU)

Saturday’s games

Game 3, 1 p.m.: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, Live Stats, Watch

Game 4, 3:30 p.m.: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, Live Stats, Watch

Game 5, 6 p.m.: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, Live Stats, Watch

Sunday’s games

Game 6, 1 p.m.: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, Live Stats, Watch

Game 7, 3:30 p.m.: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6*, Live Stats, Watch

* if necessary

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

106 days

Did you notice?

• Former Alabama defensive lineman Quinton Dial announced his retirement from football via Instagram. He didn’t play in the NFL during the 2018 season:

• Former Alabama players Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs and Irv Smith Jr. are attending the 25th annual NFL Players Association’s Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles this week.

• Derrick Henry had his No. 2 retired by his high school on Thursday night.

Michael Casagrande had a fun look at who might own the rights to “The Process,” and other Nick Saban, Alabama trademarks

• Mel Kiper Jr. released his first Big Board for the 2020 NFL Draft and had Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy at No. 1. Note, he doesn’t think he’ll be selected first, but called him the best wide receiver prospect since Julio Jones and A.J. Green entered the league. He had six Crimson Tide players in the top 25, the others being Tua Tagovailoa, Trevon Diggs, Dylan Moses, Henry Ruggs III and Terrell Lewis.

• First-round draft pick Jonah Williams signed his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. According to, the four-year deal was expected to be worth $17.6 million, including a $10.8 million signing bonus.

• Former Alabama lineman Christ Vagotis, who played for Paul W. “Bear” Bryant in the mid-1960s, was killed in car accident on May 7 near his home in Reidsville, North Carolina. He was 75.

• Per Yahoo, the Big Ten zoomed past the SEC with record $759 million in revenue due to its new television deals.

• Da’Shawn Hand came off his offseason diet for a special event:

• Alabama men’s golfer Alex Green was named to the SEC Community Service team.

• The NFCA Division-I All-Region teams included six players from Alabama softball, a program best: Freshman Montana Fouts, junior Sarah Cornell and sophomore Kaylee Tow landed first-team honors, junior Elissa Brown and sophomore Bailey Hemphill were second-team selections and Skylar Wallace was named third-team.

• Finally, ESPN reminds us that it’s 100 days until the college football season kicks off, with its list of 100 things to know for the 2020 season.

CBS did a similar list:

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

May 17, 1990: Gary Hollingsworth, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, added another honor to his growing list of achievements. He was selected as the state’s Amateur Athlete of the Year, and would be honored in June during the annual Alabama Sports Writers Association convention. — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“Say it’s the fourth quarter of a brutal SEC battle and everyone’s absolutely gassed. Well, I know that I’m mentally stronger than anyone I line up across from because I’ve trained myself to succeed at times when others fail. When it’s your will against mine, that’s when I know I can push myself harder than anyone else.” — Dalvin Tomlinson

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