The Morning Briefing: August 2, 2018

Your daily dose of what's going on with the Crimson Tide

Today’s games/events

The football team reports for fall camp.

The annual Nick’s Kids luncheon to distribute funds will be held at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Nick Saban always calls it his favorite day of the year.

Countdown to season opener

Alabama vs. Louisville in Orlando, Sept. 1: 30 days

Yesterday’s results

None. The women’s soccer team held its first practice of the fall.

Did you notice?

• What Cam Robinson is doing is can be described as “stonewalling” a defender.

• On the eve of the first NFL preseason game the league issued a “fact sheet” to clarify the new helmet rules, the penalties for which include a loss of 15 yards or ejection:

1] Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet.

2] Unobstructed path to his opponent.

3] Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options.

The Bears play the Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game tonight (7 CT NBC).

• The Alabama softball team has spent the past couple of days visiting the Great Buddha, Hiroshima Peach Memorial Park and Miyajima, otherwise known as the "Island of the Gods" during its visit to Japan. The team returns Saturday.

On this date …

August 2, 1985: At the SEC's first kickoff function in Birmingham, replacing the old Skywriter's Tour, Crimson Tide center Wes Neighbors predicted Alabama will be vastly improved over the previous year's disappointing 5-6 finish. It was the Crimson Tide’s first losing season since 1957. "We're tired of making excuses," he said. "It's payback time for Alabama." Neighbors was joined by Coach Ray Perkins and teammate Kerry Goode. – Bryant Museum

Quote of the day:

“To my brothers: This is the moment you’ve been working for since you got that first letter postmarked Tuscaloosa in your mailbox. Remember the excitement you felt that day. You’re doing it, man. You’re here.

“I would give anything to be able to take the field with my brothers one more time. So when you go out there put every bit of yourself into every single play.

“Every single play.

“You never know when it might be your last.

“Roll Tide!” – former defensive back Eddie Jackson, a quote on the wall inside the Crimson Tide football facility

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