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STORIES 4 COUNTING CROWS // DAVE GIL DE RUBIO

“I’ve got a lot of pieces of songs. I’m just a little hesitant to finish them right now because I’m a little unsure of how to put out music right now. I kind of made everybody in our organization take some time, do some research and come up with some thoughts about better ways to get our music out there”

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“It’s been awhile since I’ve found a new cookie recipe that I really like, so this recipe was a real surprise. I’ve never seen homemade iced oatmeal cookies before. These cookies truly are like the iced oatmeal cookies you can buy at the store, but much better! This recipe is definitely a keeper.”

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“I’ve always been a performer,” D’iore said. “I started in church at the age of 3 and I gradually grown into it every year. That’s where my passion is. I love performing and being on stage. I love dancing, so over the years I just started taking it more and more serious and I realized that is what I wanted to do and that’s where my heart lies.”

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COUNTING CROWS // 25 YEARS & COUNTING

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ounting Crows may not have released an album since 2014’s “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” but the band hasn’t exactly been dormant. This year finds the Bay Area band hitting the road with their old friends in Live for the 25 Years and Counting Tour, which commemorates a quarter century since the Crows released its 1993 debut, “August and Everything After.” The decision to go on tour with Ed Kowalczyk and the guys in the band Live was a no-brainer for Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz, whose relationship with his band’s special guests goes about as far back. “Ed and I were drinking buddies in L.A. I’d see him when I first moved to L.A. and those guys were always around, so I would hang out back then,” Duritz explained in a recent phone interview. “And we’ve done several tours together as well. My first memory of [Ed] was a year or two before our first album came out and their first album came out. They had this video where he’s on the beach and he’s just in jeans, barefoot with no shirt. He’s singing this song on the beach and while I can’t remember what song that was, it’s my first memory of him. I’ve known him that long.”

that night is exactly what we want to play that night or we wouldn’t be playing it.” The consummate music fan, Duritz has indulged himself well beyond serving as Counting Crows’ singer. He not only founded two separate record labels (E Pluribus Unum and Tyrannosaurus Records), but actively signed acts. This passion isn’t surprising given that the Baltimore native grew up in Oakland and was more caught up with the writing process over singing. “I’d sung all my life, but so what? What are you going to do with that? I love theater, but it’s not much part of our culture and I don’t much like directors,” he said. “It was when I started to write songs was when I felt like this was something that I wanted to do with my life. Singing was just something that I did as a kid thing—like a hobby. But writing—writing was different. Then I literally wrote a song and the moment I finished the song, I sat there playing it by myself and I just felt like I was a songwriter. That literally was what it was. It was life changing. I don’t know any other way to describe it. I felt completely defined at that moment.” Duritz got immediate validation for his songwriting skills after the

release of “August and Everything After” in 1993. Featuring the hit single “Mr. Jones,” the debut became the fastest selling album since Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” eventually topping seven million copies sold. Duritz struggled with the massive success and the effects it had on his everyday life, and several songs on the group’s 1996 follow-up album, “Recovering The Satellites,” alluded to his difficulties. But as time has gone on, the Duritz has found his footing and the Counting Crows, while not exactly being prolific in releasing new albums, have seen their five subsequent albums all debut in the top 10 on “Billboard” magazine’s Top 200 album chart (except for 2012’s “Underwater Sunshine [Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation],” which checked in at #11), while adding songs such as “Hanginaround,” a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Accidentally in Love” to their collection of hit singles. Along the way, the Counting Crows have been a constant presence on the road, drawing comparisons to The Band, Van Morrison and R.E.M. While the commercial and critical acclaim has been fairly constant, the group has fallen victim

to how broken the current music industry model has gotten in recent years, especially given the rise of streaming services like Spotify. It’s no accident that it’s been four years and counting since the Crows have released any new material. Not unlike many other bands, Duritz and his bandmates (guitarists David Bryson, Dan Vickery and David Immergluck, drummer Jim Bogios, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham and bassist Millard Powers) are trying to figure out their next move, even as Duritz keeps writing and his band continues booking gigs and playing live for their fans. “I’ve got a lot of pieces of songs. I’m just a little hesitant to finish them right now because I’m a little unsure of how to put out music right now. I kind of made everybody in our organization take some time, do some research and come up with some thoughts about better ways to get our music out there,” he said. “My last album was my favorite one that we’ve ever done. I loved [2014’s] “Somewhere Under Wonderland.” It got really good critical reviews this time and didn’t make much of an impression on the culture and I’d like to sort of change that for the next one.”

With seven studio albums from which to choose from, the Counting Crows canon runs pretty deep. And not unlike their Northern California brethren The Grateful Dead, the Crows have not only encouraged fans to come record and distribute bootlegs of their high energy shows, but they’re equally capricious when it comes to deciding the set-lists from one show to the next. Ask Duritz what fans can expect and he’s honestly unsure in terms of what songs are going to be played any given night. “I never know. We change the set every night and the songs change every time we play them. We don’t plan much more than a few hours ahead. It’s a mixed set list (chosen) every night around dinnertime,” he said. “What you can be certain of, I guess, is that we’ll be completely passionate about what we’re doing because whatever we’re playing

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NEWS CHAMBER TAKES 90+ TO LEXINGTON ON ANNUAL BENCHMARKING TRIP The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, July 15 for the group’s second annual Benchmarking Trip, bringing 90 members and civic and business leaders with their delegation. Lexington, which ranks 10th among U.S. cities in its college education rate, was chosen for a variety of factors, including economic growth, vibrant arts and culture, innovative entrepreneurship, and the partnership between the community and the University of Kentucky. Event attendees participated in a wide range of breakout sessions on a variety of critical topics including the experience economy, arts and culture, planning, entrepreneurship and workforce development. The group also toured the Lexington Center and Rupp Arena, and discussed the possibility of bringing convention space to West Alabama.

University of Alabama; Cherry Pugh; Councilor Eddie Pugh, City of Tuscaloosa; Sandra Ray, The Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.; Josh Rivers, The University of Alabama; Rob Robertson; Robert Shaw; Hamner Real Estate; Justice Smyth, Alabama Transportation Institute; Al Spencer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Leanne Spencer; Don Staley, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; Carly Standridge, City of Tuscaloosa; Rob Steward, Alabama Power Company; Mark Sullivan, Synovus; Mary Mike Sullivan; Dr. Rick Swatloski, The University of Alabama; Brandy Walker; Jason Walker, TTL, Inc.; Glenda Webb, City of Tuscaloosa; Hays Webb, Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's Office; Bryan Winter, Winter McFarland, LLC; Sandra Wolfe, The Arts & Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Benchmarking Trip was the University of Alabama. Platinum Sponsor: TTL, Inc. Gold Sponsors: Plaster, Scarvey and Associates; Bryant Bank; Miers Pass Philanthropy; TekLinks; Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; Winter McFarland, Attorneys & Counselors at Law. Bronze Sponsor: Southland Benefit Solutions.

The 2019 Benchmarking Trip will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Participants for the 2018 Lexington Benchmarking Trip: Chase Adcox, CBA Properties; Senator Gerald Allen, Alabama State Senate; Tanner Ashcraft, Hamner Real Estate, LLC; Dr. Bill Ashley, Shelton State Community College; Ben Bickerstaff, The University of Alabama; Dan Blakely, Inventure Renewables, Inc.; Janee Bonner; Bobby Bragg, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC; Alvin Brewer, City of Tuscaloosa; Audrey Buck, City of Tuscaloosa; Bobby Buffaloe, Home Instead Senior Care; Stephaine Buffaloe, Home Instead Senior Care; Greg Byrne, The University of Alabama; Paul Connolly, TCC Acquisition Partners, LLC; Steve Diorio, WVUA23; David DuBose, Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa; Amy Echols, Kentuck; Mike Ellis, Ellis Architects; Matthew Fajack, The University of Alabama; Erica Grant, Tuscaloosa City Board of Education; Alicia Gregory, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Laura Gregory, Laura K. Gregory, PC; Chris Gunter, Buffalo Rock Company/Pepsi-Cola; Angela Hamiter, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC; Drew Hamiter; Patrick Hamner, Bryant Bank, Tuscaloosa City Board of Education; Jim Harrison, III, Harrison Galleries; Kaye Harrison; Bruce Higginbotham, City of Northport; Cal Holt, Knight Sign Industries; Dana Holt; Justin Holt, Southern Ale House, Dotson's; Councilor Raeven Howard, City of Tuscaloosa; Bobby Ingram, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC; Molly Ingram, DCH Health System; Katy Beth Jackson, City of Tuscaloosa; Carla Jones; Donny Jones, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Steve Kellough, Raymond James; Drew Kyle, Kyle Office Solutions; Robert Lanoux, Ward Scott Architecture; James Leitner, The Radiology Clinic; Councilman Jay Logan, City of Northport; Bill Lunsford, Bill Lunsford Construction, Inc.; Cathy Lunsford; Blake Madison, Rosen Harwood, P.A.; Susan Madison; John Malone, iHeartMedia; Jenny Mann, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra; Amy Materson, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Barry May, Alabama Community College System; Jill McDonald, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Councilor Sonya McKinstry, City of Tuscaloosa; Kimberly McMurray, Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, Inc.; Gary Minor, Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority; Dr. Jacqueline Morgan, The University of Alabama; John Murdock, Greek Resource Services, Inc., Dr. Charles Nash, The University of Alabama System; Hattie Nash; Councilor Phyllis Odom, City of Tuscaloosa; Jim Page, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; David Pass, Miers Pass Philanthropy; Rodney Pelt, Mind Changers, Inc.; Jordan Plaster, Plaster, Scarvey and Associates of Ameriprise; Lesley Powell; Tripp Powell, Kuykendall & Powell Oil Co.; Jabaree Prewitt, WVUA23; Deborah Price; Ron Price, Bill Lunsford Construction, Inc.; Dr. Samory Pruitt, The >>> VISIT US ON THE WEB @ THEPLANETWEEKLY.COM

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ICED OATMEAL COOKIES

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t’s been awhile since I’ve found a new cookie recipe that I really like, so this recipe was a real surprise. I’ve never seen homemade iced oatmeal cookies before. These cookies truly are like the iced oatmeal cookies you can buy at the store, but much better! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Ingredients:

FOURTEEN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS WHO SHAPED THE STATE HERBERT JAMES LEWIS ABOUT THE BOOK A biographical history of the forefathers who shaped the identity of Alabama politically, legally, economically, militarily, and geographically.

2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 2 c. flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1 c. butter, softened 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To get this dough just the right consistency, you need to place the rolled oats in your blender or food processor and blend them just for a second. Don’t grind them to powder, you just want them to be more crumbly. In a large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and butter until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats, until well blended. Roll dough into 2-tbsp. balls and place them on a greased baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are starting to brown. Cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

While much has been written about the significant events in the history of early Alabama, there has been little information available about the people who participated in those events. In Alabama Founders:Fourteen Political and Military Leaders Who Shaped the State Herbert James Lewis provides an important examination of the lives of fourteen political and military leaders. These were the men who opened Alabama for settlement, secured Alabama’s status as a territory in 1817 and as a state in 1819, and helped lay the foundation for the political and economic infrastructure of Alabama in its early years as a state. While well researched and thorough, this book does not purport to be a definitive history of Alabama’s founding. Lewis has instead narrowed his focus to only those he believes to be key figures—in clearing the territory for settlement, serving in the territorial government, working to achieve statehood, playing a key role at the Constitutional Convention of 1819, or being elected to important offices in the first years of statehood. The founders who readied the Alabama Territory for statehood include Judge Harry Toulmin, Henry Hitchcock, and Reuben Saffold II. William Wyatt Bibb and his brother Thomas Bibb respectively served as the first two governors of the state, and Charles Tait, known as the “Patron of Alabama,” shepherded Alabama’s admission bill through the US Senate. Military figures who played roles in surveying and clearing the territory for further settlement and development include General John Coffee, Andrew Jackson’s aide and land surveyor, and Samuel Dale, frontiersman and hero of the “Canoe Fight.” Those who were instrumental to the outcome of the Constitutional Convention of 1819 and served the state well in its early days include John W. Walker, Clement

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Comer Clay, Gabriel Moore, Israel Pickens, and William Rufus King. Herbert James Lewis is retired from the US Department of Justice and currently serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Historical Association. He is the author of Clearing the Thickets: A History of Antebellum Alabama and Lost Capitals of Alabama. He has also published articles in the Alabama Review and Alabama Heritage. “The individuals Lewis discusses here were instrumental in laying a figurative foundation for the development of the state of Alabama. They are therefore people we should know. Alabama Founders is an outstanding introduction to their lives and times and promises to be a valuable reference source for anyone seeking to understand Alabama’s beginnings.” —Mike Bunn, director of operations at Historic Blakeley State Park in Baldwin County, Alabama, author of Civil War Eufaula, and coauthor of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812 “Territorial and early statehood are topics that have long been neglected in favor of the more popular topics of Native Americans, the Civil War, and civil rights. Alabama Founders fills a need for scholarship that highlights this time period and the personalities who shaped it.”—Clay Williams, sites administrator for the museums division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and coauthor of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812

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LALA D’IORE // FROM BIRMINGHAM TO BILLBOARD

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ala D’iore remembers it like it was yesterday. After an intense day of rehearsals, she and another gentleman were escorted into a Las Vegas dance studio where the two were introduced to a full room of leering eyes. However, it was one woman that would be the bearer of good news. The lady in question was none other than Janet Jackson. Almost unrecognizable, she wasn’t sporting her typical fashion-forward threads, but a simple sweat suit with her hair pulled back in a bun. “Obviously, we saw what you did online and that’s the reason why you’re here. You did a great job,” Jackson said calmly. “We’ve been watching you yesterday and how you interacted with everyone and with the routine. We’ve come to a decision.” D’iore and Phil were finalists in a competition to work with the multi-Grammy Award winner on an upcoming, secret project. Despite being chosen from over 75,000 online submissions, the two still had to endure a three-day audition, which all culminated into this moment. Jackson took a dramatic breath as she prepared for the big reveal. “How would you like to dance with us at the Billboard Awards?” D’iore’s knees locked as she squealed with excitement, while Phil dropped to the floor in shock. Jackson was preparing to perform at the music mainstay, where she would also be honored with the show’s Lifetime Achievement award. The Instagram video of the announcement, which now boasts almost 60,000 views, only tells a fraction of the story. For D’iore, born La’Vala Moss, it all began in Birmingham, Alabama with a very friendly cop. Weeks prior, D’iore and a friend were scouting locations to film her audition video. After stumbling across an empty street, the two were immediately stopped by an officer who initially questioned their safety. After explaining the situation, the officer, Phillip Jones, offered to temporary block the street and use his vehicle’s high beams as extra lighting. Utilizing the opportunity, D’iore pranced around the street to Jackson’s “Pleasure Principle.” Within days, the video went viral, warming the hearts of millions and catching the attention of the “Rhythm Nation” singer. Lala is an abridged version of her first name. Her surname pays homage to the family of D’iore, a collective of friends she made while studying at Miles College, where she studied Criminal Justice. Hailing from Birmingham by way of Detroit, the dancer found her groove at a young age, performing in the Southside Christian Episcopal Church’s dance ministry. As time progressed, she graduated to local talent shows. As a spectator, D’iore recalled attending Broadway productions and being in awe of the actors on stage. It was at the young age of 13 that she decided to be a fullfledged dancer.

“I’ve always been a performer,” D’iore said. “I started in church at the age of 3 and I gradually grown into it every year. That’s where my passion is. I love performing and being on stage. I love dancing, so over the years I just started taking it more and more serious and I realized that is what I wanted to do and that’s where my heart lies.”

Despite an impressive, star-studded resume, D’iore remains humble. After declaring her dreams to the universe, the emerging performer isn’t letting anything get in her way, especially a job. For the Magic City Native, the endless hustle turned a dream into a passion. With dedication and hard work, she turned a passion into a career.

Growing up in the Joseph H. Loveman Village projects, D’iore said the “urban culture of dance” surrounded her. It was the air that she breathed, declaring that is shaped her fierce and edgy style of dance.

“I turned it into a career when I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and just never gave up. You turn it into career when you start to find your balance. I’ve learned that if you go work for a company from 9-5, if you have a dream or passion that you really want to do that you desire, you should always invest in that dream from 5-9.”

“Everywhere you went, every cookout, every hangout, every house party, everything of that nature, it was always consisting of dance, but at that time growing up, it was just about knowing the hottest hip hop dance or to just freestyle and do whatever you feel when you go out.” At five-feet-even, D’iore radiates an aura that’s larger than life. Her movements are spontaneous and uncalculated. While the spirit of dance flowed through her veins, the family finances were tight. Unlike others in her profession, she admitted a lack of formal training was an initial setback. “It’s one thing to be a dancer, a performer, an entertainer and a choreographer and different stuff of that nature,” D’iore said. “I was never a trained dancer. Growing up, my mom didn’t put me ballet, in jazz and all technical training that you do need to have as a dancer, so the hardship came with me realizing that this was my passion…people get training as babies at 3 years[old]so, the hardship of trying to be trained in your teens and tweens and trying to get all of the right etiquette under your belt at such an age like that makes it very difficult, because it’s like you’re trying to catch up to where it’s like certain dancers have already passed for years.” Playing catch up, D’iore enrolled in Illumny Dance Crew, Birmingham Southern College and Mad Skillz Dance Co. in 2012 where she learned the art of hip hop, ballet and jazz. Despite being a late bloomer, D’iore didn’t let her pride get in the way. The results speak for itself. Outside of her Billboard performance, the young dancer likes to give back to her city, offering biweekly heels classes at the Magic City Dance studio. She has even taken up small modeling and choreography gigs. Last month, D’iore teamed up with LX Productions told hold the All Things Dance Workshop, a handson seminar that offered intense tutorials on the art of dance. “I teach women and males, whoever attends the class, how to just be confident and sexy within themselves and I also teach a choreographed piece that I create myself that I teach, and I let them re-do.”

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O’HENRY’S COFFEE // COZY AND COMFORTING

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uscaloosa runs on coffee…. lots and lots of coffee. For the size of our community, I’m often impressed with the number of coffee shops that we have in the place that I call home. Sure we’ve got our national chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, but we’ve also got plenty of cozy locally owned businesses in town. In the mix is the Birminghambased OHenry’s Coffee which made its debut to Ttown in October 2016. Opening its first location in Homewood in 1993 by Dr. Henry Bright and his wife Beverly, not many patrons are familiar with how the coffee shop got its name. According to Mrs. Bright, she would lovely yell “Oh Henry…” as she would remind Dr. Bright of something else as he ran out the door each morning. Fast-forward to 1999, with Randy and Mary Adamy purchasing OHenry’s Coffees and dedicating themselves to learning all the coffee knowledge that Dr. Bright

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poured into the coffee shop. Having been to a few of the locations in the Birmingham area, I knew that I had to make an appearance at the fifth location in my home of Tuscaloosa. I’ve always appreciated the cozy atmosphere that OHenry’s is known for and the understood agreement that the staff doesn’t mind if you stay with them all day long. According to OHenry’s owner Randy Adamy, his mission is to make people happy while serving them. “You just want people to walk in our shop, inhale the coffee atmosphere, and instantly have a better day. We just want to be that for people…a place to make them feel good and forget about their day for just a bit,” says Adamy. Walking into the downtown Tuscaloosa location on a hot afternoon, there is no doubt my demeanor changed as I inhaled the atmosphere of the shop and noticed the cool, collected, assortment

of patrons chatting, relaxing, and studying in the shop. Sure I was coming in for coffee, but the first thing that caught my eye was how unique the all day food menu was compared to the other OHenry’s locations I had been to. My eyes danced to the Moroccan lentil soup, and then jumped to the kale, quinoa, and brown rice salad. I then made a mental note to come back for breakfast the next morning to have a Conecuh cheddar biscuit. Truth be told, it was hard to leave OHenry’s that day. As I sipped my frozen hot chocolate (which was the BOMB) and ate my perfect blueberry muffin, I knew that the rest of my day would be great because I finally had a chance for some “me” time. I have a feeling that other patrons felt the same way as well. With a staff that was warm and welcoming, there was no question that they took pride in the company and products. Though this

story started in Birmingham, I think it will be easy for Tuscaloosa to call OHenry’s its own. OHenry’s Coffee is located at 2531 University Boulevard, Suite 100 and opened daily. Tweet us @ ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local Filipino Foodie. Follow her on Twitter @ TheThriftyRD

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CONUNDRUM RED BLEND

Witbier | Seasonal | North Carolina United States Judges Rating: Judges Rating: 85 Aroma: 21 / 24 Appearance: 6/6 Flavor: 33 / 40 Mouthfeel: 8 / 10 Overall Impression: 17 / 20

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ell-known for his family’s history with Caymus, Charles F. Wagner is the Proprietor and Director of Winemaking for Conundrum. Charlie is the grandson of Charlie Wagner Sr., the co-founder of Caymus. Conundrum Red BlendThis wine, the 2015 California Red Blend, is a blend of Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Its grapes are said to be sourced from “premier winegrowing regions in California.” In Charlie’s tasting notes he recommends the wine be served slightly chilled to enhance the wine’s structure and fruit profile.

Stargazer White by Highland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Witbier (Category 24A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. The beer poured hazy, straw yellow in color with a large, thick, moussy white head that persisted for a very long time. It also showed a big effervescent quality.

I chose not to taste this wine chilled, as I feel chilled reds do not allow their full flavor to come through. At least not for me.

A moderate amount of wheat malt aroma comes through with a malty sweet, nearly bready in nature, and spicy phenolic character coming from the yeast. The hops are spicy-floral, with a light vegetal note that seems out of place but not offensive; slight DMS like. The clove-like esters round off the aroma.

The first thing I noted about Conundrum Red Blend was that it was a twist top. Given the price (see below), I was a little surprised about that.

Appearance

The flavor hits all the right notes of the style. Moderate wheat malt, cloves and Belgian yeast esters that become spicy. The malt turns maltier and ends short and dry on subsequent sips. The aftertaste has a salty character, not sure where it could be coming from. The finish is very dry, perhaps too much, and there’s also an unwanted sulfur note detected. Very bitter, possibly from the added grapefruit peel. This beer is medium-bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation and soft alcoholic note. The beer has a pleasant mouthfeel and a light creaminess. A Witbier that is tasty but has some off-putting qualities. For example, the bitterness and sulfur notes are too high for the style. The flavors seem compartmentalized and not in harmony. May benefit from using sweet orange peels (no pith) instead of grapefruit peel.

No big deal, though. In the glass, the wine is dark purple in color. It’s a dark bold red and very little light shines through the glass. It was very leggy, foreshadowing the wine’s high alcohol content. The legs were thick and very slow to fall. Aroma The wine’s nose was unique and enjoyable. I sensed a mix of brown spice and blackberry jam. I also noted a definite whiff of alcohol in the nose, which did draw attention away from the spice and blackberry. Conundrum Red Blend alcohol content 15.1% by volume, per the bottle. That’s pretty high and explains the sting in the nose I experienced, along with the slow, thick legs.

Taste Given the wine’s aroma, I was expecting a chaotic, spicy, jammy sort of flavor. However, I was pleasantly rewarded with a flavor that was quite smooth and refined. I discovered soft notes of sweet plum and black cherry. As the wine had a chance to breathe, I even noted some caramel or perhaps light mocha as well. All in all, very satisfying. Mouthfeel and Tannins The wine’s mouthfeel was velvety and its tannins were round and wellbehaved. Finish The wine’s finish was long and primarily based on its flavor. The transition to the tannins was smooth and forgiving with just the slightest bit of bitterness at the very end. Overall Opinion While I wasn’t overly impressed with the alcohol bite in the otherwise enjoyable aroma, I did like the flavor and finish quite a bit. For a modern red blend, it was nice to see it wasn’t a flavor bomb, but actually a wellcrafted blend that steered away from the current trends. So, overall, a win. I definitely suggest decanting or at least giving the wine some time to get some air in the glass. That should help to alleviate some of the alcohol burn and let the mocha come through. Conundrum Red Blend price $22.99. Suggested Food Pairing First off, this wine works just fine on its own as a smooth sipper. However, if you are looking for a good pairing, Conundrum recommends pairing this wine with grilled meats and fullflavored dishes. That sound great too!

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BREAKFAST / LUNCH Brown Bag 9425 Jones Road | Northport // 333.0970 Its speciality, fried green tomatoes, joins barbecue plates and fish filets on an extended list of meats and vegetables.//Tues 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | WedSat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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City Cafe 408 Main Ave | Downtown Northport // 758.9171 Established in 1936. Big on food, low on price. Open for breakfast and lunch. Historic downtown Northport. Closed weekends.

La Fiesta Mexican Grill 6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa// 345-8580 Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm

Cook Out 100 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Fast-food chain known for its drive-thru BBQ, burgers & more than 40 milkshake flavors.//Thur-Fri 11:00am-4:00am Sat-Wed 11:00am-3:00am//www. cookout.com

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378 LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871

Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 345-8580//6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm

CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 | www. ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet.

Los Tarascos (2 locations) 110 Skyland Blvd E - Tuscaloosa//553-8896 New LOCATION 3380 McFarland Blvd - Northport//330-0919//www.lostarascos.com

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282//www. crackerbarrel.com

Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300

Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am2pm//www.holleranddash.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199

Moe’s Southwest Grill (2 locations) 2330 McFarland Blvd E // 342.1487 1130 University Blvd // 752.0234 | moes.com Pastor's Kitchen 2910 5th St, Northport//553-2320 Mon-Fri 10:30am-2pm, 4:30–9pm Sat 10:30am8pm Closed Sun Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901//Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm Tropical Smoothie Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, | Tuscaloosa// 331-4070 Casual, health-conscious cafe featuring custom smoothies, sandwiches & wraps. Mon-Thur 6:30am–9:30pm Fri-7am-9pm Sun-10:30-8pm T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www. ttowncafe.com Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am 3pm The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free. MEXICAN Central Mesa 523-7738// 519 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Friday-Sat 11am-11pm Sunday: 10am-3pm

Taco Mama Tuscaloosa 2104 University Blvd A, Tuscaloosa Mon-Wed 11am–9pm Thur-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm www.tacomamaonline.com FINE DINING 301 Bistro (Was L&N Train Station) 301 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa //764-1395 Casual Dining, Full Bar and Beer Garden Mon-Sat 4–11PM Sun 11am-9pm | www.301bistro. com Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | www. cypressinnrestaurant.com | 2003 Restaurant of Distinction. Beautiful riverfront location. Steaks, seafood and more with Southern flavor. Wine list, full bar. Specialities of the house include Shrimp Cypress Inn and Smoked Chicken with white barbecue sauce. Kid friendly. Closed Saturday lunch. Happy Hour- Mon-Fri from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. featuring 1/2 price appetizers. $2 Domestic Draft Beers and $3 Well cocktails. Evangeline’s 1653 McFarland Blvd. North // 752.0830 Located in the Tuscaloosa Galleria. 2004 West Alabama Tourism Award Winning Restaurant. American Eclectic Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m. - until... Fall: Saturday Brunch. FIVE Bar 2324 6th Street. // 205.345.6089 A restaurant/bar based on simplicity. We offer 5 entrees, 5 red wines, 5 white wines, 5 import beers, 5 domestic, and 5 signature cocktails, to go along with our full liquor bar. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-12 Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11-3; Sunday Jazz Brunch: 10-3// five-bar. com

Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Chuy's 1320 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 349-4947 Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm | www. chuys.com Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191 La Cocina Bar & Grill 561-6851 Mon-Thur 11am-9:30 Fri 11am-10pm Sat 9am-10pm Sun 9am-9pm lacocinatuscaloosa.com El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274

The Side by Side Restaurant 2410 University Blvd. | Embassy Suites | 561-2500 | thesidebysiderestaurant.com River 1650 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa//632-3801 Tue,Wed,Thur-11am–2pm, 5:30–9PM Fri-11am– 2pm, 5–10pm Sat-10am–1pm, 5–10 Sun-10am– 1pm Closed Monday | www.rivertuscaloosa.com JAPANESE Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1306 University Blvd // 758.7426

Fernando's Mexican Grill 824 McFarland Blvd E | Northport // 205.331.4587

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant 607 15th Street Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village //

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844

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Maki Fresh 759-2555//1530 Mcfarland Blvd N, Tuscaloosa// Mon-Sun 11am–9pm Asian chain serving maki, rice bowls, tempura, sliders & more. Tokyo Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 6521 Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 366.1177// Offers steak, seafood, tempura, teriyaki and sushi. Including cooking at your table, if you choose. Sun–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Kobe Steak House 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 7591400//Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Pokirrito 68 (was Ezell's Southern Food Express) 220 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Sushi Bar Rock 'n Roll Sushi 469-9060//2229 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12-9pm ITALIAN Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969 DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2300 University Blvd, Downtown // 759.1879 Menu ranges from sanwiches to finer pasta dishes and pizza. Varied beer and wine selection. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | www.depalmascafe.com Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343 Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. | www.olivegarden.com CASUAL DINING Animal Butter 710-5455// 2217 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa// TueSat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm Monday Closed | www.animalbutterinc.com

1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Kitchen 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa//331-4731 Tue-Fri 8am–3pm Sat-Sun 9am-9pm Closed Sunday Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mae's Southern Cafe 710-5488//4419 hwy 43 n suite 5, Northport Tue-Sat 11am–7pm Sun-10:30pm–12am Sun 11am6pm Mon-12AM–8PM Metro Diner 464-9428//1800 McFarland Blvd E #404 Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 7am–8pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm www.metrodiner.com Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 391.0572 Great burgers & sandwiches. Unique setting, full service bar, veggie entrees, kid friendly, and open late www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Mr Bill's Family Dining 333-9312 2715 McFarland Blvd, Northport Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Closed Sat-Sun Nothing But Noodles 1320 McFarland Blvd E #530// 349-2900// www.nothingbutnoodles.com Pastas, Salads, Soups, Desserts Fri-Sat 10:30am–10:30pm SunThur 10:30am-9:30pm O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch // www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.com

Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa Brunch, lunch, and dinner. Specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Mon - Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. Noon – 11 p.m., Sun.Noon p.m. – 9 p.m.

PHO TOWN 248-7663 Vietnamese Noodle Soup & Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E #420, Tuscaloosa Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun-11am-8pm

Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925

Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com

The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626

Ruby Tuesday (2 locations) 6421 Interstate Drive | Cottondale // 633.3939 Just off I-20/59 at exit 77. Near Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn 311 Merchants Walk | Northport // 345.4540 www. rubytuesdays.com

Buddy’s Ribs & Steaks 2701 Bridge Ave | Northport // 339.4885 Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd // 523.0273 Mon–Wed 11 a.m. - midnight | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport www.chickensaladchick.com Dat's Good 333-4663// 4300 AL-13, Northport Specializes in Catfish, Hot Wings,and BBQ Tue-Sat 10am-9pm Closed Sun & Mon www.facebook.com/DatsGoodBBQ Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers//764-9097 315 15th St, Tuscaloosa Fri-Sat 10:30am–11:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am– 10:00pm | www.freddysusa.com Glory Bound Gyro Company 2325 University Blvd // 349-0505 Glory Bound Gyro Company is a unique restaurant that focuses on great food and service in a funky, fun-filled atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu: 11am 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N//Monday-Thursday 11a.m9p.m., Friday-Saturday 11a.m.-10p.m. Sunday Brunch 11a.m.-2p.m. Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070// Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables | Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sweet Home Food Bar www.sweethomefoodbaral.com//764-9346 Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 344-6444 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm Urban Cookhouse 1490 Northbank Parkway #110, Tuscaloosa// 5616999//We use the freshest ingredients available with an emphasis on supporting the local farmer Mon-Sun 10am–9pm//www.urbancookhouse.com Whataburger - 349-4506 820 Skyland Blvd, Tuscaloosa Open 24 hours - Inside & Drive-thru www.whataburger.com Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

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SPORTS GRILL Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa (2 Locations) 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa //556.5858 4251 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa // 556-5658 Always fresh and always fun. Owned by former UA/ Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Kid Friendly Buffalo Phil’s 1149 University Blvd | The Strip // 758.3318 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar BurgerFi 1320 McFarland Blvd E #510, Tuscaloosa//759-2510 Stylish, eco-minded chain serving grass-fed beef burgers, plus hot dogs, craft beer & wine. Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-11:00pm | order.burgerfi.com/menu/tuscaloosa Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238 Mon through Wed from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs through Sat from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm). Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, full bar Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Moe's Original BBQ 2101 University Blvd. // 752.3616 Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm Pottery Grill (2 locations) Highway 11 | Cottondale // 554.1815 3420 Alabama 69 | Northport // 333.5848 Menu: thepotterygrill.com Tee’s Ribs and Thangs 1702 10th Avenue // 366.9974 |11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily STEAKS Logan’s Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd | next to Sams // 349.3554 Steaks, ribs and spirits

Nick's In the Sticks 4018 Culver Rd | Tuscaloosa // 758.9316 A long-time Tuscaloosa tradition. Good steaks at a reasonable price Try a Nicodemus if you have a designated driver. Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000

Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572//Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. | www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com

Texas Roadhouse 1363 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 759-2596 // Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun-11am-10pm Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm www.texasroadhouse.com

Walton's 915 Patriot Pkwy, Tuscaloosa//752-1693 Wings and much more Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Closed Sun | waltonstuscaloosa.com

43 Prime Steakhouse 13620 Highway 43 N Northport// 331-5800 Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 Friday-Saturday 11-10 Closed Sunday

Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913 Wings U 1800 McFarland Blvd East Suite 218 | Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 561.3984 Features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Alabama. Owned by former UA/Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Completely open concept! www.wingsu.com WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473 BARBEQUE Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Dickey's BBQ (3 locations) 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 1800 McFarland Blvd, Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. | 758-1133 | 13544 Hwy 43 North, Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Northport. | 330-1147 Dreamland (2 locations) 5535 15th Ave | Tuscaloosa // 758.8135 101 Bridge Ave | Northport // 343.6677 The legend. On game day, get there early if you want to make kickoff. Seating is limited. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Full Moon BBQ 1434 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 366-3555 (sports Grill) Mon-Thur 10am–9pm Fri-Sat 10am–10pm Sun 11am-9pm Hick’s BBQ 4400 Fayette Hwy // 339.3678 // Tues–Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 469-2060//305 21st Ave, Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-10pm | www. facebook.com/JNNTuscaloosa Hoo's Q 345-6400 101 15th St E, Tuscaloosa//Mon-Sun 10am-9pm | www.hoosbbq.com

Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market 514 14th St. | In the Oz Music shopping center // 343.6889 // Open Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9:30pm

SEAFOOD Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials. Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.553.8810 Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM//Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM Reservations Accepted | Take-Out Available Private Dining Area Available for Advanced Booking (Lunch Specials Available Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM) Shrimp Basket 3249 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//469-9786 Mon-Fri 10:30am–9pm | www.shrimpbasket.com Catfish Heaven 2502 21st St, Tuscaloosa// 752-7222 Mon-Sat 11am-7:30pm Closed Sun Steamers on The Strip 1301 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//750-0203 Mon-Sat 11am-8pm Sun 11am-5pm | www.steamersonthestrip.net The Levee Bar and Grill 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 632.3136 Casual riverfront dining Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM (Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 2 PM-6 PM) | leveebarandgrill.com CHINESE Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 Chongwah Express 1425 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. 333-1088 Hot Wok Express 6571 Alabama 69, Tuscaloosa// 758-0148 | Mon-Sat 10:30am–8pm

McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli.com Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 | www.mommagoldbergs.com

New China Fun 4213 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//553-2435 Mon-Thur 11am–9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–10:30pm Sun 12–9:30PM

Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455// www.newkscafe.com Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Panda Express 636 15th St E// 343-6888 Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-11:00am-9:00pm Mon-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm www.pandaexpress.com

Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 // schlotskys.com

Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880

Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412

R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 205.614.8782 Reservations are available online at rdchophouse. com or by phone. Hours - Tues–Fri. Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - untill. Saturday: Lunch – 11:00am 4:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - until. Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - until

Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 www.hooters.com

Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Peking Chinese Restaurant 1816 McFarland | Northport // 333.0361 Open 7 days a week. Super lunch and dinner buffet. Hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Swen Chinese Restaurant 1130 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9887 Trey Yuen 4200 McFarland Blvd E // 752.0088 PIZZA AND SUBS A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza. California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660 Chuck E. Cheese's Midtown Village, 500, Tuscaloosa St//979-3420 Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-11am-10pm Sat-9am10pm Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 Hungry Howie’s (4 locations) 1105 Southview Ln | South Tuscaloosa // 345.6000 1844 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.2633 1211 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa | The Strip // 366.1500 4851 Rice Mine Rd | Northriver/Holt // 345.3737 Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | www.littlecaesars.com (Second location) 5980 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa// 331-8150 Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354 Marco’s Pizza 1021 McFarland Blvd, Northport// 330-4555 Mon-Thur 11am–10pm Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun 3–10PM | http://www.marcos.com Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222

Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673 ASIAN CUISINE Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 | ruanthaituscaloosa.com Lunch: Mon–Sat 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Dinner: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. -10pm | Sun 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Surin of Thailand 1402 University Blvd // 752.7970 Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | www.surinofthailand.com COFFEE SHOPS OHenry's Coffee 650-4044 //2531 University Blvd #100 Mon-Thur 6am-9pm Fri 6-10pm Sat 7-10pm Sun 7-9pm Uperk 553-8505 // 405 20th Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Fri 6:30am-9pm Sat 8am-2pm Sun 2-9pmBarnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366 Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 //www.krispykreme.com Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | Inside Super Target // 462.1064 | starbucks.com DESSERTS Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 | www. dunkindonuts.com Frutta Bowls 752-3293//2531 University Blvd Suite 110 Mon-Sun 7am–9pm | www.fruttabowls.com

The Pita Pit 1207 University Blvd | The Strip // 345.9606 Hours: Mon–Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight

Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com//Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza 1320 McFarland Blvd E #270, Tuscaloosa//248-7343 Mon-Fri 10:30am-10pm | www.pyrospizza.com

Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664

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ack in 2013, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-starred in Swedish director Mikael Håfström’s intelligent, suspenseful, Houdini-esque opus “Escape Plan” about an expert who breaks out of prisons for a living. Stallone played Ray Breslin, a former criminal prosecutor who became a prison security expert. Breslin was a past master at escaping from the most foolproof prisons. Mind you, “Escape Plan” broke no box office records, eventually coining a mere $137 million worldwide. Nevertheless, not only did the producers must have faith in Sly, but also the Chinese box office. Produced at a cost of $20-million, “Escape Plan 2: Hades” has coined almost $14 million in China. Presumably, the American release will add to those coffers. Basically, “Escape Plan 2” isn’t half as good as its lavishly produced predecessor. Many things have changed with this sequel. First, Schwarzenegger doesn’t reprise his role as Rottmayer. Since he didn’t work for Breslin’s company, Rottmayer had no real narrative reason to return. Second, Dave Bautista appears in a cameo as a member of Sly’s team. Bautista has said about “Escape Plan 2,” “It's completely different than “Escape Plan one. It's a different vibe, a different look. Obviously, I'm coming in and filling in the gap Arnold left . . .” Bautista isn’t given nearly the same length of screen time that Schwarzenegger had in the original. Third, Ray Breslin himself spends more time shuffling papers than shooting ruffians. “Aggression Scale” director Steven C. Miller orchestrates a smartlystaged bar room shootout for Breslin. Nevertheless, Breslin has others on the payroll-- Chinese actor Xiaoming Huang of “Ip Man 2” and Jesse Metcalfe of “John Tucker Must Die”—to conduct the heavy lifting. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson reprises his role as Hush, the computer nerd. More accurately, “Escape Plan 2” should have been called “Escape Plan: The Next Generation,” because Stallone shows up about every now and then to keep the pot stirred. Meanwhile, “Bosch’s” Titus Welliver plays the equivalent of Jim Caviezel’s prison warden from the previous movie. Before he penned “Escape Plan,” scenarist Miles Chapman wrote the story and screenplay to 2006’s “Road House 2: Last Call,” so he knows something about budgetminded sequels. The best thing about Chapman’s script is the way he has transitioned protagonist Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) smoothly from life &

death activities in the field to the tedium of office work. Of course, five years have passed since “Escape Plan,” and Ray has had to take over his business after the fate of his treacherous associate Lester Clark (Vincent D'Onofrio of “Full Metal Jacket”) in “Escape Plan.” “Escape Plan 2: Hades” opens with a slam-bang, prison break as a hostage drama unravels in a scummy Chechen lock-up. Our heroes are trapped in a prison where they’ve been sent to rescue some women, and the deadline elapses. Everything about this opener is supercharged for maximum suspense. Unfortunately, it is difficult to worry about any of these individuals because we’ve never seen them before. Literally, they constitute the Next Generation, but IMDB.COM shows none of them listed as cast members for the forthcoming “Escape Plan 3,” currently in post-production. Unfortunately, one of the hostages dies during the breakout because team leader Jaspar Kimbral (Wes Chatham of “The Philly Kid”) trusts algorithms rather than his team. Robots versus humans is a staple science fiction theme, and lenser Brandon Cox makes the evil, automated prison known as ‘Hades,’ that our heroes wind up in for most of their shenanigans, look like a futuristic sci-fi saga. Ray fires upstart Jaspar for his preference in algorithms over his cohorts. A year later, another of Ray’s employees, Shu (Xiaoming Huang) vanishes mysteriously along with his cousin, Yusheng (Chen Tang of “Let's Be Cops”), an ultra-high-tech computer wizard. Eventually, Breslin and company figure out that Shu and Yusheng are being held in a black-site

prison, much like ‘the Tomb’ in “Escape Plan.” Initially, Breslin ponders the prospect that “Hades” may be a case of payback from his earlier “Tomb” adversaries. The identity of the chief villain nicknamed Galileo should come as no revelation. You’ll probably figure it out long before the filmmakers expose this character for his foul play. In some respects, Galileo is incredibly ambitious. Apparently, he has abducted, imprisoned, and tortured those that may yield him the most rewards in terms of wealth, treasure, and information. Hades is a stateof-the-art, practically computerized, black-site prison with a robot serving as physician. When Breslin broke out

of the prison in “Escape Plan,” he persuaded the prison doctor to honor the Hippocratic Oath. Shu generates no influence with the robotic doctor. However, there is no shortage of flesh and blood guards for David Bautista to mow down during the fourth quarter of this 90-minute opus with 4 minutes of end credits. Meantime, Shu is surprised to find Jaspar incarcerated in Hades, too! The second member of Breslin’s crew to plunge into the prison is reckless Luke (Jesse Metcalfe), who was chasing down a lead when he was captured. The man who manages the prison, the Zoo Keeper (Titus Welliver), is doing everything to sweat information from Shu’s cousin about his plethora of computer programming patents. When the Zoo Keeper isn’t torturing inmates, he pits one against another in several “Fight Club” type fracases. Obviously, this is one prison that discriminates against the handicapped. Predictably, when the youngsters find themselves painted into a corner, the old man has to enter the arena. Galileo accommodates Breslin when he has his men abduct him. Trent Derosa (David Bautista of “Spectre”) shows up late in the game like the cavalry to save everybody’s bacon. Director Steve C. Miller deserves credit for making this straight-to-video actioneer as palatable as possible. Stallone isn’t the star, but he has enough action-packed scenes to keep his arteries from hardening. “Escape Plan 2: Hades” is a tolerable potboiler only for hardcore Stallone aficionados who want to see every single one of his films.

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am not usually one to label food as “good” or “bad,” because food is complex. Its benefits are diverse. For example, today, I might eat strawberries for dessert, because they taste delicious and nourish my body. If it were my birthday, however, I would choose a slice of strawberry cake from my favorite bakery. This is because enjoying food serves as one of its benefits. I appreciate both benefits and try to strike balance between the two. If I were to eat strawberry cake every day, it would become less of a “treat.” I would also miss opportunities to nourish my body with diverse vitamins and minerals. Keeping this in mind, my article will focus only on the benefit of nourishment. Science has shown that not all fats are created equal. Some types of fat can contribute to cardiovascular damage while others can be anti-inflammatory. Thus, for simplicity sake, I have decided to discuss each type of fat as the “good,” the “bad,” and the “ugly.” I will get the ugly, trans fats, out of the way first. Please bear with me as I explain some “ugly” chemistry. Trans fats occur when food processors take vegetable oils, which are “unsaturated” or not filled with Hydrogens, and partially hydrogenate them. That means that they add Hydrogens to the oil. Unlike the Hydrogens in unsaturated fats, the Hydrogens in trans fats move to opposite sides of the fat’s molecular double bonds. This can lead to adverse health affects. The shape that trans fat molecules create do not move in the blood easily. Therefore, excess trans fat intake can cause heart disease. It has also been shown to both raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol and lower the “good” HDL cholesterol. Because of this, we should avoid trans fats altogether. Luckily, most food processors have acknowledged the negative health effects of trans fats and are working to replace them in food products. For now, check the ingredients to make sure that “partially hydrogenated oils” are not listed, especially in margarines or snack foods. Next, the bad, which are saturated fats. Saturated fats tend to be solid at room temperature due to their molecular structure. They also do not move easily through the blood, but they are not as

damaging as trans fats. In excess, they can cause heart disease or higher LDL levels. Several health authorities recommended limiting saturated fats to less than 10% of daily Calories. Since excess saturated fat is the problem, our goal should be to lower our intake of its sources. Saturated fats can be found in animal products, such as meats, butter, cheese and milk. Here are some strategies to reduce your saturated fat intake: Choose white meats over red meats. Purchase leaner cuts of meat. Replace animal protein with a plant-based protein, such as beans, at least once per week. Get reduced fat milk instead of whole milk. Buy part-skim cheese. Try fat-free, Greek style yogurt instead of regular yogurt. Cook with olive or canola oil instead of butter. Finally, the good, which are unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. Due to their structure, they tend to move more fluidly in the blood. Unsaturated fats include omega-6 and omega-3 sources. Most people consume an adequate amount of omega-6 sources; some even consume an excess amount. With food, you can have too much of a good thing. An excess ratio of omega-6 fats to omega-3 fats can be inflammatory. Therefore, we will focus on omega-3 sources, which are particularly beneficial and underrepresented in most of our diets. Omega-3 sources improve both HDL and LDL and are anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fats can be found in fish like mackerel, salmon, or sardines. They are also

in walnuts and flax seeds. Consume fatty fish two to three times per week instead of another meat source. Replace a packaged snack with one ounce of walnuts. Add a Tablespoon of flax seeds to oatmeal or a smoothie. See if you can make one or two small changes from above to improve your fat intake this week. No one eats a perfect diet. Perfection is not a sustainable goal. However, small changes add up, improve your health, and are maintainable. The picture below shows an example of such small changes. Instead of choosing a steak for dinner, I prepared a salmon fillet. I cooked my food in extra virgin olive oil instead of butter. Finally, I used a vinaigrette dressing on my salad instead of a creamy dressing. Take care of yourself and nourish your body using small, easy changes. However, also remember to enjoy your favorite cheeseburger or that slice of strawberry cake every once and a while. Alicia Gilbert, RD, CPT is a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer, group exercise/ yoga instructor, and current 1 L at The University of Alabama School of Law. Follow her self-taught cooking adventures and occasional disasters on Instagram @ coldbrewandcarbs.

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W Your brain is likely to be working overtime, Taurus. Things were going along just fine until you suddenly ran into an unexpected snag that kept you from where you want to be. It's as if the hamster wheel you've been running on suddenly jammed. Even though you're still working just as hard, the wheel simply won't turn. Perhaps it's time to step off and take a break. Get some perspective. Try not to get too wrapped up in the mental side of things, Gemini. Perhaps you're trying to work everything through in your mind. You'll find that there are strong forces outside your own trying their hardest to manipulate your thinking. It might be good to step away from the situation and do more processing with your heart. Go with your instincts rather than rely so much on your thoughts. The sun-Neptune trine on July 8 could be an emotionally sensitive day with many people wearing their heart on their sleeve. Keep sympathies under control. On the twelfth, a new moon solar eclipse in Cancer could bring you a lot of friendly people and pleasant opportunities. Don't expect the normal nice things. People and circumstances want to be generous and maybe fulfill a dream. You may experience a transformation in your thinking. It's bound to affect every aspect of your life, Leo. By always questioning, you work through difficult issues that require a constant reshuffling of viewpoints. Feel free to open yourself up to new ways of thinking as you dismiss old ways that no longer serve you. Now is a terrific time to consider a fresh wave of thought. You'll be exposed to a new way of truth. You may be overwhelmed by an onslaught of communication from someone you didn't expect to hear from, Virgo. It could be that this person suddenly puts a monkey wrench in your plans. It's important to adapt and allow for the constant changes that are bound to come your way. Don't get so hung up on a certain way of doing things that you fail to see the wisdom in a new and different approach. Someone might feel obligated to give you their two cents even if you didn't ask for it, Libra. Be careful not to dismiss this information without giving it proper consideration. This knowledge comes to you for a reason, and it's possible that it's the very piece of information you need now in order to complete the puzzle. Don't disregard anything, regardless of how esoteric it seems. It's time to finally apply the knowledge you've accumulated and come to recognize the truth, Scorpio. Perhaps you've been sitting on the facts while contemplating their meaning. It's now time to get this information out into the open. There's no doubt that this action is likely to make waves, but that's OK. A key theme of the day is transformation, so feel free to contribute your part. When it comes to issues that require real thinking, be careful of letting someone else take control. You might have a rather lazy attitude in this department, Sagittarius, and it could be tempting to simply let someone else do the thinking for you. This attitude is apt to lead you down the wrong path for you. Taking responsibility for yourself means thinking for yourself, so do it. There's likely to be a powerful force at work trying to manipulate the way you think about a certain situation, Capricorn. Be conscious of the source of your facts. It could be that someone is giving you tainted information so you'll act in a way that is favorable to his or her plan. Others may not be looking out for your best interests, so it's important that you are. Don't accept things blindly without question. Don't second-guess yourself today, Aquarius. It could be that you're wavering so much about a decision that even after you make it, you hesitate to follow through with it. Once you make up your mind about something, stick with it. Have confidence in your own mental process. Once you begin to waver, it may be difficult to find the assurance that you need since you'll inevitably slide down the slippery slope of self-doubt.

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Other people may try to wield their power even when it isn't their place. This is one time when people may try to show off their IQ by offering random facts that don't offer anything useful to the situation at hand but just serve to prove their knowledge of esoteric trivia. Try not to buy into other people's displays of power, Pisces. There's more than likely a great deal of hype and not much substance. Once your brain gets hooked on something, Aries, you're likely to take it to the extreme. Be careful of overworking yourself in a certain issue that requires a more rational, temperate attitude. You may get into trouble if you insist on going off the deep end. Don't tackle issues you aren't ready to handle. Take things slowly and maintain a moderate, conservative viewpoint. If you go too far, back off and take a break.

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DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL IS HITTING THE BAMA STAGE JULY 27-29 BY COLTON CROWE

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ver wonder what would happen when you put a basketball star and a science brainiac together in a school musical? Come see what happens as the Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) brings Disney’s High School Musical to the stage at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, July 27-29. Based on the 2006 Disney Channel original movie, High School Musical is the story of a group of East High school students including captain of the basketball team, Troy, and new girl, Gabriella and how they must balance life and school when tough decisions arise. In the end, this story reminds you to follow your dreams and to simply be yourself, even when sticking to the status quo may be easier. Starring as Gabriella is 10th grader, Audrey Ragan Thompson who says that the show teaches an important lesson to people of all ages. “We should all be true to ourselves and not stick to the status quo,” Thompson said. Jake Williams, sophomore at the University of North Georgia, will be making his directing debut with the ACT who, along with Thompson, says the show is about not being held into status quos. “I think the show deals with insecurities and not knowing who to be,” Williams said. “It also shows us how we can all be ourselves,” he added. Williams has been working with the ACT for over 10 years and says that it has been amazing getting to direct with the organization for the first time. “It’s a neat experience getting to be on the other side of a production,” Williams said. “It means a lot to be directing such a well-known show,” he added. Disney’s High School Musical will be performed on July 27 at 7:30pm, July 28 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and July 29 at 2:00pm with tickets ranging from $12 to $20. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.theactonline.com or call 205.393.2800. SPECIAL MEDIA NIGHT: The ACT invites all media to a special Media Night on Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00pm at the Bama Theatre. The cast of Disney’s High School Musical will perform a small selection from the show and then will be available to media representatives for pictures and interviews.

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useum Gallery: Leanna Leithauser-Lesley holds a degree in visual arts from Auburn University and has spent most of her life drawing and painting. For fun, she's always needlepointed, and until college, she needlepointed painted canvases that were purchased in a needlepoint shop. However, once beginning college, she could no longer afford these painted canvases and began designing her own, and her work eventually evolved into stitching portraits. Without drawing or painting the image onto the canvas, Lesley looks at a photo of her subject while she stitches, following the line and form, lights and darks with her needle and thread, just as she would study a still life drawing. Rejecting the shortcuts associated with technology, Lesley chooses to rely on her training as a visual artist to paint the canvas with yarn, using a photograph as her still life. Compelled by the power of jazz music, the drama of photography, and the intention to raise the awareness of needlepoint to an art form, she uses her work to weave together the quiet, methodical way of needlepointing with the often-unrestrained methods of jazz, all while capturing the emotion in her reference photographs. Each piece stitched is a unique freehand homage to the musician she decides to needlepoint. Jazz, an American art form, is the product of a cultural collaboration and a universal language of tolerance and freedom. Lesley’s heartfelt exhibition “Textures of Jazz” reveals the story of lives profoundly lived and layered with experience. Red Dog Potters: It's that time again--ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER! Donate $10 for a beautiful handmade bowl (made by the Red Dog Potters) filled with your choice of ice cream. All proceeds will go directly to the Red Dog Potters, Kentuck's community clay studio, for group shows and general upkeep needs. Courtyard of Wonders: Enjoy live music from The Smooth Operators and popup shops from local vendors. Artists Studios: Kentuck's Studio Artists will have open studios for browsing, learning, observing, and buying. Gallery Shop: Open until 8 pm; members get a 10% discount. Fire Ant and Big Dog members are invited to sample champagne.

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labama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis has been named to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced today by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Davis is among 97 candidates from around the country named to the preseason list for the Nagurski, recognizing the nation's top defensive player. Jonathan Allen is the Crimson Tide's lone recipient, collecting the honors in 2016. Davis established himself as one of the top defensive line prospects in the Southeastern Conference as a sophomore. The Meridian, Miss., native finished the 2017 season with a team-leading 8.5 sacks, along with 45 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a fumble return and his first career interception. Davis was also named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list on July 16. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been presented annually since 1993 by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to recognize the top defensive player in college football. The award is named in honor of college and NFL Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski. The 2018 winner will be announced at the Charlotte Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet in December of this year. ALABAMA FOOTBALL Pierschbacher and Williams named to Outland Trophy watch list Alabama football's Ross Pierschbacher and Jonah Williams have been named to the 2018 Outland Trophy Watch List announced today by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The two are among 82 candidates from around the country named to the preseason list. Four Crimson Tide players have won the award previously, including Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008), Barrett Jones (2011) and most recently Cam Robinson in 2016.

A veteran presence on the Crimson Tide offensive line, Pierschbacher has made 42 career starts and blocked for 28 100-yard rushing performances during his three standout seasons at the Capstone. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native is a two-time All-SEC performer and anchored an offensive front that helped UA rank No. 2 in the conference in rushing and scoring a season ago. Pierschbacher was also named to the Rimington Award watch list on July 20. Williams has started all 29 games of his career on the Tide offensive line. The Folsom, Calif., native started 15 games at right tackle as a freshman in 2016 and all 14 contests at left tackle in 2017. Williams earned AllAmerica honors from the AFCA and AP a season ago and was a Freshman All-American in 2016. The Outland Trophy has been presented annually since 1946 by the Football Writers Association of America to recognize the top interior lineman in college football. The award is named in honor of AllAmerica offensive lineman John Outland of Penn. The 2018 winner will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. ALABAMA FOOTBALL Alabama selected as 2018 SEC Champions The Alabama Crimson Tide was chosen as the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference's Western Division and the 2018 SEC Championship by the media in attendance at the conference's annual media days, which took place last week at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division once again, receiving 263 first-place votes and 1,971 total points to rank ahead of second-place Auburn, with the Tigers totaling 1,664 points and 19 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide were also selected to take home the 2018 SEC Championship, receiving 193 votes to be crowned league champion at season's end. The Tide outpaced the 2017 SEC Champion Georgia Bulldogs, who received 69 votes in the

second-place slot. The Crimson Tide enters the 2018 campaign having won a league-leading 26 SEC Championships in program history, including three of the last four conference titles. The 2018 SEC Championship will take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. ALABAMA FOOTBALL 13 Tiders in 14 slots on preseason All-SEC football teams The University of Alabama football team had 13 players selected to 14 spots on the 2018 Southeastern Conference All-SEC Team as selected by media members in attendance at SEC Media Days last week in Atlanta. The 13 players tabbed to 14 slots include seven first-team selections along with three secondteam additions and four third-team accolades. Alabama's seven first-team selections include three on offense in seniors Damien Harris (running back) and Ross Pierschbacher (center) along with junior Jonah Williams (offensive line) and four on defense, all of which are juniors, including Raekwon Davis (defensive line), Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson (linebacker) and Deionte Thompson (defensive back). Spotting the second team for the Crimson Tide are seniors Lester Cotton (offensive line) and Isaiah Buggs (defensive line) along with junior Trevon Diggs (all-purpose). Diggs makes another appearance on the third team (return specialist) in addition to sophomores Jerry Jeudy (wide receiver) and Dylan Moses (linebacker), and redshirt junior Matt Womack (offensive line). Alabama opens the 2018 season in Orlando, Fla., at the Camping World Kickoff Game against Louisville. The Crimson Tide and Cardinals are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on Sept. 1 with the game airing live on ABC.

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