December, 2012

Chasing A Dynasty

December 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm by under FOX10 Sports, Jess Sports

In 2006 the Alabama football program was on a downward spiral and in search of redemption; looking for a spark to ignite the championship caliber team that fans and pundits alike had become accustomed to. After a disappointing 6-6 season and the ensuing firing of Mike Shula, 2007  would bring about change that would affect college football, the SEC and “Roll Tide” nation forever.

University of Alabama Athletic Director, Mal Moore, saved the tradition of Alabama football with the hiring of Nick Saban. Saban’s impact on the Alabama program was felt immediately, as he channeled his longtime predecessor Paul “Bear” Bryant, through his will to win and superior recruiting abilities.

Bryant was the leader of Alabama’s first modern day dynasty in years (1961-66, 1973-79).

Alabama would forever be apart of a small group of programs to achieve something so extraordinary, that it only happens about once in a decade.

The rest is history…
… And how rich that history becomes is contingent upon the results of the BCS National Championship game.

On Jan. 7 2013, No. 2 Alabama will face No. 1 Notre Dame for its unprecedented place in history. A win in Miami would solidify the Saban era’s mark in history books and its impact on college football for decades to come.

Alabama would become the first team since the inception of the BCS to win three national titles within a four year span. Alabama is vying to achieve what no other team has since Nebraska became a dynasty 15 years ago, between 1994-1997.

Alabama is currently the nation’s most dominant football program and has proven year in and out why they are the team to beat.

Notre Dame; with its historical stamp on the sport, is the most storied.

For countless football fanatics and analysts, this match-up has generated a new and obviously rampant proverb: this will be the biggest game in BCS history.

Just one more win…

…And the tide’s dynasty goal will be clinched but it will not be an easy task.

While the SEC and University of Alabama’s dominance over college football has given the Crimson Tide the edge, both Notre Dame and Alabama are quite comparable in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

Notre Dame touts the nation’s top scoring defense, allowing only 10.3 points per game; at No. 2 is none other than Alabama. The Crimson Tide is No. 1, however, in total defense allowing a mere 246 offensive yards per game.

Similar to Alabama and other SEC teams, the Irish’s front seven have both size and talent, with their four linemen tipping the scale at 300 pounds or more. Notre Dame is ranked No.4 against the run.

Like Alabama, the Irish’s pass rush has struggled, allowing opponents over 194 yards through the air, a per game average.

The Alabama secondary finished fifth in passing yards allowed but, SEC quarterbacks, such as LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and Georgia’s Aaron Murray, all found success against the Alabama threat, each throwing for over 250 yards.

Key players, match-ups, and special teams play are likely game changers

We all know that Manti Te’o is the captain of Notre Dame’s defensive ship, but other important players that Alabama must contain include defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who has 12 sacks and 13 tackles for loss; tight end Tyler Eifert, who has 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns on the year; and possibly quarterback Everett Golson, but he has to utilize his dual threat abilities to attack the Tide’s only weakness, its secondary.

Alabama defensive backs will be crucial in limiting the success of Golson’s passing game.

With just under one week to go before kickoff, Alabama’s award-winning offensive lineman Barrett Jones has yet to practice for the BCS title game. Jones suffered a sprained foot injury during the SEC championship against Georgia. The absence of Jones could be detrimental to Alabama’s offensive line. He’s the foundation that holds the Tide’s offensive front together, and the match-up between Jones and Notre Dame’s nose guard Louis Nix is key.

Without Barrett Jones, the Tide may double-team 340-pound Nix.

Nick Saban wins games big by dominating field position. The Alabama Crimson Tide boasts the nations’ 18th ranking in punting, often nailing the opposition deep within its own territory, then allowing its front seven to force three and outs.

There is  no doubt that field position will be significant and could determine the games’ outcome. but also key, is the Irish’s ability to stop the dual threat of Alabama’s running game; the Lacy and Yeldon machine.

Finally, the BCS got it right…

…And, by right, I mean that the BCS has done what it was designed to do: match the top two teams for the National Championship game.

Last year’s rematch between LSU and Alabama left most non-SEC fans feeling both cheated and annoyed. As a result, many experienced a sudden case of what some have called Southeastern Conference fatigue.

This year, the Alabama fan base is preparing to tout title No. 15, while Notre Dame fans are anxious to dethrone Tide nation and, the SEC, to reclaim the storied program’s former glory.

Will Brian Kelly emerge as South Bend’s new Lou or will Nick Saban convince the Alabama faithful to replace hounds tooth fedoras with straw hats?

What we do know is that this is a game for the ages. A game between two of the most decorated and traditionally sound teams in college football history.

The last meeting between these two programs was in 1987. Notre Dame leads the series 5-1. How that record changes on Jan. 7 remains to be seen.

Photo courtesy of Marvin Gentry USA TODAY Sports

2012 – The Year That Was At The Movies

December 31st, 2012 at 1:27 pm by under The Movie Guru, Uncategorized

Hello Blog Readers.  This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here.  What a year 2012 has been; especially in the land of motion pictures.  We hungered for The Hunger Games;  We assembled for The Avengers;  We were amazed by The Amazing Spider-Man;  Bond, James Bond returned to duty in Skyfall; The ladies went wild for Magic Mike and the guys fell in line in battle with The Expendables 2;  A foul-mouth teddy bear came to life in Ted;  We somewhat saw the origins of Alien(s) with Promethues;  Twi-Hearts said their good-byes with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2;  And Finally, we all rose to the occasion when it was time for The Dark Knight Rises;  What can I say -  This has been one wild crazy ride at the Box Office.

Many other films came out as well like MIB3 (Men In Black 3), Madagascar 3, 21 Jump Street, Total Recall, Resident Evil: Retribution, Disney’s Brave, The Bourne Legacy, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Underworld: Awakening, Red Tails, The Grey, Think Like A Man, and Contraband …. Just to name a few.

Being An Election Year we even had a couple of movies about one of our greatest Presidents … albeit on two very different extremes …. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Lincoln.

There have been some not so good turnouts on films this year …. John Carter, Dark Shadows, Battleship, Cloud Atlas, That’s My Boy, The Watch, Rock of Ages …. And the one that may have caused more trouble off screen for a certain vampire couple in real life …. Snow White and The Huntsman ( even though it did well at the box office ).

Now that we end this year of 2012 we are seeing a lot of movies that are in the running to win many awards during “Awards Season” (Golden Globes & Oscar calling).  Enter The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, and Les Miserables into the mix for you your box office dollars.  They join the race with Flight, Life of Pi, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty ( in limited release ).  

With all of these good and bad films this year nothing could out-shadow some of the events that happened in real life this year.  The Movie Theater Shootings in Aurora, CO while watching the Midnight Showing of The Dark Knight Rises;  Super Storm Sandy; The Shooting Massacre in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary School; and most recently the two Tornadoes that just hit our Mobile Co. area and our city of Mobile on Christmas Day – No Movie Script Couldn’t Be More Real …. And I for one working in this business saw it all and helped to report it on the air here at WALA / WFNA.

2012 – A Year In Movies that we won’t soon forget anytime soon …. Until the Movies of 2013 come out …. WOW …. Wait until you see what coming out next year ….. starting this coming weekend.

And Remember to continue to watch out for my Movie Guru Blog entries here at www.fox10tv.com.  Also Stay Alert for Movie passes to be given out by The Face of CW 55, Dani Dials – as well as her exclusive interviews with some of the hottest movie stars that are on the Big Screen right now.  And … there’s a little show I like to call Studio 10, with hosts Cherish Lombard & Joe Emer.  They along with Dani Dials and Michael White will keep in the know with everything that’s going on in the entertainment world – especially the movies – almost as much as I will … but I think I do it just a little bit better than them …. Just Kidding You Guys … we all work together to keep you all out there the Blog Universe more informed and up to date.  Have a Great and Happy New Year 2013 and let’s say “Good-Bye” to 2012 with style.

 

 

 

 

 


Celebration and Hope

December 29th, 2012 at 10:27 am by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

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Whenever I saw a tall, thin guy today I thought I had spotted one of my college roommates, Paul. I met him on the first day of freshman orientation when all of us were enjoying, if not independence, then our first taste of living away from home. I was immediately impressed by his integrity, outgoing nature and sense of humor.

He became one of the brothers I never had.

Paul was one of my groomsmen and we always stayed in contact through the years. Later, he and his wife Laurie traveled to Mobile for the wedding of one of our daughters. We have been friends for decades.

It was no surprise then that he was on my mind, since I had just attended his funeral.

During the Christmas tornado in Mobile, I was already on my way to New Hampshire to attend Paul’s wake and funeral Mass which was celebrated by another of our college roommates, Father Bill.

Celebration is the proper term and it was especially appropriate in Paul’s case,. While his widow, daughters, son, Paul’s father and the rest of us grieved our loss, there was also plenty to celebrate. Paul had been married for 34 years. He had seven brothers and sisters. He loved the outdoors, having been an avid cyclist and cross country skier. Just months before his diagnosis, he participated in the world’s largest two-day rowing event called the Head of the Charles’ Regatta with a group of men appropriately named, The Good Guys. Oars occupied a place of honor at his wake.

After Paul learned he had cancer, he was expected to live 3 months; he lived for 11 months. The extra time gave him the chance to enjoy the love of his family and friends and especially his granddaughter, Molly.

The homily during his funeral Mass highlighted hope, a belief that buoyed Paul, his family and friends during the ups and downs of his illness.

Father Bill’s meditation read in part,

Optimism is the feeling that everything will work out for the best. Hope is something more. Hope is the desire that everything will work out for the best and the expectation that it will. Hope requires a plan; hope requires a story that explains why we should be optimistic. Hope is much more than a feeling. Hope is a virtue.

Paul Junior delivered a wonderful tribute to his father, who worked in manufacturing and had a lifelong habit of sending postcards. He concluded with what he expected his father would be writing now.

Dear Family,

Quite the Christmas celebration here. Lots of lights. Visited with my mother and Aunt Alice today, lots of family still to see.

Beautiful day here. The roads are smooth for riding, there is fresh snow on the skiing trails, and the river is always calm.

Meeting with the EPA today regarding the gilding process for halos. Fun!

Study. Be good. Drive safe. Behave yourselves. Do good for other people. Balance work, life, family, and fun. I miss you.

Love, Dad


*Substantial* Severe Wx Threat Christmas Day

December 23rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Christmas Severe Wx Threat

It’s a tale of two systems… The first will come in Monday morning on Christmas Eve. This will mainly just be showers, but an isolated thunderstorm or two can’t be ruled out. Scattered showers will be possible right through the day and into the evening hours on Christmas eve.

While we are opening our gifts Tuesday morning, an area of low pressure will be developing over east Texas, and creating the second system. This low will feed on warm air (60 for a low and 70s for highs Christmas day!) and track eastward across the Gulf Coast. As the system feeds on the warm, moist air the ingredients will come together for a severe weather event. The Storm Prediction Center has areas west of I-65 under a substantial threat for severe weather.

The first storms could start bubbling up near or just after breakfast in the western half of our viewing area. These pre-frontal supercells are often the most dangerous (like the one that spawned Thursday’s tornado in Mobile). These supercells will have the opportunity to form throughout the day while we are in the warm sector of the system.

By the evening hours the front itself will be approaching. The front itself will bring a squall line through. Squall lines are unlikely to have tornadoes, but damaging straight-lines winds will be possible.

Once that line passes and the cold air moves in the threat will end, but from start to end this system could put our area under threat for 12+ hours.

The timing could possibly change, but the threat is there and we will have to vigilant as we watch this system develop. Of course, here at Fox10 we will be tracking all this and keeping you informed in the days ahead.

VIDEO FORECAST


Mobile Tornado – NWS Report

December 20th, 2012 at 5:14 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR 20 DECEMBER 2012 TORNADO ACROSS THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA…

 …EARLY MORNING EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED BY THE NWS…

 .OVERVIEW…STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS DEVELOPED ACROSS SOUTHEAST

MISSISSIPPI, SOUTHWEST ALABAMA AND THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE

AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING STRONG COLD FRONT DURING THE EARLY MORNING

HOURS ON 20 DECEMBER 2012.  ONE OF THE STORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS

MOBILE COUNTY SHORTLY BEFORE DAYBREAK PRODUCED A TORNADO THAT

IMPACTED THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA.  

 

.MOBILE/PRICHARD TORNADO…

 

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    86-110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               SEVERAL MINOR (CUTS/BRUISES)

 

START DATE:             DEC 20 2012

START TIME:             449 AM CST

START LOCATION:         NEAR YMCA ON MICHAEL BOULEVARD

LAT/LON:                30.6671 -88.1383

 

END DATE:               DEC 20 2012

END TIME:               505 AM CST

END LOCATION:           U.S. HIGHWAY 43 NEAR WOODLAND AVENUE IN PRICHARD

END_LAT/LON:            30.7442 -88.0707

 

SURVEY SUMMARY:

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED STORM DAMAGE IN

MOBILE COUNTY ALABAMA TODAY AND DETERMINED THAT AN EF-1 TORNADO

OCCURRED IN THE MOBILE METROPOLITAN AREA FROM MIDTOWN MOBILE

NORTHEAST INTO THE CITY OF PRICHARD.   

 

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ALONG MICHAEL BOULEVARD PRODUCING

EF-0 DAMAGE (WINDS ESTIMATED UP TO 85 MPH) WHERE IT DAMAGED THE ROOF

OF THE YMCA AND PRODUCED MODERATE DAMAGE TO THE DAVIDSON HIGH SCHOOL

BASEBALL FIELD.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST

STRENGTHENING AS IT MOVED ACROSS MONTLIMAR BOULEVARD PRODUCING EF-1

DAMAGE (FROM WINDS ESTIMATED AT 86 TO 110 MPH) TO SEVERAL BUSINESSES

ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE INTERSTATE 65/AIRPORT BOULEVARD

INTERSECTION.  THE TORNADO CIRCULATION WIDENED TO NEAR 75 YARDS AS

IT MOVED NORTHEAST AFFECTING NUMEROUS HOMES THROUGH MIDTOWN MOBILE,

BLOWING LARGE SECTIONS OF ROOFS OFF OF SEVERAL HOMES, SNAPPING OR

BLOWING OVER NUMEROUS TREES.  HERE THE STORM PRODUCED DAMAGES

ESTIMATED IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LOCAL BUSINESSES (INCLUDING

SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF DAMAGE TO THE FACILITY AND INVENTORY OF A

MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP). ALSO IMPACTED WAS THE REGIONAL AMERICAN

RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS IN MOBILE WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE

ROOF AND DAMAGE TO SEVERAL SUPPORT VEHICLES/TRAILERS WAS NOTED. THE

TORNADO CONTINUE AT EF-1 STRENGTH AS IT TRACKED NORTHEAST INTO THE

CITY OF PRICHARD DOING SIMILAR DAMAGE, BEFORE WEAKENING AND

DISSIPATING ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 43 AT WOODLAND AVENUE. 

 

MOBILE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY PROVIDED THE NWS THE

FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FROM THEIR DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

ALONG THE TORNADO TRACK…

 

20 TO 25 HOMES UNINHABITABLE

20 STRUCTURES WITH MAJOR DAMAGE

100 STRUCTURES WITH MINOR DAMAGE

NUMEROUS BUSINESSES WITH DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES AND PROPERTY.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WANTS TO THANK THE MOBILE COUNTY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH OUR STORM

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT EFFORTS TODAY.   

 

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND

PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO

HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR SKYWARN STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT

1-800-284-9059.


Catholic church response to deacon’s guilty plea

December 20th, 2012 at 11:53 am by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

As we reported this week, Robert Nouwen, a deacon assigned to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mobile, pleaded guilty in Mobile Federal Court to child pornography charges.  Court documents claim that on 7 occasions between January 17, 2011 and April 26, 2011, he ordered child pornography from a company based in Toronto.  Nouwen now faces up to 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

To learn more about the response of the Archdiocese of Mobile to the admission, I turned to Rev. James Cink, the pastor of St. Dominic Church and the Director of Child Protection for the Archdiocese.  Here are my questions and his responses:

  • Did he have contact with children at St. Vincent’s (either the school or the parish)?
  • Bob Nouwen served at Mass but had no involvement with children or the school.

 

  •  Did his interest in child sexual matters extend beyond ordering videos from Canada?
  • The investigation was conducted by federal authorities, through the US Postal Service and prosecuted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Southern Division. I believe you received their press release yesterday. I have no other information than what was released by that office.

 

  • Had there been any complaints about him, prior to the videos?
  • There have been no complaints regarding Bob Nouwen.

 

  • When did the parish and/or Archdiocese learn of his involvement with child pornography? What action was taken then? Police tell me they knew nothing about the case.
  • We learned of Nouwen’s involvement once the US Postal service obtained a search warrant. On the day of the execution of the warrant [according to court documents, the search warrant was executed on September 19, 2012]  Nouwen was placed on Administrative leave, which means that he was prohibited from all ministry. Since the Federal Authorities were conducting the investigation, I do not believe that it was my responsibility to notify other law enforcement offices of a federal investigation, least my actions be seen as interference in an official investigation. The local District Attorney was notified before we approached the affected parish community.

 

  • Have the parents at St. Vincent been notified about the reason for his retirement/resignation?
  • Yes on Monday December 17 a meeting of parishioners and parents of children within our school was held at the parish. Notification of that meeting was announced at all the weekend Masses on December 15 & 16.

 

  • How did he manage to make it through the child protection training? Is the process being re-examined now?
  • Before Nouwen pleaded guilty to the possession of Child Pornography, he had no criminal record. Nouwen was cleared by both FBI and ABI background checks.

 

 


It’s “Hobbit” Time – The Holiday/Award Movie Season

December 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm by under The Movie Guru, Uncategorized

Hey Moviegoers!  It’s Marcus Jackson, The FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru.  I guess that the majority of movie seekers went a little quest and found “An Unexpected Journey” to Middle Earth & the Box Office.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was Number 1 in theaters this past weekend bringing in a record setting $84.8 Million Dollars for the month of December.  This was the first installment of an all new trilogy that is the prequel the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I have to tell you that I have been getting a lot of positive feedback on this film.  I have a dear friend of mine said that she was going to dress up like one of the beautiful female characters from Middle Earth when she go see the movie with friends …. I saw the picture she took of herself in costume …. She was a Stunning Resident of Middle Earth … can I move there now?  … Back to The Hobbit.  Check out this link to the trailer and see what’s waiting for you in theaters right now, courtesy of IMDb ……  http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi650683417/

Now The Hobbit is just one of the many films that have just been nominated for The Golden Globes Awards that are out in theaters right now.  Films like Lincoln with 7 noms, Argo with 5 noms, also Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Flight, and soon to hit theaters Zero Dark Thirty.  There are two more films that Golden Globes nominees that will battle it out for your Christmas Day viewing after you have opened up all of your gifts Santa and/or his litlle helpers (i.e. – Mom & Dad, your spouse or significant other, etc.) leave for you under the tree ….. Les Miserables & Django Unchained.  Now both of these films are getting HUGE HUGE BUZZ  and they haven’t hit U.S. theaters just yet.  To get you all fired up for these films check out the links I’ve posted to their trailers courtesy of IMDb once again ……

Les Miserableshttp://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1906943769/  

Django Unchained – http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3944457241/

We are going to be seeing and hearing about a lot more movies this month and in January that The Golden Globes ….. and The Oscars … will have their eye on.  Just keep an eye out on my blog and I’ll try to keep you updated on all the latest to get you all informed on what you want to go see at the movies when you get those movie gift certificates and movie passes from your favorite movie houses …. they make nice stocking stuffers for all of us last minutes X-mas shoppers … Yes Dad, I’m working on getting your gift.  To all my family members some of you are in for a few surprises … can’t tell you what they are …. You See!

I hope that you all have the BEST this Holiday Season.  2012 has been some year.  Let’s end it on a High Note …. Get Together with the ones that you love and make happy memories ….. by going to the movies together.  You have a lot of choices to make those memories magical.  This Is Marcus Jackson, The FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru wishing you all …. Happy Holidays!  If the World Doesn’t End As The Mayan Calendar sort of predicted on December 21, 2012 …. I’ll see you Next Year in 2013 to do it all over again.   See You All In Middle Earth for The Hobbit …… and not “Doomday Preppers’ … although that is a very interesting show on TV ……

 


Homestate Horror

December 14th, 2012 at 2:11 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

It’s hard for me to understand how today’s school shooting happened in my homestate of Connecticut.

Newtown is a nice, little town about 40 miles from where I grew up.  It’s the kind of place where people live their entire lives, or move there to escape crime in the big cities.

Today, crime came to Newtown.

Outside of its big cities like Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and where I grew up in New Britain, most of Connecticut is like Newtown.  The state is dotted with small, rural towns, run by Town Councils, where homes are protected by volunteer firefighters.   In general, folks are neither poor nor rich.  They live in moderately-priced homes (for Connecticut standards) and lead quiet lives.

Violent crime simply doesn’t happen in places like Newtown. That all changed today.