Call BAMA ‘UAT’—Join the witness protection program

University of AlabamaI wrote a piece doubting the longevity of UAB Football, a young Auburn student wrote a rebuttal, and all hell broke loose on the Internet.

I expected some push back—but it didn’t come from where I expected.

Sher hates UAB & Birmingham

In my defense, I am pro UAB and Birmingham, but some commenters didn’t think so.

“What a convoluted, illogical, irrelevant opinion by Sher. And this man is supposed to be singing the praises of The Comeback Town?…What a conceited jerk.” Continue reading

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David Carrington: “I don’t care!”

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington with Commission President Jimmy Stephens

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington with Commission President Jimmie Stephens

I wrote most of this piece about Commissioner Carrington a few months ago, but did not publish it for fear it would appear too political.

Now that the Jefferson County Commission election is over, I feel more comfortable making my comments.  Commissioner Carrington has been reelected and Commissioner Jimmie Stephens has been elected President.

I’m not saying Commissioner Carrington is better or worse than any other commissioner–I just happen to know David better.  I do feel strongly that our County Commission–though not perfect–did a credible job with the hand it was dealt. Continue reading

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5 reasons David Sher Is Wrong About UAB Football

Michael Bullington, Auburn student,

Michael Bullington. Auburn student

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Michael Bullington.  In this piece, Michael is responding to 5 reasons UAB will pull the plug on UAB football.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

1)  Eventually, the U of A Trustees will cave

There is continuous and  mounting public pressure for the University of Alabama System’s Board of Trustees to offer greater resources and attention to UAB.  UAB is not the commuter school that it once was. About 18,700 students are enrolled at UAB, more than half as many as UAT has. If UAB’s student population was a city, it would be the 34th largest city in Alabama. Also, while only 40% of students at UAT are from the state of Alabama, nearly 80% of UAB’s students are in-state. These are students whose families have paid taxes to support the system. Their voice matters. If football really matters to UAB students (and it should), then they will fight for their program. Regardless of football, they should fight for their school. UAB Football  may take a hit, but given time the Board will inevitably come to realize that greater athletic offerings can only help UAB, the System, and the State. #FreeUAB Continue reading

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5 reasons why UAB will pull the plug on UAB football

UAB FootballThere’s been talk that UAB may discontinue its Division 1 football program.  UAB boosters are joining ranks to save it.

It’s heartbreaking because Bill Clark and UAB are showing new life, but I think it’s unavoidable.  There are just too many obstacles for UAB football to overcome.

Even though UAB is having a great turnaround season only 9,457 fans showed up at Legion Field this past week for UAB’s loss to Louisiana Tech. Continue reading

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9 year old Birmingham girl likely to be first woman President

Anniah Mishra

Annikah Mishra, likely first woman President

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is 9 year old Annikah Mishra. She wrote this letter to President Obama at the beginning of the school year.  She’s been patiently waiting for a response from the President (checking mailbox every day) and has not been very happy with his slow response.

Her parents posted this letter on Facebook and granted permission for ComebackTown to republish.

If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Annikah Mishra and I’m 9 years old starting 4th grade. Continue reading

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Birmingham: The greatest college football city in America

SEC College Football

SEC College Football

Hold onto your seat.

I’m about to give you some numbers that will confound and amuse you.

On October 1st, Justin Connolly, Senior VP of ESPN Programming over College Networks, spoke to the Rotary Club of Birmingham about the new SEC Network.  He said the SEC Network has been the most successful launch of a cable network in the history of television. (Oprah, eat your heart out)

Then he gave some numbers that made the audience break into spontaneous applause. Continue reading

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General Krulak for Superintendent of Birmingham Schools

General Charles Krulak

General Charles Krulak, President Birmingham Southern College

Last week’s ComebackTown blog was titled, “Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools.”

The point of the piece was that there’s no person dead or alive who can save our school system—not Moses, not President Abraham Lincoln–not even Coach Nick Saban.

The piece received many comments—both online and in person—but a response I never expected was that we needed a ‘Krulak-like’ solution. Continue reading

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Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools

Craig Witherspoon

Craig Witherspoon, outgoing Superintendent Birmingham City Schools

Every editorial I read about hiring a new superintendent for Birmingham City Schools says it’s critical we recruit the right candidate.  The future of Birmingham Schools and possibly the City of Birmingham may be at stake.

Unfortunately, our next superintendent has virtually no chance of being successful.

Every time we employ a new superintendent we think he/she’s the one. Continue reading

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Should our self-worth hinge on Alabama football?

Alabama upset by Ole Miss

Alabama upset by Ole Miss

I love Alabama football.

I attended the University in the early ‘60’s when Bear Bryant was winning football games just as Nick Saban is today.  By the way–even the Bear lost a game or two every once in a while.

My claim to fame is that while eating at the Little Cookie, a burger joint in Tuscaloosa, Joe Namath asked me to pass the salt.

And I take great pride in our University’s growth. Continue reading

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Our Birmingham spy in New York

Deborah Layman

Deborah Layman

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

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

I was an urban kid – born and raised in New York City.  And although I’ve lived in the country near Montevallo for almost 25 years, the grid and grit of a city still make my heart beat faster.  I love the feel of pavement under my feet and the sensation of being flanked by tall buildings with graceful design elements that only the pigeons can see up close. Continue reading

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