JANUARY 11, 2016
The University of Alabama continued its domination of college football last night with a hard fought win over a very good bunch of Clemson Tigers. This was Alabama’s fourth National Championship in the last seven years. If that ain’t domination, I’ll kiss your biscuit.
Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffin had the Tide primed for an all-out effort, and that’s what it took. Smart’s defense played just tough enough to keep Clemson’s great quarterback from taking charge of the game. Kiffin’s offense managed to trade points on an even keel with the Tigers, and Bama’s special teams won the ball game.
All of which brings us to Nick Saban. He is the best coach in the game. He can recruit and motivate. He keeps a first class staff, and every time one of his assistants is lured away to be someone else’s head coach, he just hires an equally talented replacement.
Alabama regrouped after losing to Ole Miss early, and Saban and his coaches pulled the team together to win the SEC and National Championships. I’ve never seen a better coaching job, and my hat’s off to the Tide.
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GOOD PLACES TO EAT
153 MAIN BISTRO
PINE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA
Our friends Mike and Jean McCain live on a large lake just outside Pine Mountain, Georgia. Mike, Clista, and I were classmates in high school, and Mike and I played football together. Since Pine Mountain is only forty five minutes from Opelika, we see Mike and Jean frequently. Before Christmas they invited us to join them at a new restaurant in Pine Mountain.
We arrived at their home, which is built on a slope above the lake on a beautiful wooded lot. Mike retired from IBM, and spends his days keeping out of Jean’s way. Jean is active in a variety civic organizations and Mike plays a lot of golf. Jean had prepared a mushroom dip, and Mike had made his bacon wrapped fruit stuffed dates. Both were scrumptious, so I’ll try to get the recipes and share them with y’all.
While we were nibbling on the hors d’ oeuvres, Mike told us a little about the 153 Main Bistro, our dining destination. One of their friends on the lake had renovated an old ice cream parlor in downtown Pine Mountain into an upscale restaurant, and had hired a young Atlanta chef to run the kitchen. Mike called ahead, and even though they don’t take reservations, we were assured we’d be seated.
The restaurant is on the small side, maybe seating for fifty at the outside, and it was packed, with people waiting on the street. Mike’s friend had held a table for us, and we were immediately seated. The menu is centered on locally grown products, and the meats, cheeses and produce reflected the quality effort.
All four of us chose one of the seafood entrees, and each was superbly prepared and presented. The fashionable thing seems to be to serve fish undercooked, but ours was done just right. White, flakey and well-seasoned. The side dishes were fresh and tasty, and the whole meal was a delight.
The prices reflect the quality and care that is required to prepare and serve first rate food—a little pricey for rural Georgia, but well worth it, and we didn’t have to drive to Atlanta.
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