After the dressing, stuff yourself with the Advertiser

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2008

After stuffing yourself with turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving then settling into a comfortable spot on the couch, you’re going to need something to read.

And the Advertiser will be there to satisfy all your cravings for local and state sports coverage.

After the most famous meal of the year, you can sit back and check out our selections as the area’s volleyball player and coach of the year. There wasn’t much doubt about which squad this pair would come from, but the player of the year pick could have gone one of two ways. That’s as far into the issue as I’ll go today.

On Friday, after you’ve enjoyed that turkey for the second (or third or fourth) time, have a helping of our volleyball all-area team. It was an outstanding year for local teams Billingsley and Isabella, and they’ll be well represented when we hand out our season ending honors. Other squads enjoyed much success, also: Chilton County High adapted to a new coach, Jemison rebuilt after losing most of the production from last year’s team and Thorsby continued its progress under coach Ginger Williams.

But just like that turkey that will stay in the fridge for days and serve as a midnight snack and maybe even a sandwich or two at work the next week, the Advertiser’s sports coverage this week won’t stop at its original purpose.

We’ll expand our coverage to the state level on Saturday with a preview of the Iron Bowl. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and Alabama coach Nick Saban will be quoted from today’s teleconference with Southeastern Conference coaches. After I get an idea of both coaches’ mindsets as they enter the game, I’ll make a Web-exclusive prediction. That will be available, along with many other blogs, at

For coverage of the game, including our own photos and analysis, visit our Web site immediately after the game and then pick up our print edition Sunday morning.

There aren’t many better sports weeks each year than the one that surrounds Thanksgiving. There’s no World Series or Super Bowl to be played, but there is a day off from work and a good reason to be lazy and think only about naps and sports (you’re too full to do anything else).