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By Marc Lawrence — From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: When Alabama devoured Georgia, 115-82, at home three weeks ago it marked the most points surrendered in a game by the Dawgs since 1990.

The Tide travels to Athens today off a win over arch rival Auburn knowing they are 0-4 SUATS as road chalk after beating the Tigers since 1990.

Connect the dots.

Free Birds

As we called out yesterday, the NFL Free Agency period begins this year on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and you can rest assured the suds will be flowing.

There are a bevy of teams in the NFC with specific needs.

Upgrading the quarterback position and rebuilding an offensive line that has only one starter under contract is the focus with the Carolina Panthers.

The San Francisco 49ers have pressing needs in the secondary and on the offensive line, and they could be involved in the ever-evolving quarterback carousel, if the right opportunity arises.

After notching a franchise-low 23 sacks last season, coach Mike Zimmer said one of his priorities is to get more pass-rushers.

Other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles are projected to be more than $40 million over the 2021 salary cap and are in the midst of a youth movement, so it’s unlikely they’ll be major players in free agency.

For a complete review of each NFC team’s needs, click here.

Trending Today

Pay close attention. The Miami Heat are likely headed on a post All Star game mission.

NBA coaches who play the numbers game said “no” to Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler when choosing reserves on this year’s All Star squad.

Safe to say that while neither player ranks in the Top 30 in scoring, they are the epitome of what stats-sacrificing glue and guts are all about.

Selfless to the core, Butler is arguably among the Top 5 talents in the league. Miami is 4-10 without him this season and is 6 games over .500 with him.

Meanwhile, Adebayo plays center and runs the defense, taking on the toughest opponent each night.

The coaches voted like the common fan – for points, rebounds and numbers they know that are negotiable on non-winning teams.

The feeling here is they will rue the day they cast their ballot in the post-All Star portion of the season, especially with return of All Star guard Goran Dragic back in the lineup.

Burn, baby, burn.

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