TUSCALOOSA, AL – APRIL 13: Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian looks on during the team’s A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It took just two quarters for Alabama fans to be frustrated with one of the team’s offseason coaching moves. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is getting crushed for his playcalling in the first half against Duke.Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been incredibly efficient so far, as he’s 16-of-19 for 208 yards and a touchdown. But the running game has struggled mightily. The Crimson Tide have just 42 yards on 20 carries thus far.Alabama has only put up 14 points on the Blue Devils through halftime. The team has really only had a few big plays in the first half.The team’s first three possessions resulted in a punt, a fumble and a missed field goal. Fans are apparently expecting more given the circumstances. Alabama’s first 3 possessions against Duke:PuntFumbleMissed FG pic.twitter.com/aW6QW0KrPB— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2019I really want to understand how Steve Sarkisian got this job at Alabama. You have the best WR in the nation and you’re not using him.— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) August 31, 2019Question.. When does Coach Saban choke Sarkisian out on the sideline for his play calling ?? #AlabamaVsDuke— Hugh Douglas (@Bighugh53) August 31, 2019Sarkisian, who was the head coach at USC from 2014-2015, actually coached at Alabama in 2016. After two years as offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, he’s back in Tuscaloosa.It’ll be shocking if Alabama doesn’t improve it’s play in the second half. But for now, it’s 14-3 at the half.
There was a time when an 85-inch TV was unheard of. Now, those out to inject their homes with a shot of cinematic splendor have several options to choose from—nearly every major TV manufacturer offers such a super-sized model, with a super-sized price tag to match. It comes as little surprise, then, that Bang & Olufsen, maker of some of the most iconic consumer electronics ever produced, now has one too. Earlier this week, the Danish company unveiled the big-daddy version of the 55-inch BeoVision Avant it released earlier this year, and it truly is a marvel to behold.This 4K Ultra HD television offers more than just superior resolution and picture quality. It’s been meticulously designed and crafted to be the aesthetic centerpiece of whatever room it occupies, and it comes packing a stunning sound system, one which Bang & Olufsen is particularly well suited to create. But perhaps the Avant’s most compelling feature is one that isn’t readily apparent at first: When turned off, the TV remains quietly tucked away, but when powered up, its motorized stand or wall mount springs to life, bringing the TV and its on-board audio system center stage, and turning to wherever its viewer may desire.Upon pressing one of three pre-programmed buttons on the Avant’s remote control, the television emerges from a recessed state and turns to face one of three pre-defined locations. In this way, the user is able to optimize the television for viewing in the living room, dining room, or kitchen area of a great room.The accompanying sound system, which offers separate channels for left, right and center speakers, delivers high-quality stereo sound, with dialogue anchored in the center for optimal positioning and clarity. Using a proprietary algorithm, bass output is optimized based on the TV’s distance from the wall behind it. For those interested in cinematic surround sound, wireless speakers can be added to support up to a 7.1 surround system.Of course, all that pomp and circumstance would lose its luster quickly if the TV didn’t also deliver when it was time for the pixels to perform. Fortunately, Bang & Olfusen have outfitted the Avant with top-notch TV tech, including a full array of direct LED backlights controlled by a local dimming system comprising 240 individual zones for superior black levels and contrast across the entire screen. There’s also an “eye” that constantly measures ambient light and color conditions, which allows the TV to adapt its output in order to deliver an optimal picture in varied room conditions.You might think such cutting-edge design and technology would cost a pretty penny, and you’d be right. But you may be surprised to learn that the 85-inch Avant is priced surprisingly close to its counterparts. At a suggested retail price of $23,000, the Avant stands shoulder-to-shoulder with comparable models from LG and Sony, and well below Samsung’s similarly sized and equipped option. For those with the means to afford it, this should come as good news, because the Avant delivers in spades what many other oversized 4K televisions lack: the sort of style and refinement that allows a television to function spectacularly as both a piece of art, and a source of entertainment. The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Bond-Inspired AddArmor Audi RS7 Is the World’s Fastest Armored Car Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)