The Business & Pleasure of Sports

<< Previous entry: Ultimate underdog Rudy likes Notre Dame's chances in BCS

>> Next entry: Sony Tennis founder Buchholz jumps to golf's Cadillac Championship

Baumhower: 'Bama has might, experience to win BCS title

Bob Baumhower played for two of the greatest football coaches: Bear Bryant at Alabama and Don Shula with the Miami Dolphins.

The former standout defensive lineman expects Alabama coach Nick Saban to cement his place as the top coach in this era of college football. A victory in Monday’s BCS National Championship would give the Crimson Tide their third title in four years and Saban’s fourth overall.

“Alabama is probably in a lot better shape physically than they were at the end of the year. With the offensive line they’ve got and the experience they’ve got. If they can establish the running game they ought to be able to win the game,” Baumhower said during a pre-BCS seafood fest he co-hosted with former teammate and fellow restaurateur Kim Bokamper at Bokamper’s in Miramar.

“But this is a special Notre Dame team. It’s good to have Notre Dame back in college football where they are. Obviously, I’m pulling for Alabama to get it done with their running game and be able to wear these guys down.”

Baumhower, a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Dolphins Honor Roll, operates 13 restaurants in Alabama. He got his start in the restaurant business in Fort Lauderdale in 1979 in partnership with Joe Namath and Richard Todd in Bachelors III.

Baumhower’s chef served Alabama-style gumbo and shrimp in the event at Bokamper’s.
“Coming down here to watch Alabama play in my old stadium and see all of my old buddies and serve some really good Alabama seafood, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

“When I got into the business full time somebody said, ‘What are you doing in the restaurant business, you don’t know anything about it?’ I said, I know but it’s not rocket science, I’ll figure it out. We’ve been working hard and I’m still trying to figure it out.”

Categories: BCS Championship (2)

Leave a Reply


You share in the community, so we just ask that you keep things civil. Leave out the personal attacks. Do not use profanity, ethnic or racial slurs, or take shots at anyone's sexual orientation or religion. If you can't be nice, we reserve the right to remove your material and ban users who violate our Terms of Service.

About the author
CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
Connect with me

Search this blog
E-mail newsletters
Get the news that matters to you delivered to your inbox. Breaking news, hurricane alerts, news from your neighborhood, and more. Click here to sign up for our newsletters. It is fast, easy and free!