Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Children’s of Alabama. You have a chance to help out the NICU unit here by going to an event and networking tomorrow evening at the Wine Loft. The A-List Networking group presents the Holiday Soiree'. Alichia Webster is with the A-List Networking group. Jill Smith is the Director of NICU is with Children’s of Alabama. The event benefits the NICU unit at Children’s. The A-List Networking Group is a professional group of women in the Birmingham area, whose goal is to make valuable connections with career-minded professionals looking to share advice, resources and referrals through networking and community service. The A-List Networking Group presents the Holiday Soirée to benefit Children's of Alabama NICU! The Holiday Soirée is tomorrow from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. at the Wine Loft. It includes an evening of food, fun, and fundraising. There will be live music from Logan the Entertainer and B Brian Mixing Live! Cocktail or Business Attire. Tickets $20 per person. Bring lots of business cards for networking and fabulous door prizes!
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Amy Toman from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the ostrich and giraffe living in same exhibit and holiday lights. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
LARS ON FOOTBALL - Is Kirby Smart to Georgia a done deal? How will it impact 'Bama? And did the media go too far reporting the Tim Tebow-Miss Universe break-up story? Longtime college football writer and NY Times best-selling author Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report joined us with his thoughts! Lars says you're always taking a risk by hiring someone who has no previous head coaching experience. But Kirby has been Nick Saban's defensive architect since 2008. He's had a front-row seat on the construction of a dynasty. He's an elite recruiter and he's sitting in the heart of most fertile recruiting land in the America. Lars thinks it’s slam dunk hire. Lars thinks Georgia's Jeremy Pruitt is in the running for the South Carolina job but doesn't ultimately think he'll get that. Lar's guess is that he'll stay at Georgia and be Smart's defensive coordinator. Remember, Smart and Pruitt are good friends, and they could make a terrific one-two punch coaching the defensive side of the ball in Athens. Lars believes Muschamp will stay at Auburn. There is a lot of unfinished business to attend to on the Plains. Lars thinks we'll see Mel Tucker, currently the defensive backs coach at Alabama, will be elevated to defensive coordinator. He's been a defensive coordinator in the NFL as well as for Ohio State, and he's certainly done an outstanding job coaching that young Alabama secondary this year. After the Conference Championship games, Lars thinks you'll see Alabama jump Clemson to get to No. 1 after the Tide beats Florida in the SEC championship game. He expects Clemson to have a tough time with North Carolina in the ACC title game. He thinks the Tigers will win, but it will be a struggle. Lars also thinks Michigan State will beat Iowa. So your four teams in the playoffs will be, in order of ranking, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Michigan State. Right now no one wants a piece of Oklahoma. They're arguably the hottest team in the country with a hot quarterback in Baker Mayfield. Lars thinks Alabama would love to play Michigan State, Saban's old team. People have been calling for Gus Malzahn to get rid of Rhett Lashlee, his offensive coordinator, but Lars doesn't see that happening. The two have almost a father-son relationship, and he can't see Gus getting rid of Lashlee. Lars expects Muschamp to be back as well. So even though this was a disappointing season for Auburn, he doesn't see any major changes in the staff coming. And on the headlines about Tim Tebow and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, Lars says, unfortunately, this is the way sports journalism is moving. The more salacious a story, the more clicks it will generate. In years past, Sports Illustrated wouldn't have touched this story, but it just underscores the pressure all publications are under to capture the eyeballs of readers.
GARDENING -Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joins us to discuss Christmas plants. He showed us examples and suggests cyclamen, forced hydrangeas, poinsettias, rosemary and ivy topiaries, paperwhites and amaryllis. For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood. The phone number is 205-879-3839. Or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAMALE SALE - ¡HICA!'s annual Tamale Sale, one of Birmingham's unique holiday traditions, returns. If you missed your Tamale dinner last holiday season, fear not, this year ¡HICA! - The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - is bringing back the annual Tamale Sale. ¡HICA! began this unique tradition in the 2003 holiday season as a way to share Hispanic customs with the greater Birmingham community as well as to raise money to fund their social programs. Since then they have sold over 70,000 tamales and hope that, after taking a one-year hiatus, this year's sale will be their most successful yet. A tamale, or tamal in the proper singular form in Spanish, is a traditional Latin American dish made out of masa - usually corn-based dough - with a filling, typically of beef, pork, or peppers, that is steamed in a corn husk or plantain leaf wrapper. The preparation takes an entire day and thus is reserved only for special occasions. ¡HICA! Tamale filling options include chicken with green sauce, pork with red sauce or pepper & cheese. As in previous years, tamales can be ordered by the ½ dozen or the dozen, but this year there is a new option - "All That and a Bag of Chips". According to ¡HICA! Development Director Holly Hilton, "A tamale dinner is a holiday treat that represents Birmingham's growing culture diversity. ’All That and a Bag of Chips' is a unique gift you can give to celebrate the season." The meal comes with two ½ dozen tamales with your choice of two fillings, a jar of Salsa Señorita brand salsa, and tortilla chips – all in a decorative gift bag. Order a half dozen for $18 or a dozen for $30. Or get the special called, "All that and a bag of chips!" that includes two half-dozens which your choice of one or two fillings, a jar of Salsa Señorita salsa, and a bag of tortilla chips, all in a decorative holiday bag for $45. All our tamales are made by Hacienda Mexican Grill in Gardendale and San Miguel Mexican Restaurant in Birmingham in the days leading up to the ¡HICA! Tamale Sale. They are frozen to preserve freshness. They come with instructions to heat them up and serve to your family. The sale runs through Friday, December 11th. And you can pick them up on Friday, December 18th between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tamale lovers can visit the ¡HICA! website for more information – www.hispanicinterest.org.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Christopher A. King is a Cardiologist with Alabama Cardiovascular Group at Grandview Medical Center. He joins us to take viewer questions about heart disease.
Join us tomorrow on Good Day Alabama as we get more gift ideas for you! This time, we check out ideas for toddlers! And the Bargainomics Lady joins us with some great deals and pointers to help find gifts for others and yourself! And the Love Doctor joins us with advice for your relationships and how to survive the holidays together! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!