It’s Friday, and a nation turns its eyes toward College Station, Texas…
Weather: Rain moves on. There’s still a 20 percent chance of an isolated thunderstorm this morning, but those end by lunchtime and will give way to sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s and lows tonight dropping to the middle 50s. The weekend will be sunny with highs both days in the middle 80s and lows in the lower 60s.
Another tragedy for Jersey shore town. The boardwalk area of Seaside Park, N.J., which was battered by Superstorm Sandy last October, was hammered Thursday by a raging fire that destroyed many businesses which had just rebuilt after the storm. The blaze apparently began in a frozen custard shop along the boardwalk, and was fanned by sea breezes to wipe out businesses along a six-block stretch, including the Funtown Pier Amusement Park. The flames burned the last remaining stretch of the original boardwalk left after the storm; the remainder had just finished being rebuilt.
Sports: Historic win for the Rockets. Gardendale High football teams have struggled for many years against the much-larger, more-affluent schools from the over-the-mountain area. But on Thursday night, the Rockets came from behind for a 14-9 win over 10th-ranked Mountain Brook. The full story can be found by clicking here. It’s the first time Gardendale has beaten one of the over-the-mountain powerhouse programs since 1991, when they defeated both Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. They’ll face the Rebels a week from tonight, where legendary coach Buddy Anderson just got his 300th career victory as the Rebs easily handled Huffman… College football: The most anticipated game of the season comes tomorrow, as top-ranked Alabama goes into College Station looking for revenge against Johnny Manziel and No. 6 Texas A&M. The Aggies handed the Crimson Tide their lone defeat last year, a win that propelled Manziel to the Heisman Trophy. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m., and the game is on CBS-42… Baseball: The Birmingham Barons took a commanding lead in the Southern League championship series Thursday night, as they took down the Mobile BayBears 8-3. The Barons lead the best-of-five series 2-0, and come home to Regions Field tonight to try to sweep the series; game time is 7:05 p.m.