Friday, October 21, 2005
Alabama Football Is...
Just after posting my previous post, I checked email to find this. I tell ya, there is just something about TN-game eve that has everyone with that big script 'A' on the mind (a la Arby's goofy cowboy hat!)
There are some Awbs who cringe at stuff like this but...that's because they're jealous :)
Alabama Football Is
It is Wallace Wade, It is Bear Bryant. It is Gene Stallings. It is NOT Bill Curry.
It is definitely NOT Dennis Franchione.
It is the Sugar Bowl.
It is the Rose Bowl.
It is hearing Keith Jackson call an Alabama game.
It is watching George Teague running down Lamar Thomas in the 1993 Sugar Bowl then rewinding it and watching it again.
It is hearing the first notes of Sweet Home Alabama.
It is the desire to beat Auburn at any competitive event that exists.
It is the houndstooth hat.
It is having enough pride to fight for your school but having enough class not to.
It is cheering the same amount for a first down on second and 6 as on fourth and 1.
It is watching Cornelius Bennett give Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beuerlein a concussion on that October day in Birmingham in 1986.
It is determining who you are going to date and marry by which team they swear allegiance to.
It is watching the Bear on the jumbotron before a game in Bryant-Denny Stadium and almost seeing him lean against the goalpost in the end zone.
It is spending a day at The Bryant Museum and still not seeing everything.
It is the crisp autumn Saturdays when you can smell football in the air and feel it whenever there is a slight breeze.
It is watching The Bear get number 315 against Auburn.
It is watching The Bear get number 323 against Illinois.
It is hearing Paul Kennedy do the play by play when Van Tiffin kicked the 52 yard field goal against Auburn in 1985.
It is knowing how many days until the start of a season year round.
It is driving down Colonial Drive to see Bryant-Denny Stadium not the sorority girls.
It is getting chills up and down your entire body when ever you hear anything about the 1993 Sugar Bowl and the pride you feel because that night tradition ruled.
It is hearing the Bear's voice and having all the hair on the back of your neck stand up because you know no matter what he said, it was something special.
It is hearing the Million Dollar Band play "Yea Alabama"and knowing it does just not get any better.
It is imagining hearing Penn State Quaterback Chuck Fusina ask Alabama linebacker Barry Krauss "How close is it"? and hearing Krauss say "About an inch, you'd better pass", right before fourth down during The Goal Line Stand in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.
It is almost coming to tears whenever Alabama loses to Tennessee or Auburn.
It is "The Kick". it is "The Goal Line Stand". It is "The Desperation Block".
It is Joe 'Willie' Namath.
It is purposely not wearing any clothes with the colors orange and blue.
It is the third Saturday in October.
It is not needing an alarm clock on game days, you sit bolt upright in the bed long before the alarm goes off because you know that it is gameday, you can sleep after the bowl game.
It is walking into a stadium and knowing Alabama will win the game no matter who they are playing just because it just the way it is supposed to be.
It is ssaying "Offense wins games, Defense wins national titles.
It is the Bear Bryant 'A'.
It is getting to the stadium hours before the game just to be there.
It is walking into another team's stadium and having those fans hate you because you are from Alabama.
It is the pride that a father has when he brings his children to a game so they may cherish the tradition.
It is beating LSU in Baton Rouge.
It is hearing the crunch as a linebacker dressed in crimson and white hits a running back dressed in orange and blue.
It is the pride you take in being every team's rival.
It is pulling for any team that is playing Auburn.
It is pulling for any team that is playing Tennessee.
It is hoping for the stadium to blow up when Auburn plays Tennessee.
It is knowing that the SEC Championship is a birthright.
It is being respectd and feared at the same time.
It is holding up four fingers at the end of the third quarter.
It is knowing what "Mama Called" means.
It is beating the Gators twice a year.
It is seeing a sea of crimson in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
It is the most bowl appearances and victories in NCAA history.
It is having 21 Southeastern Conference Titles.
It is having 12 National Titles.
It is class.
It is tradition.
It is Alabama Football.