1977, Alabama vs. Auburn, Legion Field. First game in my memory from my childhood. I listened to John Forney on the radio, because very few games were televised. The next day our local paper had a picture of big Johnny Davis carrying about four Auburn defenders into the end zone. I cut that picture out and it went into my scrapbook. That was when my love for the Tide began. We averaged about two televised games a year, and a bowl game, for the next couple of years. But there was always Sunday afternoon and The Bear Bryant Show. Coach Bryant would show highlights and growl about the game. He always mentioned the players mamas and papas.Truly, a great man and coach.
There has always been a special kind of excitement for me when the team runs on the field in those crimson uniforms. I would never expect a fan of another school to understand it. It just is.
So many great moments and games. Goal Line Stand, 315, The Kick, 93 Sugar Bowl. More than that though, the struggles over the years, when things were not so good, my love for the Tide never wavered. In fact, those trying times have made the sucesses that much sweeter.. When I was a young boy, Bama always won, that spoiled me and the losses were heartbreaking for a long time.With the landscape of today's college football, a great season like 09 is truly to be savored, because it is so hard to do. But, I feel we have a new man in T-Town that will get it done, if it can be done.
Technology has changed the game more for the fans, than the players. Something that happens on campus, can be known about across the country in a matter of minutes. Blogs, recruiting reports, and up to the minute reports. Sometimes I like to set back and close my eyes, and daydream of a time when a young boy would carry his football out to the backyard after a Bama game and pretend he was Ozzie Newsome or Major Ogilvy, and think about wearing that crimson jersey someday.