I have been debating whether to write about my recent trip to the Crimson Mecca,aka Tuscaloosa, but since things are slow even with spring training going on I decided to go ahead. Maybe someone will find it interesting.
On March 13th I had purchased tickets to the Suds of the South beerfest, and that seemed to be a good day to spend in Titletown. Since the suds weren't being poured until four o'clock we started with a trip to the Bryant Museum. Seeing all the great memorabila and that was the first day the National Championship Trophies were on display at the museum, along with the SEC championship trophy. Rolandos' Butkus award was also part of the display. The only thing missing was Mark Ingrams' Heisman Trophy, which was still at the Athletic complex. While in the gift shop a lady came in and introduced herself to the cashier, her name immediately caught my attention because it was Mary Harmon _ _ _ _ _ _. I asked if she was part of coach Bryants family, and she was his grandaughter. She spent about five good minutes talking with us, just two annoying fans. She told me what it was like growing up with the most famous coach in college football, not to mention most well known person in the state of Alabama. She answered all our questions with the grace only a southern lady could show. She excused herself only after her group finished the film they were watching. I truly believe she showed the most class of anyone I've ever met. That experience will be with me for a lifetime. If anyone reading this happens to know her please thank her again for me.
After that it was on to what was supposed to have been the highlight of the trip, the beerfest. I had a great time tasting almost everything there, with my favorite beer being an Oatmeal Porter, and my favorite Brewery being the Good people Brewery.
Throw in a trip to Dreamland Ribs and a look at the stadium addition and this day could only be topped By witnessing another great Crimson Tide victory.