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Football means more in Tuscaloosa than it does just about anywhere else, and the Kent State game...

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Football means more in Tuscaloosa than it does just about anywhere else, and the Kent State game gives residents -- many of whom are still trying to rebuild their lives -- a reason to come together and cheer after months of struggling. When Bear Bryant's voice growls through the speakers at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the roar might match the decibel level after a last-second win in a critical SEC game. The offseason in Tuscaloosa has been long and painful. Football will help make life normal again.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/08/09/10-reasons-to-embrace-2011/index.html#ixzz1UY6Ejj3s
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