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September 11th and Alabama Football

While the tragedy of 9/11/2001 will forever be the event this date conjures first in the memories of most Americans, it's also a significant date for fans of the Crimson Tide.  On this day in 1913, the man who would become the greatest college football coach in the history of the game was born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas.  I'm sure I don't need to go into detail about the accomplishments of Paul "Bear" Bryant and why 9/11/1913 is so significant to the sport we love so dear, but just in case you're some sort of Auburn fan or something, here's a Wikipedia entry detailing his life, career, and impact on the game.

Happy Birthday, Coach Bryant

Also on this day in 1978, another momentous occasion occured as Bama fan and all around handsome devil Todd Jones was born, causing 28 years worth of frustration to those around him as women wanted him and men wanted to be him.

Interestingly enough, the only time Bama played on September 11th before 1978 was a loss in 1976, as the Tide fell to Ole Miss 7-10 in Jackson, MS.  After '78, however, the Tide is 5-0 on September 11th with wins over Georgia Tech in '82 (45-7), Vandy in '93 (17-6), Vandy again in '97 (20-0), Houston in '99 (in a game that was chronicled in Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, the Tide won 37-10), and Ole Miss in '04 (28-7).