This is what I am talking about,And a redshirt freshman named Terry Grant, a former Mr. Football from Mississippi, runs like something bad is after him.
Saban might not coach the Tide to improbable wins, say Alabama fans. But he will not lose the handle on the games that are winnable and leave Alabama at the ugly end of a soul-killing upset. That is what they want from him, at least right now.
Wiseace615 said:Thanks for the link, man. Just so you guys know, the guy who wrote the article is an Alabama native. He was born in '58 in the Piedmont area. His father abandoned his mother when they were young and she was forced to pick other people's cotton, iron their clothes, and take welfare just to provide for him and his two brothers. Needless to say, he grew up poor, but managed to go six months to Jacksonville State and get a job with a local paper. From that job he went on to the Birmingham News and later the New York Times. Along the way he won a fellowship to Harvard (where he braved the winter's cold in a full-lengthed cammo coat given to him by his then girlfriend) and a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. If you get a chance read "All Over but the Shoutin'" a book about his mother, and "Ava's Man" about his Grandfather. They are great reads and give a good perspective of the rural Alabama areas where many of us grew up. It's always good to see someone who excels so much in their field, yet never forgets where they came from. He's gotten an education from one of the best known educational institutes in the world, works for one of the best known papers, and received the highest prize that his profession offers, yet will still proudly say, " By God, I'm from Alabama." I just wanted to let those of you know who didn't already, he's not just an SI talking head, he's one of us. Roll Tide!
eshad said:All Over but the Shoutin' is an excellent book. Almost felt like I was reading a biography of myself. I highly recommend it.
billclemen said:Rick Bragg just about got it right. My memories go back to the last of the Frank Thomas days and included Drew, Whitworth, Bryant, etc. One of my father's best friends had played for Xen Scott (the coach before Wallace Wade) and so my memories of the oral tradition of Alabama football actually go back to the era when 'Bama first broke out on the National scene by a victory over Pennsylvania up there and the subsequent heroes welcome that the team received when they got back to Tuscaloosa. The one thing that I would have put a little more emphasis on is the absolute dedication of the players over the decades who have made it all possible. The teams that have known how to pay the price have left an indelible impression on Alabama football. We owe quite a debt to the guys who didn't win any championships in their day at Alabama, but turned around a 0-40 whipping the previous year to a hard-fought 14-9 loss the next year against Auburn. We could see what the future held and it was good for Alabama football. I hope this season unfolds in the same fashion so that we can see the promised land and know that a way to get there exists with the dedication and hard work of a group of guys. RolllllTideRoll