Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 – BTHO Alabama

Where did Forest Gump go to school on a scholarship?

“When I say Ala, then you say Bama;

When I say Tusca, then you say Loosa:

When I say Bear, then you say Bryant;

When I say Roll, then you say TIDE!

And then the Alabama faithful proceed to roll by moving up and down by bending at the knees. Think of it as a vertical Aggie sway. Nevertheless, impressive.  So what’s with the elephant? For the 1926 undefeated team, Rosenberger’s Birmingham Trunk Company, Owner J. D. Rosenberger, had a son who was a student at Alabama. Mr. Rosenberger’s company provided the team with ‘’good-luck” luggage to go to the Rose Bowl. Upon arrival in Pasadena, the great sports writer, Grantland Rice, made the comparison of the elephant on the luggage tacks and size of the players.  Another elephant story is from 1930 when fans began to chant “Hold your horses; the elephants are coming.” Whatever.  Alabama actually had an elephant for an extended period of time.  You know those pachyderms live a long time. But the elephant’s name was Alamite. During the 1940s, the homecoming queen would ride the elephant onto the field prior to the game.

If any teams should play on Thanksgiving Day for tradition, it should be Alabama and Texas A&M.  Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings both coached at Texas A&M and Alabama. Stallings was a member of Bryant’s Junction Boys.

The Aggies can play spoiler by giving Alabama its second loss. A&M can right the ship and not let it sink. Aggies never lose their way because we will always have our Rudder.  (Aggie Joke) The prime time game, on the Notre Dame Network, also known as NBC, features the Irish against the Seminoles.  I wonder if the Irish will wear their green jerseys.  So for my friend, RL, so he can puke now:

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame, Wake up the echoes cheering her name, Send a volley cheer on high, Shake down the thunder from the sky! What though the odds be great or small, Old Notre Dame will win over all, While her loyal sons are marching Onward to victory!

Forrest Gump played for Alabama. BTHO Alabama!

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