September 5, 2010 by staff
Alabama Football, San Jose Taste of Alabama Football Today they say that football passion of religion in Alabama, but not in every house of worship. John Dees is the pastor of Crosspoint Church in Madison, Alabama Auburn also played running back in 1970? S.
“I never criticize other schools in the podium – not me,” he said. But many pastors do. ”
- San Jose will experience the passion of Alabama football first hand when faced with a multitude Crimson Tide today number 101 821 sold-out Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This is the second largest crowd to attend the games with San Jose State, on Ohio 104 892 eight years ago.
“You can go to the Alabama game, do not sit all the time,” said former 49ers running back Glen Coffee, who played for the Crimson Tide. “It’s a different atmosphere, a different environment. There is a reason why they say that in Alabama, is worse fumble the ball, leaving the child.”
A few fans in attendance today have their bodies covered in tattoos Alabama football theme.
Some of them wore T-shirts adorned with the words: “We love San Nicol?s”, a reference to coach Nick Saban.
And all of them – except for a small contingent of fans SJSU – will have much more than an interest in the perpetuation of Crimson Tide.
“I would not say this is the true definition of religion: People do not worship or pray to the Alabama Cup,” said Ken Gaddy, director of the Bear Bryant Museum, located a few blocks from the stadium. “But it’s an obsession.”
This obsession has its origin in the laws of supply and demand – there are no professional sports teams in Alabama, to share our faith, “said Gaddy – and it was almost a hundred years in the making.
Football in the South largely retrospective came to Alabama in 1926 Rose Bowl, beating Washington 20-19 to finish the season undefeated. (Big Ten was not involved in the container until 1940? S.) Crimson Tide returned to Pasadena four times over the next 12 years, with each point of view of the main stage of the game increased the interest in the sport across the region .
The second stage in the development of football in Alabama began in 1958 when Bryant left Texas A & M to return to his alma mater. Three years later, Bryant won the first of its six national championships in Tuscaloosa.
The time could not be better for the state in dire need of entertainment.
“In an era of civil rights, there was little positive in the south,” said Gaddy. Alabama football to fill the niche. It gave people something to feel good. ”
Continued support of Alabama and author John Warren spent the following season RV people drive in every game Crimson Tide across the South. He wrote about a few who missed the wedding of his daughter because she had the audacity to schedule a day of Tennessee played Alabama. They boasted that they had at least arrived in time for the reception.
“I think because I live here, which is not entirely shock me,” said the pastor, Dees, who was familiar with the story described in the book. “When couples get married they call me, I advise you to exercise caution when planning a wedding for some time.”
John found a fan who had a memorable collection of red tide and is estimated at 200,000.
Another lost a game, although it was awaiting heart transplant and was not supposed to go more than two hours at the hospital in Nashville. Life, he says, not worth living without football Alabama. (He received a transplant, but died due to complications.)
The day before launch, can not be 500 mobile homes stationed near Bryant-Denny Stadium – many decorated with the colors of the grip of Alabama.
But even for those obsessive fans who do not wear their hearts on the wheels, the life of a lot of stops in the state of Alabama in college football on Saturdays. Mobile Register newspaper poll, St. John wrote, showed that 90 percent of people in the state call themselves college football fans.
“Everybody plays soccer – women want to play football at Alabama, freshman, defender Darren Daniel said Stanford, who from the city of Phoenix, Ala.” It feels like you must be a football player. ”
Obsessed as they are, are not hostile Alabama fans against the team or the fans. The old Southern hospitality will be waiting to San Jose State travel party.
“People will be friendly,” Gaddy said. “If you need directions if you want the mustard, there is always someone to help.”
Of course, if you are fond of Auburn.
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