I have been advised by my daughter and her boyfriend that I had better get with the program and make sure I am on the Alabama bandwagon since we are still in Alabama. Although I am not a football fan, one is hard pressed to not get tugged into the rivalry between Alabama and LSU. Tonight is the big game. I thought Wisconsin folks loved their football....nothing like this though. Everywhere you go there are Alabama or LSU shirts, jackets, jerseys, caps, mug holders, flags, etc. I guess watching a football game in 50 degree weather is probably more enjoyable than sitting in sub-zero temperatures with blowing snow, so I should not be so surprised.
I know very little about "Alabama Crimson Tide" so I decided to pay a visit to Wikipedia to find out what they are all about.
The Crimson Tide is one of the most storied and decorated programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program has accepted 13 national championships.
Every year, several publications release lists of the their ideal "team." The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Alabama has had 98 players honored 114 times as first team All-Americans (44 consensus) in its history, including 12 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times.
A rivalry within the SEC Western Division occurs yearly between Alabama and the LSU Tigers. Starting in 1895, the Tigers were victorious 12-6 in the first meeting. The teams did not regularly meet until the mid-1960s, during Alabama's dominance of the SEC. Between 1971–1981, the Crimson Tide won 11 consecutive times. In the 1969 game, LSU defeated Alabama 20–15 in Baton Rouge. Alabama did not lose again in Baton Rouge until 2000.
In 2007, the meeting was more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting as the "Saban Bowl" The Crimson Tide lost the first "Saban Bowl" in 2007, won the 2008 and 2009 meetings only to lose in Baton Rouge in 2010.
In 2011, both teams played as the consensus #1 and #2 ranked teams in the polls with LSU winning 9-6 in overtime. Alabama leads the head-to-head series at 45–25–5. After LSU's 41-17 win over Arkansas and Alabama's 42-14 win over Auburn, the upcoming BCS National Championship Game is being widely billed as 'The Rematch'.
So there you have it in a nutshell. I guess we will tune into the game tonight as well..because it may just be fun cheering them on.
Now for the rest of the story......the dilemma that we are facing is that we have an LSU sticker on our coach that was from the previous owner... HA!
At the suggestion of Wynn, Jen's boyfriend, we probably might want to put a piece of tape over the LSU sticker....while we are still in Alabama territory!!!
Thanks for checking up on us. Have a great day!