Friday, September 29, 2006

Alabama Trash Talk: Girlfriend Edition

Now, my girlfriend is not a natural College Football fan. She went to MIT and has a very strong "everything about the Northeast is better" bias. She laughs at my love for sweet tea, tells me that 95 degree weather is a bad thing, and doesn't think my drawl will make me a better lawyer. In short, she's too good for me in every way. However, she is slowly falling in love with Florida Football. Every week I give her a rundown of our opponent: their schemes, their history, their players. As I was explaining Alabama to her, the following exchange took place.

"Their team name is 'the Crimson Tide.'"

Now, my girlfriend, incredibly smart, over educated, over cultured, looks at me funny and asks "They're named after a period? What is their mascot? A Tampon?"

When a team forces the smartest and most "cultured" person I know to use such a disgusting insult, I know it has to be accurate. Sorry Alabama, I'm never forgiving you this one.


Blogger Cool Hand Mike said...

Funny. I always thought the NCAA would attempt to ban Alabama's name, Crimson Tide, because it was highly offensive to all women between puberty and menopause.

Here's the scoop though.(from Tide Sports)

Crimson what? In the program's earlier days, the Tide was called the varsity or the Crimson White, after the school's colors. The Tide's first nickname was the 'The Thin Red Line.' The name was used until 1906, and then the era of 'The Crimson Tide' began.

The name was supposedly first used by Hugh Roberts, the former editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used the term when describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, which was the last match-up between the teams until 1948.

The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was the favorite to win. Bama held Auburn to a 6-6 tie and later gained the name 'Crimson Tide.' The tradition of the name, 'Crimson Tide' was probably popularized by former Birmingham News editor, Zipp Newman

Now can you believe that shit? Got the damn name from a tie against Auburn. Roll Tide.

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