As their fans try to drown each other out with cries of "Rrrrroll Tide!" and "Warrrrr Eagle!", two of college football's toughest, winningest teams, Alabama and Auburn, battle it out in the annual Iron Bowl, a tradition dating back to the 1892 - 1893 season. In his Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge since 1893, John Chandler Griffin gives us the first complete, illustrated history of this yearly battle between the SEC powerhouses complete with a year-by-year discussion, over 1,000 photographs, and definitive lists of team lettermen and annual schedules. Griffin discusses the 41-year hiatus in the contest (1907 - 1948) caused by a squabble over finances and game officials and ended only by special resolution of the Alabama House of Representatives and a meeting of the college presidents.
College football is serious business in Alabama. Between the Crimson tide and the Tigers, a team from Alabama has won the past three National Championships. Referred to as the "Iron Bowl," the 'Bama-Auburn game is perhaps the most passionate rivalry in college football. This book explains the history and tradition of the rivalry. Included are comprehensive statistics, and full-color action photographs. These two teams seem primed to battle it for many years to come.
Each year, on a Saturday in November, emotions run high as the entire state of Alabama comes to a halt. Stores close. Bars open. Families, friends, and couples who on any other day of the year are civil to one another become enemies. Young men strap on their equipment to partake in the annual frenzy that they will not experience again in their lives, whether or not they go on to play professionally. And a victory gives them and their fans bragging rights for a year. Short of a national championship, to win the state's own Super Bowl -- ultimately dubbed the Iron Bowl -- may well be their greatest accomplishment. Above all, the very future of the football programs themselves hinge on which team wins.With remarkable access to both schools, A War in Dixie reveals the passions and the pressures that have made the Alabama Crimson Tide-Auburn Tigers rivalry the most feverish in the nation. Both head coaches -- Tom Tuberville and Mike DuBose, in his last game at Alabama's helm -- open their doors to meetings, practices, film study, team meals, and every other activity as they prepare for the Iron Bowl. From the coaches' first meeting at seven A.M. to lights out, hour by hour, day by day, we see what the athletes and staffs endure in order to win. Looming over the proceedings are the long shadows of history: Paul "Bear" Bryant, whose Crimson Tide dominated the Tigers during his reign by winning nineteen of twenty-five contests, and Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who went head to head against the Bear for almost his entire career. And then there are the games: Ken Stabler's 47-yard touchdown run through mud in a driving rainstorm for a 7-3 victory, Van Tiffin's 52-yard field goal as time expired, and David Langner's two blocked punt returns for touchdowns that led to Auburn's shocking upset in what became known as the "Punt, Bama, Punt" game. Featuring a foreword by Ken Stabler, a former Crimson Tide All-American, A War in Dixie is hard-hitting proof of a hit of local wisdom: This isn't life or death, it's more important: it's Alabama-Auburn football!
Author: Donald F. Staffo
Publisher: Triumph Books
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The ultimate University of Alabama fan guide to the passionate and historic rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and the Crimson Tide, this book is presented in a unique reversible-book format. Full of interesting trivia, hilarious history, and inside scoops, the book relates the fantastic stories of legendary 'Bama coaches and star players, as well as the numerous villains and their even worse fans who have represented the Tigers over the years. Like two books in one, this completely biased account of the rivalry shows there really is no fine line between love and hate; rather, it s as wide as the drive from Tuscaloosa to Auburn. This is the defining book on the AlabamaAuburn rivalry and is a must-read for every true Crimson Tide fan."
The rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Georgia began in 1892 and has largely been a competition more brotherly than bitter. According to one legend, Auburns War Eagle battle cry originated at the first game between the two schools. The first overtime game in SEC history occurred in 1996, when Georgia topped the heavily favored Tigers, 5649, in four extra periods. Renowned UGA coach Vince Dooley graduated from Auburn, while Auburn coach Pat Dye was an All-American at UGA. Join award-winning journalist Doug Stutsman as he recounts the unforgettable games, moments and personalities on the 125th anniversary of the Deep Souths Oldest Rivalry.
Conference Pride by Jim Gumm Growing up in Tennessee, Jim Gumm was surrounded by fans of Southeastern Conference college football teams. When Jim was younger he was a huge baseball fan and loved the Cincinnati Reds. He even worked on the grounds crew for the Reds in 1979. In the early 1980s, his passion shifted to college football and he is now a diehard fan of the sport. Conference Pride: The Ultimate Book about SEC Football from 1933-2016 is a result of his passion. This book takes actual, on-the-field, results of Southeastern Conference football and shares them in a clear and concise guide. No opinions and no interpretations – this book reports the facts. With details from individual games and decade by decade trends, Conference Pride is an invaluable resource for any SEC football fan. From Alabama to Vanderbilt, from 1933 to 2016, from conference wins, Associated Press rankings, and head coaches, Conference Pride has all the facts to help you support your favorite SEC team.
Author: Christopher J. Walsh
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Release Date: 2006-07-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Arguably the best football conference in America, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) contains some of the most storied programs in the history of college football. In Where Football is King, Christopher Walsh provides a team-by-team history of the SEC and describes the classic games, players and coaches in the conference's seventy-three-year history. The genesis of the SEC really begins with the introduction of football to the University of Georgia in 1891 by a chemistry professor, Charles Herty. While Georgia's first game was against Mercer University that Fall, the South's oldest rivalry was born when Georgia took on Auburn on February 20, 1892 at Atlanta's Piedmont Park. From there, Walsh recounts, the sport took off like wildfire, and the SEC was able to formally organize some four decades later. Originally a thirteen-team conference, through attrition and addition the SEC eventually became comprised of Georgia, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, LSU, Kentucky Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Auburn. From his unique vantage point as beat writer for Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News, Walsh also gives insight into the culture and traditions of football in the South, where, it is said (and probably widely believed), the game is "greater than religion." Legendary figures and legendary games pass through the pages Where Football is King: players such as Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Herschel Walker, Terrell Davis, and Payton Manning, and games such as the "Iron Bowl," the intense annual rivalry between Auburn and Alabama. As colorful as the SEC is competitive, this history will be essential reading for any fan of the game of football.
"Keith Dunnavant's triumph is that he takes us into the heart of Alabama, into the darkness and the light, and there we see Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Ray Perkins, and their band of brothers play football for Bear Bryant the way life should be lived, at full throttle, indomitably." ---Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship The Missing Ring is more than a football book. It is both a story of a changing era and of an extraordinary team on a championship quest. Very few institutions in American sports can match the enduring excellence of the University of Alabama football program. Across a wide swath of the last century, the tradition-rich Crimson Tide has claimed twelve national championships, captured twenty-five conference titles, finished thirty-four times among the country's top ten, and played in fifty-three bowl games. Especially dominant during the era of the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, the larger-than-life figure who towered over the landscape like no man before or since, Alabama entered the 1966 season with the chance to become the first college football team to win three consecutive national championships. Every aspect of Bryant's grueling system was geared around competing for the big prize each and every year, and in 1966 the idea of the threepeat tantalized the players, pushing them toward greatness. Driven by Bryant's enthusiasm, dedication, and perseverance, players were made to believe in their team and themselves. Led by the electrifying force of quarterback Kenny "Snake" Stabler and one of the most punishing defenses in the storied annals of the Southeastern Conference, the Crimson Tide cruised to a magical season, finishing as the nation's only undefeated, untied team. But something happened on the way to the history books. The Missing Ring is the story of the one that got away, the one that haunts Alabama fans still, and native Alabamian Keith Dunnavant takes readers deep inside the Crimson Tide program during a more innocent time, before widespread telecasting, before scholarship limitations, before end-zone dances. Meticulously revealing the strategies, tactics, and personal dramas that bring the overachieving boys of 1966 to life, Dunnavant's insightful, anecdotally rich narrative shows how Bryant molded a diverse group of young men into a powerful force that overcame various obstacles to achieve perfection in an imperfect world. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the still-escalating Vietnam War, and a world and a sport teetering on the brink of change in a variety of ways, The Missing Ring tells an important story about the collision between football and culture. Ultimately, it is this clash that produces the Crimson Tide's most implacable foe, enabling the greatest injustice in college football history.
Author: Joseph R. Jones
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2004-02-09
visit the website at www.theoldironswing.com Chapter 9 Excerpt: As Seth lay in the swing, mother came around the corner of the house. Her faced contained a look of hostility. She had been arguing with Sara Beth about some small detail dealing with tomorrow ́s festivities. Yet, she was still so beautiful. She brought with her two full glasses of sweet tea and two pieces of apple pie. The pie was still warm, and it melted slowly in our mouths. Aunt Ellen could make the best apple pies. The quiet evening air began to creep into the backyard. The crickets were beginning to stir, and the melodies of the noise filled the air. A light turned on in the house, and Shelby and Joshua motioned for mother to come back inside. As she walked away, Seth took his position again, and I began to pull the grass with my toes. As I sat in the grass, I watched Seth dither in the iron swing. It was in that moment that I saw Seth for whom he really was. The crickets and other night creatures were the only noise that reverberated through the darkness. We both sat quietly for several moments. I was unsure what was traveling through his mind. Seth was an amazing man. He was the only man that I knew who had rejected the dogma of the Baptist church and most other churches. To him, it was unnecessary to attend church every week, and to worship someone who really does not want to be worshipped. In his psyche and in many discourses, he was god. He was connected to God in every manner, and did not see the purpose of worshipping himself. Several years ago he had realized that his spirit was not released into this realm to be rejected and punished to hell. There was no hell and eternal separation from someone to whom he would always be connected. It was all a game. She, he or it was simply floating through the atmosphere laughing at the ways in which mankind destroyed themselves. To the Supreme Being, Seth was a part of humanity and a part of the eternity. Eternity was forever, and what took place on this terrestrial ground really meant nothing. Millions had died in the Holocaust; yet, they all returned to the spirit realm to become complete again. It did not matter how good or bad one lived because there was no judgement. Thus, the idea of eternity out weighed the horrible years in a concentration camp. Seth knew that he would return to his previous home, once again connected to the creator. Christ was the perfect example of Seth ́s theology. He was a man who knew the truth upon entering the world. He accepted that truth when others could not; thus, he was killed. Christ was like all humanity. After death, perhaps, Seth, too, would be levitating through the world laughing at all of the people. Laughing because most people never come to the truth. They spend hundreds of hours living in fear of judgement and hell. Millions of people try to obey the religious bigots of the world, and all along they, too, are connected to the creator. In simple terms, they too are a part of God. There were so many differences betwixt the two of us; yet, I found something peaceful in his life. He possessed a tranquility that, at times, was inconceivable. We would spend hours arguing about the validity of Faulkner ́s Noble Prize. On many long summer days, we would pass the hours playing golf at the country club, or playing tennis on some deserted court. It was during those times that we would discuss literature and religion. Although I had forsaken some of my childhood teachings, I still believed in the main premises that surround my faith. He was never critical of my own personal beliefs, but he hoped that one day I, too, would discover the same truth that had delivered him. But, what if he was wrong. What if hell really did exist? If eternal separation from God was a reality, then his truth was a lie. He was quiet for sometime. The evening breeze captured my spine once again. It was as if we were children again; sitting in the darkness only seeing the porch light a