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.
Author: Mark Murphy
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
What creates a championship team? Spirit, determination, and a legacy that refuses to die. Game of My Life Auburn Tigers is a collection of the greatest Tigers moments from past and present as seen through the eyes of the players themselves. In this vivid collection of sports moments, Mark Murphy has brought together passionate Auburn football players to share their fondest experiences and memories. Some of these games involve championships, including this year’s heart stopping BCS Championship Game victory over Oregon, while others seem ordinary save for extraordinary personal meaning. In each case, it is the player who singles out the game, the moment in time that to him is the most defining of his Auburn Tigers football career. Each player has his own unique story, but together they weave a tapestry of Auburn’s legendary history. Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, along with many of the great names in Auburn history, such as All-Americans Jackie Burkett, Jimmy “Red” Phillips, Buddy McClinton, Ken Rice, Steve Wallace, Gregg Carr, Ed Dyas, “Cadillac” Williams, and fan favorites such as Lionel “Little Train” James and Joe Cribbs, are profiled in this unique book. It takes readers down memory lane, while also providing an in-depth look into at men and games that helped shape and build the Auburn football tradition and heritage.
Packed with full-color photos, this eyepopping new book takes you game-by-game through the Tigers' undefeated 2004 campaign and 2005 Sugar Bowl triumph over Virginia Tech with stories, game wraps, features, and stats first found in the pages of the Montgomery Advertiser! Also included are profiles of the Tigers' biggest stars, like quarterback Jason Campbell, defensive back Carlos Rogers, running back Cadillac Williams, and coach Tommy Tuberville, along with a look back at the memorable big wins over nationally-ranked conference powers like LSU, Tennessee, and Georgia.Auburn Tigers 2004: SECond to None will prove to be a cherished keepsake and a truly special way to remember a remarkable season!
Author: Elizabeth D. Schafer
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Football is one of Auburn's oldest and most beloved institutions. Formally established as a varsity sport by Dr. George Petrie in 1891, Auburn's football team has proudly represented the school for over a century. The team shares some of the South's oldest college football rivalries with the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama-a rivalry tested annually in the Iron Bowl. Throughout their history, the Tigers have earned the honor of SEC Champions and a national championship and have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated; the team has produced many professional players and Hall of Fame inductees. Auburn football also boasts a very dedicated legion of fans, who love to cheer on their Tigers, both at home and away. The images contained within Auburn Football illustrate the team's impressive history, filled with legendary coaches such as Shug Jordan and John Heisman, and Heisman trophy-winning players Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson. Auburn's football tradition will continue to delight fans and attract players for decades to come.
"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: Robert W. Callighan
Release Date: 2011-11-18
Iron Bowl, Iron Bowl. There is nothing in college football that can compare to the Alabama/Auburn game known as the Iron Bowl. If you're a fan of this celebrated showdown, this is the trivia book for you. The son of a Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, Bob Callighan-a sports editor, photographer, and broadcaster himself-has met and interviewed many of the Alabama/Auburn players and coaches, and he has been following these exciting teams for over 50 years. His book contains trivia challenges that range from extremely easy to very difficult, and the questions and puzzles are designed for fans of all ages. From yardage, scores, attendance, history, and player trivia, Iron Bowl enthusiasts are guaranteed hours of fun. SO, YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE IRON BOWL? C'MON, LET'S FIND OUT! This is a fascinating book for all ages: It has 1,000 trivia questions, ranging from easy to difficult. It has word puzzles for everyone to find their favorite players. Do you know your favorite player's number? How are you with NICKNAMES? Can you match up the hometowns with the player? Grab your friends or foes, sit down, have some fun, and find out who is the IRON BOWL TRIVIA EXPERT!
Author: Ralph Brown Draughon (Jr.)
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Release Date: 2012
Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs offers a dynamic record of the buildings that once stood in Auburn, Alabama, which have fallen to natural disaster, war, poverty, and neglect, and to what some would call progress. More than two hundred photographs of lost buildings give three historians the opportunity to relate stories of those who once worshipped, learned, and lived in Auburn. Together, these photographs and the accompanying text vividly convey the uniqueness of the village of Auburn that was. Lost Auburn is more than just a document about the lost architectural fabric of a charming village. It is both a volume of insightful commentary and an opportunity to reflect on the role of community in the life of a Southern town.