Saturday, April 21, 2007

September in April

Not news: Alabama played football before yet another overflow crowd in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

News: It was the spring intrasquad game.

Crimson Tide fans annihilated the national record for attendance at a scrimmage by almost 20,000 today for the coaching debut of Nick Saban. Unreal as it was, the number would have gone even higher had the fire marshal not ordered UA officials to close the stadium gates. And all of this was to watch practice.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Alabama football.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Roll Bama Roll said...

Where you there to witness the madness? It was fantastic.

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Roll Bama Roll said...

Oops. That should read "were" and not "where." Hopefully typos can be forgiven at 2:45 a.m.

2:49 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I actually would have driven the 90 miles up there if I had known it was free. It was great to see the Bama family turned out in full force to welcome Coach Saban. I noticed on Warren St. John's weblog that there are already babies being named after him. It's a tad bit early but Saban is a cute name and might work for a boy or a girl.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

RBR, you might have recognized me as the guy in the Alabama shirt. And you're right: The atmosphere was simply amazing. It was a crystal clear indication of hope returning to a fan base that has endured years of disappointment.

Sheila, I'm proud to say I've never named a child Saban. Nor will I ever, even if he wins 10 straight national titles.

12:45 AM  

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