Not this sugar bowl, but THIS Sugar Bowl,will be the site of the meeting
of the University of Alabama
and the University of Utah.
The Crimson Tide will play the Utah Utes.
Look out New Orleans, here comes The Tide!
Funny names, these university mascots.
BUT,
for your information,
I found the following.

In early newspaper accounts of Alabama football,the team was simply listed as the "varsity" or the "Crimson White" after the school colors.
The first nickname to become popular and used by headline writers was the "Thin Red Line." The nickname was used until 1906.
The name "Crimson Tide" is supposed to have first been used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used "Crimson Tide" in describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, the last football contest between the two schools until 1948 when the series was resumed. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was a heavy favorite to win.
But, evidently, the "Thin Red Line" played a great game in the red mud and held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus gaining the name "Crimson Tide." Zipp Newman, former sports editor of the Birmingham News, probably popularized the name more than any other writer.

So there you have it, The Crimson Tide. The Utes? Shoot. You go look that up. I really don't care. {ha ha I crack myself up sometimes}

4 comments:

Graham Shenanigans said...

I still love them anyway!! Roll Tide!!

Nancy said...

Oh, Leigh, I'm a solid Tide fan!! But you have to admit, it's a queer name for a team. But then, many colleges have them.

Chad said...

We can't win them all I don't guess, but I will take a trip to the sugar bowl every year.

Stacia said...

Thanks for the little history lesson :-) Roll Tide!!

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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