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I got to thinking about something yesterday reading the boards and have a question for those who seem discontent - why are you an Alabama football fan, really? Not why, like "my daddy took me to my first game when I was 2 days old" or "the best 6 years of my life were down there" but what do YOU get from being an Alabama football fan? What's in it for you? Because it's NEVER going to get any better than it is. If you can't enjoy it right now then you never will.
This is the absolute pinnacle of college football and in my lifetime (30+ years) only Nebraska fans can relate to what we are currently experiencing.
We've gone 5 straight seasons with a #1 ranking
We've won 2 out of the last 3 NCs
We are the current UNANIMOUS #1 in the AP - the ones that 'hate' us, right - and undisputed #1 in every poll there is
Our closest margin of victory in our last 18 wins is 16 points - the LSU debacle notwithstanding, we haven't had a game within 2 touchdowns since November of 2010.
No one else has done this in the modern era. If each Saturday that Bama takes the field and wins the game doesn't bring you sheer joy and satisfaction maybe it's time to consider another hobby or interest. It's one thing to critique and discuss areas for improvement, we all see them, but some of the worry warts might want to do some 'self scouting' of their own this bye week. Alabama is the undisputed king of the college football world. It's not going to last forever so enjoy it while it does.
My reason was much simpler. I read about a new coach coming to Bama that was the toughest coach in college football (1957).
To me it's all about the tradition. I get goosebumps each and every time I watch a Bama game, particularly in BDS. It simply does not get any better than Bama football.
My parents gave me the option at 7 years old. My mom looked me in the eye and said, "Son, I love you and I'll love you no matter what and support your decision but its time to take a side. You can either be an Alabama fan and be a part of championships and great tradition or you can be an Auburn fan and get the hell out of my house".
This post was edited by DrStache 18 months ago
I have a strange reason....I went to school at the University of Alabama.
It will be my Alma Mater this May...........I love everything about our University
exactly...I planned on being a harvard fan. When that didnt work out, I'd invested so much in crimson colored clothing the choice seemed clear.
For the women
On Alabama: CeCe Jefferson - "It was a bunch of beautiful women..." Reggie Ragland - "oh the females of course..."
Family members attended.
Always wanted to go there, but played Baseball for a scholarship to another school (Bama didn't want me).
Grew up in P.G. - saw many iron bowls, many games at Legion Field.
was on the tail end of Bear - was born in 73, so i do remember it "some", but remember the years after, when we couldn't beat Auburn and the lopsided rivalry started to turn some what.
and today - it's about Perfection. I believe it to be the goal you work towards, never giving in, never relenting, never giving up the goal for perfection. In reality, we all know you can't get there, but in sports, there are times when you can be "perfect". Alabama Football is pretty darn close to that in my view.
especially now - I was upset the other night cause we didn't score more points, only because i know we could have. if all that we could have put up was 33, i'd be very content, but i know we can do better. it's that striving for perfection that I believe makes Bama different.
am i happy with a 19 point win - ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY - and i will not diss the team or coaches about it.
but, do i believe we can get better - you better ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY believe we can. and that is what is sick - WE CAN GET EVEN BETTER THAN WE ALREADY ARE. that's just crazy.
Roll Freaking Tide
This post was edited by viper 36 18 months ago
-Family (generation ahead of me) knows/grew up with Wilbur Jackson. So everyone was rooting for him back in the day
-Older cousin (who is like my older sister) attended Bama beginning in 1978. Other family members had all attended HBCUs prior to this. I starting watching Bama football at this point at age 4
-Everyone in my family are Bama fans
My great-grandfather was the President of the A Club when he was down here, my father went to law school here, and I go here now. It's pretty much bred into me.
However, I didn't like the game the other night. We lost 2 players for the year. Win or not, that definitely dampens spirits, especially when one has had to deal with that situation once already. And yeah, the team was a little sloppy and sluggish, but that's why we have bye weeks. Here's hoping they can sort everything out going forward!
Great post, atturnbull. The fans who don't get any pleasure from a 19-point win against a solid divisional foe and instead go into a multi-day meltdown need to re-evaluate their priorities.
Because my Dad isn't an idiot!!
Mine is very easy-
My grandfather - Herman Thomason went to UCLA and VaTech. He then moved to Tuscaloosa with my grandmother and graduated at The University of Alabama with his masters degree, and eventually worked alongside Von Braun, but not before he worked in law enforcement, while being one of BEAR BRYANTS escorts
My mom grew up in tuscaloosa, and went to all the football games. She became a fan, but so did my grandmother. My grandmother and mother were at a game, and it had just ended. One player was walking out, and my mother saw him and he was headed out of the locker room. She chased after him, and my grandmother went after her. The player turned around just as my mom (who was a teenager at the time) came up right behind him. My grandmother grabbed her and the player just stood there with a smile. He looked up at my grandmother and shook his head, and walked away. That player was a freshman that year and went on to become one of the Alabama greats, Johnny Musso.
She still tells my dad that she wouldn't leave him for anyone, except Musso. haha! And if you think yall are crazy about Alabama football, you should talk to my grandmother. The best quote of the year is when Gary Danielson said in the Arkansas game "When the punt went over their punters head, i felt the game was over"...my grandmother said "No the game was over when we got off the bus"
Cause if you lived in my dads house you had no choice but to be an Alabama fan. RTR
Played Baseball at Bama and Wife Played softball, both being in the Bama athlete alum. My 3 year old son already says Roll Tide so he's a fan as well
Follow closer more these days as it was harder getting to games when we had fall practice, etc.
game day dogs.
What happens to everybody else has nothing to do with us, understand?”
I think most have misunderstood the OP's point in his post. I think he even said he didn't mean why you became an Alabama fan. It was kind of a rhetorical question. If you can't enjoy our program's current success, then you will never be happy as a BAMA fan. As he talks about, we wil probably never have as good a run as we have now. Yet we have "fans" gnashing their teeth over a 19 point SEC victory where we weren't on our "A" game. I think some of us need to go back and remember how we had to be nervous before & during a game with FAU, Duke, etc... Look at SCar against Kentucky. SCar is a top 10 team and trailed Kentucky at halftime. Kentucky, a team that is playing a true freshman QB in his 1st start. I would bet money Kentucky would lose to OLE MISS if they played this Saturday by 10 points.
Grew up in Mobile and attended first (on campus) game in 1957 with my sister who was dating a Bama player. I was hooked. Then it took religious status when Bear arrived.
I was on campus 1964-1968 (Two NC's--robbed of 3th in 1966) Graduated in 1968 and then Vietnam. Listened to games on Armed Forces radio in Europe 1970-1973. Most games lasted till 4 AM. No one said being a Bama fan was easy.
Returned on campus for grad school 1973-1975.
I am 67 and the band playing "Yea Alabama" still brings tears to my eyes just like 1957.
Some talk about chosing Bama--I don't recall it ever being discussed.
I got what he was saying and I will provide the cliff notes for those not bored enough to read it like me. Basically he said drink every ounce of the cool-aid or GTFO.
God, give me patience today. If given strength I may beat someone to death.
Cause I was raised right. Plus my family would have killed me if i wasn't.
I was born this way! True story.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by kray98721 18 months ago
That's not how it was intended, maybe it came across that way. I meant that it's a shame for people to invest the time, money and emotion that we do into something if it doesn't bring them joy in the best of times. It's one thing to be objective and realistic when the team plays like they did on Saturday or we lose guys to injury. But turning a 20 point victory over a respectable division foe into a moral defeat and getting upset or starting arguments over it is just crazy. That ain't koolaid, it's the truth.
I grew up in south Mississippi. Mississippi State became my favorite from living in Starkvegas a few years and working at the school. I became a Bama fan in 2003 when I became a Bama mom. Within two years I was a hopeless fanatic like all other Bama fans.
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