The Iron Bowl

November 25, 2009
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The name alone says it all….
In the Great State of Alabama, there is nothing bigger…

In Alabama you have to make a choice…..
It’s one or the other…
We aren’t much for fence riders or folks on middle ground…..
And don’t give us that crap “how you like both teams”
You can’t, it’s impossible…
Saying that just makes you a wussy, or worse….
A damn yankee…

It’s the Alabama Crimson Tide and The Auburn Tigers

This weekend marriages will end….
Businesses will dissolve….
And the bonds of friendship forever broken…
All over this one game….

For those of you outside the state of Alabama….
or persons that may have been living under a rock for their entire adult life….
I will let you in on a “not so” little secret.

We don’t like each other very much

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We tolerate each other most of the time throughout the year….

Our children will play together….

We attend Church and PTA meetings together…

On occasions we will attend weddings, funerals and even BBQ together..

But this week everything is different…

On the Sunday before the Iron Bowl…
I have seen parishioners move from their usual seats to the other side of the aisle….
until one side of the church is Tigers and the other Tide.

I have seen and heard a young preacher, who clearly wasn’t from Alabama…..
make mention that “people down here take their football too seriously…”

He and his family weren’t there the following Sunday……
presumably to preach at a place where they didn’t take their football “too seriously….”

I have taken my seat on one side of a school bus with a little crimson elephant pined to my shirt by a wonderful first grade teacher, while the Auburn kids took their place on the other side of the bus with a blue and orange “War Eagle” pined to their respective shirts and dresses.

We never miss an opportunity to make fun of each other either..
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This game has had Bo and Joe and a Bear of a Man…..

It has had “One for the Thumb”

And Eleven in a row…….

It’s War Damn Eagle!
And…
Roll Tide Roll!

It has made simple terms meaningful like…

Punt Bama Punt!

And “The Kick”

It’s about Pat Sullivan to Terry Beasley

Freddie Kitchens to Dennis Riddle

Wrong way Bo….

And Coach breaking the record…

The Legends of this game live forever in the hearts of the respective fans

The wins are glorious and the losses are bitter as hell

Many people have asked me if I had a “Favorite” picture from my deployment last year

The answer is “Yes”, I do……

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It’s about pride and bragging rights….

It’s about “us” against “them”

But it’s even deeper than that……

It’s so deep you can’t define it….
It’s just there right above the surface of your emotions lurking….
Reminding you even on Easter Sunday…
Beat Them….

Friday afternoon is not life or death…

This game is far more important than that

And for those people that may be reading this thinking we in Alabama….
Take our “football too seriously”…..
You might want to take your cue from that young preacher in my story above
and get out of town…This game isn’t for the weak of heart…
It is The Iron Bowl

Your Thanksgiving Picks will be out in the morning….

ROLL TIDE ROLL

MEB

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4 Responses to The Iron Bowl

  1. Kaye on November 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for all the reminders. My father (RIP) taught me (years ago) even before Broadway Joe all about ALABAMA. I think it began with Starr. Now even my grandchildren root for BAMA.
    So you’re right, early on you pick your team. And we have.

  2. Lee on November 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Mike,

    Was late getting to the site, but you captured the essence of this game so well.

    I once faced assault and battery charges after pushing my crippled aunt’s wheelchair off the front porch when she yelled “War Eagle”…

    Got off when the judge determined that my outburst was entirely justified.

  3. MEB on December 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Lee –

    That is one of the best stories I ever heard!

    Big Roll Tide to you my friend and thank you for your kind words

    RTR
    MEB

  4. Clemson fan on August 14, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I like Auburn too. Oh, and I had been waiting since the 2008 season opener for Clemson to play Bammer again. I was at the Super Regional and was the guy yelling this at your fans:
    Hey Bammer
    Hey Bammer
    We just beat the hell outta you
    Yammer Stammer
    Radar Jammer
    Go to hell Alabammer

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