Southern Fried Football
Birmingham Bolts Co-Reporter
waiting for news on the staff and minicamps. (Mike
Shula former offensive coordinator for the Bucs was
in town last week but you DIDN'T HEAR IT FROM ME).
I was pondering what made football successful in Alabama.
course the first thing that comes to mind is "winning".
Most Alabama and Auburn folks have little tolerance
for a losing football team. Looking at the strides
UAB has taken I'm not sure if they will be many years
behind. But there have been losing teams. There have
been teams that didn't quite reach their potential.
thought back to When I was a bright eyed student at
Alabama in the 80's. Back then, we made a habit of
making bets on how long the starting QB for the other
team would stay in the game before Cornelius Bennett
would knock him silly. We even took bets on how long
the 2nd team QB would last. But on no occasion did
any of those teams make it to the Sugar Bowl.
thought back to the glory days of Auburn Football.
What a nightmare for opposing teams to see Bo Jackson
coming out of the backfield behind that huge offensive
line. Bo was so strong he could knock over your best
linebacker, and so fast he could outrun your fastest
cornerback. Although Auburn did make it to the Sugar
Bowl they never won the national title.
thought back to another professional team that once
played here. I don't remember when it was or who we
were playing. It was early in the season and the Stallions
were not playing well. The crowd sat silently wishing
something exciting would happen. There was no Roll
Tide or War Eagle and UAB didn't even play football
at the time. The opposing team had just scored "again"
and their kicker kicked the extra point. He wagged
taunting the poor Stallions as he trotted off the
don't know who it was, I never got his number. On
the kickoff there was a Stallion who did something
I will never forget. He charged down field, ignored
his blocking assignment and absolutely de-cleated
that kicker. I mean he planted his helmet in that
guys chest and drove him half way to the coal mines!!!
It made this huge cracking sound that everyone in
Legion Field heard. The crowd let out the thunderous
"UUUUGGG!" and then went WILD!! A chill
ran up my spine as the crowd roared. The team must
have felt it too because they went out there and turned
the game around and finally won. The kicker never
return to the game. I remember it being a great season
from that point on. Everybody loved the Stallions.
think what makes football a success in Alabama isn't
winning records or championships but down home brutal
football. Like the games you played in your back yard
that went for hour after hour. No surrender - no defeat!!
Will anyone ever forget the hit Bennett put on that
Notre Dame Quarterback or the night Bo ran "through"
Bryan Bosworth for a touchdown.
Bolts are still an unknown quantity. Perhaps if Dinardo
can find some real quality players and mix in a few
players who are just a little crazy to add some spice.
I think they will be a hit in Alabama.
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