In either case, the nickname took, and an elephant became the Tide's unofficial mascot hot on the heels of the school becoming a national football power for its two wins over Washington and Washington State and a tie with coach Pop Warner's Stanford squad in those early Rose Bowls.
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"It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size." Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys.
Roll Tide is among the most well-known phrases in college football. It functions as a celebratory exclamation, a warm greeting, an acknowledgement akin to the friendly nod of a head, and a connection to University of Alabama fans across the world.
A group of elephants is commonly called a herd or, less commonly, a parade! Above all else, herds are family groups. Herds vary significantly in size, but their structure is consistently multigenerational and matriarchal. A typical herd is led by one female elephant matriarch.
If you get a War Eagle or Roll Tide on the street or in the grocery store, proper responses include:
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The “Rammer Jammer Cheer” is a traditional and controversial cheer which taunts the Crimson Tide's football opponents. It typically is played towards the end of a game when an Alabama victory is certain. ... When played earlier in the game, “We're gonna” is substituted for “We just”.
"Champ" Pickens bestowed the name "Million Dollar Band" after the 1922 football game against Georgia Tech. Though accounts vary, it is reported that in order for the band to attend the game they had to solicit funds from local businesses. They were able to collect enough funds to ride in a tourist sleeper to the game.
In 2006, Alabama wore a special commemorative crimson jerseys with a houndstooth trim on the collars, against Ole Miss to honor the 25th anniversary of Bryant's 315 win (the Crimson Tide won in overtime).
Prior to the adoption of the nickname of "Crimson Tide," newspaper accounts from the early 1900s called Alabama simply the "Alabama football team," "Crimson," "Crimson and White," or "the Alabama football eleven," with "eleven" being a common refrain a century ago in reference to the number of players on the field for ...
Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, told Yahoo Sports in 2012. “He thought that elephants were big, slow and clumsy. That was not the image of his players he wanted to portray.” The mascot made its debut in the 1980 Sugar Bowl, but the first student to don the elephant costume was Melford Espey Jr.
Alabama director of player development Arnie Guin, who also worked under Oats in Buffalo, is responsible for providing the hard hat that was passed around to Buffalo players. According to Oats, the assistant picked up the prop from a friend in the construction business.
The nickname "Tigers" comes from a line in Oliver Goldsmith's poem, "The Deserted Village," published in May 1770, "where crouching tigers await their hapless prey..." "War Eagle" is Auburn's battle cry. Auburn has never referred to any of its teams as "Eagles" or "War Eagles". To the Auburn Family, it's very simple.
Alabama director of spirit programs, Jennifer Thrasher told Al.com that once Alabama was comfortably in position to win, she gave the OK for Big Al to make his appearance in his popcorn costume that is usually used at Alabama basketball games.
There were hundreds of people trying out for seven spots. She drove her 1967 rusty blue Chevy truck to the tryouts, hopeful that an ordinary student with no university connections could make it. And she did. Austin became the first female Big Al after some strenuous tryouts.