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Show Me My Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

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It’s time for the Alabama edition of our “Show Me My Opponent” football preview series. The Cats travel down to Tuscaloosa this weekend to meet Nick Saban’s undefeated squad, but before they do, you need to learn more about the Crimson Tide.


THE UNIVERSITY of ALABAMA


The University of Alabama is a place most Alabama football fans know nothing about. To Alabama footballs fans, the University of Alabama is where the rich kids go to learn long division and other book stuff in those brick buildings near Bryant-Denny Stadium. But to many others who didn’t drop out of high school because they got someone pregnant in the bed of a pickup truck parked outside a bonfire, the University of Alabama is the oldest and largest public university in its state. It’s also one of the 50 best public universities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Located in podunk Tuscaloosa, where football is king and shirts are optional, the University of Alabama provides academic studies to almost 40,000 students of all reading levels. At the centerpiece of its campus is the famous Denny Chimes bell tower, which rings every 15 minutes to remind students, both male and female, to spit their chaw. The tower, the most visible landmark on campus, is named for George H. Denny, the university’s president from back when the school was very, very racist.

More fun University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa facts:

— UA’s Greek system is the largest in the country, by membership.

— Tuscaloosa was the state capital until 1846 when Montgomery took the title.

— The Alabama Museum of Natural History on the UA campus has the Hodges Meteorite, the only meteorite known to have struck a human being.

— Tuscaloosa used to be the headquarters for the Gulf State Paper Corporation and the Ku Klux Klan.


ALABAMA TRADITIONS AND STUFF


— A sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald coined the term “Crimson Tide” during the 1907 football game between Auburn and Alabama. Alabama held its heavily-favored rival to a 6-6 tie in a sea of crimson mud on the field.

“Roll Tide” is the rallying cry for everything, from Alabama football to criminal arrests. The chant is acceptable in any situation around the state.

— No one knows why the Crimson Tide’s mascot is an elephant. Literally no one can explain why that is, although some believe it’s because Wallace Wade, Bama’s three-time national champion football coach, celebrated each win by sleeping with a fat woman.

Alabama Football Fan Day is kind of sad:


 NOTABLE ALABAMA PEOPLE


Harper Lee: Harper Lee is the author who penned To Kill A Mockingbird, that book we were all supposed to read in high school but didn’t because the girl next to us did and she was good at communicating its main themes and plot before the test. I’m sure Harper Lee was a very nice lady, but I never read her work. I’m just not a book guy.

Rece Davis: ESPN’s Rece Davis serves as the host of College GameDay and various other programs on the network. Davis is an ’88 Bama grad and was named an outstanding alumnus of UA’s School of Communication and Information Sciences in 2001.

Jimmy Wales: Wales received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University in 1986. Wales then entered the PhD finance program at the University of Alabama before leaving with a master’s degree to enter the PhD finance program at Indiana University. I copied and pasted those sentences from Wikipedia, which he co-founded in 2001.

Bernie Madoff: Bernard Lawrence Madoff is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market and one of our nation’s biggest fraudsters, as the Ponzi scheme he operated is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. He pleaded guilty to 11 financial felonies in 2009 and was sentenced to 150 years in prison for his Wall Street crimes that spanned entire decades. He spent one year at Alabama.

Forrest Gump: Forrest Gump attended the University of Alabama from 1963-67 and played on the Crimson Tide football team under head coach Bear Bryant, who offered Gump a scholarship after Gump sprinted through a high school practice Bryant was recruiting, while running from bullies in his hometown. While at Alabama, Gump witnessed the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door by Governor George Wallace and earned All-American honors for his play on the football field. Arguably the most accomplished Alabama grad, Gump went on to serve and earn a Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War; become a champion ping-pong player with his Flexolite ping-pong paddle; meet the President; expose the Watergate scandal; meet the President, again; inspire John Lennon’s “Imagine”; start a successful shrimp business; run across the country; and invest in some fruit company. And after all that, he cut grass for free because he didn’t have to worry about money no more, which is good — one less thing.


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SO WHO’S THE HEAD COACH?


You know the head coach. He’s that munchkin little fella named Nick Saban and he is arguably the greatest college football coach of all time.

Nick With The Good Hair has been in Tuscaloosa since 2007 and he has put four new national championship trophies on Bama’s shelf during that span. In Saban’s tenure there have also been 25 consensus All-Americans, four SEC titles, two Heisman winners, a couple videos of him dancing during recruiting visits and not a whole lot of losing on the football field.

He’s simply known as God in T-Town and there will never be another like him, at least in Bama fans’ eyes. Half the fan base would step in front of a speeding car if he told them it would add one more year to his career as their head coach.

He’s also very short and wears shoe lift inserts. And all his star recruits tend to drive nice cars.


THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH


#2 | JALEN HURTS | QB | Freshman

Alabama has a superstar in the making in true freshman QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts took over the starting role in Week 1 and has since compiled over 700 yards through the air, over 250 yards on the ground, and eight total touchdowns.

But let’s talk about that hair. What’s going on there? Looks like he has a blooming onion on his head.

On second thought I shouldn’t make fun of his hair because he’ll have a lot more money than me here in about two years when he goes to the Browns. Wait, he goes to Alabama — he already has more money than you and me combined.

#74 | CAM ROBINSON | OL | Junior

Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson defied all odds when he started in the 2016 season opener against USC, after being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and illegal possession of a stolen firearm in the offseason. When most would be punished for the criminal offenses, one of which was a felony, Robinson persevered and suited up for the Crimson Tide with no suspension.

He has started in all 34 games since he arrived on campus.

#34 | DAMIEN HARRIS | RB | Sophomore

Damien Harris is the one who got away in the Mark Stoops era. The Richmond, Ky. product picked Alabama over nearby Kentucky as the top-ranked running back in the country in the 2015 class. This is his first season in a contributing role down in Tuscaloosa and he’s made the most of it, totaling 345 yards and one touchdown with over eight yards per carry in the first four games.

Harris, who is currently battling an ankle injury, tweeted, “This week is personal.”


LAST TIME WE MET


Kentucky and Alabama last met in 2013 when the Crimson Tide traveled to Commonwealth Stadium as the nation’s No. 1 team, as it always is, for an early October cross-divisional SEC battle.

And believe it or not, things started well for the Wildcats as they forced Bama to punt on its first possession, followed by turnovers on its next two in a scoreless first quarter for both teams.

Then Bama did what Bama does and that 0-0 tie quickly became a rout. Kentucky trailed 24-0 at halftime and the beatdown continued on to a 48-7 final score.

The Cats did manage to keep the Tide under 700 yards, however. The visitors only rushed for 300 and tallied only 668 total yards of offense in the game. (Only.) Kentucky racked up 170 total yards.


GAME PREDICTION


I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Alabama wins.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Show Me My Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

  1. Cannot.unsee.moobs.need.mind.soap.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:58 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      Yep, we need that little mind eraser thingy they had in “Men in Black”. 😀

      When I first saw the pic, for a moment I thought Drew was posting a chick’s boobs on there.



  2. enimo
    12:32 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah, Kentucky doesn’t pay players. Lots of folks in Birmingham would dispute that. And that guy the arena is named after, I seem to remember that he was a racist.



    • Booby Petrino
      9:18 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      Butthurt much?



    • runningunnin.454
      9:30 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      Wrong; that was a fallacy based on the Texas Western-UK title game in ’66. All through the ’60’s, Rupp wanted to recruit black players, notably Butch Beard of Breck Co. and Wes Unseld of Seneca HS, but he knew there would be problems when the team traveled to the Deep South.

      In the late ’50’s, another SEC team won the conference title; but, refused to participate in the NCAA tourny because teams from the north and east had black players. The invite fell to UK, and Rupp said he had no problem with it, and took his team to compete. You should learn before you speak.



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      11:44 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      runningunnin.454: they HATE IT when you hit ’em with facts.



  3. BiasedBigfoot
    12:47 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    Uhhhh…I think it’s safe to say that Drew likes blondes.



  4. Nerds
    1:02 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    It’s nice to see the father of Billy Hill showing off his artwork. Billy had to wrap a metric ton of burritos to help pops pay for those.



    • BluKudzu
      11:09 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      I think its safe to say that no one cares what you think, troll.



    • The REAL Billy Hill
      11:21 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      My father was a respected landscape architect in Lexington – not sure what point you are trying to make regarding artwork and burritos….?

      Are you high?



  5. whack0001
    6:21 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    Oh my god people were racist a long time ago and didn’t apologize for it!? I think we should all go cry about it. Hop off that high horse and remember we live in KENTUCKY.



    • sulasi
      9:02 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      you suck



  6. TravisA
    8:56 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    “The Cats did manage to keep the Tide under 700 yards, however…”



  7. UKBlueGreen
    9:55 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

    ‘And that guy the arena is named after, I seem to remember that he was a racist.’

    If it’s true it’s true. But in this day and age his family is well -respected in Kentucky.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:00 am September 29, 2016 Permalink

      Well, it’s true that the arena was named after him, but that’s about as far as the truth goes in that statement.