Alabama – “Roll Tide”

al-mascotBig Al is the costumed mascot of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide. His origin dates back to 1930 when an Atlanta Journal sportswriter wrote about the previous weekend’s AL-Ole Miss football game ……. “At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, thee was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.”  Despite the nickname, it would be nearly five decades before Alabama recognized the animal as it official mascot.

The “Big Al” mascot officially debuted at the 1980 Sugar Bowl, with a victory over Arkansas. He celebrated his first year with Bear Bryant’s 300th win against the Kentucky Wildcats and a victory against the Baylor Bears in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. As the Crimson Tide does not feature a prominent logo on their helmets or uniforms, Big Al’s likeness appears on much of the merchandise. 

While allowed to do some planned photo-ops with other mascots such a Aubie from AU, Big Al is generally not allowed to interact on the field with opponent mascots. This is due to an incident in 2002 that took place between Big Al and Seymour from Southern Miss during a game in Tuscaloosa. The scripted fight, planned before the game, turned unscripted after Seymour deviated from the set of rules, and a raucous fight ensued between the two.

“ROLL TIDE” is the official rally chant of the Crimson Tide, and AL fans greet one another with the two-word catch phrase throughout the NCAA football season. Legend has it that the name “Crimson Tide” was originally used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the  Birmingham Age-Herald, during the 1907 Auburn-Alabama game. The game, played in a sea of crimson mud, was the last game played between the two rivals until 1948 when the series resumed.  The term coined because the red mud stained the AL white jerseys crimson.  Alabama held Auburn, the favorite, to a 6-6 tie, gaining the name the “Crimson Tide.”   “ROLL TIDE ” was said to illustrate the Alabama varsity running on the field looking like the tide rolling in.  

When asked about the Alabama football program,  my friend, Roy Munson, an Alabama fan extraordinaire, told me the following:  “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”  That says it all when it comes to Alabama football, Roy.








About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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