Where We Be
As I put together this webpage, I'm about to
watch the big game between Alabama's Crimson
Tide and its rival LSU, Louisiana State University.
The stakes couldn't be higher if you're a college
football fan. The two teams are currently ranked
#2 and #4. Alabama is consistently one of the
best teams in college football, LSU undefeated
for the season. Whichever team wins could go
to #1 in the rankings. Whichever loses could
find itself out of the College Football Playoffs.
The big game is being played in Tuscaloosa,
home to the University of Alabama and its famed
Crimson Tide who play at Bryant Denny Stadium.
Nearby is the Paul W. Bryant Museum, which
celebrates all things Alabama football, including
"winningest" coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. For a
mere $2 per adult you can wander through the
displays of football memorabilia and worship, for
awhile at least, at the altar of Southeastern
Conference (SEC) college football.
|The museum is tucked away on a side street but near the university itself
|Bryant insisted his teams be celebrated, not just him, so there
are team photos for each team he coached in the Hall of Honor
|Red and white are the predominant colors
if you want to root for the Crimson Tide
|One thing the museum brings home is how long Alabama's record extends back in time as a powerhouse
college football team. They were the first SEC (Southeastern Conference) champions way back in 1933.
|They even have a facsimile of Bear Bryant's office --
or maybe it's the real thing reassembled here!
|That's a lot of National Championship
Rings on display for one team
|Game ball for victory #315 for Bear Bryant -- which
broke the record for "winningest" coach at the time
|Visiting the Bryant Museum definitely puts you
in the mood to watch some college football
|During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant led his team to 6 national championships,
13 conference championships, and the (then) record for most wins as head coach in college football history with 323 victories
|Basic message: We will roll over you like the tide we are!
|Does that actually say "1894" for Alabama's first victory against
Auburn? It does! (Though that football has seen better days.)
|C'mon, everyone needs a crystal hat! This was made in honor
of Bryant's signature hat he wore throughout his coaching years.