Skip to comments.BCS title game a clash of cultures
Posted on 01/07/2013 7:56:30 AM PST by BO Stinkss
I never had any problems in the short time I lived in the Deep South. My co-workers in Savannah, Ga., told me at times that I was nice for a Yankee, which is to say that thanks to Southern hospitality, I was very politely well-tolerated. Still, there were times I felt as if I needed a passport. I also had never seen an entire aisle at the grocery store dedicated to grits, the way they had it at the Piggly Wiggly. And while that life was a while ago, it was enough to give a sense of some of the bigger things at play Monday night in the Notre Dame-Alabama national championship game. This is a rivalry of the two greatest college football histories. But its also especially to the people of the South, I suspect between two symbols. This will be part football game, part culture conflict. It will be as if the line of scrimmage is the Mason-Dixon Line. Alabama football is a way of life. And it also is the seat of football in the South. Its a cultural icon. Notre Dame is the nations team. Or, at least, the unions. Those lines still mean something in the South. Strangely, there are still some hurt feelings about the Civil War, which, as I was politely informed while living there, is never to be called that, but instead the War Between the States, the War For Southern Independence or the War of Northern Aggression. Kirk McNair, who has written two books on Alabama football, including What It Means To Be Crimson Tide, is in Florida, where hell see his 34th consecutive Alabama bowl game.
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No grits aisle in Mississippi
Saw on ESPN last night, a presentation on very devoted AL football fans overjoyed that their team is in the BCS title game again.
Some of the nicest, most polite people I’ve ever met were in Savannah, GA.
I wish there was a “grits aisle.” There is only one grocery store I have found in the greater Nashville area that has real (slow cook) grits available. Maybe Nashville no longer qualifies as The South.
Saw videos, including one of a father wearing a copy of the famous hat worn by the legendary coach Bear Byrant, finding out that his Christmas gift was a ticket to the BCS Bowl game.
It was inside his hat.
The so-called civil war as we were taught in school was about doing right, but the reality was it was a war the central government waged on We The People. It was nothing short of Democide led by lincoln, the worst president in US history.
“Some of my best friends are Northerners.”
I’ll say it is. NBC Sports’ high dollar product vs ESPN’s high dollar product.
The only problem I have with this game is that I can’t root for a tie.
Hope you guys enjoy it, but I don’t like either one of them.
Well bless your heart.
And he missed the importance of 1966. It wasn't just that Alabama, as the only undefeated/untied team was passed over. It was that the 1966 title would have meant three in a row for Alabama.
For my entire life, I have cheered for my home state Wisconsin (and/or Marquette) AND whoever plays Notre Dame.
Over the last few years on football weekends I have started to also cheer for whoever plays against an SEC team AND - when SEC plays SEC - against whichever SEC team is ranked higher.
Which is America's team? This year's match-up for me is more like the Iraq-Iran War. I want them both to lose!
Here's my tipping point for tonight -
1) ESPN is the nation's #1 sports news outlet.
2) I hate ESPN and their liberal ownership and staff.
3) The SEC (and SEC-member school Alabama) is affiliated with ESPN and more often hyped by ESPN personalities.
4) Notre Dame is affilated ESPN competitor NBC Sports.
5) I am less likely to hear ESPN bleating about a Notre Dame championship than a Crimson Tide championship.
6) As a result, I'm left to cheer for the 'Domers.
Go Irish!!! (I guess)
“The inferiority complex is still there in the South, where people think Northerners look down on them”
Surely he jests...Southerners think Northerners look down upon them? What would give him that idea? The irony is rich with this one.
But trust me, that attitude is met with a chuckle, and certainly not an ‘inferiority complex’. Exhibit A would be the exodus of people from Northern hell holes, and the population boom in the South. The South is a great place to live, and the people know it.
I was at the barber shop Saturday and the 20 something girl cutting my hair was curious why all of her Alabama fan customers had such hard feelings for Notre Dame. I explained this piece of ancient history to her.
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