Few things are as thrilling as being in BDS on an Alabama game day. But let’s face it, a lot of us don’t get season tickets, and we’re super lucky if we score tickets to one or two Bama games all season long. And these days, many of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful Druid City host friends who love coming to visit on big game weekends – whether they have tickets or not. Sure, you can host your own home tailgating party (or crash someone else’s, preferably on or around The Quad) – but what if you want to get out and watch the game? 

There are a lot of great places to watch Alabama games in Tuscaloosa and have a great experience among like-minded fans. With football season in full swing now (can we get a “Roll Tide”?!), I thought this might be the perfect time to put together this handy dandy list, so we all can have plans in place. 

Happy first home Bama game week, everyone! Get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

The University of Alabama has established a new tailgating area for home football games – one that it says will combine “all of the fun of game day with an atmosphere conducive for families.”

Most University of Alabama football fans have been no doubt incessantly monitoring spring practice updates for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide team on a daily basis, already with visions of a national championship repeat in their respective heads.  

But for Saban and his coaching staff, spring practice is about filling in the pieces of the puzzle that will of course be a brand new Alabama team in 2016.  

The University of Alabama's Crimson Tide football team will be honored with a parade and program on Saturday, Jan. 23, and visitors will notice something new around the Nick Saban statue on the Walk of Champions. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, very quietly, "2015" was added to the list of Saban's national championships, reflecting the Tide's most recent title.

And the best news of all for Bama fans: It does appear that there's plenty of room left for additional inscriptions in the years to come.

Roll Tide!

Photo: Chandra Clark

Congratulations to the 11-12 Huntington Cowboys, who finished the season going undefeated. The team won the championship for the fourth consecutive season.

And a huge congrats as well to the 11-12 PARA American All-Stars, who played in Bryant-Denny Stadium as part of the Harry Lee All-Star Classic. The team was composed of players from the Huntington Cowboys, the Rock Quarry Jaguars and the Skyland Falcons.

Courtesy of Crimson Magazine

By Stan J. Griffin: December 5, 2015

Much like its Iron Bowl contest that preceded Saturday's game against No. 18 Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game,  No. 2 Alabama found itself locked in an immense struggle, struggling to put away a prohibitive underdog in a high-stakes showdown for more than a half.

But a resilient Crimson Tide squad that seems to find a few heroes each game, as well as pivotal plays when they need them the most, was able to ultimately wear down Jim McElwain's stubborn Gator team, winning 29-15 before a Georgia Dome crowd of 75,320 to claim the program's 25th conference crown, and second in a row.

Alabama, with its 10th win a row, improved to 12-1 and became the first team to earn consecutive SEC title game victories since Tennessee in 1997-98.

Most importantly, Nick Saban's team likely locked up a repeat appearance in the College Football Playoffs, with the bowl selection show scheduled for Sunday. The final rankings, also to be revealed Sunday, will determine the Tide's postseason destination for the first round of the playoffs.

Alabama was led in the contest by a dominating defensive effort, and junior tailback Derrick Henry paced an offensive attack that also included big efforts by quarterback Jake Coker and receivers Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart and Richard Mullaney among others.

After tallying 271 yards on 46 carries last week at Auburn, Henry rambled for another 189 yards on 44 carries and a touchdown against a stout Gator defense.

The Jacksonville, Fla native increased his 2015 season rushing total to 1,986 yards breaking the SEC single-season rushing yards record previously held by the iconic Herschel Walker of Georgia (1,891 yards in 1981) on a second-and-three play on which Henry ran at right tackle and gained seven yards with 4:00 left in the third period.

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By Courtney Corbridge

Head coach and social studies teacher at Eastwood Middle School, Mike Snider, took a little while to decide on teaching as a career. In 1991 he graduated from Brookwood High School, where he’d played football on the defensive and offensive line. But the weekend before he started school at Shelton State, he decided to take a year off. “Ten years later,” he said, “I was still taking that year off.”

In the meantime he got married, had two kids and was successfully working as a warehouse manager. But his job wasn’t what he wanted long term. “I was miserable,” he said. So he went to his wife and told her that what he really wanted was to be a teacher.

By Courtney Corbridge

Two Birmingham natives, Jon and Andrew Erwin, have done it again. The brothers, directors of faith-related films “October Baby” and “Mom’s Night Out,” started making movies when they were still in middle school. On October 16 their newest movie “Woodlawn” releases across the country. 

This time they’re taking viewers back to 1974 to watch Tony Nathan and Jeff Rutledge meet head to head in one of the biggest high school games in Alabama history—Woodlawn vs. Banks.

Nathan was perhaps the greatest running back of the state, and Rutledge the best quarter back. But with racial tensions still exploding across the region, Woodlawn needed to pull itself together before it had a chance of beating the win-streaked champions at Banks. The Erwin brothers tell the story that would lead Nathan, Rutledge and a few of their other teammates to become college and NFL stars.

“Woodlawn”—true to history—is largely shot in Birmingham areas like Legion Field and Bush Middle School. Tens of thousands came to the game and now millions can go to relive it at the movies.

To watch the trailer or to buy tickets visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4183692/.


Courtesy of Crimson Magazine

By Stan J. Griffin: October 13, 2015

The Nov. 7 Southeastern Conference football showdown between the University of Alabama and LSU, shaping up once again to be one of the pivotal games in college football this season, will not only draw a capacity crowd of football-crazed fans to Bryant-Denny Stadium, but will also draw one of the key players from the national political scene.

On Tuesday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed that Republican Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a campaign stop in Alabama.

Bush will attend the battle between Nick Saban's Crimson Tide and Les Miles' Tigers. The visit will be part of four Southeastern Conference game day visits, called "SEC Tailgating with Jeb."

“We are excited to have Governor Bush back in our state. Seven of the top ten Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unprecedented for our state,” said Secretary of State John Merrill. “When this many Presidential candidates are choosing to visit and re-visit Alabama, it is proof the SEC Primary is working. The main goal of this effort is to create an environment that forces candidates to appeal to an even larger and more complete constituency than they currently do, and I am proud to see our state receiving the attention it deserves. It is so important that Alabamians have the opportunity to interact with all candidates in order to learn who best reflects their views. As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”

Additional details on Governor Bush’s visit will be provided closer to date.

Alabama recently saw visits from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.


For More Alabama Crimson Tide news visit: CrimsonMag.com

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