Football Culture from the Heart of Dixie
March 5, 2008 in College Football | Tags: Alabama, Awesomeness, Tennessee
Had to post video of my new hero. (HT: EDSBS)
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March 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm
3rd Down H-Back
Please tell me that on the UAT campus somewhere
March 6, 2008 at 8:47 am
I think it is but I’m not sure. I know I’m only caving to your goading but I’ll play along. The word Tuscaloosa is nowhere to be found on my diploma from the University of Alabama. There is only one University of Alabama and it is in Tuscaloosa. UAH and UAB, while a part of the same system, are named the University of Alabama in Hunstville, etc. Calling Alabama UAT, other than being a way to needle Alabama alumni more so than fans of the football team, is tantamount to referring to Auburn as AUA since there is an Auburn University in Montgomery. Maybe if I weren’t a resident of Tuscaloosa I wouldn’t care. But despite of the references to this place as the T-Town Ghettos by some of your brethren as LWS, Tuscaloosa is a wonderful place. I was born in Atlanta and most of my family is there, and I have lived in other places like New Mexico and Florida, but I choose to live here. It isn’t perfect but it is a good city with good people. It actually has (or used to have) one of the largest chapters of the Auburn Alumni Association.
March 6, 2008 at 10:56 am
I’m being completely serious when I say of all the college towns in the SEC I have been to, T-town is the worst. Granted I haven’t been there since Spring of 2003, maybe is has improved. Baton Rouge is always entertaining, Athens is a blast, Auburn is fun, Oxford is nice, and even Starkganistan has its qualities. If I could compare T-town to any other city I have spend a substantial amount of time in I would have to compare it to Hattiesburg, MS. Yeah, I would say Tuscaloosa is Hattiesburg with a 90,000 seat stadium in lieu of “The Rock.”
IMO, T-town, because of its location and size, brings all the negative qualities of living in Birmingham with all the attractions of living in Guin. It only makes sense Bryce is located in T-town, because living in that city would drive anyone to be committed.
Compared to New Mexico (sucked every time I have been there) and Atlanta (I love the Braves but there is no way I could live there) T-Town I am sure has its appeal to a UAT fan.
When Bammers throw API or EAMC around it doesn’t piss me off. And “the Barn” is a term I have grown to embrace actually. I use UAT just because for some reason it gets under Bammers’ skins. I don’t know why it does, but it does. Could it because all of the little sisters, UAB and UAH, are constantly showing up the former prom queen sister?
March 6, 2008 at 11:58 am
All kidding aside H-Back, that is the saddest stuff I have ever heard you say. I understand that everyone has different things they look for in a town but rarely have I heard an honest assessment (and I believe yours was) of people that don’t find Tuscaloosa a great place. I have a group of friends that I went to school with that live in Albuquerque, Denver, LA, and Phoenix. They come to a game every year and often bring friends from where they live. All those guys loved it and many of the them come back again and again.
If I were a single guy I would probably be elsewhere because there isn’t a lot to offer in the way of night life or opportunities to meet single women that are out of college. But as a family man I can’t think of a better place. Great schools, plenty of things to do, a great lake, sports year round, a great church (total personal preference), it feels safe, and the traffic isn’t too bad. I would not choose to live in Birmingham or any city bigger than that. We can get basically everything we need and I enjoy a trip to the big cities but am always ready to get back to life at this pace and in this place.
I’m certainly not trying to convince you, your opinion obviously suits you and I respect that. I guess that it just bothers me because I really like my home and am disturbed when people don’t enjoy their time here. Especially in light of the fact that several opposing fans have given me positive feedback about it here. I want our guests to visit, have a good time, be treated with respect and then lose a football game and leave thinking I would like to go back and do that again even if we lose. That’s why I often return to Baton Rouge and Knoxville.
As far as UAT, I can’t speak for all Alabama fans obviously, but it bothers me because, it is truthful to refer to UA as UAT only in a very loose sense of the word truth. It certainly isn’t an official title and its sole purpose is to needle Alabama fans. Like when I call one of my kids a nickname he can’t stand. It’s just done out of mean spiritedness, not because it’s the truth, and in this case it isn’t.
And as far as UAH or UAB showing it up. That’s tough to quantify. UA is the largest institution in the state now and is growing. There are certainly programs with better attributes and better in categories even within our state. UAH has an excellent Engineering Program and UAB has a world renowned Medical School. Kudos to them for it. UA’s business school is one of the tops in the nation as well as the communications program and the Law School is on the rise.
When I got into UA in the mid 90’s it was just a matter of paying tuition. When my kids are old enough to attend (and I hope they go to Harvard, or one of the Service Academies, hell anywhere but UT, even Auburn) it’s going to take a better GPA than their old man had and pretty good test scores.
Trust me, I don’t expect to change your opinion. UA isn’t an Ivy League or private school and it has its problems but it is a decent state school and anyone could get a solid education there. Hell, they haven’t been at risk of losing their accreditation. Little Brother can’t say that.
We’ve got to stop all this rational discussion. It’s going to make it harder to give you hell when Alabama kicks the teagels back to the trailer park invested cow pasture next year if I discover you’re actually a reasonable, intelligent person.
March 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm
Didn’t mean to get you to type an essay in support of T-town. I was seeing if I could say something to get under your skin. The last time I was there I was treated hospitably even while wearing Miss. State colors (long story…). After being out west since graduation, I would trade any SEC town including T-town (save maybe Columbia) for this shit hole, as of now.
As far as academics go, UAB, UAH, UAT, and Auburn all serve in roles needed to produce tomorrow’s leaders for the state. To put it as simple as how one MSU fan told me in comparison of Ole Miss to MSU, “You sue people, we drive tractors.” Both are needed in society.
And this rational discussion is getting under my nerves. Its making it a little bit harder to make fun of the delusional UAT fan that fills up my car with gas. Now, lets please go back to you being delusional and me being disgruntled. Thanks,
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