Golden Football Magazine
January 10, 2016

"Offensive line play in pro football is atrocious. Hall of Fame GM Bill Po­lian, now an ESPN analyst, says the NFL's shortage of good line­men is an epidemic. And everything from too much zone blocking in col­lege to too little practice in training camp is to blame."

Peter Keating in ESPN the Maga­zine 11/9/15

Tiger Den

Season in Time: 2005 - Games 8 and 9

After a methodical win over a I-AA power, the Tigers played the biggest game of the year against undefeated Alabama.

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Saints Saga

From the Archives

With the recent death of Doug Atkins, we recall some incidents from his career with the Saints.

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Seminole Sidelines

Bobby's First Undefeated Regular Season - VII

The Seminoles played in their first Orange Bowl game against the mighty Oklahoma Sooners.

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NFL Championship Game - 1964

Given two weeks to prepare, Blanton Collier prepared a marvelous game plan to upend the heavily-favored Colts.

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AFL Championship Game - 1964

Could Buffalo beat the defending champion Chargers three times in one season?

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Weekend in Time

October 31, 1925

Articles on football games read much differently 90 years ago than they do today.

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How Well Do You Know the Rules?

Block in back when fair catch muffed

Football Quiz

Only Cowboys QB with four TDs in a game four times
Scott Brings Alabama to Power

Century of Champions: The Centennal History of Alabama Football, Wayne Hester (1991)

Alabama Coach Xen Scott
Xen Scott

Alabama Captain Al Clemens
Al Clemens

Penn T John Thurman
John Thurman

Alabama got serious about football in 1919 when it hired Xen Scott as head coach. Under the leadership of this tiny man Alabama earned national respect ... Scott, who stood 5-foot-6 and weighed 135 pounds, was a sportswriter in the offseason, covering horse racing for a Cleveland news­paper. He played football at Cleveland's Western Reserve University, where he earned a repu­tation as a brainy, daring leader.

Alabama became the Crimson Tide during the Scott Era. In the early 1900s it had picked up the nickname "The Thin Red Line," but Birmingham News sports editor Zipp New­man coined the named Crimson Tide when he came home from the army in 1919. Newman said he got the idea from watching the tide pound a seashore. It suggested a force that kept pounding at you. One day he wrote "Crimson Tide" in a headline, and a famous nickname was born.

Scott's first Crimson Tide did not surrender a touch­down in its first five games and finished with an 8-1 record, scoring 280 points and giving up only 22. ...

Scott's second team, in 1920, became the first Alabama squad to win 10 games. It posted eight shutouts, lost only to Georgia, and went 10-1.

In 1921, the Crimson Tide slumped to 5-4-2, but Scott's last team would be the history-maker at the Capstone with its upset of Penn in Philadelphia.

Al Clemens, a 156-pound end, ... captain of Alabama's '21 and '22 teams ... recalled the historic game at Frank­lin Field and the strategy employed by his coach.

"On the train ride up there we stopped in Washington, D.C., to watch a game between Navy and Penn State. The pa­pers were calling this a 'classical game,' but they looked like high school players to us. We thought if this is what East­ern football is like, we can beat Pennsyl­vania."

A crowd of 20,000 gathered at Franklin Field for the bat­tle between Eastern and Southern schools. It was by far the largest crowd an Alabama team had ever seen. "Penn had an All-American tackle named Thurman," said Clemens. "Coach Scott's game plan was for us to attack Thurman, run everything right at him. We'd hit him and say, 'OK, Thurman, maybe they'll put somebody in here who can play.' He got so frustrated he slugged our full­back, W. C. Baty - hit him right in the head with his fist. They threw him out of the game. That happened in the third quarter and we knew we had it won then."

Alabama scored on a Bull Wesley field goal and a fum­ble recovery in the end zone by Shorty Propst and came away with a monumental upset, 9-7. Later Scott and some of his players paraded through the streets of Phil­adelphia.

"Coach Scott had the game ball under his arm and people would say, 'What you got there?' Coach Scott said, 'It's gold ... oh, it's gold.'"

The team rode the train 2,500 miles back to Tuscaloosa, where the depot was running over with fans.

"They had three big flat-bed trucks pulled by horses," Clemens recalled. "They hitched them together and we stood up on them and waved as they pulled us through the center of town."