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Bama55 asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

How did Alabama become the Crimson Tide?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Local lore actually says that they became the crimson tide during a very rainy game when they wore brand new crimson socks, this gave them the name crimson tide. They derived an elephant from this because of the size of the players were supposed to abnormally larger than other teams so looked like a bunch of elephants marching on to the field (not to mention that Tulane had already established a water based mascot in the Green Wave, so Bama was probably looking for a little more identity in their mascot). This is actually from the NCAA Football game of 2010, the information they recieve is actually from a sports statistics research center that is contracted by EA and ESPN.

  • 1 decade ago

    The first nickname popular with the media was the "Thin Red Line," which was used until 1906. Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald, is credited with coining the phrase "Crimson Tide" in an article describing the 1907 Iron Bowl played in Birmingham. The game was played in a sea of red mud with Auburn a heavy favorite to win. Alabama held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus graduating to their newfound nickname.

    There is also a story of how the water of the Mississippi river in Alabama is so filled with mud at times of the year it gives the river a "crimson" look

    EDIT: I stand corrected on the Mississippi river story as the poster below me is correct, can't believe everything you read on the internet, must be the Black Warrior River, the writer was referring to. By the way BLKNGD that is one of the most ludicris stories I've ever heard, LSU and Alabama didn't start playing each other a regular basis until 1960 with Alabama holding an all-time record of 43-23-5 that means Alabama and LSU played only 23 games in the previous 70 years of football, and LSU lost 7-26 in 1945, 12-41 in 1947, the two teams tied in 1944 27-27 and yes LSU won in 1948 26-6, but obviously it wasn't that game because they were referred to as the Crimson Tide when they won a National title in 1941, sounds to me like you're a LSU fan who's just jealous your team is the second best team in their division and the third best team in the SEC.

  • 5 years ago

    The term was apparently first used by Hugh Roberts, a Birmingham newspaper reporter in his description of the muddy game between Alabama and Auburn in 1907. The two hated each other so much that, despite being charter members (1932) of the SEC, they couldn't agree to terms for another game against each other until 1947 for the now-famous "Iron Bowl." The idea of the Crimson Tide monicker is that you can't hold back the team any more than you can hold back the tide.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Does Joseph D know where Alabama is located? Last time I looked, the Mississippi river flowed about 250 miles to the west of Alabama, LOL!

    The true nature of the name comes from a game that was played in the 40's between LSU and Bama where, LSU stomped the Bama players heads so badly that their blood flowed like a crimson tide.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because crimson is the color of blood (red) and their fans in the stand represent the tide

  • 1 decade ago

    cuz BAMA owns LSU ! we point and LOL at them its called ownage ROLL TIDE

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    BLKNGLD is a steelers and LSU fan no wonder why he is so mentally unstable.

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