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Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:19 PM

Why is Alabama's mascot an elephant?

Since their team is called the Crimson Tide?

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Reply Why is Alabama's mascot an elephant? (Original post)
Ohiogal Dec 2018 OP
hlthe2b Dec 2018 #1
underpants Dec 2018 #2
Glorfindel Dec 2018 #4
Ohiogal Dec 2018 #3
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Dec 2018 #5
Whiskeytide Dec 2018 #6
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Dec 2018 #9
SCantiGOP Dec 2018 #7
ArizonaLib Dec 2018 #10
Thunderbeast Dec 2018 #8

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:24 PM

1. Because decades ago a fan yelled to "hold your horses, the elephants are coming" and it stuck..

though they didn't adopt the elephant as mascot until long after.

I do love elephants, but give me my bulldawgs any day....

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:26 PM

2. The Elephant Story

"At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

"It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys.

https://rolltide.com/sports/2016/6/10/trads-elephant-html.aspx

Similar story with the University of Richmond mascot - the Spiders


Star pitcher Puss Ellyson's lanky arms and stretching kick confused batters to such an extent that Richmond Times-Dispatch writer Ragland Chesterman used the name of that clever creeping insect, the Spider, to fittingly describe the erudite members of the team. So was created perhaps the most unique school nickname in the nation. To this day, the University of Richmond is the only school in the country which sports the nickname "Spiders."

https://richmondspiders.com/sports/2015/5/21/205184175.aspx

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:57 PM

4. The things you learn from fellow DU'ers! Thanks, underpants.

I had always assumed (what little I ever thought about it) that the mascot was an elephant because an elephant is a "tusker" and the University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa. Naturally, a native of Alabama would pronounce "tusker" as "tuska," so the mascot is born.

I am required, however, as a native of the great state of Georgia, to detest the Crimson Tide. Go, Dawgs!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 06:36 PM

3. Thank you!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 09:00 PM

5. Why is their football team named after an algae that kills fish?

Besides, they are not even close to the ocean.

As far as the elephant goes, that's so they'll have long memories for stuff like this:

Setup: 2013 Iron Bowl, Alabama and Auburn are tied 28-28. Alabama has the ball with one second on the clock. They send out a freshman kicker who has already missed three field goals to attempt a 56 yard kick. When his kick falls short into the end zone, this happens:



Auburn fan here.

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 09:43 PM

6. I always ask my Auburn friends (and I have ...

... quite a few) if it has any adverse effects on their physiology or neurology. When they ask me “what are you talking about”, I say “the time travel. Does it hurt going back to 2013 all the time?”

Roll Tide!

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Response to Whiskeytide (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 10:58 PM

9. Look at the play again--Auburn won.

Here's the reactions of a divided family (Auburn fans wear orange, Alabama fans wear red and white). It starts with excited Alabama fans and subdued Auburn ones, and then the situation is reversed.



Auburn supporters will never forget this play; Alabama ones have probably undergone electroshock therapy to remove it from their memories.

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 09:49 PM

7. "Crimson Tide"

Came from a line dropped years ago by a radio announcer. The Bama O line was pushing the other team back on every play and he referred to them as a Crimson Tide.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 03:49 AM

10. Keith Jackson

I think it went something to the effect of 'Like a tide rolling' - possibly was 'like a crimson tide rolling'. I bet youtube has it up somewhere.

Grew up listening to Keith Jackson - loved his broadcasting. He gave you both football and excitement, unlike most today who don't talk much football, just filling time with BS, opinions and how excited they are because the players are excited. RIP Mr. Jackson!!!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 10:40 PM

8. Groucho Marx always said:

"THE TUSKS ARE LOOSA"

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