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TigerGirlHouston
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Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


He is ugly.






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RollTide MJ
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


The story of how Alabama became associated with the "elephant" goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team.

On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes.

"Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.

"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.

The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The "Red Elephants" rolled over Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions.






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995webmaster
Michigan Fan
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


Great question.

A couple of ideas. Maybe they're not smart enough to figure out how to illustrate "Crimson Tide." Tulane managed to illustrate Green Wave, so it can't be all that hard.

Maybe they could use a menstruating woman for "Crimson Tide"...

Here's another issue--Hellabama has Crimson Tide and the stoopid elephant. And Auburn is the Tigers and/or the War Eagles, depending on their mood, I guess. Why can't the schools in that state just pick a mascot and go with it?






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RollTide MJ
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and in case you wonder on the crimson tide:

How the Crimson Tide Got its Name

In early newspaper accounts of Alabama football, the team was simply listed as the "varsity" or the "Crimson White" after the school colors.

The first nickname to become popular and used by headline writers was the "Thin Red Line." The nickname was used until 1906.

The name "Crimson Tide" is supposed to have first been used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used "Crimson Tide" in describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, the last football contest between the two schools until 1948 when the series was resumed. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was a heavy favorite to win.

But, evidently, the "Thin Red Line" played a great game in the red mud and held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus gaining the name "Crimson Tide." Zipp Newman, former sports editor of the Birmingham News, probably popularized the name more than any other writer.



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Steven4bama
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MJ, I was about to paste the same story

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Why can't the schools in that state just pick a mascot and go with it?


Toonces or Tigers ???







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LSUTiger205
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Toonces or Tigers ???


Toonces is the name of the cat off of SNL.






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former
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


The Alabama Crimson Tide have a figurative mascot and a literal mascot. The literal mascot is in the form of an elephant, which stems from the elephant boneyard that the stadium waqs built on top of.





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covlatiger
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


They could combine the two...Just have a little white string coming out of the elephant's ***! Problem solved.





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cajunatc
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


I figured it was a play off of "TUSK" aloosa





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highup7
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Covlatiger, that's an excellent idea and funny as hell. Your idea would also solve more than one problem. Your idea made my day. I can just picture that female elephant with her little white string hanging out.





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Jeditiger
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


Because it's better than water infested with red aglae?







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alumni95
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


got a source Gump? or is plagiarism not an offense in your great state?





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BGREEN
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Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot


How do you know he's goofy? Did you talk to him?






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RollTide MJ
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got a source Gump? or is plagiarism not an offense in your great state?


You can address me as RollTideMJ or Michael, COONASS

Elephant Mascot

Crimson Tide







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Elleshoe
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COONASS


note to the rest of the SEC:

coonass isnt viewed as a derogotory term to us.






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RollTide MJ
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coonass isnt viewed as a derogotory term to us.


wasn't talking to you. gump isn't derogotory to me either, but would rather someone address me by my posting name, hell, that's what it's for.






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eljusterina
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re: Why Does Bama have an Goofy Elephant as the Mascot?


glad to finally read the story.

skips shite talking, waits for football season






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RollTide MJ
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glad to finally read the story.


No Problem eljusterina







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