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Where the Sidewalk Ends

For whoever makes a shelter of reeds and hides has joined his spirit to the common destiny of creatures and he will subside back into the primal mud with scarcely a cry. But who builds in stone seeks to alter the structure of the universe and so it was with these masons however primitive their works may seem to us.

– Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

A Drug Called Tradition has reached the place where the sidewalk ends and walked with a walk that is measured and slow, into a strange new world.
Where the Sidewalk Ends

3SIB We encourage you to follow us — to 3rd Saturday in Blogtober — or as we like to call it: Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West Meets the Evening Amber in the East.

We’ve already introduced ourselves in that bloody coliseum of spit and hate. So join us where October’s sanguine moon always shines the field on that sacred fall Saturday. Beware: the Alabama folks smell of sweet cigars, and the Tennessee people… well… they just smell of rotted cheese and Jack Daniels.

Thank you readers, commenters, and everyone else.  The pleasure’s all on this side of the table, trust us.

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns
crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

– Shel Silverstein

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College Football Playoff Chaos

Loud noises over at 3rd Saturday in Blogtober, where the college football playoff debate is piping hot.  

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ESPN Top 10 Premature Celebrations

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IRON BOWL PREDICTION

ALABAMA 20

AUBURN 14

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Iron Bowl a Potential SI Cover

 

The most recent Alabama Football cover

The most recent Alabama Football cover

Think about it, if Alabama wins, the big story is a 12-0 regular season and shedding of the six-year rabid monkey.  If Auburn wins, the big story is Seven-in-a-Row and ruining its rival’s perfect regular season.

Magazine publishers know ‘Bama fans are sick and will bankrupt their families by purchasing thousands of copies of any publication with “The Tahd” or “Nick Savior” on the cover.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that in Saban’s two years, Alabama football has been featured on several different magazine covers, including Forbes, which so masterfully connected the dots between money, power, and expectation this past summer.

With last week’s release of Sporting News Magazine’s Crimson/White cover feature, we decided to recap the Saban/’Bama covers since “The Savior” came to Tuscaloosa:

 

UA Saban SIUA Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UA Coffee SI

Other UA coaches have been on magazine covers, most notably Bahr Bryant, who graced too many to list here.  But our research unearthed two of our favorites, both from January 1980.  Apparently Funky Fresh Magazine and Rowing Monthly were obscure publications owned by the same publisher, and the same photo-shoot was used for both editions that month: 

Bear and Ladies Funky

Funky Fresh Magazine, January 1980

 

Bear and Ladies Rowing

Rowing Monthly, January 1980

 

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#5 Greatest Iron Bowl: THE BIGGEST GAME OF ALL

This is Part One of a five-part series counting down the greatest Iron Bowls of all-time. This year’s game will be played Saturday, November 29th, 2008.  The titles for each game are taken from Bill Cromartie’s Braggin’ Rights, the authority on every Iron Bowl ever played.  

/ #4-1967#3-1989 / #2-1985 / #1-1972 /


Nov. 27th, 1971 – Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.

Alabama 31     Auburn 7

This game must be included on the list, not because the actual on-the-field show was amazingly spectacular, but because it is the only time in history both schools entered the matchup undefeated, untied, unblemished.  The fight held national championship implications for both teams.  It’s a game often forgotten or overlooked, all these years later, but the days, weeks, months leading up to it were filled with a psychotic level of hype that may never be matched.

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JoePa: Still Incredible

Every Day Should Be Saturday has video of Joe Paterno’s Friday night speech to the Penn State student body.  JoePa delivered it on the eve of what may be his final regular season game, a 49-18 rout of Michigan State.

In his 43rd

In his 43rd year as head coach at Penn State University, JoePa is as funny, inspiring, and wonderful as he's always been.

 The greatest coach alive is still as captivating as ever, and his success means so much more after reading this a month ago, also courtesy of EDSBS.

The best of the incredible speech: 

We are so fortunate…there are people who discovered great drugs…did they ever have 100,000 people applaud them?…We have a guy like Derrick Williams that makes a little touchdown run that I coulda run…in my day.  Goes in for a touchdown…100,000 people think he’s the greatest thing to ever happen…

…You know what?  Isn’t it wonderful?  Isn’t wonderful we can all come together, share great moments, share great pride, share being Penn State?  Isn’t it great?  Isn’t it great?  …Of all the teams I ever coached, and obviously as you know, I’ve coached a lot of them.  Of all the teams I ever coached, when I go to bed at night, I probably think more about these guys than any group I’ve had…I worry about some of them…I’m thrilled with some of them…some of them inspire me because they work so hard to be good.  They overcome a lot of things, some of them…they stuck together…and I don’t care who we play…

…We may have slipped this much in one game, but we’ve got a heckuva football team.  And the guys you’re gonna cheer for tomorrow are a great bunch of people…we’re gonna win tomorrow.  WE’RE GONNA WIN TOMORROW!  AND WE’RE GONNA BE PENN STATE!  WE ARE PENN STATE! 

…And by God, if they don’t win, I’m gonna kill ’em!!!

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