It was the 1973 Sugar Bowl played on December 31, 1973; after the 1973 season. My math says it was 39 years ago; not 40.
Nevertheless, I remember ther pain very well. Actually, both the '73 Sugar and '74 Orange.
Let's get by Auburn and Georgia and have some redemption.
I will say, Notre Dame's current coach has a lot more to like and shows more class than Ara P.
"May the Tide Be with You"
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The avatar is a pic of Liz and me - taken at Mt Sterling Gap in the Smokies - September, '09. Her French Foreign Legion cap is bug-repellent...
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. - Ellen Parr"
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“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.” Albert Camus
I remember that game very well, I couldn't sleep for two days.
Holtz will be insufferable.
In my mind, the 86 game redeemed us for 1966...we still have yet to redeem the 1973, Orange Bowl game and all the times they have gotten favor over us. I still cannot watch the 73 game. When I think of it, other games I have not been able to watch over the years include the 1972 AU game and the 1980 game against MSU. Still hurts too much to even see the footage. The arrogance and the attitude of most of the Irish nation still rankles me. I respect them and their tradition but it is a little much.
That game was the seminal moment of my rapidly-intensifying dislike for the who's, and it raised my already white-hot dislike for the domers to a new level (and me being a Catholic!). I have waited for this for many, many years...only wish I could find a way to be watching it in whoville. I probably would be in the obits the day after...
Really enjoying hearing the stories of some of you who remember these games! Sharing of stories among generations has always been one of the things I love about being a Bama fan. Most teams would love to have as much stuff that's worth remembering from the old days!
I was nine then and it's been a long wait for a chance to pay them back. 1986 was just a down payment. We still owe them for the two bowl games and for jumping over us to #1 after the bowls in the '77 season.
As school kids in the 70s, we despised ND more than anyone. AU and UT were just minor threats that we usually beat up on every year. Later as a student at UA during the Perkins years, it always made my blood boil every time I saw any of the stop signs on campus that had "Notre Dame" stencilled on them in light green paint. I don't know if that was done in the 70s or 80s, but surely they are all long gone by now.
For those who haven't seen it, here's a 70s album cover from Aerosmith that references the rivalry. (thanks to member BamaSlama)
Alabama has beaten Auburn! Van Tiffin has kicked a 52 yard field goal and the state of Alabama is crimson! - Paul Kennedy, 1985