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    In honor of Coach Bryant

    Thirty years ago today we lost the Coach. I know he would take pride in seeing what the Crimson Tide has become. The current Alabama program looks like something he would have put on the field. I wrote this a couple of years ago and try to post every year on January 26...


    Do you remember the day that Coach Bryant died?
    A day in the South when grown men cried
    We let the world see our tears with nothing to hide
    Now after all these years I'm still filled with pride
    No other can match him, though many have tried
    It is still by his rules that we try to abide
    We'll show grace and class with our hearts opened wide
    And shake the hands of our rivals from the other side
    So I say "Thank you Coach for a heck of a ride"
    We were all blessed to know you and forever… ROLL TIDE!!!
    The best thing to ever come out of Tennessee...I-65 heading south.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Well said, thanks, it was indeed a very sad day.
    "My momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on." Forrest Gump

    "The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Thanks for the post and the poem. We are indeed blessed that we had him so long.

    Hard to believe it's been 30 years...
    "I don't like to lose. I don't expect to lose." - Nick Saban

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Thank you for the thoughtful post.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    http://youtu.be/n1PXqBzdHfQ
    Worth watching this in tribute.
    Last edited by skipster63; January 26th, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Thirty years means we're all thirty years older. That's both good news and bad. The bad news is it means - automatically - that you're old. If you can remember Coach Bryant's passing - ladies and gentlemen - you are old (as am I). The good news is that we're still alive.

    I lived at Sembach AFB, Germany (at the same time as a certain former Tide defensive back named George Teague, and I'll give you a hint - he had pulled that play he did on Lamar Thomas before on the sandlot) in 1983. Because of the time difference it was January 27 when I found out - but it was utter shock. I was about to head out the door to walk to school and my mother grabbed her copy of "The Stars and Stripes" from the door step and opened it. And it was how loud she said it that shocked me - "Ex-Alabama Coach Bear Bryant Dies of Heart Attack at 69."

    I was numb. I didn't know at 13 you could go numb, but I did. I think if he could see what we have now, he'd be impressed. In fact, I could hear that old mumble from his final years, and it's something like, "Ah program is in the best hands it could be in with Coach Saban." And he'd probably even make a remark about how much better a coach Saban is (not getting into that argument, but I'd bet he would say that).

    I went to BDS twice this last fall for the first time - you can still feel what he did there.
    I'll always look back as I walk away
    This memory will last for eternity
    And all of our tears will be lost in the rain
    Til I find my way back to your arms again

    Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    "Numb" is a good description...
    "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. - Ellen Parr"

    'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' - Steve Jobs

    “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

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Thanks for the post and the poem. I remember where I was the moment I heard the news. I agree, Earle, "numb" is the best word to describe the feeling. Selma, you're right.... if he were still around today he would definitely downplay his effect on the program and lift CNS up in comparison. That's just what he did.

    I still miss him....can't help it.
    "Bryant can take his'n and beat your'n, and then he can turn around and take your'n and beat his'n." -- Houston Oiler head coach Bum Phillips, a former player under Coach Bryant

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    I still miss the guy, and I never got closer to him than in a car driving through Tuscaloosa.
    I'll always look back as I walk away
    This memory will last for eternity
    And all of our tears will be lost in the rain
    Til I find my way back to your arms again

    Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    The Day the Music Died

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Definitely still missed. Growing up in Pa, I had no real ties to the program. Coach Paul Bryant is the one and only reason I became a fan of Alabama football. 1978 to be exact. RollTide and Roll Coach.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    He was the only coach I had ever known.

    I was walking down University Boulevard, near the SW corner of the Quad. Waiting to cross the street, walking home from class, a guy I knew from my department came up and said, did you hear, Coach Bryant has died. All I could say was, no. No. I only saw the man up close in person, close enough to speak, a handful of times, and I felt like I had lost a family member.

    I was shocked, in disbelief. He had said he would die when he quit, and then he went and did it. I knew things would never be the same. We would be good again, even great. I would enjoy my football Saturdays, life would go on, people have to move on.

    Thirty years later I still struggle to explain what he meant. If you have to ask, you'll never get it.

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    Re: In honor of Coach Bryant

    Quote Originally Posted by skipster63 View Post
    http://youtu.be/n1PXqBzdHfQ
    Worth watching this in tribute.
    Hey man - where you located in Coppell? Wanna PM me?
    I'll always look back as I walk away
    This memory will last for eternity
    And all of our tears will be lost in the rain
    Til I find my way back to your arms again

    Only a few people in the world have the ability to remember everything. I'm one of them. Pick any day of my life, and I can tell you what I saw or heard.

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