Old memories of a tragic event - but the tragedy comes after the actual event, so the memory isn't burned into memory like a terrorist attack, or watching someone die in front of you. The brain does strange things then, filling in the gaps with assumptions based on your own bias. Without a time machine, no one will ever know the whole story.
Honey Badger can take what the Tide gives him and like it.
There were 10,000 people and about 500 millionaires, largely based on the coal mining industry.
It's actually a very wonderful class of people overall and I'm very proud to have grown up there.
So for clarification: Sand Mountain = backwoods superstitious yokels, Walker County = coal barons who walk on streets of gold.
Story brought back some bad memories for me- I was only 11 years old at the time but remember this very well. Attended his funeral and knew the family- graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1980. There was always a "feeling" around town that Wellborn targeted Speedy to get him out of that game- but certainly very few people really believed that anyone was trying to kill this great kid. His death hung over the school and town for quite some time. I have seen this film on several occasions when I was in High School- some coaches at the school showed this to our baseball team one day. It was a very different time back then- sad story about a young life that was ended way too soon. It was actually too tragic for anyone to accept- but yes, I do believe this was more accidental than intentional.
I have no doubt there are fine people that live in the Wellborn area-but it really was different in the 70"s everywhere in Alabama and west Anniston was a rough area back in that time. Played baseball at JHS and we played Wellborn one afternoon when the school was let out to see the game-there were guys smoking pot sitting on the outfield fence and someone's mother was poking her umbrella through the dugout fence during the game. Really had to watch what you said and did when in that part of town back in the day.
Here's a link to the "Freedom Riders" Bus when it was stopped & burned here in the Wellborn Community..It's scary to think all this happened in the neighborhood I grew up in & am living in right now..CLICK ME
And here's an actual news clip of the burned bus.....CLICK ME
I apologize Mods this post has curved away from the football aspect of my original post..Feel free to move this to Non Sport if need be..
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I tend to think that it was just a horribly unlucky play. It happens sometimes, especially when a player has been running you ragged and you finally get a chance to put a lick on him. Lord knows I played on some awful football teams in my day, and there were many times when I - or we - would take a little satisfaction in exacting some sort of physical revenge, but we never intended to kill anyone. Thankfully, we never did.
"In the second quarter, I saw Torretta look over at me, and he froze for a second. I saw fear."