I'm only 20, so the first game I watched all the way through was 08 against Clemson. (Better late than never, right?)
I used to walk in during some games, but that was the first one I actively sat down and watched. I've been watching ever since.
Since you asked: My grandparents home is where Gene Stallings stayed during the recruitment of Wayne Tremble and and co. from Cullman.
First time I knew there was a Alabama was the 72 Orange bowl that my mother was listening to on the radio.(fickle fan) 6 yrs old
The first that I glanced at a game on TV was the 74 Iron Bowl while at my uncles in Cullman 8 yrs old
The first game that I watched in it's entirety was the 75 Missouri loss. It came on TV, and I watched it and was hooked. I knew who Coach Bryant was by that time.
Finished the season watching the Iron and Orange BowlS. Watched the Bowl games ever since.
The first season that I followed and understood football was the 1978 season. 12 years old and became an instant fanatic. Ever week I picked up a Beer Companies football pamphlet that had the rankings and scores of all the teams. The rankings had power numbers. I read these religiously ever week and familiarized myself with all the teams this way. We were usually 2 or 3 during the season that year. Having been playing football by that time, age 12 is when I became a somewhat educated fan that understood. It has built from that season ever since. I even played in the drum line solely to watch the games and get on the field.
I am very happy that coach Saban is creating superfans. I believe their is a generation of kids that didn't connect as well as some of us that experienced greatness and had a team that was the envy of the league.
Can you imagine if this same situation (USCw ...or any other team really... beating us early and then having a split NC with them) would happen today? Sports talk show people would literally keel over from heart attacks the way they carry on so much .... as though their opinions are the most important.In person: Bama vs USCw at Legion Field in 1978. Charles White was running back for USCw, and they beat us. SI's cover next week had photo of the game, with caption, "Rolling Back the Tide." Still makes me sick. Fortunately, we won half of the NC that year. Ironically, we shared it with USCw.
“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.” - Coach Paul Bryant and I can see Coach Nick Saban agreeing completely.
Another poster mentioned Lauren Stapp. His nickname was " Goobie".
My first game attended was the '61 game vs Tulane in Ladd Stadium, Mobile. There was a period when we played them, USM and LSU down there from time to time.
"When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all." C.S. Lewis
"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you will get neither." C.S Lewis
TV - 66 Orange
In person - 68 Liberty
In person was the first game in Denny Stadium (!) my freshman year in 1973: Alabama 28, Georgia 14.
Sometime in the early 70's. My Dad wasn't really a football fan, but I remember him telling me that this game was important.
I know it was in the early 80's, but I just can't remember the "first" one I seen. The first I remember off the top of my head was the 85 Iron Bowl.
My first in person was 92 vs. Vandy and I was steaming mad because Palmer was suspended.
9-30-1967 Ladd Stadium in Mobile.
Never been to a Bama game but the first one I saw was Alabama vs LSU 2000, I was 3 at the time as well.
1996 Iron Bowl.
I was 5 going on 6 years old. It's the first game I can clearly remember watching.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - George Orwell
I'm sure I watched some when I was younger, but first one I remember is 1973 Sugar Bowl (Bama-ND). I vividly remember how bummed my Dad (Bama alum, class of 1964) was after the game.