Trails of Tradition

What if there hadn’t been a 40-year timeout in the Alabama-Auburn series? Here’s a theory.

What if, after this Saturday’s Iron Bowl, the University of Alabama and Auburn University announced a pause in the rivalry for 40 years, until the year 2062? The college football world, especially in the South, would spontaneously combust. Yet that’s…

Interested in reading some books written by former Alabama football players? There are more than forty to choose from!

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series J.K. Rowling would be proud, because when it comes to University of Alabama football, there are plenty of “right”…

Forty Years, Forty Memories (Part Five)

Good morning, Tide Nation, it’s game day! Season openers have been quite kind to the Crimson Tide over the past 129 years. During this span, Alabama is 103-21-3 in openers (with no teams being fielded in 1898 and 1943). Our…

Forty Years, Forty Memories (Part Four)

Thus far in my blog reflecting on 40 memories in my 40 years at the University of Alabama, I’ve covered early 1982 (the year I was hired in the UA Alumni Office) through the Tide’s 1992 football national championship. Today,…

Forty Years, Forty Memories (Part Three)

Two blogs in, and I’ve only covered 11 “memories” over a five-year span (1982-1986). I guess I’d better get movin’, so here goes. #12 – From the Alumni Office to the Athletic Department In my case, change was good, altering…

Forty Years, Forty Memories (Part Two)

In Part One of my “Forty Years, Forty Memories” blog, which is available on my www.tommyfordrealestate.com website, I took a journey through 1982, which was my first year working for UA’s National Alumni Association. I reminisced about hauling the 16-millimeter…

Forty Years, Forty Memories

Recently I “celebrated,” if you will, my 40-year anniversary of being hired at the University of Alabama. To me, there’s just something special about the number 40. Because it’s used 146 times in Scripture? Perhaps. Because it’s the number of…

The 2020 Crimson Tide: A Story of Greatness

By Tommy Ford What is your favorite Crimson Tide national championship team? The 1961 squad (Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first natty), which gave up only 25 points the entire season? The 1973 team, when the run-oriented wishbone offense sprouted wings…

"A Vision for Mac" helps propel Mac Jones to a National Championship

In early 2018, just a few weeks following the Tua-to-DeVonta 2nd & 26 heroics in the Crimson Tide’s stunning national title victory over Georgia, Gordon Jones – father of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones – penned a prophetic note to his…

From "P.O.T.T" to "TIDE PRIDE" (Part Three)

Whereas the first two parts of “From P.O.T.T. to TIDE PRIDE” covered the creation of TIDE PRIDE in 1987-88 and the program’s kickoff for the 1988 season, this final part will cover, oh, the next 32 years. So, in the…

From "P.O.T.T." to "TIDE PRIDE" (Part Two)

From “P.O.T.T.” to “TIDE PRIDE” (Part Two) (Click on this link for Part One of “From P.O.T.T. to TIDE PRIDE”: https://tommyfordrealestate.com/trails-of-traditions/from-p-o-t-t-to-tide-pride-part-one/) Usually, when you see a lawyer rummaging through your filing cabinets, you get nervous. Real nervous. In this case,…

From “P.O.T.T.” to “TIDE PRIDE” (Part One)

There was a day, back in the spring of 1987, when the Crimson Tide could've gone to pot. As you read on, you'll see how.

In the fight of his life, Pizzitola maintains an inspiring attitude

Never, more than today, is Alan Pizzitola fighting so hard.