The smile may be gone, but memories of Clell Hobson will live forever

Later today, hundreds from far and wide will gather to celebrate the homegoing of Clell Laverne Hobson Sr., a true icon in University of Alabama athletics history. Clell, who before his passing on March 14 was the oldest living Alabama football and baseball letterman, left behind a lifetime of precious memories, stellar athletic accomplishments, and […]

“Well, he had to make a living somehow…”

Crimson Tide head coach Wallace Wade on his star Johnny Mack Brown, Bama’s first Rose Bowl hero and future Western film icon So uttered the words of 89-year-old Wallace Wade in reply to my question during our phone chat on Nov. 1, 1981. “Coach, what did you think about Johnny Mack going into the movies?” […]

Fifty years since the Tide’s 1973 national championship? Say it ain’t so!

It was December of 1973, my senior year in high school. I had recently turned 18, making me a “big boy” in terms of voting, qualifying to serve in the military, and a host of other things that being 18 offered. The feds even called me an “adult” and “age of majority.” Despite this newfound […]

Bama grad and PGA Tour chaplain Stephen Bunn is Ryder Cup bound

It was, as they say, the call of a lifetime. Just a few days ago, on Tuesday, July 25, around 1:00 p.m., Stephen Bunn had just returned to his Vestavia Hills home from a trip when his phone buzzed. Calling was his friend Zach Johnson, 12-time PGA tour winner (including the 2007 Masters and the […]

Who’s witnessed more Alabama basketball games than anyone in history? This guy.

As the Alabama basketball team plays its first-round NCAA tournament game today in Birmingham, there’s no better time than now to reveal the Crimson Tide’s best-kept secret. He’s been a member of the Alabama “team” for 40 basketball seasons (and 39 football seasons), yet for the most part remains in total obscurity to many Tide […]

Content? Or Committed?

From Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Rich Wingo learns a valuable life lesson “No one’s ever been kicked off the team and allowed back on except Joe Namath. And you ain’t Joe Namath.” Student trainer Tim Garl to Rich Wingo, August 1977 . On a hot, humid day in August 1977, a day that he says […]

Laslie’s Long-Gone National Championship Ring Finds its Way Back Home

For Mary Lou Laslie Henry, the phone call sounded too good to be true. Way down in Alabama, on the other end of the line was Fred Martinez, claiming he was in possession of her father’s long-gone University of Alabama 1965 national championship ring. “That’s impossible,” said Mary Lou, a Virginia resident and the only […]