The University of Alabama earned the name "Crimson Tide" while playing Auburn in 1907 in the soppy, red Birmingham mud. The press called the linemen the "thin Red Line" and later the "Crimson Tide" because of the dark red stains on their uniforms.
Years later in 1930 while watching an Alabama-Mississippi game, an Atlanta sportswriter wrote how "the earth started to tremble" because of the Bama line resembled "Red Elephants," and the team's mascot was born.Football in Alabama has breeded its own jargon, thanks mostly to its legendary coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant. A few examples for ya'll:
IRON BOWL - the annual Alabama-Auburn football rivalry. Named after the steel city of Birmingham where the battle is usually played at Legion Field.
HUNKERIN' DOWN - Defensive strategy of holding the opponent to no yards.
BREAKIN' THE BONE - To throw a pass, usually from the wishbone set.
"RAMMER, JAMMER, YELLOW HAMMER (Give 'em hell, Alabama)" - Another war cry for Tide fans. The yellow hammer is the state bird.
ONE HORSE TOWN - Any small town where the community has just one high school team.
SLOPEHEADS - Tennessee Fans.
AUBS or AUBIES - Auburn fans.
"ROOT HOG OR DIE" - An old farmer's term translated to football; a command to players to come off the field victorious - or else come off on a stretcher.
"DIG'EM UP!" - Shouted in reference to the "Bear" when Bryant's successors couldn't beat Auburn.
"BINGO CHARLIE, THAT'S A GOODIE!" - Bryant's words of praise after a punishing tackle; still used by old-timer Bama fans.
UTAH PASS - The shift or forward shovel pass used by Ute quarterback Lee Grosscup in the late '50s; Alabama coaches still use the term statewide.
GUT CHECK - A term used now in all sports, but one of Bryant's favorites in the fourth quarter.
DREAMLAND - A pork rib barbecue mecca in Tuscaloosa; made infamous by ABC game announcer Keith Jackson.