Mobile, AL (PressExposure) March 08, 2007 -- Author and avid football fan Stuart Reb Donaldâs first book on the subject Nine Straight (104 pages, $10.00) details sportâs most heated rivalry.
In 1972 Auburn completed an unbelievable 4th quarter comeback to derail archrival Alabamaâs quest for a national championship. The Tiger fans responded with a euphoric onslaught of jokes, memorabilia, and the now famous slogan, Punt Bama Punt. The Crimson Tideâs legendary coach, Paul âBearâ Bryant was not amused. What followed was a barrage of success that would see Bama produce numerous championships, break countless records, and outscore Auburn 287 â 104 en route to winning nine in a row against the Tigers. Only the efforts of an energetic and brazen young coach and the emergence of a phenomenal athlete could ebb the Tide. The streak would see a host of heroes both memorable and forgotten take the field for the two football powers. During this period names like Richard Todd, James Brooks, Dwight Stevenson, William Andrews, Ozzie Newsome, Joe Cribbs, Jeremiah Castille, and Bo Jackson would all leave their indelible marks on the rivalry known as The Iron Bowl.
Growing up every Alabama fan is ingrained with the feats of the âBear.â The decade of the 1970âs saw his Crimson Tide dominate college football winning more games than any other program in America as well as notching three national titles. But it would have been four if not for hated Auburn.
Thirty years ago Auburn was not the dominate football program in the South. Many Auburn fans remember the period with despondency. Not only was their team floundering but their cross state rival was on a championship tare and winning nine straight over the Tigers. They were desperately in search of a champion to reverse their fortunes.
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ABOUT AUTHOR Stuart Reb Donald is a chef and culinary author. He attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he studied Business Management and Liberal Arts. A More Perfect Union is his second book and first work of fiction.