That’s Life, November 17th, 1961


Also on that date, Alabama was ranked #2 in the nation and was preparing to beat Auburn 34-0.

The Tide finished that season undefeated and won the first of Bear Bryant’s six national championships at Alabama. It was a very good year, for more reasons than one.

  1. That Girl

    Just one field goal… that’s all I’m asking let us at least attempt one field goal.

    I knew my day was coming but I didn’t know how bad I would hate it when it got here.

    Still, I say, “War Eagle!”

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    All I want for my birthday is a V over Aubie…

    And Florida…

    And whoever else awaits out there on the horizon.

    Whatever happens, at least we won’t be going to Shreveport again this year. And for that, I’m thankful.

  3. Brady

    Enjoy the day, and the good times.

    My favorite birthday line: it’s not the year, it’s the mileage.

    All the best…

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    Thanks, Brady.

    The whole mileage thing is intriguing. I did a quick calculation and figured that I have walked roughly 65-70K miles in my life so far plus another 10K miles in running. That would put me on the high end at 80K miles which is more than 3 times around the world.

    Wow. That’s a lot of Nikes.

  5. JRB

    Happy birthday.

    I realized over lunch today that it’s not inconceivable that #1 UA could play #2 UF in the SEC championship, and if UF wins, then one-loss #1 UF could play one-loss #2 UA in the national championship.

    Did I mention that Vanderbilt is bowl eligible?

    Go ‘Dores.

  6. Mike the Eyeguy

    Congrats. I hope things go the ‘Dores way this weekend.

    That’s an interesting thought. It would probably have to be a squeaker, instant classic type game, combined with TT losing and some 1-loss teams picking up another one. Big Twelve fans would scream bloody murder, but so what.

    Game scores are going to grow in importance now.

  7. mmlace

    Happy Birthday, Dr. Eyeguy! Hope it’s been a good one! I agree…I’m sure 1961 was a good year! Hate that I missed it by a few! 😉

    Much love to you!

  8. Brady

    How come you didn’t stop by here on one of those around the world trips?

    I figured my mileage… I had walked around the world by the time I was 10. My dad was a gardener and we had some clients with very big lawns…

  9. Mike the Eyeguy

    Thanks, mmlace.

    Brady, I’m showing up on your doorstep next time around.

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