A Tale of Two Hats


The weekend has concluded, the Tide hung in there for a while but didn’t escape from “The Swamp” and “Wide Right Jesus” is still signaling “no good.”

But unless the world screeches to a halt and stops spinning on its axis, the Crimson Nation should be be smiling next week at this time after dismantling one of the nation’s most feeble college football teams, the Duke Blue Devils. I suspect the boys from Durham are making a handsome sum for showing up in Tuscaloosa for their thrashing. Duke lost their Homecoming game 37-0 to UVa on Saturday, so look for Saturday’s game to get butt ugly very quickly. The word is that Alabama will reciprocate in the future by traveling to North Carolina, probably to a major venue like Charlotte.

Thanks to some help from friends, we’ve scored some tickets to that game, so we’ll be heading down to T-town for my first Division I college football Game Day ever. Well, I did watch Vanderbilt play a couple of times in the early 90s when I lived in Nashville, but does that even count?

Several have asked: Which hat will you wear?

Answer: Are you serious?

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: my allegiance to the Duke Blue Devils does not extend beyond the front door of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Yes, I bleed Blue Devil Blue when it comes to college basketball, but I’ve lived in Alabama off and on for over 17 years now. As Forrest Gump would say, “I am not a smahutt man,” but when it comes to college football, I know which side my bread is buttered on.


P.S. For all you Walmart lovers/haters, I picked up those hats for $5.00 each at my local Supercenter and still managed to sleep soundly with relatively little trouble to my conscience. Amazing, but true. Yesterday, I was picking up some birthday flowers for Eyegal (Happy Birthday dear!), and I even picked up a Notre Dame hat as well–just to cover all my bets.

  1. GREG

    I remember that they were supposed to meet in 2002 on the hardcourt… Duke a #1 seed and Tide a #2. Unfortunately, Indiana and Kent State had other plans…. I still can’t stand the sight of Mike Davis….

    I managed to win a couple of tickets to the Hogs homecoming game at work on Friday. It’s in 2 weeks, the next game after Auburn. They’re playing “Nobody State” or someone like that, so I figure after getting annihilated at Auburn next week, they’ll take out their frustrations on them and win. I’ve been to a few games over the years, but always in LR. I’ve never been to a game in Fayetteville, so I’m looking forward to it.

    I saw the UVa score saturday, and thought it was somewhat sad. I didn’t realize it was at home (and homecoming), so that makes it worse.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    I would love to see a Bama-Duke basketball matchup this year. Bama is ranked #12 preseason in Street & Smith’s (haven’t heard about Duke yet).

  3. GREG

    I saw some polls after the end of last season – the projections for this coming year – where Duke was in the 10-15 range, too.

    ESPN currently has a top 50 (here) which as Duke at 12 and Alabama at 15.

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    I wonder where Street & Smith and ESPN had Florida ranked last year at this time? 🙂

  5. DAVID u

    Mike, Bama needs a couple of warm up games to get ready for the Vols. Ole Miss should be tougher next week, but my prediction is that we will be ready for our trip to the Orange Nation and come away with a victory. Therefore, going into the last two games against two teams that both have Tigers for their mascots, I predict we will be 8-2. Not bad for a team in a rebuilding year. Especially considering one of those losses was a gift!

    Have fun at the game! You will love the stadium and the atmosphere.


  6. tom

    As you closer football followers alredady know, Mizzou did indeed beat the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday. Former CU Coach and General Embarrassment Gary Barnett reportedly visited the Buffs’ hotel the night before the game to offer encouragement, rehabilitate his reputation (at least amongst his former players), and (I’m guessing) feel smugly vindicated that his former team hasn’t won a game yet (never mind that the losing streak runs back well into his tenure).
    Football is not my religion, but if it was, the Buffaloes are surely going to hell and good riddance.
    I expect to see video at Christmas of this week’s powderpuff!

  7. Mike the Eyeguy


    I would have thought you would be pleased that Mizzou won!

    I will do my best to make sure your dreams of some video come true.

    DU–You are quite the optimist!

  8. Donna

    I choose to believe that David is a prophet!

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