Four years ago today, a series of deadly tornadoes ripped through Alabama, leaving dozens dead and tearing a hole in the hearts of the state's residents. The destruction was felt acutely in Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, where several students died. Yet April 27, 2011 also gave birth to a new sense of loyalty and pride in the Crimson Tide sports teams, who in addition to being affected deeply by the tragedy also began the literal and symbolic act of helping an entire state heal.
In today's edition of the SI Vault Podcast, Sports Illustrated associate editor Ted Keith is joined by Lars Anderson, who wrote the cover story of the magazine's May 23, 2011 issue, entitled "Terror, Tragedy and Hope in Tuscaloosa," as well as SI.com associate producer Kelsey Hendrix, a 2012 Alabama graduate. They discuss what happened on that fateful day, how the story came to be and why its impact will forever be felt by all who experienced it.