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Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: A Portrait of Bear Bryant, Introduction

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: A Portrait of Bear Bryant, Introduction

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A Tradition Remembered: A different way of looking at legendary college football coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant through the eyes of Anthony Sisco

Guts & Glory, A Portrait of Bear Bryant has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I go into all the inspiration that led me to scale this wall, which I’ve put in as an epilogue for those who just can’t get enough 'Bama and want to hear one man’s antidotal brush with the legend.

The rest of the story comes from the coach’s own words in his autobiography, Bear, The hard life and good times of Alabama’s Coach Bryant, co-written with John Underwood; multiple Youtube videos from former players and coaches and a vast amount of books, articles, memories, etc. written by a chorus bigger than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of those that have an on-going fascination of this icon of American lore.

Coach Nick Saban’s historic run at Alabama has begun to put a coat of paint over the Bear era and many of the younger generations aren’t aware of the foundation and winning tradition that Coach Bryant laid, which helped bring Saban to Alabama and made possible all that he has accomplished.

So, while there’s a few of us still around who have been so lucky as to live through the Bryant and now Saban eras, it seemed like a good time to put out a little illustrated history in story form. Bouncing off of my current cartoon strip on BamaCentral, Crimson Tikes ~ The Tradition Rolls On, I merge the past with the present and present, The Tradition Remembered.

However, I must warn you, Bear is the vestige of times that were not politically correct. Even Underwood stated that after spending hundreds of hours in conversation with the man, mostly in search of his viewpoint for Sports Illustrated, he found Coach Bryant’s candor, “from the beginning…to be remarkable. And unsettling.” He went on to exclaim that “More remarkable was his frankness in explaining himself. In that he left nothing unsaid. His ability to recall conversations, incidents, names, places, dates, yard lines, etc, was – and is – uncanny.”

With that, I bid you the faint echo of a Mad magazine-like approach to the Bear Bryant era and a portrait of the man.

Introduction

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Alabama Tradition
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: One Upon a Time
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Sweet Dreams
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: The Bear Tells His Story

Chapter 1

Crimson Tikes: How do you motivate people?
Crimson Tikes: Moro Bottom
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Football has never been just a game to me. Never.
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Bear of Burden

Chapter 2 

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: It's All About Guts
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Filling Station Monument
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Benching Namath
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Texas A&M Gut Check
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Alumni interference

Chapter 3 

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Post First Attack
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Easy Target
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Dirty Journalism
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Brutal Claims

Chapter 4

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Scales of Justice
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Devotion to Winning
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Hats Off to the Bear
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: The Fish Get Saturdays Off
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Iwo Jima

Chapter 5

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Locked and Loaded
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Boys in the Band
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Momma's Boy
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Mama Bear

Chapter 6

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Pete and Joe

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Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Getting Up
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Cow College Joke
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: I'll Show Them ...

Chapter 7

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Revenge
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Being Scared
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Old Football Cleats
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: But That Train Keeps A-Rollin'

Chapter 8

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Night Train Continued ...
Crimson Tide Guts and Glory: You Always Gotta Have A Plan
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: The Punch
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Midnight Train to Arkansas

Chapter 9

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Latching On
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Freezing With Belt
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Jumping the Night Train
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Drinking From Muddy Water

Chapter 10

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Young Bear
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Walkin' In From the Bottom
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Mr. Smith and the Lyric Theater
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Click and Jud
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Drucilla Smith

Chapter 11

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: King Kong
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Mr. Smith Was Out Front
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Bring on the Bear
Crimson Tide Guts and Glory: And Now In This Corner ...

Chapter 12

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Not Your Average Bear
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Power of Perception
Crimson Tikes: The Charge and the Takedown
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Holding Down the Bear

Chapter 13

Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Bloody Hand
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Stage Dive
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Crash Landing
Crimson Tikes Guts and Glory: Busted Shins, Bit Ear and a Nickname

Guts & Glory, A Portrait of Bear Bryant appears three times a week on BamaCentral, on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Guts & Glory, A Portrait of Bear Bryant has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I go into all the inspiration that led me to scale this wall, which I’ve put in as an epilogue for those who just can’t get enough 'Bama and want to hear one man’s antidotal brush with the legend.

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