AUBURN, Ala. -- After he raised one finger and ran past the only corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium painted crimson to a Million Dollar Band serenade of
"Only the strong survive," Saban shared later. "But the strong still get their [fannies] whipped. That was my message to the team."
Message received. Alabama needed a clutch fourth-quarter drive to escape Iron Bowl LXXIV with a 26-21 win Friday. Crimson Tide tailback
Maybe next year they'll rechristen it the Profanity Bowl, because no game so far this season has inspired more swearing. Saban, interviewed while heading into the half tied 14-14, told Alabama's radio network listeners that the Tide knew they would have to "survive a [you-know-what] storm."
The folks inside the hollowed-out volcano that serves as BCS headquarters probably swore up their own [you-know-what] storm at about 3 p.m. Friday when Auburn used enough trick plays to fill an entire Boise State coaches' clinic to take a 14-0 lead. Ten men had blocked perfectly on
Meanwhile, Cincinnati and TCU players probably dropped a payload of [sixth-letter-bombs] when they saw Alabama quarterback
The third time 'Bama faced third down on that possession, the ball rested at the Auburn 3-yard line. Saban's coaches sent in a running play for freshman
Oh, but it does. On Dec. 5, the Crimson Tide will play Florida in a huge-[fannied] game in Atlanta with the SEC title and a berth in the BCS title game on the line.
The Iron Bowl certainly exposed Alabama's vulnerabilities, but it also revealed an iron will Crimson Tide players may not have realized they had. "We learned," linebacker
We also learned who Heisman voters probably should have been watching on the Crimson Tide roster. Cornerback
The Alabama sideline went ape[stuff]. The Tigers, who had played valiantly, hung their heads. Some even muttered a few swears as they left the field. Come to think of it, so did one of the Tide players.
"That was a [heck] of a game," offensive guard Mike Johnson said. It also taught Alabama a [heck] of a lesson. "We're still hungry," Upchurch said. "And we're fighters."