Our *Begrudging* Homage to the NCAA Champion Alabama Crimson Tide

“Roll Tide!!” That is an expression anyone who watches college football outside the state of Alabama is sick to death of at this point in time.  The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled to their third College Football National Championship in four years last night, crushing an over-matched Notre Dame squad 42-14 and extending a dominating streak by the SEC, which has produced the last seven national champions.

Many of you may have noticed though that the Crimson Tide is kind of an odd nickname, and fairly unbecoming when your imagination gets a chance to run with it.  You also may have noticed that the Alabama mascot is an Elephant.  Political affiliations aside, Alabama is about the last place most of us would associate with an Elephant.  So how did the University of Alabama get these nicknames?  How much moonshine was involved?  How many people in Alabama can spell “Elephant” without an “f”?  Pressing questions that demand answers… Continue reading

Army and Navy’s Newest Uniforms

Tomorrow, future officers in the United States Army and Navy will debut newly-designed uniforms for one of the most intense battles in American history – although this one will be fought on a different type of battlefield.

The slick lines, the shining black and gold, and the proud symbols of the finest ground fighting force in the world: all of them boldly say “we know who we are, and we are coming for you.” Tomorrow, on December 8th, the 113th Army-Navy game will kick off at Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams will be sporting new uniforms designed by the ridiculously talented people at Nike. While I am admittedly biased towards the ground-pounders, the Army uniforms are by far some of the coolest things I have ever seen been made for the gridiron. But first, a little background on this historic rivalry.

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