Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Top 25 Days In SEC Football History

Kyle posted his top 15 and then 5 more this week and invited suggestions for the next five. Well I think I have a few that could fit in.

-November 9, 1899
-While not truly part of the SEC one of the greatest feats in southern football history began on this date. The University of the South (Sewanee, charter member of the SEC) beat the University of Texas for the first win in a string of five wins which they accomplished in six days. In that six day period they beat Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, LSU, and Ole Miss- all national powers at the time- by a combined score of 91-0. Sewanee went on to finish the year 12-0. In his book Southern Fried Football Tony Barnhart ranked this Sewanee team as the greatest southern football team of all time.

-December 2, 1989
-This was the day in which the Iron Bowl finally returned to Auburn. It was also the first time the second-ranked University of Alabama had ever played in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers won the game 30-20 in front of 85,319, the largest crowd for a football game in the state of Alabama.

-September 30, 1967 and September 4, 2004 (joint)
-The first date is the date in which Nat Northington made his debut for the Kentucky Wildcats against Ole Miss. Northington is significant because he was the first black player in SEC football history. The second date is significant because Sylvester Croom made his coaching debut at Mississippi State that day against Tulane. He was the first black head coach in SEC football history.

-Various Individual Performances
-I think one of the last two dates ought to be an "open" one per se. It should be open to the reader's interpretation of the greatest individual performance in SEC history. For instance LSU fans will always hold Billy Cannon's punt return against Ole Miss on Halloween 1959 as one of the greatest plays in CFB history. Fans of other schools will always remember their own treasured performances. So there should be no specific date picked but rather the date should be open so that all the amazing individual performances can be honored.

-Various Team Performances
-See above. LSU fans will never forget October 1997 and knocking off #1 Florida or winning the National Championship on January 3, 2004. This one should be open for all the great upsets and victories.


Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

I remember that '89 game. Horrible. Got Bill Curry fired. I mean, if he'd beat Miami, he could've held his job, but prolly only for a couple more years. As for me, I remember in '90 when a shit Bama team beat No. 2 Tennessee at Neyland with a last-second FG by Phillip Doyle, and the '96 Iron Bowl.

Iron Bowl story: Bama was down by six with a little over two minutes left, and stuck deep on their own end. The offense hadn't made a first down the whole second half. Then the Bear reached down from the heavens, touched mediocre QB Freddie Kitchen's arm, and about a minute and a half later, it was 24-23 Bama. Most exciting game I've ever seen in my life.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Yeah- just like I said- every fan remembers certain days and how their team had some amazing win. Or vice-versa.

For instance it was so agonizing to read Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer and read about the LSU game when we came THAT close to scoring at the end!

But then there was the game from... 1993 I think. Yeah that one. I remember I lost a tooth that day. Bizarre the things you remember.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous nico said...

Alabama's opening game of the 2006 against Hawaii is going to break the Alabama attendance record with our improved & expanded giant ass 93,000 capacity Bryant-Denny Stadium

10:04 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I heard they had to move the DKE house at Bama to complete that expansion- is that true?

10:08 PM  
Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

Nah, the DKE house is where it always was. But I remembered an LSU-centric moment: The Human Earthquake.

Always makes me feel good when people celebrate Auburn getting beat.

2:14 PM  

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