In Alabama, besides the standard “Hello” and “How are you,” a common greeting/farewell/expression etc. is “Roll Tide.” When a saying that started at a university’s football program permeates the laws of social behavior and becomes part of it, it becomes obvious that the Alabama Crimson Tide means everything to the entire state. In fact, you could say that the team is actually the pride and joy of Alabama. Even I, a 19-year-old New Yorker, can understand that the Crimson Tide is more than a team—it’s a way of life.
The Crimson Tide have a tremendous following throughout the country, and I haven’t even mentioned how respected and feared they are. The Tide has a near-mythical reputation to their credit. 14 national titles, countless SEC titles, alumni who’ve become NFL Hall of Famers, and some of the most revered football coaches in history are all part of that legacy. But on Monday, they’ll try to add to it when they take on Notre Dame for the BCS Championship. However, the Alabama Crimson Tide is unique for one reason: they transcend sports to the point where social culture is affected by it.