It is pretty hard to beat the feeling of being surrounded by 100,000+ Alabama fans on a fall Saturday yelling “Roll Tide” or enjoying a high-energy game at Rhodes Stadium as our softball team competes in the Spring. “Roll Tide” and “Go Bama” are just a couple phrases said, from The Quad to every building on campus, on a typical UA day, but are yelled loud and proud on a game day. Have you ever wondered why we’re called the Crimson Tide?
At the 1907 Iron Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama held the heavily-favored Auburn (at the time) at a 6-6 tie. The game was played in a sea of crimson mud and the Alabama players’ white uniforms were stained crimson. As a sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald, Hugh Roberts, left the field, he described Alabama as a Crimson Tide. Sports writers then popularized the name and it’s stuck ever since.
By the end of your first year on campus, you may hear “Roll Tide” hundreds of times and might even be saying it to every person you see in Alabama gear! Roll Tide is not only a chant, it is a greeting, dismissal from classes, and an expression of the unity of our campus. So get prepared to join the Crimson Tide family and practice your “Roll Tide!” This phrase is one that unites Alabama fans everywhere.
“I’m from Indiana and when I wear a UA sweatshirt or t-shirt around during breaks back home I get “Roll Tides” from alumni or people who are really just die hard UA fans!” – Shelby Taylor, UA Senior