Alabama has won 12 national championships and 21 Southeastern Conference
championships and begins its 111th season of football on September 2 as
it hosts Hawai'i in the newly renovated Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The 84-page magazine, with a limited press run of 432,000 copies, will
begin hitting news stands today and will be sold throughout the state of
Alabama at a cover price of $6.99. The SupeStore on the UA campus
received 10,000 copies on Monday.
The cover features a photo of Joe Namath and Paul 'Bear' Bryant bordered
by a montage of Alabama photos with the billing: "Alabama...A
Celebration Of Crimson Tide Football."
Highlights of the special issue include:
* The Very Heart of Alabama: In a state where football means so
much, each new season raises fresh hopes and dreams, but one thing is
ever constant: The larger-than-life presence of Paul 'Bear' Bryant, the
big man in the houndstooth hat.
* The Greatest Story Ever Told: From its creation in 1892,
Alabama football has become darn near a religion. SI takes a look at
the saints, sinners and gridiron gods of the tide's first 66 years.
* Fruits of Victory: From the pages of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, a look
back at Alabama's last seven championship teams including:
o 1961: A Sugar Bowl win sealed the first championship in 20
o 1964: The Tide earned the title with a 21-14 Iron Bowl victory.
o 1965: An undersized defense upset unbeaten Nebraska.
o 1973: Alabama trounced LSU on Thanksgiving to take No.1.
o 1978: The Tide shut down Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.
o 1979: A 24-9 win over Arkansas delivered another title.
o 1992: Alabama halted Miami's winning streak to become No.1.
* The All-Time Alabama Team: The cream of the Crimson Tide? It's
quite a roll (tide) call. SI names Alabama's All-Time Lineup. Let the
* "The Iron Bowl" The Battle of Alabama: Choosing sides for "The
Iron Bowl" is no joke, as one outsider discovered.
* The Gridiron King: In 1981, 68-year-old Paul 'Bear' Bryant was
in his 24th season in Tuscaloosa and poised to break Amos Alonzo Stagg's
all-time record for coaching victories.
* Alexander The Great: The reigning NFL MVP shares his favorite
Reprints of the cover of this special issue, as well as other classic SI
covers featuring Alabama, can be purchased at www.sicovers.com.