Why the name "The Dangling Ear?"

From The Tuscaloosa News........

"Tuscaloosa’s Hargrove Van de Graaff was one tough hombre on the football field.

In a 1913 game against Tennessee, he nearly lost an ear.

It “had a real nasty cut and was dangling from his head, bleeding badly,” Tennessee tackle Bull Bayer recalls in Winston Groom’s book, “The Crimson Tide.” “He grabbed his ear and tried to yank it from his head. His teammates stopped him and his managers bandaged him … He wanted to tear off his own ear so he could keep playing.”

Van de Graaff hung on to his ear and Alabama hung on to a
6-0 lead to beat the Vols.

Hargrove’s brother W.T. “Bully” Van de Graaff was an even bigger star for the Tide. A fabulously gifted athlete, he became Alabama’s first All-American."

Learn more about the great University of Alabama family, the Van De Graafs, @ http://www.jemisonmansion.com/

Passion, Committment to Excellence, and a Visceral Hatred of Tennessee - all missions of this blog!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Expansionistas, Slivers, Missouri Compromisers

Lend me your Beers!

I come to bury SLIVE, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with SLIVE ...
The noble Bogie Hath told you SLIVE was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath SLIVE answered it ...

Here, under leave of Bogie and the rest,
(For Bogie is an honourable man;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Slive's tenure's funeral ...

He was my commissioner,
but unfaithful and unjust to me:
But Bogie says he was ambitious;
And Bogie is an honourable man….

Slive hath brought many captives home to Birmingham,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Slive seem ambitious?
When that the poor fans have cried, Slive hath ignored:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Bogie says he was ambitious;
And Chief is an honourable man.

O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason….
Bear with me; My SEC is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

Missouri is engaged in a civil war. There is a powerful segment in Columbia that likes to fancy themselves as a Big ten program, and would do anything for a Big Ten Invite.Then there are others and a lot of the general fanbase who want the SEC. They are in turmoil, as evidenced by the waffling and listening to all offers.

They do not have a clear plan of action drawn out, and they are going to end up where the wind blows them.Wanted the Big Ten, now reconsidering the Big 12 - we do not need Missouri then, now, or ever.

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