Week 7 is here, and we’re singing a new verse of an old tune.
The biggest news this week in Tuscaloosa was
Tua Tagovailoa’s sprained knee the return of beloved stadium anthem “Dixieland Delight” for No. 1 Alabama’s game against Missouri (7 ET, ESPN).
The fan favorite — by the band Alabama, the three-time Country Music Association Entertainers of the Year, no less — was last played in Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2015, but was nixed due to the annotations made by a large segment of the crowd (their additions indicated in bold):
Spend my dollar (on beer)
Parked in a holler ‘neath the mountain moonlight (Roll Tide)
Hold her uptight (against the wall)
Make a little lovin’ (all night)
A little turtle dovin’ on a Mason Dixon night (F— AUBURN)
Fits my life (and LSU)
Oh so right (and Tennessee, too)
My Diiiixielaaaaaaaaand Delight
Such a shame to bastardize a beautiful tune about … what’s that now? We’ll let Wikipedia break it down:
“The song’s title refers to the girlfriend of the singer. Later in the song, [songwriter Ronnie] Rogers conjures up images of various forest animals (e.g. a white-tailed buck and a red-tailed hawk) and how they bring peace to him, before returning to how the main character plans to become intimate with his girlfriend during their weekend outing.”
Seems like the perfect jam to get the people going in the fourth quarter. So along comes athletic director Greg Byrne, Tide running back Damien Harris, UA student body president Price McGiffert and one Miss Terry Saban, begging fans to let “Dixieland Delight” live by not saying the very bad words.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) October 10, 2018
Some fans are (understandably) dubious of fans’ abilities to refrain…
Greg Byrne: “Will everyone please read the video boards during Dixieland Delight and not shout obscenities”
— DusTUAn (@TheDustanReeves) October 11, 2018
While others are playing the long game.
Everyone needs to get this new version of dixieland delight right on Saturday so we can finesse ua athletics and say the REAL version at the iron bowl
— Kendall Jones (@KendallJones16) October 11, 2018
We’ll see whenever the fourth quarter rolls around. Whatever you do, don’t disappoint Miss Terry, y’all,
The best games
Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn, noon ET, SEC Network
Pittsburgh at No. 5 Notre Dame, 2:30 ET, NBC
No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU, 3:30 ET, CBS
No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon ET, 3:30, ABC
Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State ET, 3:30, BTN
Missouri at No. 1 Alabama, 7 ET, ESPN
No. 6 West Virginia at Iowa State, 7 ET, FS1
No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan, 7:30 ET, ABC
Was it in the basement?
Did you know Texas A&M and South Carolina will be playing for a trophy on Saturday (3:30 ET, SEC Network)? Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp did not.
Told the trophy for the A&M-SC game is called the Bonham Trophy, named after Alamo hero James Bonham, who was from South Carolina, Will Muschamp asks, “Is he in The Alamo movie? That was a hell of a movie.” Then adds: “Hell, we ain’t won it, so we ain’t got it over here.”
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) October 10, 2018
According to myaggienation.com, the trophy hasn’t been seen because it’s actually been at the Alamo hanging out since the Aggies have never had to relinquish it, going 4-0 against South Carolina in the SEC era.
Wanna see it? Here it is being held by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
What they’re wearing
Illinois is honoring a legend for its homecoming game against Purdue (3:30 ET, FS1).
Gray Ghost uniforms for Homecoming to honor the Galloping Ghost 🐐
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) October 8, 2018
Ole Miss is wearing all whites for its visit to Arkansas (7:30, SEC Network).
🚨 Uniform release presented by @oldveniceoxford 🚨
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) October 12, 2018
West Virginia is suiting up in the Stormtrooper unis for its night game at Iowa State (7, FS1).
Game 6. #HailWV
⚪ All White Everything ⚪
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 11, 2018