Road to #14!

Invitation to our BCS National Championship watching party!

The last time Alabama was in the BCS National Championship game, 2009, we were living in Austin, TX and I wanted SO badly to go to the game.  It was in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl and I tried so hard to get us tickets.  I actually thought I had snagged us some at one point but it turned out to be too good to be true.  We hosted some friends over at our house to watch the game and I swore up and down that the next time we were in the Championship game, I would be there.  Little did I know that it would be a short 2 years later and we would be living on the other side of the country.

Needless to say, we weren’t able to make it to the game this year either.  It was in New Orleans and I’m quite sure I was one of the ONLY ones that wasn’t there out of my college friends (that is an exaggeration but it’s almost true).  I was glad the game was so close to UA because it makes for easy traveling for the fan base.  And though I was very sad we weren’t going to be able to afford to get there, I planned a BCS National Championship watching party at our house to make up for it!

Roll Tide!

I pulled out a lot of my Alabama memorabilia for the dining room table.  I wore my jersey from the last championship and invited over all my Junior League girls (luckily they are mostly SEC fans and NONE from LSU so they were all pulling for Bama!)  We had a few other friends join us as well that are football fans though it’s hard to find SEC fans out here in Oregon!

Even my sweet husband was able to make it for the second half–he’s juggling graduate school, teaching, free lance work, etc.  He’s a busy bee!  But he came in at the beginning of half time, changed into his Bama shirt and was ready to cheer on the Tide for the second half of the game!!

So incredibly thankful for this girl and her husband!
I made two fans of Yellow Hammers out of these ladies.

Because I was no where NEAR the game, I felt I needed to bring Alabama to my friends here.  I made Yellow Hammers and they were a huge hit!  In case you don’t know, Yellow Hammers are the drink that is served at Gallettes, a bar on the Strip, on game days.  I only had one of my classic Gallettes cups here in Oregon with me but I did have a bunch of Alabama styrofoam cups for everyone’s drinking pleasure.  And if you’re curious the recipe, shoot me a message and I’ll give it to you!

Watching the game…at a commercial…
I whipped out a bunch of my Alabama memorabilia for the tables-cape!
Alabama ‘A’ cupcakes made by Ashley and her sister Jamie!

I had all sorts of treats for us to eat as well as taco soup for dinner.  AND Caitlin came through for us and made her fantastic corn bread and everyone was SO glad to see it!  (it’s amazing!)

Some fantastic ladies!
Miss Casey and I and our cups! Glad that Ole Miss grad was able to come cheer on my team! She’s so gracious!
Me and Miss Anna! (yet another wonderful JLP friend!)

Overall it was a wonderful evening filled with wonderful company and an even MORE wonderful outcome to the game (sorry to any LSU fans out there)!  I may or may not have cried at the end of the game.  And like each week, our victory was topped off with a phone call from my Mimi.  We talk after every Bama win and she and I were both in tears this year.  What a sweet victory and end to a wonderful season.  14 National titles.  You can’t beat that!  I am convinced that no one but fellow Southerners will understand how much a football victory can mean to you and your family.  And I don’t expect anyone to understand why it brings me to tears.  But it does.

Today and ALWAYS I am PROUD to be an alumna of the University of Alabama.  Even though my daddy considers it a somewhat inferior school, UA gave me 4 of the BEST years of my life.  ROLL TIDE ROLL!

–And as one more side note, if you are a Bama fan, you know THIS win was special because Nick Saban was grinning from ear to ear!

The whole gang who came to cheer on my Tide! (and Lonny who chose to wear an LSU jersey to make me mad! Ha!)
My amazing wristbands from Mr. Lonny Hurley!
  1. Lauren C. said:

    You are so stinkin’ cute, Sally Bryant. That is the most impressive display of Tide pride that Oregon has probably ever seen 🙂

  2. Hey! I typed in SEC football and saw your blog. Cool blog. We are a Gamecock family and love SEC football. There is a Gamecock Club here in PDX, but the mostly want to meet at a 21 and over bar. I have kids ages 18, 16, and 12 that enjoy watching the games also, so we haven’t gone to hook up with the club yet. I figure between the few times they don’t meet at a sports bar and you guys, maybe we can enjoy football with some fans who know what good football is about. My email address is We would love to hear of future events. When we lived in San Antonio, TX we had an SEC fan club day with the Austin Groups. Almost every school was represented. We used to have mixers with Florida, LSU and UGA. It would be fun to do something here like that. We would also be available to host sometime. Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Philip,
      Thanks for the note! I love finding a fellow SEC fan! Especially way up here! I actually know a girl who is in the Gamecock Club here. She and I are in Junior League together. Not sure if you’re familiar with it, but I have actually found a nice handful of Southern transplant ladies like myself through the JL. I got an email a few months ago from UA saying they were going to be starting an alum club here in Portland, however, I’m fairly certain it hasn’t started yet. I’ll let you know when we host parties at our house this year. We always have a wide array of folks come watch the games. My husband purchased a football package that gets us MOST of the SEC games each week so we always have a great group cheering on several SEC teams. AND we’re working on building an outdoor screen to watch games for the fall so that should be fun!

      Keep me posted if you hear of any SEC events! We’re always down for people who know what REAL football is about. Though, I won’t say that too loud because these Duck/Beaver fans think they understand real college football. 🙂

  3. Hailey H. said:

    Where did you get these invitations?

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