Tuscaloosa Alabama Crimson Tide Elephant Tube Scarf

Tuscaloosa Alabama Crimson Tide Elephant Tube Scarf

$ 21.00

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Fresh off of a 2015 National Championship, expectations are high again for Tide as Nick Saban enters his 10th Season as head coach. Our merchants have sourced these amazing Big Al Circle Scarves to allow Bama fans to show their team spirit as the new season quickly approaches.

Big Al is the costumed elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson. The origin of the mascot dates back to 1930 when a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal wrote about the previous weekend's Alabama – Ole Miss game. He wrote, "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Coach Wade machine: powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals and the best blocking team for this early in the season than I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you, I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes." Using the flair for the dramatic common in sports writing at the time, he wrote, "At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!'" From this article, sportswriters across the South began to refer to Alabama
as the "Red Elephants" the "red" as a nod to the players' crimson jerseys, and the name stuck throughout what became a national championship season and beyond.

Throughout the 1940s, the University kept a live elephant mascot named "Alamite" that was a regular sight on game days, and it would carry the year's Homecoming queen onto the field every year prior to kickoff at the Homecoming game. By the 1950s, keeping a live elephant year-round proved to be too expensive for the university. Instead, the UA spirit committee started hiring elephants, often from traveling circuses passing through or by Tuscaloosa, for every homecoming.

  • Printed Jersey Yarn Knit, Blended Cotton & Acrylic
  • Elephant Imprint on Knit Tube Scarf
  • White Elephant on Crimson Scarf
  • Crimson Elephant on White Scarf
  • Size: 12” Width x 48” Circumference