The Faces of a Season: Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide continues to move along through the early part of the 2012 season with relative ease. They steamrolled a depleted and troubled Arkansas team in Fayetteville before returning back to Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium for a home date with the Florida Atlantic Owls. With the team back at home, it provided the next opportunity to continue “The Faces of a Season”, the effort document the faces that gather and support the Crimson Tide each and every home game. You couldn’t have asked for a prettier day in Tuscaloosa for a home football game.
Much like the game against Western Kentucky, the crowd was slow to assemble and get into the atmosphere of things. Unlike Western Kentucky, though, the kick-off for this particular game was at 4:00 P.M. so the fans had a longer chance to “enjoy the atmosphere”. As the day progressed, the crowds began to swell with all sorts of various characters wanting to cheer on the Crimson Tide against the Owls. Most fans will tell you it’s hard to get pumped up about playing a team like Florida Atlantic, but the atmosphere was still festive and lively.
The game was never in doubt as Alabama easily handled the Owls, but there was a bit of disappointment during the game. Alabama’s streak of shutouts, which could have hit three in a row, ended with a late score by Florida Atlantic. It didn’t make much difference as Alabama trucked to a 40-7 victory, but it was apparent the fans definitely wanted a shutout. Still, it didn’t damper moods overall. It was another fantastic day in Tuscaloosa enjoyed by the crimson masses. It also set the stage for what should be an even more festive atmosphere as the first SEC home game looms. Ole Miss comes to town on Saturday, September 29th for a game that will not kick off until 8:15 P.M. I highly look forward to seeing what material presents itself for that game, and I highly look forward to sharing it with all of you.
If you would like to see the photos from part 1 of this project, which featured the crowds assembled for the Western Kentucky game, please visit “The Faces of a Season: Western Kentucky”. I then invite you to check out the full gallery from this week’s edition by visiting “The Faces of a Season: Florida Atlantic”.