As I entered Bryant Denny Stadium at 3:00pm Saturday afternoon, students were greeted with foam fingers, shakers, and fans that said “Play for four, stay for four.” For the past few seasons, Alabama football has had a problem with the student section leaving early. On Saturday, a majority of the students stayed until the last snap, and everyone could tell, even the players and coaches.
There were several times during the game when it would be third and long for the Rebels and the Alabama fans were screaming so loud that either Ole Miss had to call a timeout, or the defense fed off of the fans’ excitement and made a tremendous defensive play. On fourth and inches when Ole Miss went for the 1st down, the crowd was so excited that the team would once again make an outstanding play or create a turnover and get Alabama the ball back.
As a student and die-hard fan for the Tide, I’ve often felt annoyed that students leave the game early. It’s been a problem this season predominately because of the opponents we have played thus far. At the Ole Miss vs. Alabama game, students not only stayed for the entire game, they cheered their hearts out every second. Alabama fans created an environment that was too loud for the Rebels. Even Nick Saban himself commented that the fans, especially students, played a crucial and important role in the win over Ole Miss.
Alabama hosts three more SEC home games this season. Fans need to be just as loud and rowdy as they were last Saturday, especially when LSU rolls into Tuscaloosa November 9th. The Tide will definitely need their fans to keep the momentum and energy on their side in order to potentially clinch the SEC West spot in the SEC championship.
This weekend, Alabama hosts Georgia State for homecoming. Kickoff is at 11:21 am. Although it’s an early morning game, hopefully both fans and students won’t just fill up the stadium, They need to plan to stay all four quarters to cheer on the Tide to roll once again.
After all, the new slogan is: Play for four, stay for four.