December 26, 2013

HURT: Hopefully, we'll see more Sooners vs. Tide in the future

Even 50 years after the fact, it's easy to be awestruck at the accumulated star power on hand when Alabama first faced Oklahoma in a bowl game, the 1962 Orange Bowl (played on Jan. 1, 1963) in Miami. Among the football icons on hand were the coaches, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Bud Wilkinson, two giants of the game. Alabama had a young Joe Namath and an unstoppable Lee Roy Jordan. All were trumped by the presence of President John F. Kennedy - on hand to greet prisoners released by Cuba after the previous year's failed Bay of Pigs invasion, as well as to watch some football - and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Alabama dominated the game, but the matchup seemed like a college football natural, two powerful programs that would go on to tremendous success in the coming years.

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