In Crimson Storm Surge, veteran sports reporter Christopher Walsh not only recounts Alabama football's colorful history, but also focuses on its own season on the brink under the guidance of new coach Mike Shula, who overcame the Price scandal and other distractions to lead the team to bowl eligibility in its first year off probation. The book concludes with some thoughts on the Tide's promising future-and a view toward its first national championship since 1992.
Christopher Walsh has been an award-winning sports writer for 14 years and currently covers Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News. Previous beats include the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tampa Bary Buccaneers. He's covered two Super Bowls, numerous bowl games, playoffs in all major sports, and NASCAR. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Newark Star-Ledger. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1 Introduction 2 Humble Beginnings (1892-1918) 3 Xen and Wade (1919-30) 4 Frank Thomas (1931-46) 5 Red Ears (1947-57) 6 The Bear (1958-82) 7 Perkins and Curry (1983-89) 8 Stallings (1990-96) 9 Chaos (1997-2003) 10 Logan's Legal Run 11 Here a Lawsuit, There a Lawsuit, Everywhere a Lawsuit... 12 Price-less 13 Can You Hear Me Now? 14 The Turning Tide, the 2004 Season 15 ...And Then There Was Football 16 Good Guys 17 Disaster 18 Legacies 19 The Most Hated Man in Alabama 20 "Coach, you just made jeopardy!" 21 The Rivalry of Rivalries 22 Epilogue: On the Roll Again 23 Appendix A: 2004 University of Alabamy Football Roster 24 Appendix B: Final 2004 Standings and Statistics 25 Appendix C: The 2004 University of Alabama Football Program 26 Appendix D. Crimson Tide Tradition 27 Appendix E: All-Time Results 28 Appendix F: All-Time Lettermen 29 Appendix G: They Said It 30 Credits 31 Acknowledgments 32 Index