It’s Football season so let’s talk about Alabama’s Big Three! At The Retreat at Mountain Brook that means the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, and hometown favorite UAB Blazers. Football has a mighty hold on the South, particularly in Alabama which boasts more than 17 National Championship teams since the first college football national championship was awarded almost 150 years ago, in 1869.
On Thursday, August 29, The University of Alabama Blazer football team will face off at 7 p.m. CDT against the Alabama State Hornets in Birmingham’s Legion Field. If you plan to attend the game, be sure to check out Blazer Village which has all things Blazer for the UAB fan, along with activities for young ones with inflatable toys, dance with the DJ and face painting. Plus, Blaze, the friendly dragon mascot of UAB will be available for photo ops for young and old alike. And for adults 21 years and older, there’s a new beer garden and pregame lounge.
But, if you plan to stream the game on ESPN+, might we suggest a great tailgate snack that’s easy to prepare? How about Easiest Ever Football Bean Dip? Check out Lydioutloud’s blog to make this picturesque charmer filled with ingredients you can pick up at your local Walmart.
Next, head on over to what we call Saturdays Down South and you’ll find both Auburn and Alabama kicking off their season. Starting the afternoon with a 2:30 EDT kickoff will be the Alabama Crimson Tide football team against the Duke Blue Devils. Yes, they also have a football team. If you aren’t driving over to attend the Chick-Fil-A kickoff classic, in the Mercedes Benz Stadium, then tune your tv to ABC and let the magic pour over you.
Crimson Tide—How did they get that name? Well according to lore, the name was earned after a particularly muddy Iron Bowl against across state rival Auburn in 1907. According to David Crauswell, the story most often accepted for the origin of the nickname comes from the 1907 Iron Bowl game against heavily favored Auburn. The game ended in a tie, causing a local sports editor to describe Alabama’s play in the red clay mud as “a crimson tide” washing across the field. The nickname stuck.
And while there are a slew of Crimson Tide drinks you can make with a host of liquors and other ingredients, this August heat has us recommending easy Sangria available at Costco in Hoover for under $9 for 1.5 liters. Now that’s a Tide we can get behind.
Meanwhile over at Jordan-Hare, WAIT, WAIT. Not this Saturday. Turns out, No. 16 ranked Auburn is traveling also for their opening game, this year to Arlington, Texas to meet the No. 11 Oregon Ducks. We are sure this will be a meaty faceoff since the two participants last met in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, a game which the Tigers won. Well, naturally.
Fire up the grill if you are watching home on ABC television or on the ABC app and try this meaty recipe from food.com for some souped up burgers you can make on The Retreat’s masterful grill stations at our outdoor kitchen. Settle in for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff and enjoy what is sure to be a thrilling match up.
So, there’s the line up for this week, but if you need to check on any other SEC football team, just download this pdf courtesy of FB Schedules. Tell ‘em your friends at The Retreat sent you. Better yet, come see your friends at The Retreat for your personal tour of all our great amenities including our two Clubhouses with Resident Lounges, perfect for Saturday football viewing! You can contact the Retreat team at (205) 956-9722 or just stop in for your own personal tour today.