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The church of the Crimson Tide

By Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press Published: September 1, 2012

— Even before the pig snorting and the jokes about elephant trunks, it was obvious this wasn't a regular football luncheon and alumni gathering. The first hint arrived in the anteroom, where Alabama-branded paraphernalia included more than the usual beer sleeves, coffee mugs and T-shirts.

There were crimson...
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