On the day that Coach Broyles passed, the SEC network had a nice 6+ minute package on his career and life. Links to it were posted here; it was very well done, for the most part.
However, embedded in the tribute was a very carefully worded dissection of the 1964 season that went out of it’s way to point out that the AP and UPI polls named Alabama the National Champions that year, and never once referenced the fact that Arkansas also received National Championship recognition by other well respected organizations.
We all know the story about the AP and UPI polls that year, and we know the reason why; because those polls were stuck in the past (with heavy Notre Dame influence, since ND didn’t play in Bowls by their own choice), and had not caught up with the fans - who absolutely considered the Bowl part of the overall Championship picture by the mid-50’s and beyond.
But, the bigger question is WHY use Coach Broyles’ video obituary as the forum to try and make that point? When honoring the man, and listing his accomplishments, why not just reference that year as what it was - a (mythical, as ALL Championships were in that era) National Championship - and forego the detailed (but incomplete and misleading) “history lesson”? Let Alabama tell their tale another day. But to tell their side (weak) of the story, and then to not even mention that we, too, had a legit claim to the title is unconscionable.
I hate to say this, and I don’t know it for a fact. But I can’t help but think that some sorry Alabama fan/grad either edited that piece, or forced them to used that language. Here’s what’s so pathetic. EVEN if that’s the way you truly feel (and, as I’ve pointed out here in more than a dozen posts over the years, that Championship is ours first; Bama can claim a small share if they choose, but I would not if I were them), WHY would you choose that time and circumstances to stroke the Bama ego?
It really, really pisses me off. I noticed it immediately, and have been seething about it since. However, I didn’t bring it to the board sooner, because I felt the focus should be solely on Coach Broyles for a few days.