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NCAA Schools – Alabama Crimson Tide

  

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University Facts

The University of Alabama was established in 1831 as a flagship public university. The University is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and enrolls approximately 30,000 undergraduates. The official colors of the university are crimson red and white.

The University of Alabama is consistently ranked as a top 50 public university by the U.S. News & World Report. That report also ranks several of their programs in the top 100 in their respective fields – business, engineering, public relations, law, and education.  However, Forbes ranks it as only the 205th best University in the United States – and in the 450-500 range worldwide.

Athletics

The University of Alabama is one of the top athletic schools in the NCAA. They compete with 13 other schools in the Southeastern conference (SEC), most notably with their biggest rival, Auburn. Many times the school is referred to as “Bama” during athletic completions. Although their school song is “Yea Alabama”, their “Roll Tide” battle cry is one of the most recognizable chants in college athletics.

Alabama fields teams in football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, swimming, track, tennis, cross country, gymnastics, and rowing. Of those sports, football is what they are most known for. Since the football program began back in 1892, they have won 15 national championships. Their home stadium, Bryant-Denny Stadium is currently ranked 7th in overall stadium capacity in the United States with just over 101,000. On game day, Bryant-Denny Stadium would have a larger population than the city of Tuscaloosa itself. Alabama football is currently in the mix for a spot in the first ever college football playoff.

Image of Bryant Denny Stadium - home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Famous Alumni

  • Winston Groom – Author of Forrest Gump
  • Harper Lee – Pulitzer Prize winner and author of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Derrick Thomas – NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker from the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Bart Starr & Don Hutson – NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and Running Back from the Green Bay Packers
  • Ozzie Newsome – current General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens
  • Joe Namath – NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback from the New York Jets

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Flag History

How to Carry a Flag during a Parade

00    As you know, the U.S. flag can be displayed in a number of ways. There is also different flag etiquette depending on the specific occasion. There is general display, half-staff, and even parade etiquette on how to display the U.S. flag. Here are a few guidelines to follow when marching with a U.S. flag during a parade. The flag should be held to the marcher’s right side during a parade (observers left). If there is a line of flags, the U.S. flag should appear in front of the center of the line. If the U.S. flag is grouped together with other flags, it should appear furthest to the right side (observers left). All nearby military members (in uniform or not in uniform) should perform the military salute to the flag. All other people should give the flag their undivided attention by removing their hats and placing their right hand over their heart – similar to National Anthem etiquette. There are also rules for displaying a flag on a vehicle or float during a parade. The flag should not be displayed on a float except when hung from a staff. The flag should not be draped over the top, … Keep Reading...

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City Flags – Boston

00    The flag of Boston has flown in the city since 1917. The colors of the flag are continental blue (sky blue), continental buff (yellow), and white. Sometimes the flag is flown with a darker shade of blue and no white. These colors represent the official colors of the city. The flag is to be flown at The Common and at City Hall. The Common is a public park, and City Hall is the seat of the Boston city government. A survey concluded that the Boston city flag was the 133rd best United States city flag (150 total city flags). About the city of Boston: Boston is the largest and capital city of the state of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest and most well known cities in the United States. Boston is known for some of the most historic moments in United States history, such as the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and the Siege of Boston. The Siege of Boston helped make the Betsy Ross flag famous. Boston Fun Facts: Similar to the city of Baltimore, Boston is known for its firsts in United States history: Common Park is first and the oldest public park … Keep Reading...

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A Better Banner for Better Advertising

+25-4    Don’t blink! The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it. That means door buster sales, longer store hours, and lighter wallets. If only there was a way to increase the foot traffic in your store – something that could display a vibrant, attention grabbing message. Now you can with the better banner, the better way to advertise your storefront this holiday season. These attention getting advertising flags are nearly 16 feet tall when mounted on the better banner flag pole kit. The better banner is made of a durable polyknit material that displays your message with or without wind. We have plenty of display messages for whatever you may have in mind. Advertise your blow out sale, potential customer savings, open house, or food specials in an eye catching way. You can even customize your banner if our selection does not fit your particular need. Just fill out the custom flag form and one of our associates will be with you in no time. Besides making a sale, the number one goal of a store is to garner foot traffic. Every store needs foot traffic, no matter if you are in a mall, or have … Keep Reading...

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Understanding the NCAA Football Playoffs

00    Most college football fans are accustomed to the entire season long debate of who is the best team, from the best conference, with the toughest schedule, the best wins and the best losses.  There was so much reliance on computers to rank teams based on the criteria above, and then speculation as to why the computers ranked them as they did. This year, the NCAA decided to try something new – a NCAA Football Playoffs. The new NCAA Football Playoffs will still have plenty of room for computer rankings and speculation, but it will allow more teams to compete for the national championship. In the past only the top two teams selected were allowed to play of the championship. This season, the top 4 teams will play an elimination playoff series to determine the champion. Selection Committee If not for computers, how are the top 4 teams selected? The answer is a 12 person selection committee comprised of former coaches, college administrators, journalists, athletic directors and even a member of congress. The selection committee is in charge of: Selecting the top 4 teams for the playoff, ranking them and assigning them to a semifinal site. Rank the remaining … Keep Reading...

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Storm Warning Flags

00    A storm warning is issued by the United States National Weather Service when dangerous winds are occurring or predicted to occur soon. Storm warning flags in the United States are red square flags with a smaller black square occupying the center of the flag.  Gale warning flags are a plain red pennant shaped flag. Both storm and gale warning flags can be flown individually or grouped together. The use of both flags together suggests a more dangerous wind alert. The four storm warning flags are: Small Craft Advisory – Alerts mariners to sustained weather conditions (2+ hours) that can be hazardous to small boats. Wind speeds are generally 20 – 38 mph during this alert. Gale Warning – Alerts mariners to stronger wind speeds (39-54 mph). Full Gale or Storm Warning – Wind speeds are reaching dangerous speeds of 55-74 mph. Hurricane Warning – This warning indicates that hurricane force winds (74+ mph), or a combination of high water and rough seas are expected to impact coastal areas. During this alert, it is extremely important to take the appropriate measures to protect your life and your property. According to the National Weather Service, the Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends … Keep Reading...

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The International Code of Signals: What, When, and Why?

0-23    What The International Code of Signals is an international system of codes and signals that can be sent by flag, lamp, blinkers, or radio. The code has an established alphabet with all 26 letters and ten digits. It also has a spoken form of the alphabet, which helps differentiate between letters like B or D. For example, you would say Bravo for “B” and Delta for “D” when speaking the code. See the image above as a reference. There are forty flags in a set including alphabet, numerals, repeaters, code and answering pennant. The international code of signals is similar to the ancient Morse code communication style. It is a means of communication when all other methods have failed. When The International Code of Signals became effective on January 1, 1969. The code is used when a ship wants to communicate with another ship without the use of a radio. Many times, when a ship loses power or suffers a major communication failure, it will need to find other ways to communicate with nearby vessels. Generally, when you encounter a ship that is using the code, you can assume that the vessel is in trouble or has some … Keep Reading...

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Creative Ways to Display your Patriotism

00    There are always traditional ways to display the U.S. flag, or any flag for that matter. You can attach it to a wall, hang it from a flag pole, or carry it during a parade (link to blog post). But what if you want to be different from the norm? You should be able to get creative with the way you display your flags or your patriotism. Below are a few ways you can do just that. American Stick Flags You can use stick flags for a number of display purposes. You can carry them, or place them in various household objects to add a hint of patriotism. Pleated Full Fans and Bunting Flag bunting is a unique way to display your patriotism because it uses the U.S. flag colors but in a nontraditional way. Bunting can be used indoors or outdoors, but it is generally displayed in high traffic area because of its eye catching appeal. Car Magnets Car magnets are great way to take your patriotism on the road with you. Display your pride across the country, for your country. American History Prints American history prints are a classic, discrete to display your patriotism. They are … Keep Reading...

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Do You Know Your City Flag?

00    How many people could recognize their city flag? My guess is probably not many. Most city flags are bland and relatively unknown by the people who live there. With US flags, and state flags, city flags become lost in the shuffle. Then again, not every city has a flag either – the number varies from state to state. For example, Michigan has one city with a city flag (Detroit), while Indiana has 5 cities with a city flag. The size of the city does not determine whether or not it is represented by a city flag. Most of the time, the city has had a significant historical and current influence on the direction of the state. Flag of Chicago City flags in the United States are distinguished by a wide variety of regional influences and local histories. For example, the Chicago city flag has 4 stars to show respect to the four most important events in the city’s history. Some cities, like Chicago, show a lot of pride in their city flag while others without as much meaning are not displayed as frequently. Residents of Chicago are so proud of their city flag that some people have it … Keep Reading...

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NCAA Basketball Preseason Top 10

00    March Madness is a long ways away, but the first steps towards Selection Sunday have been taken. The NCAA released its top 25 coaches poll for the upcoming NCAA basketball season. The top 10 features some teams that are no stranger to the big dance. Three of last year’s Final Four teams appear in the preseason top 10 while last year’s national champion, Connecticut, comes in at number 21. Let’s take a look at the coaches top 10. 1. Kentucky Last year’s national runner up returns 5 key players to pair with one of the top recruiting classes. The Wildcats come in as one of the overall favorites to win the national championship. 2. Duke No stranger to the preseason top 10 here. The Blue Devils welcome the number one ranked recruiting class that hopes to rebound from an early round tournament exit in 2014. 3. Arizona More Wildcats in the top 5. Arizona is one of the biggest favorites to win their conference title and claim back to back number one seeds in the big dance.   4. Wisconsin Last year’s surprise Final Four team – to those who live outside the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin returns almost every player … Keep Reading...

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