The tradition continues.
Alabama obliterated Tennessee today, 45-7, and as is tradition, the Crimson Tide will get to enjoy their victory cigars.
But where in the world did that tradition come from?
Richard Johnson of SB Nation explains:
In 1961, Alabama athletic trainer Jim Goostree passed out cigars after the No. 5 Crimson Tide put a hurting on Tennessee, 34-3. At the time, it had been a few years since the Tide had beaten the Volunteers, so Goostree passed around cigars to celebrate the achievement. Little did anyone know that a tradition would be born in one of the south’s preeminent college football rivalries.
Pretty cool. It’s technically just an Alabama tradition, Johnson notes, but the Vols “have been known to partake when they win.” But with Alabama’s dominance under Nick Saban, it’s pretty much been exclusively an Alabama thing.
This year, fans got to enjoy their own cigars well before the game was over.
Check it out:
Smoke em if you got em pic.twitter.com/78ZiyycT5a
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 21, 2017
Tide fans lighting victory cigars. pic.twitter.com/2rVtfnRvGA
— Rick Nyman (@RickNymanSport) October 21, 2017
— Edith Parten, APR (@ALtourist) October 21, 2017
A cloud of cigar smoke is rising from the Alabama student section. pic.twitter.com/5gma51tdH8
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) October 21, 2017
— Larry McReynolds (@LarryMac28) October 21, 2017
Another cigar fest at Bonnie and Clyde's after demolishing Tennessee 45-7. Roll Tide !!! pic.twitter.com/x9LOZhV1OB
— Tide In Texas (@tideintexas) October 21, 2017
Alabama has now won 11 straight versus Tennessee.