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Video: Bama fan gets two BCS championship tickets for Christmas

The best Christmas gift for one Alabama fan this year? A hat like the one Bear Bryant used to wear.

That is until he saw what was inside of it.

A man got his dad two tickets for the BCS championship game between the Tide and Notre Dame on Jan. 7 and hid the tickets in the hat.  Thankfully, that person had the smarts to record his father’s reaction and post it immediately to YouTube for all of our enjoyment:

The father’s face is the perfect combination of pure, overwhelming joy and an expression hinting that, at any time, he will burst into tears.

The best part? When he screams out, “All of us?!”

“No, just me and you.”

Merry Christmas (and Roll Tide), y’all!

(Hat tip: Throw the flag blog) 

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31 Responses to “Video: Bama fan gets two BCS championship tickets for Christmas”
  1. edweird0 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:07 PM

    I’m a UM fan but that video literally made me cry for how happy he was. Thank you for posting this, nothing like making you parents incredibly happy!

  2. be4bama says: Dec 25, 2012 4:07 PM


  3. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    Did it come with an Escalade, or is that only for recruits?…RTR

  4. gmenfan1982 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:41 PM

    That’s awesome. As a Notre dame fan I couldn’t even imagine how I would react to getting those tickets as a present. What an incredible gift.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 25, 2012 5:16 PM

    Suckin it good, eh?

  6. ronin262 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:50 PM

    What a great video, just perfect. I hope he’s smiling after the game, too! Merry Christmas to all college football fans, good luck in your bowl games!

  7. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 25, 2012 6:07 PM

    The look on his face was priceless when he seen those tickets! Thank you for posting that!

  8. barnesaintnoble says: Dec 25, 2012 6:51 PM

    Rooting for Alabama in this game, because MAYBE Saban will leave for the NFL after another NC. Alabama should win decisively in this game. Saban comes off to me as a egotistical coach who wants to leave a strong historical legacy. All great coaches are like that, I’m not saying this in a bad way. I think he’d love to pour it on a school like Notre Dame.

  9. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 7:01 PM

    Put tears in my eyes. That was so heartwarming.

    Even though it was a Bama fan.

  10. rsmeans says: Dec 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    One reason that Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Auburn and other elite teams are elite because of fans like this. College football is a very big part of their life. Cheers to all loyal fans of college football.

  11. normtide says: Dec 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    That video got to me a little. Some of my greatest memories are my father and myself watching Alabama football. Either at the game, on tv, or listening to the radio broadcast. Luckily, we are still forging new ones with my sons. The way the game gathers us and bonds us is a blessing. I love you Dad, Roll Tide.

  12. slartibartfast4242 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:42 PM

    And the guy seemed to be genuinely happy to have just gotten a hat.
    Props to a great son and the father who raised him.

  13. kozbee says: Dec 25, 2012 9:46 PM

    Awesome video and what a great gift.Roll Tide

  14. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Dec 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    Made my day !! Great video regardless of who the fan is, gave a lump in my throat!

  15. thefiesty1 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    Made my day. What a great thing to do. Roll Tide!

  16. ndrick731 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:04 AM

    Too bad he will be so down after an overrated Alabama team that played an extremely overrated schedule loses.

  17. indywvu says: Dec 26, 2012 6:03 AM

    Yeah, that’s about how I’d be if WVU got to the title game and someone got me tickets…awesome that they recorded it!

  18. footballleprechaun says: Dec 26, 2012 6:25 AM

    great son and a great father that raise him
    a very heartwarming video
    great for all college football
    just have to wonder if the fun took a couple finals for the Alabama players so they be eligible to play of the game
    Lol all and fun
    Go IRISH!!!!!!
    Roll over tide!!!!!!!!!

  19. tigermike22 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    This truly brought tears to my eyes. My father is no longer here, he passed 6 years ago from the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia and I wish I could have done that for him with World Series tickets. I know that regardless of the team you root for, making your father happy like that is a priceless feeling and I am proud for that son. Just remember, there is no greater bond that a father and his son. By the way, for those of you posting partisanship instead of seeing the BIG picture of that relationship, shame on you!

    A belated Merry Christmas to all fathers and sons out there!

  20. novoodoo4409 says: Dec 26, 2012 10:08 AM

    What else are you oing to be happy about living in nowhere, USA?

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 26, 2012 6:27 PM

    Hey doodoo4409,

    Apparently you’ve never been to Alabama so you’re invited to just STFU. And wherever you currently live, stay there please.

  22. normtide says: Dec 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    Great post hound. It is funny seeing all these enlightened people acting like the people they claim southerners to be. I have been all over the south. You will bee hard pressed to find more beautiful land or more generous hosts. If you’re living with other assumptions, you’re worse for it.

  23. bralinshan says: Dec 26, 2012 11:23 PM

    Normtide, your exactly right. I was raised in the Northeast and had to move South for a short time around 30 years ago…that “short time” became the rest of my life….

    I’ll always be proud to be from the NYC area, but I’m now a southerner and damn glad of it.

    Better weather, beautiful country, and the absolute nicest people you’d ever want to meet.

    Hard to understand anyone not enjoying that video. They could be from anywhere, its the simple joy of sharing with your family.

    I’ve lived 50 years and I’ve had nice cars, great homes, and have done a lot of fun things…but, the time that I’ve spent on special trips with my family is the only memory that I’d never trade…not for a million bucks. Those cars and homes faded from view a long time ago…but, the memory of great times traveling with family will last forever.

    When all is said and done, those two men will remember that football game forever in a wonderful light…and winning or losing the football game will have no impact whatsoever.

  24. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    Norm, not only is Alabama one of the prettiest states around, but I have crowned it the BBQ Capital of the Known Universe, and I’m from Tennessee.

    There’s 10 BBQ joints in Birmingham with better Cue than the whole damn state of Florida fer cryin out loud. And wherever that retard 4409 lives I guarantee you cant get a decent plate of pulled pork. When I move again, it will be back to North Alabama….for the food. LOL

  25. truwarier90 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:55 AM

    Cecil Newton would like a cut of the profits, he needs to feed his family.

  26. normtide says: Dec 27, 2012 7:42 AM

    Hound- big Bob Gibson is my personal favorite, the old one down in decatur. The Tennessee valley its totally underrated when it comes to BBQ.

  27. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    Norm, try the BBQ Smokehouse at the Priceville exit. Its the best in that part of the state IMO.

  28. normtide says: Dec 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    I have been to three one there next to the dairy queen. Good eating, without a doubt. I like Gibson for the football sized stuff potato. Always get one to go after I ate my meal. Perfect late supper meal. If you get a chance, south of priceville is a town called Hartselle. They have a place called Whitts, you should try it. No dining room, just a drive thru. Expect a long line from noon till they close

  29. be4bama says: Dec 27, 2012 8:58 PM

    Yep. Great food and great people in these parts.
    No one ever retires up North!!

  30. Deb says: Jan 4, 2013 3:33 PM

    Thanks for posting this heartwarming video, Ben!

  31. be4bama says: Jan 4, 2013 5:23 PM

    Norm this was my first football season without my Dad. It’s been tough.

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