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‘Beat Auburn, at any cost!’ 1951 Crimson White sports editor Gay Talese joked about giving Alabama players sex, suits, and sirloins as Iron Bowl motivation

Yes, Bama’s famed literary dandy was being facetious at the beginning of his pre-Iron Bowl column about how badly Tuscaloosa-town wanted to beat the trashy little white folk in Auburn.

But still — “match Tide touchdowns with tailor-made suits”? The more things change!

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Related: 1961 Crimson White: Bama won its first national championship four years after Auburn won its first national championship.

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