The sun didn’t come up Sunday morning at the Bryant house, and later that afternoon, Steadman Shealy, former Bama quarterback and host of The Bear Bryant Show, barely had the strength to open the Golden Flag bag.
Losing to Auburn for the first time in 10 games was a big, depressing deal for the Tide.
Bear was classy enough to say something about it being a great day for Auburn, that Auburn was “entitled to something.”
But old Steadman — Lord, it was like listening to a man walk through the charred remains of his home with a claims adjustor and pointing out the few things that weren’t a total loss (but should have been). Early on, they trying to identify the names of the Auburn players correctly, but he couldn’t even bring himself to remember the name of “Auburn’s big back” who had, you know, scored the game’s winning touchdown.
Or had he?
“He didn’t get nothin’ there,” Bryant says as Bo Jackson stepped on his sandcastle. “Or did he? Must have, the score’s different.”
“They said he did,” Steadman replied.
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More 1982 Iron Bowl:
* Rare locker room footage of a teary Pat Dye praying after Auburn beat Alabama the 1982 Iron Bowl
* Bloodlettin’ in Birmingham: Pat Dye’s prediction on the 1982 Iron Bowl as remembered by Jim Fyffe
* Watch Phil Snow ask Pat Dye about his famous ’60 minutes’ line after the 1982 Iron Bowl