“You know, I’m not believing what I just looked at on the screen,” Pat Dye said, before anything else, at the start of the Auburn Football Review of the 1989 Iron Bowl.
“That was a amazing,” Phil Snow replied, a bit surprised. Dye was usually “aww shucks” and congestion after the big wins. But Dye wasn’t patting himself on the back, or blushing over the Quentin Riggins rub-a-dub. He was congratulating the universe on a job well done.
“I’m gon’ tell you There are some things about life that you just can’t—but uh, it’s been 50 years since there was three champions in the Southeastern Conference. The last year was 1939. Our stadium is 50 years old. I’m 50 years old. And I just looked at the screen and the score was 30 to 20, a total of 50. That’s absolutely amazing. Maybe Alabama didn’t have a chance after all.”
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