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Mar.15.2014
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(Bear's) "Just gotten his ass kicked, and he's thanking us for the favor." - USC assistant coach Craig Fertig   Bryant has been deceased for years now. The cagey old Bear never really let on what he truly had planned for that night. Like any good general, he knew that his plans would have to...
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Mar.14.2014
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"My football career ended thanks to a few hits courtesy of Sam 'Bam' Cunningham."  - Former USC football player and Major League All-Star Fred Lynn   Like many tense confrontations, the 1970 USC–Alabama game started with tentative offensive efforts met by a hard-hitting defense. Alabama...
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Mar.13.2014
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"I think that one game did more for social change in Alabama than anything that ever transpired." - Alabama All-American lineman John Hannah    On the morning of the game, the Tide ate breakfast at nine. After sitting about the hotel lobby (where they had stayed the night before) watching...
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Mar.12.2014
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“Coach, I seen war personal. This is football.”  - Father of Bear’s injured Texas A & M player, The Junction Boys   Tody Smith did bring his gun, which he kept in a briefcase. Throughout the flight to Alabama, he kept searching his soul, asking himself what he would do if forced to...
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Mar.11.2014
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Love is the only house biggest enough for all the pain in the world. - "Love's the Only House," sung by Martina McBride   Richard Nixon embodied conservatism. It is no surprise that he had developed a strong professional and personal friendship with the great Christian evangelist Billy Graham...
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Mar.10.2014
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In Birmingham they love the governor And we all did what we could do Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscience bother you, now tell the truth? - "Sweet Home Alabama,” sung by Lynyrd Skynyrd   Jimmy Jones had told the writers after the Rose Bowl that he expected to only get better...
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Mar.09.2014
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After O.J.: the "beat goes on"   1967-69 was a period of momentous change in America. The Vietnam War, in the minds of many, went from being a noble effort to stop Godless Communism to immoral violence by an overbearing superpower against a small, agrarian country.     ...
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Mar.08.2014
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A Shakespearean fall from grace   O.J. ran away with the 1968 Heisman over Purdue's Leroy Keyes. His performance at the news conference with his San Francisco wife, Marguerite at his side, won over the sporting press. "During the game you don't think about how many times you carry the ball," O...
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Mar.07.2014
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USC students of the late 1960s and early 1970s would purchase their season tickets before the first game. The package would of course include the home non-conference games and Pac 8 match-ups with Cal, Stanford, Washington, et al. The UCLA game and the Notre Dame game (in even years) cost a little...
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Mar.07.2014
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A new book about John Wayne reveals what a threat he was to international Communism, and exposes how far America has come from his glory days.   At the height of the Red Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist, SAG president Ronald Reagan was asked what he thought should be done about Communism in...
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Mar.07.2014
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  "Meanwhile, if the Venona Papers and the tables were turned, if instead of Democrat traitors in FDR's government, they found, say, 'Republican Nazis,' this would be taught in every school, shouted from the rooftops. Meanwhile, 'Republican Nazis' could not be found walking around on the Earth...
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Mar.07.2014
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    The story of Bill Bordley and Bruce Gardner has all the key elements of Shakespearean tragedy. Gardner became a case study in melancholia, ending in suicide. In Bordley's case, all his negative energy was turned into something positive, and today he is with the Secret Service. Both...
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Mar.06.2014
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"Meanwhile, if the Venona Papers and the tables were turned, if instead of Democrat traitors in FDR's government, they found, say, 'Republican Nazis,' this would be taught in every school, shouted from the rooftops. Meanwhile, 'Republican Nazis' could not be found walking around on the Earth." -...
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Mar.06.2014
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  Did you know that . . .   o     Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered not one, but two assassination attempts, on the life of rabid anti-Communist movie star John “Duke” Wayne, because the Duke was exposing Communist infiltration of Hollywood? o   ...
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Mar.06.2014
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A new book about John Wayne reveals what a threat he was to international Communism, and exposes how far America has come from his glory days.   At the height of the Red Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist, SAG president Ronald Reagan was asked what he thought should be done about Communism in...
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