Alabama football: Hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the crossover between sports and American life.  

In the wake of Independence Day, there’s little to say in the realm of Alabama sports. Cecil Hurt said it best in his column from the morning of the Fourth, on the role sports play in public life, from Friday night lights to the NBA Finals.

He notes that in sports, disagreements are not essentially malicious, that there is space for, as he says, “respect on both sides,” and that “respecting and appreciating the people that you share the experience with goes a long way as well.”

Read the excellent column, and this rumination on democracy from the editor of Roll Bama Roll, Erik Evans.

ICYMI

Built by Bama

It’s a quiet time for sports in general, but as Sports Illustrated reminded me on Twitter on Tuesday, there’s no bad time to revisit an amazing profile like this one of Ken “Snake” Stabler, the Alabama legend who came from and returned to the Alabama coast, passing his time away as a character from a Jimmy Buffett song.

In the majors …

  • Jimmy Nelson went seven innings, gave up 1 run and 6 hits while striking out 8 to lead his Brewers to a 6-2 win against the Orioles.
  • Tommy Hunter pitched one shutout inning in relief, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2 as the Rays beat the Cubs, 6-5.
  • Alex Avila hit a single as his Tigers defeated the Giants, 5-3.

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