Crimson Tide fans: If you’re having a case of the offseason Mondays, a Tecmo Bowl video should perk you up. While it’s sure to get a rise out of fans from the 1980s and ’90s, Alabama football boosters of all ages can appreciate the thrill of the compilation.
@KyleMcVideo continued his excellent Tecmo Bowl series of various teams, this time with a Crimson Tide twist, as he recreated Alabama football’s top 5 plays of all time, as graded in a poll from AL.com.
Checking in at No. 5 was Antonio Langham’s interception and touchdown in the 1992 SEC Championship game versus Florida. Watching this play brings nightmares in reaction to decisions to bypass running the ball.
The No. 4 play was Kenyan Drake’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 2015 national championship game against Clemson. Virtual Drake slithers his way into the end zone, with my favorite part coming near midfield when a lunging defender flies head first into the crowd.
At No. 3 was Kenny Stabler’s “Run in the Mud” 53-yard touchdown in the 1967 Iron Bowl versus Auburn. This recreation ranks at the top for production level. The rain-filled screen and subdued hues make you feel you’re relieving the moment.
The runner-up spot went to George Teague’s strip in the 1992 national championship game against Miami (Fla.). Alabama football fans should revel in anything that celebrates knocking off the U.
Last but not least, No. 1 was Tyrone Prothro’s catch at the 1-yard line against Southern Miss in 2005. You’ve got to love the 8-bit drama over whether Prothro’s behind-the-back catch would count. When the screen cuts to the referee reversing the call for a first down, there’s no shame in fist-pumping as if it were happening live.