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In My Tribe
TERRY MCDONELL
November 28, 2011
Our sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define ourselves
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November 28, 2011

In My Tribe

Our sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define ourselves

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THE REARVIEW MIRROR has always been the best oracle when it comes to sports. More than 30 years after Lars Anderson saw that Florida State--Nebraska game with his father, he was reporting a story about the history of spring football and had lunch with Coach Bowden in Birmingham. Near the end of the conversation, Anderson mentioned that he was from Lincoln. The coach's eyes lit up. Without prompting, he recalled that day three decades earlier when the fans of Nebraska cheered him off the field.

"What a moment," Bowden said, a grin spreading over his face. "Wow."

And then these two men, two generations apart, just looked at each other until Bowden spoke again.

"The classiest thing I ever experienced."

Us.

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