This. When I was a kid, any bruising rush into the end zone would be accompanied by a shout of "SAM BAM CUNNING HAM!" Like the man who carried it, that name had power.He and Grogan were the only 2 players I had ever heard of for the first couple years of my pre-pubescent football fandom. SAM BAM CUNNING HAM! Still rolls right off the tongue.
i watched a special on that game in 1970. Bryant was smart. From what the documentary said it was apparent that Bryant wanted to play So. Cal to show how much better his team would be if they added black players. He knew deep down they would lose and they got whipped. He then to told the Alabama big wigs....See we need black players to win.He ran all over Alabama in 1970, after which Bear Bryant decided that integration was a good thing.
Not to harp on bad memories but most of us agree the Buckner error didn't lose the game. Sure it was part of it but the Stanley-Gedman Wild Pitch/Passed Ball is the main reason they lost the game. And Schiraldi's scared pitching, and Jim Rice getting thrown out by a mile. And of course Macnamara's managing, like not using Baylor as a pinch hitter, and Clemens supposed blister. You win and lose as a team. I'm just tired of Boston fans and fans over the country calling it the "Buckner Game"Sad sad day for Boston sports. Is there anyone who didn't love Sam Bam - and even if you didn't love sports, you had to love the nickname! As mentioned, he was money close to the goal line, and his smashmouth style next to mini Mack Herron so enchanted Patriots nation in the early 70's. And later on, the incredible rushing record-breaking 1978 team. And for you youngun's on the site, the 1976 Sugar Bear Hamilton rushing the passer penalty, 1979 too many Bruins on the ice vs Montreal, and Buchner error were such dark clouds over our sports town until the 21st century glory days