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Yes, it's Hallowe'en. October 31. The kids will be out collecting treats, and in some cases the grown-ups get in on the fun. And as almost all Alabama fans know, it's also birthday time in the Crimson Tide football department.

Hallowe'en is the birthday of Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban. This year it was one of those milestone birthdays, and Crimson Tide players recognized it as such.

"We gave him a little '60' jersey," said Crimson Tide offensive lineman Barrett Jones. "It was actually kind of a surprise party. We had the lights off when he walked in and yelled 'Surprise!' in the team room."

Jones explained that the team didn't have to trick him into coming to the team room.

"It was a regular team meeting," Jones said.

And Saban's reaction?

"He smiled," Jones said. "He seemed very happy, maybe taken aback a little. He quickly said 'Thank you,' and then moved on to his speech for the day."

When Saban was wished "Happy Birthday" at his regular Monday press briefing, he said, "Thank you. It's hard to think about birthdays.

"The players had a little birthday party and they all signed this jersey number 60. I held that thing up and I said, 'Saban and 60.'

"First of all, I wasn't thinking about age. I was thinking about, 'I'm a skill player. There's no way I can sport this 60. I've got to have a lower than 50 number of some sort.'

"That's how I feel and that's how I think."

This Saturday the 60-year-old Saban pits his second ranked Crimson Tide against number one ranked LSU at 7 p.m. CDT in Bryant-Denny Stadium with CBS televising.

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