"Crimson Classics" Series to Unveil

The Paul W. Bryant Museum at The University of Alabama will present the first installment of its "Crimson Classics" series on the University's WVUA-7 television station on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is the first in a series highlighting some of the most exciting victories in the history of Crimson Tide football.

The first broadcast, titled "Victory in the Swamp," details the 1999 Alabama-Florida overtime game in Gainesville, Fla. In addition to plays from the game, interviews with players and media personalities will help tell the story. Featured players Shaun Alexander, Andrew Zow, Antonio Carter, Marvin Constant and Chris Samuels will give insight to the victory.

Gary Harris, sports anchor for WVUA, is the host of "Crimson Classics," which is produced by the Bryant Museum in cooperation with the UA Center for Public Television and Radio (CPTR).

"CPTR's experience in producing documentaries was a perfect fit for this series," said CPTR Director Elizabeth Brock. "Our producers have expertise in telling great stories well, and these games certainly have some great stories."

DVDs of the first "Crimson Classics" broadcast will go on sale Monday, Dec. 6 at the Bryant Museum. The DVDs will include extended interview segments, the radio broadcast of the game and photographs – all features not seen on the broadcast version. DVDs are $24.95 each plus tax and shipping.

"These DVDs will make great holiday gifts for Bama fans," said Ken Gaddy, Bryant Museum director. "These are brand new DVDs that no fan will already have, and the DVD version offers many extras that will not be shown on the television broadcast."

DVD pre-orders will be offered to the Bryant Museum E Club list. To sign up for the E Club, go to the museum's Web site at www.bryant.ua.edu and submit your e-mail address. There is no cost to join. The E Club list receives periodic updates on museum events and special offers including the privilege to pre-order upcoming editions of "Crimson Classics."

Members of the museum's support group, "Circle of Champions," are offered a 10 percent discount. To become a member, go to the Web site listed above and click on "Circle of Champions."

Additional "Crimson Classics" are currently in production. More than 50 Tide greats have been interviewed to give their unique perspective to each game. Coming soon are:

Auburn 1979, LSU 1998, Nebraska 1966, Penn State 1975 Mississippi State 1992, Miami 1993, Tennessee 1990, Oklahoma 1963, Michigan 1997, Duke 1945 Ohio State 1995, Georgia 1985

To order a DVD, call 205/348-4668 or 1-866-772-BEAR. The Bryant Museum is located at 300 Bryant Drive on the UA campus.

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