Look at this picture. That hog and that elephant - now those animals are a man's-man beasts, none of the cute, cuddly and sanitized fluff you see running around at your local Razor Fest or Prince of Tides Fest of whatever it is Alabama fans do. No, these things represent the truth - straight from the wild and hungry, raw, powerful.
Not unlike Bear Bryant himself, who hailed from just about the most hardscrabble background of any legendary coach we know of. He did the normal hardscrabble things like peddling vegetables, not graduating high school on time, running around without shoes and being one of 12 children.
He also straight WRESTLED A BEAR.
That little tussle cost him a hunk of shoulder, but he came out of it with a nickname and a helluva story. The great ones, after all, are always great storytellers. That's certainly what one of Bryant's graduate assistants at Alabama learned, as I wrote in my most recent piece for Whole Hog Sports: