Hehe...it's hard to believe that this photo is the most viewed of mine on Panoramio, with over 650 looks now. By the way, this shot was taken from the statue of Vulcan atop Red Mountain south of central Birmingham. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is in the foreground.
No wonder, it's seen so often, Foxx. It's a very beautiful photo and I dearly advise to open it to the maximum size. It's fantastic, how the details can be seen so clearly! Besides Birmingham looks very very pretty with a beautiful skyline and what a nice building the university is.
My best greetings, May
Thanks. :0) That's the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the foreground. The main campus is in nearby Tuscaloosa, a little over an hour further west. If you've ever seen Forrest Gump, Forrest was a football player for the Alabama Crimson Tide under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant during his college years. They play at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The team used to play some of their home games in Birmingham a while back.
Interesting, Foxx! I have seen the the movie. But I must admit, I don't know anything what concerns American football. One of the few times I've heard about it, was, when Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steeleres came a couple of years ago to the Emmental to a neighbour village of mine, with his family to see his Swiss roots. That was quite an event - and half the Swiss population cheered to a famous American football player. ;-)
Now they have settled back to soccer again, since the European championships will take place in Austria and Switzerland.
I have met at least one Swiss native in sports...Martin Gerber. He was goaltender for our local Carolina Hurricanes in NHL Hockey a few years ago. Gerber played for the team, along with Conn Smythe winner Cam Ward in nets, during the 2005-2006 season when the Hurricanes won their first Stanley Cup. He now plays for the Ottawa Senators up in Canada.
As for the Alabama Crimson Tide, they are one of the most recognized teams in college football. I would say their longstanding history speaks for itself. :0) Their "Million Dollar" Marching Band is popular and well-known throughout the United States as well.
Yes, I know Martin Gerber. He is from a neighbour village as well. There is also Mark Streit and maybe you know our most famous man in sports, Roger Federer, the Tennisplayer.
I'll have a look about Alabama Crimson Tide, as soon as I get the time, also at the Sloss Furnace, which sounds really interesting.
Mark Streit currently plays for the Montréal Canadiens up in Canada. The team is still in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a conference semifinals series against the Philadelphia Flyers. On Saturday, the Flyers beat the Habs 4-2 to tie the matchup at one game a piece in a best-of-seven series. The Canadiens are an odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup this year. I'm still going with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins though. :0P
I've also heard of Roger Federer, although I'm not much into tennis.
Here are a couple links below to the Alabama Crimson Tide through the University of Alabama if you're interested in looking at them later on. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. ;0)
University of Alabama Athletics
"Million Dollar Band" Association
Paul W. "Bear" Bryant on Wikipedia
Thank you for all the links, I haven't found the time yet to look at them. I really don't understand anything about those sports. It's just that I hear something on the radio or TV some names, like a few days ago, when they mentioned, that Martin Gerber has joined the Swiss team in the training camp for preparations for the World's championship or something. Aebischer (Abby) probably is a Swiss sportsman as well, which you might know. Besides, Switzerland is so small with its only 7 Million inhabitants, of which more than 20% are from abroad, that we can't compete with any other country, except some exceptional single sportsmen or -women. :)
Yeah, they have the World Championships in hockey beginning on Friday. The Carolina Hurricanes do have a prospect participating for Team Switzerland...Daniel Manzato. Canada won the gold medal last year, and they are ready to defend their title. In international hockey, the United States and Canada always have a great rivalry. European countries have their share as well, especially in Scandinavia.
Of course, Switzerland will always be known as the watch capital of the world. ;0) Speaking of which, I need to get another watch soon.
Don't forget the Swiss army knife! ;)
I am probably one of the very few Swiss, who doesn't wear a watch at all. There are watches everywhere… ;)
I have read that Daniel Manzato has gone to Nevada to play with the Las Vegas Wranglers the Playoffs in the East Coast Hockey League.
Foxx, I got curious about Ice-hockey, because of our little conversation and I watched part of the two last matches of Switzerland - White Russia and today Sweden - Switzerland! Hey, they are really good! :) Leader of the group and to win 2 - 4 against Sweden is quite something, I guess. It's not at all a boring sport but with a lot of speed! I am going to watch the next matches, and who knows, maybe they will win again the one or other time. :)
Cool. :0) The United States lost a nail biter the yesterday to Canada 5-4 from the winning goal by Dany Heatley. Both teams advanced to the next round though. The United States defeated Latvia 4-0 on May 2nd and Slovenia 5-1 on May 4th. Both teams play again tomorrow.
I forgot to mention, Switzerland is undefeated right now. They beat France 4-1 on May 3rd, Belarus 2-1 on May 5th, as as you mentioned, Sweden 4-2 earlier today. Hopefully, they'll continue to do pretty good. They play again tomorrow against the Czech Republic.
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