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The Strip celebrates Alabama’s SEC 2012 Championship

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Tuscaloosa erupts as The Crimson Tide clinches its spot in the BCS National Championship Game

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Tuscaloosa has celebrated multiple times during the 2012 Alabama football season, but they all paled in comparison to the most recent one.  Moments after Alabama defeated Georgia in an epic and hard hitting SEC Championship game, fans took to streets to celebrate the victory.  The win secured Alabama a spot in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame.

The Strip celebrates Alabama's SEC 2012 Championship

I raced to get my camera as soon as the game ended.  I knew I did not want to miss any chance to document the celebration.  I missed out on the celebrations after the LSU victory and the Oregon/Kansas State losses.  I wasn’t going to miss out on this one.

The bulk of the fans gathered around the four corners of University Boulevard and Frank Thomas Avenue to celebrate.  Many had cell phones out to record the festivities, while others waved flags, hats, shirts, and whatever else they had.  Smoke bombs were event set off before the police arrived to provide crowd control.

The Strip celebrates Alabama's SEC 2012 ChampionshipThe Strip celebrates Alabama's SEC 2012 ChampionshipThe Strip celebrates Alabama's SEC 2012 Championship

Impromptu renditions of “Yea Alabama” and “Rammer Jammer” broke out along with chants of “We Want The Irish”.  After such a tense roller coaster of a game, the fans were ready to let everything out.  They were ready to celebrate Alabama’s great victory and the upcoming chance to get a win against an equally storied program on the biggest stage possible.

The Strip celebrates Alabama's SEC 2012 Championship

I was present to document the celebrations in Tuscaloosa after the national championship games against Texas and LSU.  If The University of Alabama does in fact defeat Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship game, I’d expect the celebration to be even bigger.  If I can’t be in Miami that night, Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the only other place I’d want to be.

More photos from the celebration can be seen by clicking on the gallery below.

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