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—-Jim Dent, author of The Junction Boys
“Keith Dunnavant nails it: all the sacrifices the 1966 Alabama team made to win three national championships in a row, and how we were robbed at the ballot box.”
—-Jerry Duncan, one of the boys of 1966
“Dunnavant infuses reportage and passion into a tale that every Alabamian of a certain age knows: For all the crying about Penn State in 1969, Penn State in 1994, or Auburn in 2004, no team ever got shafted the way the 1966 Crimson Tide did. It’s all here: the churning legs, the churning stomachs, and the dreaded gym classes where Bear Bryant’s boys made the sacrifices he demanded in order to become champions. They conquered their opponents on the field, but proved to be no match for the politics of the day off the field. The ’66 Tide is still waiting for the Missing Ring. Thanks to Dunnavant, we don’t have to.”
—-Ivan Maisel, senior writer, ESPN.com, and co-author of A War in Dixie
“Absolutely stunning. The Missing Ring left me breathless. Keith Dunnavant has proven again why he is one of America’s greatest sports authors and historians. With so much having been written about Bryant and Alabama, I had my doubts going into this book that there was something I didn’t know or hadn’t read. Yet Dunnavant has managed to strike gold with The Missing Ring in every way and shape imaginable. His quiet prose goes down as effortlessly as bourbon and branch water. Fans of college football will marvel at his painstaking research. Dunnavant turned the clock back forty years and it was 1966 all over again. The pain and the glory, the pride and the prejudice, all brought to life in the pages of this extraordinary book.”
—-Paul Finebaum, Paul Finebaum Radio Network
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Posted September 14, 2009
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