Name 2021-22 the season of the crane kick. The pose tailored from the Karate Child motion pictures grew to become an indicator celebration of Alabama soccer earlier than it entered the Iron Bowl rivalry machine.
Since then, it has been volleyed backwards and forwards between Alabama and Auburn athletes in competitions from basketball to gymnastics.
Just like the reverse Rammer Jammer, it is used to mock the Crimson Tide when the Tigers have success when going through their rival. Such was the case Jan. 11 when Auburn took down Alabama 81-77 in a males’s basketball sport performed in Coleman Coliseum. On the ground after the buzzer and within the sanctity of the locker room, crane kicks had been bountiful.
Now Alabama is heading to Auburn Area for an 8 pm CT Tuesday rematch and so they seem to recollect what occurred earlier this month.
“I have a look at it like gas,” stated Alabama sophomore Juwan Gary. “However, , a staff goes to try this, particularly in a rivalry sport like this. That is what they do. We have a look at it as motivation.”
The pose was first mocked early within the soccer Iron Bowl when Auburn took a 10-0 lead on Alabama. Even the punter dropped one at one level earlier than the Crimson Tide clawed again for a 24-22 win in 4 overtimes.
“Roll Tide,” was the response from Alabama receiver John Metchie that evening. “We received.”
Metchie hit the pose after catching the game-winning landing and Auburn basketball star Allen Flanigan had an excellent view.
“We had been all proper behind the tip zone within the ultimate seconds,” Flanigan stated after beating Alabama on the basketball flooring Jan. 11, “and when he scored the landing, he got here — they got here proper there to the tip of the tip zone and did the little karate kick. So we stole their transfer on them once more.”
It was a part of Auburn’s 17-game profitable streak it is going to carry into its dwelling enviornment Tuesday evening.
Gary will get it. That is all a part of the rivalry that’s Alabama-Auburn.
“It was a W for them,” he stated Monday. “They acquired the win and so they acquired to have a good time so we it took at as a next-time step for us. This sport can be totally different. Imitation, that is cool and all, however we have a look at it as extra motivation to us.”
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Comply with him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Fb,