Outtakes from The Chronicle's Duke-Alabama Series

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Over the past two days, The Chronicle ran a two-part series in anticipation of this Saturday's 3:30 p.m. matchup versus Alabama at Wallace Wade Stadium. Part one highlighted the history the two programs share, and part two focused on how, exactly, it is possible this game is coming to Durham.

In part two, I mentioned that head coach David Cutcliffe carries with him a copy of legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's favorite poem. Here's the poem in full:

This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it, or I can use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be a gain, not loss. Good, not evil. Success, not failure, in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.

The Blue Devils will be looking to seize the day on Saturday. Check back later today for my thoughts in a Chron Pod preview of this weekend's contest.


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