Big Al writes Valentine's Day poem to attract Alabama football fans to watch basketball

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News
Big Al gives high five to Kayleigh Smith during the Halloween Extravaganza Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Alabama elephant mascot Big Al came to Saturday's Alabama men's basketball home game against Georgia with a giant rose and a sash decorated with hearts. 

Big Al is ready for Valentine's Day on Sunday. 

The elephant also wrote a poem to Alabama football fans: 

Roses are red

It is no longer fall

So turn on your TV

Watch Bama Basketball

The poem on Twitter included emojis for a rose, a maple leaf, a television and a basketball. It ended with #RollTide. 

On Friday, Big Al also spread Valentine's — well, Big Alentine's Day — cheer around the University of Alabama campus. 

The UGA Bulldogs entered the matchup 12-7 overall and 5-7 in the SEC. On Wednesday, Tennessee beat Georiga 89-81.

Alabama, ranked No. 11 in the Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Coaches Poll, came into the contest 16-5 overall and 11-1 in the SEC. Most recently, Alabama beat South Carolina 81-78 on Tuesday.

Entering Saturday, Alabama leads the all-time series 96-52 vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

Here's more Alabama men's basketball news: 

Tom Crean is the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball head coach. Nate Oats is the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball head coach.

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik