HomeMY COLLECTIBLESHC 20132012 HomecomingTide Ride 1 Bama BikeTide Ride 2 Bama TruckTide Ride 3 Bama ThingTide Ride 4 Bama Smart CarTide Ride 5 BMW ISETTATide Ride 6 HELMETAmphicar NON ALABAMASites of Interest2008 Keys Adventure2009 Keys Adventure2009 HomecomingHomcoming 2008HC 2008 Game Photo PageContact Me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory

OUR SON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017

2013BamaRoom/family.jpg
Sure miss watching Games with these Two
Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey
2013UPDATEPICS/Untitled-2.jpg

ROLL TIDE

16 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 6 in person.

 Funny thing is, in Alabama, seldom do you pick your “Team”.  It is usually handed down generation to generation.   You are either a Bama fan, or a fan of the team on the plains. Cool

 My greatest memories of the Crimson Tide are numerous.  From my late Father and I listening to John Forney and Doug Layton paint the picture of each play via the radio in our living room, to watching the 92 National Championship Game live in NOLA with my late Mother.  Or the 2012 National Championship with our late son, Justin Hornsby. Seeing the last 4 National Title Games live with my wife Michele (as a fan) I have lived the dream. 

You hear players say “I dreamed of playing at Bama” – well as a fan, growing up in the tiny town of Goodwater Alabama, I dreamed of seeing Bama play in person.  That dream came true as I saw my first Bama game in 1977, at the age of 18.  Of course Bama rolled to a 55-6 victory over the Cardinals of Louisville in a game that is forever etched in my memory.

Back in those days, memorabilia wasn’t available like it is now, and I became a collector of “unique” Bama stuff.   Good luck stuff – and the passion of collecting Alabama Memorabilia began to rival the passion of being a fan.  Whether it was a statue of an Elephant or a Bama Football player, and I begin to collect unique things as the years passed. 

My collection of unique Memorabilia has continued to grow, and turned into my collection of Tide Rides. Each year for the past 8 years, one or more of the Tide Rides, have been part of the annual Bama Homecoming in Tuscaloosa.  That too has been a great experience as a fan, to see the faces of other fans enjoy the parade. 

I developed this space to share those with you as a collector or as a Bama fan, I hope you enjoy.  

Each week during football season, I update this site (Blog-Scroll Down) and share my thoughts and my predictions about the upcoming game. 


To the left, you can click on the links for portions of my collection and the Tide Rides.
 
I would like to invite you to check out what the folks at Reese's have done.  The official candy of NCAA football, contacted me with interest in doing a story about "TIDE RIDES" and the fan who would have such a collection.  Yours truly obliged, and it was a good decision.  The crew spent a few hours with Michele and me and were the nicest people.  The entire crew was fantastic, but special thanks to Joey, Sarah and Marty.  You are welcome back anytime !!! There is a link at the bottom for you to enjoy the segment..entitled, "BAMA'S BIGGEST FAN"  ....yeah, I know.....  keep the comments about the title to yourselves... 
 
"LETS GO REESE'S

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
HC2013/HC20.JPG
HC2013/HC20.JPG
HC2013/HC3.JPG
HC2013/HC3.JPG
HC2013/HC20.JPG
HC2013/HC20.JPG

Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

2013BamaRoom/zpfile003.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg
2013BamaRoom/zpfile002.jpg

.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Game 7 Bama VS Arkansas

Homecoming – my favorite game of the year.  Why?  I get to dust off the Tide Rides for their annual trek to Tuscaloosa for the HC Parade.  Truly a highlight each year for me and hopefully others.  

Bama heavily favored over TAMU looked to lose a bit of focus.  Coach Saban addressed it as not finishing.   The Tide had a 21 point lead and the game ended a 9 point win.   A win is a win, and credit has to go to TAMU.  Their Defense played well, and Bama struggled to convert at times.   And let’s face it, Bama has spoiled us.

On to Saturday – at Bryant Denny.  The HOGS of Arkansas come to town and find themselves a huge underhog – (sorry I had to go there).   Bama finds themselves on ESPN for the 2nd consecutive week – in prime time.   Arkansas comes to T-Town with their tails tucked after a 42-24 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.   Bama is favored by 29 in this one,  and I think they will cover that.

As Coach Bryant was fond of saying after Bama’s game with TAMU – they should “Have their dauber up”.  Bama should Roll….

2013BamaRoom/BamaA.jpg Image result for college logos arkansas

                51               16

Thu, October 12, 2017 | link 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Game 6 Bama VS TAMU

WOW – what happens when you have obligations that keep you from posting on your Bama Blog for a few weeks?

Readers Digest version – Bama Clobbers Colorado State 41 - 23 – Bama Hammers Vandy 55-0 then steps on Ole Miss to the tune of 66-3.

The narrative after the Colorado State game was “Bama needs work…they allowed Colorado State to move up and down the field, and score 23 points.”   That led to a rant by the Coach about focus.

I suppose his rant was heard by the team because then Alabama has scored 121 points to their opponents 3…..OUCH!   Bama was a heavy favorite against Ole Miss, but I am not sure many folks predicted the final score of 66-3.

Saturday at 6:15 on ESPN, Bama takes on the TAMU Aggies in College Station.    The Aggies bring a 4-1 record with a loss to UCLA, in a game where the Aggies obviously lost focus and collapsed in the second half.  

A couple of things to think about.  TAMU has arguably the 2nd best Offense in the SEC (by the numbers) and have moved the ball.   They hit on a lot of BIG PLAYS… which Bama has struggled with at times.   At least by Saban standards.    Bama held Ole Miss to – ahem… 0 of 15 on 3rd and 4th downs.   Yes, read that again…. WOW.

Is this a TRAP GAME?   I think it could be.  TAMU is a underdog of 26 or more, so they really have nothing to lose and everything to gain with an upset – or even a close game.

Bama is riding high.   Off the arm and legs of Hurts the offense is moving the ball very well.  Defense for the past two weeks, has played GREAT.  This is a road game, but that road takes Hurts to his home state of Texas.  

Look for the Aggies to be pumped and come out early and go fast.  But Bama will catch up to the speed and pace quickly and soon control on Defense and offense.

Bama will Roll

 2013BamaRoom/BAMATAMU.jpg

      38                 10

Fri, October 6, 2017 | link 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Game 2 Crimson Tide vs Fresno State

Bama looked very good defensively and on special teams against the Seminoles.   But the victory didn’t come without a price – Bama lost 2 starters in the line backing positons for the season.   FSU didn’t fare well either, as they lost their starting QB to a knee injury for the season.  I think the most telling stat on Saturday was turnovers.  Bama obviously made some half time adjustments and FSU suffered the consequences of those adjustments.

Drive 1 PUNT.

Drive 2. BLOCKED PUNT.

Drive X. No drive. Fumbled kickoff.

Drive 3.  INTERCEPTION

Drive 4.  INTERCEPTION

Drive 5.  PUNT

Drive 6.  PUNT

Drive 7. END OF GAME

Bama completely dominated in the second half.

This week Bama is home against Fresno State and favored by 45.   Though I look for Bama to win big, I don’t think they cover.  It will be a great opportunity for Bama to get some new kids on the block, some playing time.

Look for the Tide to Roll in front of the Home Crowd.  Kick is at 2:30 ESP2

This is the first ever meeting of these two teams.

2013BamaRoom/BamaA.jpg                       2013BamaRoom/FresnoState.JPG

    41                   6

 

Thu, September 7, 2017 | link 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Game 1 - 2017 Bama VS FSU

 

 

 2013BamaRoom/591dfb9538c75_FSUBAMAwatermark.jpg.057f523c4c0db632729d536fcf352774.jpgBama starts the Season again ranked as the #1 Team in the Nation.  And what an opponent - Florida State ranked at #3.

After a great game, but a disappointing loss to the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game, the Crimson Tide takes to the field on Saturday to challenge the Seminoles of FSU.

Bama vs FSU will be the inaugural game for the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.   Bama coming off a one loss season to Clemson.  FSU is coming into this game after a season with 3 losses.   But that was last year!  Bama lost a plethora of players to the NFL, and many think there may be a weakness in the O-Line.   There is however plenty of talent at the

skill positions to take some of the pressure off the O-Line.   In my opinion which is not worth much - FSU who struggled giving up sacks last year may have a long day if they have not shored up their front on Offense.

Many say this is a game that will preview the Playoff game at the end of the season.  Of course neither wants to take the chance of being that "one loss" team that is chosen. 

Kickoff is 7PM on ABC, Bama is favored by 6 to 7 depending on which betting line you follow.

Look for Bama to look a bit like the old POWER RUN - PLAY ACTION offense as the new offensive coordination Brian Daboll, takes the helm and guides the offense.  Jalen Hurts vs Deondre Francois will be one of many interesting matchups in this game.  Also interesting is a streak of Saban who is 10-0 verses his students.

I suspect each team will come out very much pumped and I expect typical sloppy play at times in the first game.   I do look for the Tide to pull away in the 4th with a bit more depth than FSU.

 

2013BamaRoom/fsualabama.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

            20               27

 

ROLL TIDE

Fri, September 1, 2017 | link 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bama VS Clemson National Championship

2013BamaRoom/alabama-clemson-nat-champ-hat.jpgPinching myself – 14-0.   26 in a row – and one more to go!!!  Considering the amount of time I have spent watching Bama (and Football in general) Football, I don’t recall a run like this in my life.  Of course I know Oklahoma owns the longest win streak, but that’s not what I am talking about.   I am writing this on the 10th Anniversary of Nick Saban being hired at Alabama.  The only way to describe the past ten years is DOMINATE – DYNASTY – STIFLING – OVERWHELMING… the list could go on and on.  Saban has done a phenomenal job, and there is no end in sight.  In fact as long as he continues to get the best recruits – I don’t see an end to the domination.  

Every year you hear the press say this is Sabans best Defense – yet the next year they are saying the same thing.  Though a different era – it reminds me of the 70’s when Bear would reload instead of rebuild.   And here we are, for the 2nd year in a row, facing Clemson in the National Championship Game.  WOW…. I pinch myself again.

Washington fell to Bama in the first round of the playoffs in spite of The Tide not having a stellar performance on Offense.  In fact Jalen Hurts was held to a season low of 57 yards passing.  But the DEFENSE – well they played LIGHTS OUT!  Scored a TD – 15th this year! WOW!

Clemson SHUT OUT – the Ohio State Buckeyes – in a game that really didn’t include much offense from the Buckeyes.   Credit Clemson’s defense as they stymied OSU all day.  In the meantime Clemson led by their QB Deshaun Watson scored 31 points.   Thus setting the stage for a rematch of last year’s NCG – The Tigers and The Tide!

Bama comes in as a 6 point favorite however, the big money in Vegas is going on Clemson. What does that mean?  Well I think it means, everyone watched the playoff and saw Clemson dominate OSU and based on that – the revenge factor and “Been there before” – that Clemson is ready to dethrone the might Crimson Tide?  Now throw in another caveat – Bama is without the Mastermind Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin – WHAT?  Yes, his “MUTUALLY agreed upon” exodus occurred the day after the playoff game.   Personally, I don’t think this move will matter a lot.  Why?  Well, I have to think that Steve Sarkisian has been in on much of what is going on with the Bama offense and don’t forget he comes from USC – and he and Kiffin were big buds.  And if I am not mistaken, David Cutcliff was the Tennessee OC who left UT before their NCG in 1998.  But let’s face it, in those days most people didn’t know who the OC was anywhere.  As we didn’t have the social media outlets of today.  Nonetheless – I think there may be a hiccup or two, but I don’t think it will be a deciding factor.

The deciding factor – I think will be Defense!  The old saying “defense wins championships”.   No doubt Alabama has the best Defense in the game.  So no surprise, Bama to win, will have to stop the run, and be able to run the ball, thus control the tempo – and shorten the game.  And pressure QB D. Watson.  Can they do it?  I think so. 

So, I don’t look for a 45 – 40 game like last year.  In fact I think if it becomes a scoring fest, Bama will have a difficult time keeping pace.  So I look for a lower scoring game, but Bama to come out on top with another National Championship.

             23                   17

2013BamaRoom/alabamaclemsonNC.jpg

 Roll Tide !!! 

Wed, January 4, 2017 | link 

2017.10.01 | 2017.09.01 | 2017.01.01 | 2016.12.01 | 2016.11.01 | 2016.10.01 | 2016.09.01 | 2016.01.01 | 2015.12.01 | 2015.11.01 | 2015.10.01 | 2015.09.01 | 2014.12.01 | 2014.11.01 | 2014.10.01 | 2014.09.01 | 2014.01.01 | 2013.11.01 | 2013.10.01 | 2013.09.01 | 2013.08.01 | 2013.01.01 | 2012.12.01 | 2012.11.01 | 2012.10.01 | 2012.09.01 | 2011.11.01 | 2011.10.01 | 2011.09.01 | 2010.11.01 | 2010.10.01 | 2010.09.01 | 2010.08.01 | 2010.01.01 | 2009.12.01 | 2009.11.01 | 2009.10.01 | 2009.09.01 | 2009.08.01 | 2009.06.01 | 2008.12.01 | 2008.11.01 | 2008.10.01 | 2008.09.01 | 2007.10.01

Link to web log's RSS file

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my photos. Please get in touch with any comments or reactions!