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 Every year for as many as I can recall - we gathered at my Mom's home in Goodwater to watch Bama on TV.  We lost our Mom, May 29th and I will miss her for many reasons, among those, helping to cheer the Tide.  This year, I am adding a couple of pics of her as a reminder that she is still with me "US" each day and each game. Sure do miss her. 
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ROLL TIDE

15 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 4 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, and seeing the last 3 National Title wins 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 7 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!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Narrow Escape HOGZILLA Week 8 Bama Vs TAMU

Remember I’m old school.  Where a win is a win, where – when all is said and done – they seldom look back in 2 or 3 years to say – Do you remember how we almost lost 5 games?  Doubtful !!  I can remember in I think 73, Bama plays a horrible game and defeats then lowly FSU by a point or two.  The team was excited, the coaches excited – of course then there was no talk radio, SEC Network, internet… to stir the disappointment.  Then there was also something called RESPECT and SUPPORT for your team regardless.  Those days, unfortunately – seem to have passed us by. 
Of course I am like the next fan - I want Bama to win and win big, but I never lose the perspective that a W is a W.

That said, this team is looking to find a personality – and identity. And if that doesn’t happen soon, in spite of all the talent and great coaches, could be in for a longer than usual season.  If that identity is found – Bama could work its way into the playoff of 4 and eventually to the NCG.  Of course much can happen and there is still a lot of Football to be played.

In fact a Texas AM team will find its way to Tuscaloosa for a CBS 2:30 Kick.. Bama comes in as a 9 point favorite – TAMU has lost two games, one to Miss State, and more recently to Ole Miss.  A spot many teams who face both Mississippi teams are likely to find themselves.

Head to Head – Bama lost to Ole Miss by 6 TAMU lost to Ole Miss by 15 = Bama Beat Arky by 1 TAMU beat the Hogs by 7 in OT. 

I see this as a time where Bama not only needs an identity – they need to make a statement.  This team has shown how great they are capable of being, but is dragging the luggage of playing “UNSABANLIKE” with penalties, turnovers and no attention to detail.  That statement can be made by controlling this game from beginning to end.

Bama will play better at home – my fearless prediction –

Bama 38               TAMU 27

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Week 7 - Bama Vs Ark

When you are wrong you are wrong – I was wrong !!! Bama instead of pulling away in the 2nd half – struggled with a good Ole Miss team, committed turnovers the last two times they had the ball and came away with a defeat.  While Bama moved the ball well at time, they struggled in the red zone, and committed senseless errors.  Ole Miss took advantage of those and at times dominated both lines of scrimmage.  To make matters worse, Bama lost its starting center – and Kenyan Drake (gruesome breaking of the leg).

Great teams win when faced with adversity, Bama had the ball with time running out, only to throw an INT – Game ending, after a penalty on a big gain.  Not making excuses at all. Ole Miss moved into the top 5 and Bama rightfully so dropped to #7.

Some are saying this Bama squad will lose more games this year – others say “not so fast my friend” – Bama stumbled but didn’t fall and will climb back into the Playoff picture. 

My opinion, for what it is worth, this team shows flashes of brilliance and other times average to below average.  This was the first “REAL” road trip – and I think the pressure was more than anticipated.  That now behind them – the real answer will come this week when Bama travels to Fayetteville to face the HOGS.  Arkansas remains winless in the SEC for the last 14 games.  

Bama is favored by 9 – but as we found last week, being favored doesn’t mean an automatic W.

My prediction – I look for Bama to bounce back and beat the Hogs… but I don’t expect Arky to roll over and play dead.  They have a running offense that runs downhill very well.  Power Football !!!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Game of the _FILL IN THE BLANK _ (Century has been overused)

How big is it ?  ESPN College Gameday is to invade The Grove for the first time ever --- EVER!! Bama ranked 3rd  in the AP Poll and 1st USA Today Poll, Ole Miss 11th in both – Both teams undefeated –

Bama coming off a big win over an obviously struggling FLA team, and Ole Miss seemingly struggled against Memphis and some say were looking ahead to Bama.

Ole Miss has won against the Tide 2 times since 1988.  Both well chronicled – 88 was the “Brick through the window” game – and of course Eli Manning in 2003 lit up the Tide in an outstanding performance.

But as they say the past is the past… throw the record books out the window and any other clichés you may like… this matchup is looking to be a great game… and I look for it to be as well.

This is not the Ole Miss of Old J - Defensively they lead the SEC in interceptions and are 2nd Nationally.

Offensively – Ole Miss behind Bo Wallace is completing 71 percent of his passes and have the ability and receivers to score quickly.

Bama – well you all know about Bama – Blake Sims has been somewhat shrouded this week, after a shoulder injury against Fla. Bama is however, coming off a bye week and have had the opportunity to heal some nicks and bruises.

My Thought – for what they are worth:  Bama needs to quell the crowd early and can do this by taking control of the game… forcing Ole Miss to play at a slower pace and keeping them out of positive plays on first down…. If this happens Bama will win big.  If Bama fails to do this, it could be close…… but I think even then Bama will pull it out.

I believe Bama wins and covers the 6 point spred.

 

Bama 37 Ole Miss 17

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bama had little trouble disposing of the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss last Saturday in Tuscaloosa to the tune of 52 – 12.  Southern Miss never crossed the Bama goal line – they did however manage a field goal in every quarter.

The Bama D remains #1 in the nation against the run – but seems the D backs are still struggling at times.

Attention quickly was turned to the SEC opener as Bama plays the Gators in Tuscaloosa in what will be the CBS 2:30 game.  

Bama (depending on where you look or who you listen to) is a 14 – 16 point favorite.  This will prove to the Tides biggest test to date and many think that since the Gators struggled with Kentucky, winning in triple overtime, Bama will win handily.   I am not so confident.  I am looking forward to seeing the Bama O and D against someone who is of SEC caliber, such as the Gators.

Blake Sims continues to impress putting together the best Offensive performance in 3 consecutive games in the Saban era. Though the doubters are plenty. 

Prediction - I think it will be close for a while – but Bama will pull away in the 4th.


Bama 31 – Fla 20

ROLL TIDE

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Week 3 Bama Vs Southern Miss

Perhaps my memory is failing, but I don't recall in my lifetime an Alabama game being "CALLED" - because of weather or any other reason, but it did happen in the Bama vs Fla Atl game this past weekend.  Bama ahead at the time 41 to 0 with almost 8 min left, it was a mutual agreement to call the game.

Can't really say as I blame either coach.  To get away without injuries in a game that was as lopsided as this one... I suppose that is called cutting your losses.

Bama came out with Sims and he looked really good, Coker made his way in the game and did well, but in my opinion there was a difference in the way the team responded with Sims and Coker does look like his timing is off.  And in fairness that could be expected. 

14 - Jake Coker

15 / 24

 

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6 - Blake Sims

12 / 14

 

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   2

 

Total

27 / 38

 

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Bama amassed 620 yards offense. Defensively the return of Jackson and DuPriest made a difference, however the level of competition wasn't on par with West Va.

This week, Bama will be kicking off at the Capstone against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.  Gone are the days when Southern Miss was a grappling team scratching and giving teams great games.  In fact SMU is coming off a 49 - 0 shellacking at the hands of the Bulldogs of Miss State.   I don't look for this week to be any better.

Bama 59 - SMU 10

 

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