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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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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

 

202

   1

 

6 - Blake Sims

12 / 14

 

228

   2

 

Total

27 / 38

 

430

   3

 

 

 

 

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

 

Thu, September 11, 2014 | link 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Week 2 Bama Vs Fla Atlantic

Embarrassingly I find myself as far behind as the Bama Defense looked against the “Couch Burners” from West Va.

If you were a bit like me, I thought the offense would struggle, and the Defense wouldn’t.  As usual, I was wrong.  From my vantage point in the Ga Dome, I felt the D was a step behind and the offense did a good job of keeping from making negative plays (sins one int) and moved the ball well. Blake Sims is catching a lot of flak from some fans, but broke a couple of records in his debut starting performance. 

Sorry I missed my prediction last week – I had picked Bama 35 -10 – Bama was triumphant by a score of 33 – 23. Obviously not covering the spread of 21.

All said and done, it was a W and that is what matters.

This week, Bama takes on the Owls of Florida Atlantic.   Bama of course is heavily favored in the game and this should be another great opportunity to get reps under the belt of Sims and I do look for Coker to see time as QB as well.  There have been a few changes in the lineup this week, as the coaches’ experiment to get the best players in the best spots and playing together. 

Fans – from my vantage point, seems to over react to everything that happens – good bad or mediocre.  With the return of DePriest I think things will look a bit calmer and the D will play a better game.

 

Not a hard one to pick  Bama 48   Florida Atlantic 10

 

 

 

Wed, September 3, 2014 | link 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday January 2 - 2014

My oh my, what a difference a year makes.  This time last year, Michele and I were en-route to South Beach, to see the Atlantic Tide and the Crimson Tide Roll.  This year, we will be watching from our TV, as the Tide takes on Oklahoma in the Sugar. 

One Second – A Second that had for all practical purposes disappeared and then brought back to life by virtue of the college football review… changed so many things.  Of course it is speculation, would Bama have beaten Auburn in OT? Perhaps or perhaps not?  That is the love and loath of College FB. 

As it turned out, Auburn did, with ease, RUN the ball on Bama’s D and that proved to really be the difference in the game.  That final play won, but the many missed plays prior were the real culprits.  As Coach Bryant said many times, it should never have come to that point.

So, tonight Bama takes on the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.  Bama a proverbial favorite, in the range of 14 to 16 points…..

Which Bama squad shows up to play tonight?  The one that has shown for the past NC games, hungry and all business, or the one who showed in the Sugar, 7 years ago – and was trounced by the Utes!!!

Of course in my Crimson Colored glasses, the nod goes to the all Business, hungry team.  And perhaps reading between the lines, of Nick talk, he is getting back to “SQUARE ONE” and is looking to play those guys who “buy in”.  Thus “THE PROCESS”.  Win lose or otherwise, play to the best of your ability, and let everything else take care of itself. 

The Sooners come into this game with 2 losses, Texas and Baylor.  They have two, top ten wins – OK ST and Texas Tech.  They are currently on a 3 game winning streak and have won 2 of those where they were underdogs.    So which team will be most motivated?

Bama or OK?  Both have a lot to lose! Pride – Position in the BCS going into next year.  Bama is still seen my many as the best team in the country, and for OK to knock them off, will be a big Feather in their cap.  Bama ?  Well, they have a lot to prove.  AJ and his fellow seniors don’t want to be remembered for a loss in the final game.  Finally Saban vs Stoops. Here is where I think Bama wins.

 

Final Prediction of the season.

 

Bama 35 – Oklahoma 17

 

Thu, January 2, 2014 | link 

Friday, November 29, 2013

IRON BOWL 2013

 

As excited as I am about the Iron Bowl, I am equally saddened by the fact – the season is ending.  I truly love College Football.  I enjoy the enthusiasm, the excitement the anticipation and the FUN of it all.   So much has happened this year, and among the things that have happened, Bama remains undefeated and Auburn has surprised everyone by coming into this game having lost only to LSU. 

 

Both teams have a lot ridding on this.  Obviously Alabama has more to loose, with the possibility of a 3rd National Championship in a row.   Auburn is at home, and that will (like it or not) affect Bama, how much depends on how well Bama can move the ball.  Of course quieting the crowd means Bama is doing well – and I really have an odd feeling about this game. 

 

Auburn is a “spread” team that runs first to throw, Bama uses more of a power, throw to run formation.   Who can stop who?  If I could answer that, I’d bet the house, but I don’t know the answer, but like the many pundits, I will speculate.

 

I’m guessing Bama may struggle with the Auburn Offense…on the first couple of possessions, et al… TAMU – I think Bama will adjust and the tempo of the game will change.    I look for AJ McCarron to be the “guy” for Bama, on Offense and CJ Mosley, to be much the same for Bama D.  If those two guys have the games they are capable of having, Bama wins going away.   As I type this, it is hard to imagine, AJ McCarron has accomplished so much in his career, which is coming to an end this year.  AJ truly phenomenal, with 3 more wins, will have 40 wins, 4 NC and 3 in a row.  But there are monumental wins in the balance.  The first is Auburn, and I think that will happen…. Tomorrow, as the Loveliest Village, becomes the Den for the Battle of #1 AND #4 … reminiscent of 2010 when Bama had the role of “spoiler” … and we know how that went, Bama lost –after a miracle 2nd half comeback. 

Most say, “Throw out the record books” in this game, well I say not true, the favored team usually wins.   Bama is favored by 10 – and I look for them to make good of that and mover a step closer to #16 with a win over Auburn.

 One other small note - Bama since Saban has lost to Auburn 2 times, by a total of 8 points, and won 5 by at combined total of 78 points. 

 

Bama 35 Auburn 20
ROLL TIDE  

Fri, November 29, 2013 | link 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Game 10 Bama Vs Miss State

The Bama LSU rivalry lived up to expectations…. well it did at least for a half, then Bama seemed to say, “Ok here we go” as the stalwart Defense allowed only 52 total yards with All American DJ Mobley garnering the SEC Defensive player of the week award for his outstanding effort, and inspiring the entire defense to rise up after a very lackluster first half.  Bama outscored the Tigers in the 2nd stanza 21 to 3, behind the arm and head of AJ McCarron.  The bevy of receivers continues to have outstanding games.  Freshman TE OJ Howard shined with a beautiful touchdown reception where he simply outran the LSU dbacks to get to the end zone.  Howard is destined for greatness.  The tandem of Yeldon / Drake pounded the LSU defense time and time again, behind what is becoming an outstanding offensive line.  Final score Bama 38 LSU 17.


This week, the #1 ranked Crimson Tide takes it’s traveling show to Starkville, to challenge the Bulldogs.  State is a bit of disappointment, in my opinion, struggling to become bowl eligible with a record of 4 – 5.  Under HC Dan Mullen, many think the bullies have underachieved.  Most thought Mullen would bring respectability.  But instead of being contenders, they will try to become spoilers. 

Odds makers think Bama wins by 25, and in spite of tbe fact that history says Miss State normally plays Bama touch, I think Bama will cover with a TD to spare.

 

Bama 41 Miss State 13.  RTR

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