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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory

OUR SON

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

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Sure miss watching Games with these Two
Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey
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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!!!!!!!!
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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SUIEEEE..........PIG!!!!
The Chant of the piggies was not to last long.  In fact Arkansas had little to cheer about as Bama took it too the Hogs with BIG PLAYS.... Long runs!!!! For TD's.  2 Pick 6's and Bama was well on its way to a Romp in Fayettville 49 to 14.
Now the Tide will find themselves between the Hedges facing number 3 Ga.   Again Bama finds itself in a Hostile setting facing a team that the PUNDITS SAY..... This is Bama's test... Isn't that what they said about Clemson?   Lets face it guys and gals, every week is a test.  And believe you me, Coach won't have to have a big pep talk before this one.  And oh yes, I am nervous.  I suspect  the men in Crimson will have their hands full, but fully expect them to prevail.
Bama 24 - Dawgs 20
Roll Tide 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Season Rolls On
Boy did i miss the prediction on Tulane?  Well most of us missed that one and given the fact that EC struggled too, well it made me feel better about the game and about how The Tide fared against the Greenies.

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Since I am behind here, I will say Bama was impressive against Western Ky.  Sure I know they are a directional team, but none the less, Bama showed some enthusiam and spirit and finally showed that long lacked killer instinct and put them away early.  

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And that brings us to THE PIGS!!!! Coach P and his supposed High Flying and reckless offense are among the leaders in the SEC in offense, but they have had to win both of their games against what was thought to be inferior opponents, at the last moment...and both were comebacks.
This is however one of those games that Bama has had problems with in the past few years, but the past is the past and I am looking for Bama to step it up, play well on the road and take it to the Piggies early.
MY PREDICTION :  Bama 37 Ark 16
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

TIDE ROLLS IN ATLANTA -------
2008 Edition of the Alabama Crimson Tide VS Clemson was a site to Behold.

Like many, I too went to Atlanta hoping to cop a ticket at the event, but due to fear of authenticity and the things just being too much (250 to 300 for uppers) I opted out and ended up at ESPN ZONE with many Bama supporters....Can't complain...Front row seat...HUGE SCREEN..and Bama Kick Clemson around pretty good.

My thoughts on the game.  As usual when Bama ran onto the field I got chills and the hair kinda stands on end... just a rush of emotion.  Leading up to this game I had heard much hype about the tandem of backs Clemson had and I must say after seeing Stats, on TiderInsider, of the duo's accomplishments last year, I was more than a little anxious.  Bama's LB core being as new and inexperienced as they are... made me think those guys upfront would have their hands full.

The early fumble on the questionable sub by Clemson, really set the tone for the game and the subsuqent beating administered by the Tide Defense.  And I think Bowden called it the same thing, an old fashioned beating. 

The defense played with a certain tenacity I have not seen in a while, well I take that back, I saw it at intervals last year but not consistantly.   And the major difference I saw, and I think you all likely felt this way, admit it or not.... when the Tigers ran the 2nd half Kick back...in the back of my mind.."here we go again" but... the offense held the ball on the subsequent drive, then on the next drive answered and never looked back. 

It's only one game.  Coach Saban so elloquently put it in a press conference... that this game is not represenative of the season, but insted is a result of an off season of hard work.  Meaning of course take it one game at a time.  I completley agree.  I don't want to see Bama get the big head and have it decapitated by someone of lessor talent.

Bottom line on the Clemson game in my opnion.  Bama's Coach Saban had his guys ready to play and Coach Bowden and his staff, well.... I am not sure he had them ready to go.

Incidently my pick for the game was 31 - 24 Bama.  And yes I was surprised at our Defense.

Next up... Tulane.  These guys are likely to be a little off this week because of Gustav and the havoc they have been through so far.....what with being in a strange surrounding practicing etc... that being said, it may make them a bit more hungry ..... and reselient.   Bama on the other hand coming off that big win, has to be a bit... we will say in a lull.  I think this game will speak volumes as to how far Bama has come under Saban.

My prediction Bama 44 - Green Wave 23

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