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ROLL TIDE

16 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 5 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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Monday, October 27, 2008

DO TWO HALVES MAKE A WHOLE? It made a hole in the Tenn Defense.
Roll Tide, my jinx has been broken.  Three previous times I have been too Rocky Top, and 3 times I have fallen.
In my case the forth time is and was a charm.

Bama Rolled over the Vos, in rare form... holding the once mighty Vol running attack to just 36 yards.  I am not yet drinking the coolaid, but I am getting to the point I am ready to mix it.

For the first time since the first game of the year, The Tide played well both half's and it showed.

Tenn was worn out by the end of  the game and Bama was staying on the Ground and getting 6 to 8 yards a pop.

Next Up.. ARKY STATE AND HOMECOMING.
While I don't know much (anything really) about Arky State, I do know they will present problems if Bama lets them stay in the game.  As previously mentioned it is Homecoming and Bama let last years HC slipp away to a directional La School.  I don't see that happening again.
Bama 45  Ark St 17

Look for me and my Rides in the Parade.
ROLL TIDE.


Mon, October 27, 2008 | link 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WHEW!!!!!!!!! A close one In Bryant Denny and Lookout Rocky Top
Well the Tide survived another scare in the 2nd half as they have a couple of other times this year.  This one against Ole Miss and the NUTT... but Bama survived .... 24 20. 


THE GOOD.... Its a win
THE BAD  ..... No Points for Tide in 2nd Half...OLE MISS 17
THE UGLY..... Not being able to to put together 2 halves.


Bama came out early and took it to the Rebs and it appeared to be a runaway, but it ended up a donnybrook, with Bama holding Ole Miss on a desperation drive at the end of the game.

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The 3rd Saturday in October ..... well Okay it is the 4th Sat ...but all real Bama and Big Orange fans... but with the division of the SEC the game now takes place at times on the 4th Sat.
Night Game, on ESPN.
Bama is favored anywhere from 5 to 7 depends on where you look.  Anyone who has read my postings know I am afraid of every game :)  I will be in attendance at this one and this is my 4 consectutive trip to Rocky Top.. I hate it and LOVE it!!! That said I will love it more after Saturday.
Bama had everything to loose (not necessarily a good position) and Tenn nothing.

Bama showed last week they can trail and not get into quicksand.  I look for the Vol's to pull out all stops and be really pumped.  But JPW and company play very well on the road.   I look for Tenn to do exactly what Ole Miss did, try to stop the run.  But I have seen the Vols play 3 times this year and they are not as good as Bama.

Emotion and Momentum have a way of making up for lack of talent early but not over the long pace of a game.  Bama will need to control the ball more to try keep the defense off the field as much as possible as I suspect Tenn is going to try and run up the gut with Cody out with his knee.

Still I see the Talent from Bama taking this one.

ALABAMA 34  Tenn 21
Roll Tide !!!!!
Wed, October 22, 2008 | link 

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bama took a week off and....Number 1 lost, but Bama remains #2

Before talking about this weeks game against Ole Miss, I must talk about our win over Kentucky.  The Wildcats played quiet a game and gave The Tide a real tussle.  After watching the game again, I thought Bama played well, but looked tired, penalties and mentally didn't look as sharp. They did, play well out of the shoot and seemed to have lost their intensity. 

All and all they did move the ball well especially Glenn Coffee.  And I would say that the final score of 17 - 14 was not indicative of the way Bama played.  This is a game that a year ago, I am not sure they would have won.  But it goes in the win column and the Tide Rolls on.

Much went on this week, of course Bama was off and Texas capapulted from 5th in the polls to number 1 by taking it to the Sooners, in the Red River Shootout.   The Horns likely deserve the high spot in the polls though many Bama fans were upset, I felt Bama staying in 2nd is not a bad thing.  If they play well the rest of the year and take care of business, then things will fall into place.

That being said, the cliche (and I hate them) One Game at A Time, couldn't be more true than this weekend, as Bama tangles with Johnny Reb.  The Rebs are very good against Bama's strength , the Run...so I look for them to load up the box and JPW will have to have a good day.  We all know he is capable (SEE GA) of taking the game into his own hands....though many still doubt him.    They way I see this game is, Bama needs to take it to Ole Miss early and keep their intensity, otherwise Ole Miss is capable of causing trouble.  (See Florida.... Ole Miss ran through them like and enema)  This is the type of game the right reverend Houston Nutt excels. 

I look for the Tide to perhaps have a few webs to shake off from the off week, but remember Ole Miss likewise had the week off too.

Bama 31  Ole Miss 17

Roll Tide

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

And The Beat(ing) Goes On!!!
Blackout!!!  Are you kidding me ?  7 point underdog!!!!  Are you kidding me? 

Folks I have been a Bama fan for a long time.  The first half of the Ga game last Sat was one of the best I have ever seen the Tide play.  Granted, they have a long way to go (See 30 points scored on them in the 2nd half) However, to beat the #3 Ranked team in the country ....like a...well..like a dog?  WOW.

Every phase of the game was in tact and working like a well oiled machine for the first 30 Min. In fact Bama more or less played keep away and simply didn't allow Ga to have the ball, for over 2 thirds of the first half.  That in and of it self is amazing. 

Five times the offense had the ball in the first half and five times they came away with scores.  John Parker Wilson turned in what has to be called his personal best, against a very good Ga. Team.

Now Bama is # 2 or 3 depending on which poll you subscribe.  But as Coach Saban says, no one remembers who was number 2 last year the last week in Sept.... meaning now is not important unless you loose.... to keep winning you must not think of loosing or winning, but of preforming at your highest level and of the continuing process.

So many Coaches in the past several years, such hills to climb (NCAA PROB), and finally it seems Bama has someone to lead them back to the top.  Where a school like Alabama enriched with tradition has been before, but the climb is as they say..one game at a time.

Next Kentucky.  Honestly, I am not that familiar with Kentucky this year other than Rich Brooks has done a great job, and they find themselves just like Bama ...Undefeated.  Defense seems pretty good as they have allowed fewer than 25 points by all opponents combined thus far. 

This is "one of those games" but I am counting on CNS to make sure the players continue that climb.

Bama is favored by 16 - or 17.

My fearless pick... BAMA 35  Kentucky 10
Roll Tide
Wed, October 1, 2008 | link 


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