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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory


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


Sure miss watching Games with these Two
Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey


17 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 8 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 5 National Title Games live with my wife Michele (as a fan) I have lived the dream.  And I must say the latest National Championship in Atlanta rivals that 92 game from the standpoint of excitement and awe. 

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... 

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!

Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!



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Monday, December 29, 2008

Bama TO SUGAR against the UTES....

A funny thing happened on the way to the National CZhampionship game....Bama got Tebowed.  I honestly think he "TIM TEBOW" was the difference in the game.  I have been watching Football for quiet some time and never do I recall one player being such a difference maker to his team, as this guy.

Bama played well and hung with Florida for a good 3 quarters, but in the final quarter, with some help from Bama making a few mistakes, Florida pulled away and won.

Bama had it's best Since 92 and now they are headed to the Sugar Bowl against the undefeated Utah Utes.  I really don't know much about the Utes, in fact I am not sure what a Ute is....I do think it is an indian tribe that once lived in Utah.


So my fearless pick

This game scares the daylights out of me:  Bama 31 Utah 17

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What can I say... Bama of 2008 looked like a throwback of Bama of old.  Let me say it this way, I grew up with Bama beating teams and us wondering by how much, but it wasn't always a blowout in the first quarter or the first half for that matter.

They would come out and methodically drive the ball down the oppositions throat and the Defense would work it's magic....3 and out on the opposition ...and you'd look at the score board and suddenly 7 pts turn to 14 to 21 to 28 etc and Bama would control the game.

Saturdays Iron Bowl reminded me of just that.   Bama came out took control early and never let up.   The result is...was 36 to Zip.  Look at my prediction last week, and you'll see that I am, like many surprised by the shutout.  I did think Auburn would score.
Fast Forward to today  4:00 Tommy Tubberville fired as the Auburn Head Coach.   Surprised?  Yeah, I am...well somewhat....and now the search is on for Auburn to find a head-coach who can compete consistently and win....more than consistently.  Tubby was at the Plains 10 years and had a 7-3 record against it's arch rival, the Tide....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
None the less, TT is gone and Alabama is still in the running for a National Title.
10 POINT Underdog....more in some places.  Of course I understand how betting lines work and I understand that the reason for betting lines is just that to get people to bet.  That being said, do I think Fla is 10 points better than Bama ???? No... Saturday will tell us !!!!

My 2 cents.
Bama will have to control the line of scrimmage and on Defense will need to hold Fla in their running game to less than 100 yds.  Not an easy talk at all, especially when you consider where the Gators are in Stats.  The most startling of those stats to me is the number of times the Gators have turned the ball over and their turnover ratio....OFF THE SCALE.

Bama has it's hands full....and if you compare team for team position to position...Fla has the advantage in many areas, but Bama has the advantage in two areas (IMHO) Coaching and desire.

Bama 31  Florida 24
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