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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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ROLL TIDE

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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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer Time - Countdown to September Kick Off
Hello all,
Long time no post.  Actually I usually leave everything as is during the "off season".  Bama fans and SEC fans alike know there is no off season in Bama or in Football, however I usually leave that to the other bloggers who live and die on recruiting news and rumors.

I actually have a couple of reasons for this post today..one being an Aubie --chided me indirectly - into "updating my blog".... as he reminded me of my prediction concerning the Utes and how badly I missed my pick.  I assure you Jimmy, it wasn't the first time.  Perhaps you have heard of this fellow, as he has a very famous name... Jimmy Johnson.   Coach?  Driver?  Cartoonist...you betcha.

Jimmy is none other than the one who pens Arlo an Janis for hundreds of Newspapers accross this glorius Nation of ours.  I was a fan before I met him and came away from our dinner at Lake Martin amongst mutual friends with a new friend and much more of a fan.  And I liked him in spite of the fact... that he is an Auburn fan!  If you have not had the pleasure feel free .... www.arloandjanis.com I'm sure he won't mind.  Jimmy only found that I was a fan after I directed him to a link with my amphicar.  He loves the water and sailing and I love cars and happen to have one that ...sorta sails :)~   Hopefully we will breach the waters of Lake Martin together someday soon.

I also posted today because I have added another Tide Ride to my collection.  This one (unlike the others) will be an everyday driver for the most part.  I bought this Smart Car over a year ago after being on a list for a couple of years.  I love the car and after having it a while as with most of the unique ones I begin to think ... humm.. this would look great as a Bama Tide Ride and viola a new TR was born. Hope you like it.

Roll Tide... see you in the funny papers.

Ray
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