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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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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tide Takes Care of MOCS 45-0.... NOW THE IRON BOWL.

Bama moved past the Mocs and got their first shutout of the year...holding them to less than 100 yards of total offense.  Almost all players saw action with very few starters playing in the 2nd half.

Now with less than 51 hours till Kick off of the Famed Iron Bowl... I must admit... this one is a bit scary....

1 - Bama favored by 10

2 - Auburn is at Home

3 - Auburn has had a week off

4 - Bama coming off short week

5 - Bama SEC championship game only one week away.

6 - Ingram on the cover of SI

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Bama will need to play it's game, run the ball control the clock and keep Auburn from getting off to a quick start.

Auburn will be fired up and rightfully so.  After a 36 - 0 Thrashing last year... and will all the hype Bama is getting for national title and for ingram.

The Tigers would like nothing more than to UPSET the Tide and topple their chances of a National Title.

But...I think Bama is too strong...too consistent and too focused.

Bama leads the series 39-33-1

Look for the series to go to 40-33-1  in this the 74th meeting of these two teams.

Bama 31  Tigers 13

Wed, November 25, 2009 | link 

Monday, November 16, 2009

Another Black Out - Another Black Eye - 10 - 0 The Tide Rolls On
On what could very well have been a "TRAP" game - Bama came away with a convincing victory over Miss State.  I was one of those who was very weary of this game, but Bama did handle it in a very business like fashion and hung 31 points on the Bullies, and only gave up 3. 

Bama started this one as if it were not quiet in gear, but then seemed to find it's rythm offensively and defensively and began a methodical whipping of the Dawgs.

Bamas offense rolled up over 440 yards holding State to just over 200.  Basically in the second half Bama dominate in every phase of the game... except the Kicking game.  Here the Tide allowed two very long returns that left the defense with it's back against the wall.  They rose to the occasion and only surrendered a field goal.

The Tide's secondary played lights out.  2 interceptions... and several unbeliveable broken up passes.. 2 in the end-zone.

Offensively, Mark Ingram had over 140 including a career long 72 yard run for a TD.  McElroy had good numbers too, including a 50 yard pass to a wide, and I mean WIDE OPEN Juilo Jones.   Mayes had a couple of key thrid down catches in what was, in my opinion, one of Alabamas most complete games this year.

Mississippi State doned Black jerseys for the first time, trying to motivate the bullies and the emotion seemed to work at first as State was moving the ball pretty well, but Bama made adjustments and State struggled mightily there after...and soon the black jerseys became a non-story.

Bama now 10 and 0 continues it's quest of a perfect season.... This Saturday the Tide should have a fairly easy time of disposing UCT Moc's ... who has a 6-4 record.  My pick last week was my worst this year, but when my missing has to do with Margin of Difference on the winning side, I don't mind at all.

This week I see Bama getting to cruise in this one. 45 - 6  Roll Tide.
Mon, November 16, 2009 | link 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bama Locks The SEC WEST LS - WHO? Now to Starkvegas....

Being a Bama fan for over 40 years.. I can tell you the LSU Tigers give Bama Fits ... and have many times (especially of late) been a thorn in the side of the Crimson Tide.

Bama played very well last Saturday both on Defense and Offense.  They were a bit slow... starting but in the 2nd half unleashed a flurry of offensive plays that were very offensive to the Tigers. Bama looked like the better team especially as they got into the 4th qtr.  

Controversy was abundant in this game... as were key plays, one of those came on a 5 yard toss to Juilo from McElroy .... and Julio scampered 70 or so for a TD. 

Bama won 24 -15.  

After the victory Bama moved back to 2nd in BCS so they control their own destiny.

Up now Miss State.  This game as been a concern of mine since early in the season.  State holds a paltry 4-5 record, but played lights out against Fla earlier in the year.  In Dixion they have the 2nd leading RB in the SEC.  This game has upset written all over it, because ..State had a week off, and Bama is libel to be a bit lethargic after the Big Win over LSU.

I hope I am wrong, but I think it will be close.  Ingram rushed for a buck twenty five.. and is among frontrunners for the heisman.



I say Bama 27 - State 16
Roll Tide 

Thu, November 12, 2009 | link 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rocky Block!!!! Hold Them Tigers!!!!!
Whew !!!! Two Blocked Field Goals ... and Commander Cody blocked them both... the last one with 4 tics on the Clock... Bama (thanks to Cody) managed by the skin of their teeth to eek out a victory against the Vols.  12-10

Bama seemed lethargic on offense, the D... played a great game.... but did have a couple of mental breakdows.  Some Pundits say Bama was tired... 8 games 8 weeks.  I am the first to admit the game Bama has played in the last 3 were nothing like the first 5.  But I am not offering up excuses.  

If Bama doesn't improve this week on offense, I am expecting LSU to make the Tide Pay.

However, with the week off and the motivation of dropping in the Polls despite the week off shoud be plenty for Bama.

Fickle is the only way I know to describe some fans and Media.  Two weeks ago Bama was the darling among many and were in the NC game....but wait, a stumble and wow suddenly...the same ones are talking about how inept Bama looks... and how they should do this and that.... Yada yada yada.   Simply put.. if we knew each week that the team that looks best was going to win, we wouldn't even play.

Matchups... timing... turnovers... emotion... all have  so much to do with College Football.... and the winners.

Bama has a tough task at hand.  But I believe they are up to the challenge.

Bama 23 LSU 16

ROLL TIDE HOLD THEM TIGERS.
Wed, November 4, 2009 | link 


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