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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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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another Perfect Regular Season - 12-0 - Gator Await a Rematch

Wow...reminiscent of the Tide in 1979 a last quarter......lengthy drive.... "see Daniel Moore All on the Line " Bama EEEKED by the motivated and scrappy Tigers, to win the game 26 - 21.

Giving the Devil it's due, the Tigers played very well and turned in some very big plays, going up on Bama 14 - 0, then when the Tide evened the score at 14 the Tigers hit a long pass to go up 21 - 14. Leigh Tiffin connected on 2 of 3 FG's go pull the Tide within 1, at 21 - 20. 

Ingram has a non-Heisman day ...with Auburn stopping Bama's potent running attack, and with the game hanging in the balance, Greg McElroy and Julio Jones, rose to the occasion.  Methodically Bama drove 79 yards completed 7 of 8 passes (4 to Jones) before connecting on a short 3rd down pass to Roy Upchurch for a TD.  The try for 2 failed. 

Auburn out gained the Tide, but Bama showed championship qualities on that last drive... and as the saying goes, Found a way to win.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY -

With Fla in Bama's sights and visa versa, Bama has a very daunting task ahead.  To topple #1 Ranked Fla from its perch.

Last year the tables were turned and Bama was the higher ranked team...and Fla did the honors of knocking them from the perch and dashed any hopes of a National Title.

GAME NOTE : Fla lost a key player who was arrested for DUI. Carlos Dunlap - (Defensive End)MVP of Fla's Bowl Game last year will not play against Bama, as he was suspended.

The line on the game 5 -6.

My final prediction of 2009 :)    I feel good about this game.

Florida leads the SEC in total defense (233.08 ypg) and scoring defense (9.83 ppg)

Alabama is second in total defense (233.92 ypg) and second in scoring defense (10.83 ppg)

Close huh?  I can't put a finger on it, but I feel more confident about this game than the Auburn Game... I really think Bama has had this game circled since last year, when the Gators did what Bama did to Auburn...a last qtr long drive to take over the game, after Bama had led for most of the time.

I think McElroy may start slow, but have a great game... and that Bama will not only find a way to win but pull away.

People may think me crazy :

Bama 31  Fla 21
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