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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, January 4, 2010


Almost a month ago Alabama put together a Great game in the SEC Championship game and dismantled a very talented Florida team 32 - 13. 

This was a great game, a game Bama had obviously circled on it's Calendar for over a year.  Now 13 wins into the season Bama is headed to Pasadena to play Texas in the BCS Championship Game.  

Heisman Trophy Contender (McCoy) VS Current Heisman Trophy Winner (Ingram)

Points Scored per game                        Texas  41    Alabama 32
Points Allower Per Game                                  13                 13

Giveaway Takeaway ratio                               +12               +16
TURNOVERS                                                   35                 26


When Bama lines up against the Long Horns - Michele and I will be in the stands.   I have a hard time imagining that I will "REALLY" be there, but our flight leaves in the morning and the good lord willing ... we will be in tomorrow afternoon.

PINCH ME -----

I was in the Stands in 92 when the Tide manhandled the Mighty Hurricane's - for the Last National Title Bama posted.  This one is however different.   The game has changed so much, from the perspective of fandamonium and from the perspective of $$$.. all that said, I shall never forget that feeling as the 92 Team Circled the feild donning flags with the Bama Logo and Fingers raised to the sky proclaiming number 1.  I made myself a promise that day that the next time Bama played for a National Title - I would be in the stands. 
Although we are leaving tomorrow it has yet set in, that I will actually be in "THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM" .... never in my wildest dreams as a child and growing up as a Bama Fan... did I think I would get the oppty to see Alabama play in the Stadium, much less for a National Title.  The Rose was where Alabama gained prominence as a national power, establishing itself and the south as football powers.   But there I will be and I will likely be like the proverbial kid in the candy story.


Predicting Bama Wins this year have been easy.  Predicting the Score, well I have been close on all but two.

This one to me is tricky.   

CONS - Heisman jinx - one month Lay off. - Being Favored (Bama by 4 1/2 ) in most predictions.

PROS - Bama's D will be the best Texas has faced - Turnovers - Texas has turned the ball over and seems to have a tendency to do so.  McElroy is playing fantastic Football - 

FEARLESS PREDICTION-  Texas will be very "motivated" being the Underdog.... and I believe will play with a great deal of emotion...perhaps surprising Bama with an early score or two.  Bama will however settle into its control gameand prevail in the 4th Qtr, marking it's 13th National Championship.

Too all who have followed me any throughout the year, thanks for your loyalty and Roll Tide.


NOTE - FB friends - I will be posting live on FB from Rose Bowl :)

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