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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.
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.
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...
Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
WEEK 5 VS> FLA IN TTown.
Thu, September 30, 2010 | link
I was off by two TD's
last week and I am still a bit in disbelief that Bama didn't score more than 24 against
the Hawgs. Was everyone wrong about Alabama's offense? Is Ark D better than
advertised? I suspect there is a modicum of truth in both. But.. Bama did something
it has not done all year, TURN THE BALL OVER... and GAVE UP A TD ..not only in the First Qtr
but in the first fifty seconds.
... Good teams find a way to win, and chalk up another W for the Tide. That is the most important Stat.
This stretch of three SEC opts..
Ark, Fla and SC is going to be a daunting task. And now that Ark is out of the way FLA.
Tebowless the Gators have struggled in some situations
so far, but seemed to find a renewed spark in the running game against Kentucky. Freshman phenom
Trey Burton found the endzone 6 times against the Cats mostly from the WILDCAT formation...
I imagine the Gators will continue the same strategy against the Crimson Tide. Fla has also implemented a special
D (a 5-2) against the Tide to try to slow down, Ingram and Richardson. Ingram who by the way is back in the thick of
the Heisman Race, gained over a buck fifty against the Hawgs
last week, and hopefully we will see more of the same this week.
The line on the game started at 9 and is now 7.5.
Bama's secondary was exposed a bit in the first Half against Ark, and I
think Fla will try to do the same. I do however think the younguns grew up a bit in
the 2nd half against Ark, and that will certainly help against the Gators. If Fla loads the line of scrimmage trying
to stop the run, McElroy should be able to find some man coverage and take advantage of
that. Bama's D is going to have to find a way to get pressure on Brantley and at the
same time...contain the run.
is a scary one ... but I think Bama will take the Gators in a close one.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thu, September 23, 2010 | link
Well, I missed my prediction last week.. as Bama scored early and often. Duke looked very bad and
Bama looked GREAT. I thought this team would test Bama at times in the secondary. I was wrong. Bama
came away with almost 600 yards in offense, as Mark Ingram's return was better than anticipated with his first jaunt going
for almost 50 yards... and subsequent ones similar. He had 9 rushes for more than 100 yards and looked like the
Mark Ingram we all know and love. Bama won 63-13 and could have scored more.
This week the Tide is on the
road against the Arky Razorbacks. Ryan Mallett is a worrisome foe with a strong arm. I think as most that The
Hawgs are one dimensional and this will be their weakness.
Bama still worries me in that the defensive secondary
has not been tested and the defensive line hasn't gotten pressure. Mallett has trouble moving to the left, so I suspect
Saban and staff will surely have a plan to make him do so.
I don't think the Razorbacks can handle Ingram and company...thus
Bama should be able to score.
The line is 7 but I think Bama will win by more.
I am a bit nervous, but I always
Fearless prediction ... 38 20
Friday, September 17, 2010
Fri, September 17, 2010 | link
So now the question is... "Is Bama that good? Or is Penn State that bad?
continues its quest for a successive National Title and made a Penn Statement (HA HA) with a decided victory. In
front of the record crowd at home last Saturday Bama out scored JoePa's team 24- 3.
Trophy winner Mark Ingram sidelined because of injuries... Trent Richardson looked to be a man among boys.
D allowed several 3rd down conversions, but forced turnovers and kept the Nittnay Lions out of the end-zone.
Bama is on the road this week for the first time, squaring off against the Duke Blue Devils.
will be back (I suspect for limited duty..and to get him in game shape as Bama turns the corner for SEC action) as will Darius.
That in itself should help the D in two ways. Ball control with Ingram and pressure from Darius.
favored by 23.5 in the game in Wallace Wade Stadium and I suspect they will cover the spread. I also suspect Bama will
be stretched in the secondary in what should be a good prep for upcoming Arkansas and Mallett. I don't think Bama will
get caught looking ahead.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Nittnay Lions come to The Capstone
Thu, September 9, 2010 | link
The Tide took care
of business against an outmatched San Jose State team, with a final 48-3 as a over 101 thousand fans looked
on at the newly renovated stadium. It would be difficult to single out any player as the Tide played a lot of younguns ..including
the leading rusher Lacy who had 111 yards. This week the Tides competition gets decidedly tougher.
VS This one sure conjures up many memories, of JoePa and The Bear squaring off years
ago, "The Goal Line Stand" "Desperation Block" .... Derrick Thomas dominating the game, Preston Gothards
elusive catch... not sure about you, but thinking of most of those makes the little bumps run rampant.
was then and this is now.
Penn State has a freshman QB lining up in front of 101 thousand LOUD Bama fans, and that
is surely going to be something for him to adjust to. Penn State does have some weapons in the skill positions
and it comes at a great time for the Bama Defense to learn and grow.
One thing I keep reading and hearing is that
the PS offensive line is weak. Bama should match up well and with with the young QB, be able to force some turnovers.
The Tides Offense really looked good against SJS and I see no reason for them not to dominate against the Nittnay
Lions. The Tide will miss Mark Ingram and Darius.
Although this one has a ton of Tradition and is scary from the
standpoint of Bama Vs PS... I think Bama will win going away.
BAMA 37 - PENN STATE 17