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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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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Week 8 The Third Sat in Oct.. woops the 4th.
Before moving to this weeks game, I would be remiss without mentioning last weeks Homecoming and having The TideRides as part of the Bama Homecoming Festivities.

Being a lifetime fan, I can't tell you the thrill it is for me to be a part of this, and being the 4th year didn't loose any of the chills that simply permeate when we round the corner to University Blvd, to the delight of the thongs of fans and little ones...lined up to see the parade.  I had the good fortune of ridding with my wife, Michele this time (we are usually in different vehicles) and that made it all the more special.  

The newest addition to the TideRides group.. the BIG BAMA HELMET was a success even if it did run out of gojuice toward the checkered flag..

Oh yes there was a football game too.  Bama beat the Ole Miss Black Bears (weird) 23-10.  Not much to say about the game, as the Tide didn't seem it's  usual  focused self, although the D was a better than in the SC GAME.

On to the Viles.  I was reading some posts on different boards recently and there is one Bama fan who is fond of posting "it's (insert time or day) and I still hate Tennessee".  That my friend is a real Bama Fan.  I must say I share that sentiment when the leaves start to turn and the Calendar rolls toward what was once the Annual 3rd Sat in October ... Rivalry .. which because of expansion of the SEC...scheduling etc now is not always there but is still Bama Vs Tenn. 

I can hear John Forney now describing the setting in Knoxville, talking about the River.... the colors of autumn and Jerry Duncan ..talking Hate for the Vols.  Rocky Top (my least favorite song) will blast when and if Vols do something worthy.. and I will recall Jerry mentioning dropping Ole Smokey if  he had is rifle. Tongue out

As they say the past is the past, and because Tenn is having a down year, this one has lost some luster, but when they Tee it up Saturday night... all that is water under the bridge. Derek Dooley is coaching against the Tide for the first time as Head Coach of the VOLS... and bringing in a team that has played well for parts of games and not so well the other times.  Bama, still smarting from the stinging loss to South Carolina, saw the GameCocks fall to Kentucky -on the road. 

While I think Bama will handle Tenn, there is always concern when these two meet.  See last year ..last second block by Terrence Cody.

Bama is still nicked up a bit.. but again, I look for the Tide to win but perhaps struggle in this the last game prior to a much needed week off.

PredictionBama 31    Tenn 17
Thu, October 21, 2010 | link 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Week 7 Bama vs Ole Miss

The Agony of Defeat !!! Well - it has been a while... Bama dropped their first game in the last 20 in Columbia Saturday as the Tide ran into a buzz-saw.  The Ole Ball Coach had his GameCocks ready and Bama ...well they didn't play well.  Not taking anything away from SC as they did play near flawless.  Final Score SC 35 Bama 21.
Oh and incidentally I missed last weeks pick... the 3rd in the last 30 something Tongue out
This week is Homecoming at the Capstone, and this Bama team is dinged and banged pretty badly.  Despite that and last weeks loss Bama is a 20 point favorite over Huston Nutt's Ole Miss team.   I look for Bama to enjoy the Homecoming Festivities but to also focus on business at hand and it's continuing march to Atlanta to the SEC Championship game.  Ranked 8th in this weeks polls, Bama will have to win 'em all and have a bit of luck to make the BCS Championship game.  But I know I speak for all Bama fans when I say "it can be done".   This week I look for the Tide to get the backs going again (MIA IN SC) and roll up big yards against Ole Miss.
  Bama 41 OLE MISS 17                ROLL TIDE

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WEEK 6 BAMA vs South Carolina
WOW, Bama made the Gators look like a run of the mill team in the SEC.  Dominating on Offense and Defense to the tune of 31-6. (I MISSED THIS ONE A LONG WAY AND WAS GLAD)

The Tide set the pace scoring on the opening drive as the stingy D stymied Fla with an INT in the end-zone --- and the Gators never scored a TD.  Looking at the stats you would think it was much closer than it was, but Alabama clearly dominated. 

And the hits just keep on coming, as The Tide travels to Columbia to take on the once beaten 19th ranked Gamecocks.  This is Alabama's 3rd straight SEC foe ranked in the top 20.
Bama is coming off a big win and this is the game all sayers were pointing to prior to the season.  SC has a steady QB, excellent WR and a freshman RB who is the real deal.  But Bama's once "questionable defense" has in the past two weeks, stepped up to the challenge.  SC was predicted by many to be very strong this year, in what many called The Ole Ball Coach's best yet at SC.  Coach Saban seemed pleased and displeased after Bama thrashed the Gators.  Pleased that the D stepped up forcing turnovers and pressuring the QB.  Both of which are critical in this game. Displeased that the Offense didn't play well for the entire game.  SC has the home field advantage and I seriously look for The Crimson Tide to have their hands full...for 3 quarters but pulling away in the 4th. OH AND FOR THE 2nd TIME IN THIS SHORT SEASON ESPN GAMEDAY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.
Alabama 34    South Carolina 16
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