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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. 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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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WEEK 13...........THE IRON BOWL...
Bama, in what was more or less a glorified scrimmage, took care of the Ga. State Panthers to the tune of 63 – 7.

NOW.. Iron Bowl Week.
 The Iron Bowl – dubbed such because the game was once played at the old Grey Lady (Legion Field) where half the Fans donned blue and orange and the other half clad in crimson and white.  Birmingham, once known for its steel mills and veins of Iron that run through Red Mountain, hosted many of Alabama’s home games and a few of Auburns as well.  Thus when the two met, the 50/50 ticket split made the Iron Bowl one of the most heated rivalries in college football.  
 

While most of that scenario is no longer part of the tradition, the rivalry remains one of the most heated and discussed in the state, as well as in the nation. This year, is even more the case.  Bama, last years National Champ, Auburn this year 2nd in the BCS undefeated and headed to the SEC Championship game and eyeing the National Title.   Bama was touted to be headed to Glendale fell victim to The SC Gamecocks and LSU, both road games.  As they square off, the Heisman Trophy candidate Cam Newton versus Mark Ingram, who displays last years trophy in his mothers home in Michigan, are both hoping to lead their teams to victory.
 


PREDICTION – Bama to win, has to control the ball and keep Auburn’s powerful offense (scoring more than 40 a game) on the sideline.  Bama will have to do something it has not done in big games all year….get their running game going.  Who would have thought that at this point Bama would be struggling running the ball ? Not me …  Cam Newton is a phenomenal player.  Passing, running ….doesn’t matter he can get it done. 

Auburn is playing better D this year, but .. has struggled to keep other teams from scoring… and gives up lots of passing yards.   Their D has been stingy in the second half all games, and the offense has flourished.  I think another key will be adjustments Bama makes at the half.

 Bama 34    Auburn 28
Tue, November 23, 2010 | link 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WEEK BAMA vs Ga State

Bama's D and Big plays were front and center as Bama beat the Bullies 30-10.  Big plays by Jones, Ingram and Mays on offense and Lester had 2 big picks on D.  

This week Bama takes on Ga State, a rare Thursday Night game, first (if memory serves since 1992) time since Andrew blew in and caused games to be changed.

Ga State has a familiar face at QB (Star Jackson) and at Head Coach, (former Bama Coach) Bill Curry.   Bama should handle this one without much ado.  As a fan, I worry a bit ... because too many fans are so concerned about the NCAA and Cam Newton, that you have to stretch to find out that Bama even has a game.   None the less, ESPNU will be broadcasting this one just 8 days before the Iron Bowl, Thursday at 6:30.

PREDICTION wow this one is difficult to pick...from a score standpoint.... but 

Bama 55 - Georgia State 10

Wed, November 17, 2010 | link 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

WEEK 11 - BAMA vs Miss State

At years beginning if you had told me I would be writing this as Bama has 2 losses I likely would have argued with you.  But Bama has now fallen in yet it's 2nd road loss of the season.. to the Tigers of LSU.  24 - 21.  I must admit, Bama seemed very flat for this road game, but played well enough for 3 quarters to win. But a couple of missed assignments and a great call by the HAT and Bama finds itself on the end of another loss. Unless "A LOT" of things happen perfectly, the Tide is out of the SEC Championship game and 3 more games to go.

Bama Vs Miss State -  Both teams posess a 7 - 2 Record.  Bama is coming off the loss to LSU, Ms St is coming off an off week.

Bama is favored by as many as 14 in some venues.  Bama has yet to put together a game where they have played consistently on both offense and Defense .   MS State ranked 17 and Bama 11.

Ms. State has a stingy defense and it's O hasn't scored a lot of points but hasn't had too.  Bama got shredded last week by LSU for over 200 yards on the ground.  MSU has rushed for over 200 in its last 5 games. ESPN2 is carrying this one, a 630 Kick.

PREDICTION
This late in the year who figured Bama would be searching for an identity , however it struggles running the ball and is successful passing but can't seem to score.. and the D is simply not stopping opposing teams.

All has been very quiet this week about this match-up as all eyes are on the Plains, with speculation about Cam and Ms State.  I can't help but believe this will make Bama more focused on the task at hand.
I'm looking for the Tide to shine.

Bama 31    MS State 13

Roll Tide

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Week 9 for Bama 10 for FBS --
BAMA TOOK CARE OF THE VOLS.. and after a week of headed to Cajun Country.

After a somewhat lackadaisical first half Bama seemed to get it's MoJo working in the 2nd half and managed to pull away from the Vols to the tune of 41 to 10.  Julio Jones had a record breaking day.  Most impressive were the long passes from McElroy.

Bama has had a week off (first of the year) to lick their wounds, and there are quiet a few. LSU coming into this game with only a loss to Auburn, seems to be "READY" to face Alabama.  Many articles I have read say the players are looking forward to Bama and consider this the "BACK ON TRACK" game for the Tigers.

Bama on the other hand seems to be taking this as another step to the BCS NC game.   And all the talking heads put Bama in the NC game "IF" they win out.

LSU has a tough D (although Auburn ripped them for over 400 rushing yards) that has not allowed many points.  Bama likewise has a stingy D.  Bama seems to have more fire power on Offense than the Tigers and that is what I see as the biggest difference in this game. 

I think it will be close until the 4th when Bama again finds the MOJO in Cajun Country and pulls away.

Prediction Bama 24         LSU 10
Thu, November 4, 2010 | link 


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