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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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Friday, October 21, 2011

WEEK 8 - The Storied 3rd Saturday in October !!!

Most thought OLE MISS would be over mached in last weeks contest, but I suspect few thought it would get as ugly as it did.

Ole Miss scored first, and apparently it made the Tide D mad, and motivated the offense...as the Tide rolled off 52 unanswered points, with the D locking down.  

 Trent Richardson moved into 2nd place in the nation in total rushing with a career day against the Black Bears. (that just seems so wrong not to call them the Rebs) Richardson also caught the attention of the Heisman voters with an unbelievable run where he stutter-steps and leaves defenders with looks of amazement and befuddlement. 

The Tide continues to amaze with it's Defense, as they seem to get better every game.

Bama comes off the road this week and the once mighty Volunteers of Tennessee come to town.  Vegas odds makers have installed the Tide as 27 - 30 point favorite. WOW, can you imagine? I can't ... not only does this indicate how good Bama is, but how far Tenn has fallen.  And I know to you Bama fans who despise Tenn as much as me, that is fine with you. Laughing 


             TENN                                                                                                                                                            BAMA

Avg. Yds (Rk)CategoryAvg. Yds (Rk)
294.0 (22nd)Pass Off.219.0 (70th)
89.0 (107th)Rush Off.241.6 (12th)
194.5 (26th)Pass Def.146.0 (4th)
155.8 (60th)Rush Def.38.1 (1st)
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

I look for Bama to continue its Roll toward that big showdown with LSU in November


Bama will cover the spread or at least get close.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week 7 Bama on the road to Oxford to take on OLE MISS

parade08/HOMECOMING.JPGHomecoming on the Capstone.  WOW - I was honored once again to be fortunate enough to participate in the HC Parade.  Seeing those smiling faces are always so rewarding.  I was thinking this morning... about my love of Cars..collecting them etc...and the motivation is.... the smiles they bring.  Once a smile occurs on someone who is looking, I always smile a thousand times over.

 ON TO BAMA FOOTBALL - The Tide was a bit flat in the first half, but as a buddy of mine (not a Bama fan said) "they sleepwalk and win by 34".  And that was a pretty good assessment. 

The Defense shined as usual, but against the Dores, AJ had a career game.

The Tide ran for 153 yards and threw for 266. McCarron finished 23-30 for 237 yards and four touchdowns. He completed passes to six different receivers. The four scoring tries put him in a tie for second place in school history for one game.  None other than Gary Hollingsworth owns the record at 5 posted against none other than ...OLE MISS.

After posting big numbers on Offense and Defense Bama is ranked highly in all Defensive catagores and moving up in Offensive rankings as well

Alabama Crimson Tide logo

FBS Ranking Offense Defense
Rushing 217.0 (19th) 39.8 (1st)
Passing 217.8 (69th) 151.5 (4th)
Overall 40th 3rd


Mississippi Rebels
FBS Ranking Offense Defense
Rushing 116.6 (90th) 193.0 (92nd)
Passing 158.6 (102nd) 215.4 (47th)
Overall 113th 84th


Looking at these numbers you'd expect Bama to have its' way with the REBS and obviously with Vegas odds at 26 they agree.  

That said, NUTT seems to excell in these games, so - I do expect Ole Miss to be tougher and perhaps trickier than most.



Alabama Crimson Tide logo37         Mississippi Rebels10   ROLL TIDE

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Saturday, October 8, 2011


Bama had little troubles with Florida in the swamp last week. Taking care of the Gators to the tun of 38 - 10 in the swamp.  I must say again, that Bama's D is REAL.   Holding Fla to less than 20 yards RUSHING ...making for Bama and LSU to be a greatly anticipated match up.

Bama is a 29 point fav over Vandy and that may very well happen, but I see this being a game where Bama my have some troubles meeing the line... and fully expect the Tide to win but no more than 21.




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