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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, September 27, 2012

Week 5 - OLE MISS

Let me start here by saying I am old enough to remember when Bama took the field and the thought was "I wonder how much we will win by today?".  I am also old enough to remember Miss State spoiling the longest win streak - and Ole Miss ruining Homecoming.  "BRICK GAME".

Now that I have gotten that off my chest, Bama comes off a victory over Florida Atlantic where they took care of business in a business like fashion, but gave up the shutout.  Believe you me, if that is what we are concerned about, I'd say things are going well. 

Im sure the coaches spent a big part of the week talking to the team about the numerous missed opportunities in the red zone.  Settling for 3 instead of 6.  That said, I'm also sure the coaches were pleased to see some LONG Field goal made. (4 in this game, one from 52yrds)  Something that was not so certain last year.  The final score 40 - 7 which seemingly could have been much worse.

This week, the Tide returns to SEC play agains Ole Miss.  The Rebs are fresh off a shutout against Tulane and the offense looked good scoring 39.  Their 3 and 1 record also includes a loss to Texas to the tune of 66-31.

Bamas D may be a bit challenged with the spread/option and a running QB.  The Vegas Odds-makers have placed Bama as a 30+ favorite.

I look for the Tide to cover that with my fearless prediction of Bama 48 - Rebs 13.

Roll Tide 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WEEK 4 - BAMA vs Florida Atlantic

Bama disposed of Ark early in a game where the only doubt was if Wilson would play.  He didn't and the outcome was 52 - 0.  Defense played lights out!!! Offense not shabby either - going deep in the rotation, playing folks I was not familiar with. 

Is it just me or does it seem when Bama wins, we still feel uncertain as to how good this team is. Example, Bama easily wins over Michigan and you hear "well Michigan is not as good as everyone said".  Bama a 21 point favorite vs a Wilson-less Arkansas, they win by 52 (SHUTOUT) and you hear pundits say "well Arkansas is hapless, so we still don't know how good bama is".  That leads me to the question, "who will Bama need to beat, before we know?" -

This week the Tide lines up against Florida Atlantic, and again they opposition will be out manned, out talented and out coached.  Bama is a -- 50? point favorite.

Not going out on a limb here Bama 55 - FAU 7

Roll Tide  

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Week 3 - Bama's SEC opener on the road to ARKANSAS

Strange week in College Football - As last week Arky falls to La Monroe.  Highly touted QB Tyler Wilson was knocked out of the game with a concussion with a 21 - 7 lead, which turned the game as the War Hawks played lights out defeating the Hoggs 34-31 in OT.

This was such and upset, ESPN put the brakes on the Gameday crew once headed to Fayetteville, and detoured them to Knoxville for FL vs Tenn - as the Bama vs Ark game; once billed - #1 vs #8  is now #1 vs a team who tumbled out of the top 25.  With Wilson questionable Vegas reacted by moving the odds from what was once less than a TD to almost 3 TD's @ 20.5.

Bama handled Western Kentucky in a very lackluster performance seeming flat, perhaps looking back at the win over the Big Blue, or perhaps forward to it's match-up with Ark.  Though Bama scored with ease in the first half, you got the feeling the coaches reeled it in a bit during the rest of the game.

The big question all week has been will Wilson play? As of now, no one seems to know, and if they do the Ark coaching staff is keeping it under wraps.

I don't really have a feel for this game.  So many unknowns, Ark could react like the wounded animal and lash out, but their Defense looked very weak against the War Hawks.  Bama still somewhat untested in the secondary,  could be tested if Wilson plays. Conventional wisdom says he sits, but when you are talking SEC football, conventional wisdom is seldom used.

Wilson or not, Bama will win,  "Conventional Wisdom" tells me they cover the spread.

Bama  37 - Ark 14

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Bama ROLLS over BIG BLUE !!! Now Home to Western Ky
How do you know if your team has arrived ?  When your foe is Western Kentucky and the Washington Post sports headline is :

No. 1 Alabama guarding against overconfidence, letdown against underdog Western Kentucky

 Bama was a 14pt favorite to Michigan and they disposed of them in pretty easy fashion. 41 - 14   That lead Coach Saban to a couple of rants this week about not respecting Western Ky and not overlooking any opponent.   Bama is a 40 point favorite.

JerryWorld was amazing.  No way to really describe it other than AMAZING!!! I was fortunate to be among those who witnessed the Tide dismantling and disrupting Michigan and their Heisman Candidate Denard Robinson.   Bama rolled in every facet of the game.  There were a couple of long pass plays against the secondary that Im sure gave the coaches some fodder for this week.  Frosh RB TJ Yeldon was very impressive with 111 yards in 10 carries - a record for a true freshman RB for the Tide. 

W KW will be out manned at most positions, resutling in my pick of BAMA 53 - 13 Roll Tide :)

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dallas - Tide VS Michigan

Hard to believe the 2012 Season is upon us.  2011 brought Bama's 14th National Title.  A lot of talent to replace on Defense, but the offense should be very explosive.  Michigan lossing it's RB to suspension will make a difference. I think Bama wins this one even without the suspension - but this will put more pressure on Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson. 

Bama 31  Michigan 17

Roll Tide  



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