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ROLL TIDE

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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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

BAMA PLAYING FOR National Championship 15 - VS NOTRE DAME

In a Donnie-brook Bama managed to score often and score late on Georgia and pull a victory from the jaws of defeat by a score of 32 - 28 as Bama racked up another SEC Championship. And as fate would have it Bama watched the teams above tumble and now finds themselves ranked #2 in the nation and headed to Miami to challenge the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame for the National Championship.   

As a Bama fan, all I can say is WOW, this is the stuff of which dreams are made.  Both programs have a storied history - the stuff legends are made of.  Rudy couldn't have scripted this one any better.  In an time where offenses and scores of 77 -72 seem commonplace - these two vaunted Defenses will be sparing in what is surely emulate a heavyweight bout, as they try to claim the FBS NC for 2012.   

Bama is favored by anywhere from 8.5 to 10 by the odds-makers.  But odds-makers don't play the game and the teams do.  Many say Notre Dame is overrated and Bama will win going away.  Regardless, Notre Dame is undefeted in a time when undefeated is UNCOMMON!  Bama of course has a single loss to TAMU.   Bama is going for the repeat and ND hasn't been to the big game in over 2 decades.

Something more amazing than all this?  Yours truly is going.  I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to attend this my 4th NCG the second with my amazing wife Michele, and amazingly all three I've attended we came away victorious.

Of course I will have my fearless prediction prior to the game, so check back.  In the mean time, I hope you had an amazing Christmas and 2013 will be a fantastic year for you and your families.  ROLL TIDE !!!   Oh and I know you have seen it already, but Daniel Buckhannan a dear friend has acheived stardom status with 8 million hits on the youtube of him giving tix to his dad for Christmas.  It will make you cry no matter how many times you watch.  I envy him, getting to see a game like this with is dad.  WOW MEMORIES! Dan and Don, have fun, hope to see you in Miami - Click the link and see if you can keep from tearing.   "We are going to the game Dad! We are going to the game!"

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