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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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Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30,2013

Let me preface by saying, I lived through the Bear Bryan era, and I honestly never thought Bama fans would see that type run replicated.... and here we are.  2013 Season starts with Bama #1 in all polls.  Predicted to win its 16th National Championship with what looks to be the toughest road trip to College Station to face TAMU who pulled the upset last year in Tuscaloosa. 

As much as I love the predictions and I am drinking the koolaid, the fact remains, predictions are just that.... predictions.   

It is very hard to imagine that Bama is playing for a shot at an unprecedented  third straight National Championship.  And to think a shot at it's 4th in 5 years.  No doubt if this happens Nick Saban will have etched a place in Bama lore previously only available for the likes of the Bear, Frank Thomas and Wallace Wade all of whom won multiple National Championships while at the helm. But here we are, in a time when the word Dynasty is used to describe the past, but dynasties are few and far between these days. If Bama continues this Roll - well - Dynasty is the only word to decribe a run of this nature.

The Tide meets Va Tech in Atlanta in the Chick Fil A kick off game Saturday at 4:30 central.  Va Tech comes into this game a 20 or more point underdog.  They have a very strong front 7 on D, but due to injuries and attrition in other spots, most feel they will simply be over matched. I must say, I have to agree.  Bama will be working with a newly vamped Offensive line, and I look for them to be suspect at times, because we are spoiled by last years line which may have been the best ever at the Capstone.

To kick off my fearless forcasting for 2013 -- ROLL TIDE

 Bama 42 Va Tech 10

 

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