In Loving Memory
Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017
Sure miss watching Games with these Two
Hornsby - Doris Veazey
17 National Championships –
I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 7 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.
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.
week during football season, I update this site (Blog-Scroll Down) and share my thoughts and my predictions about the upcoming
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...
Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!
Friday, November 29, 2013
IRON BOWL 2013
Fri, November 29, 2013 | link
As excited as I am about the Iron Bowl, I am equally saddened by the fact –
the season is ending. I truly love College Football. I enjoy the enthusiasm, the excitement
the anticipation and the FUN of it all. So much has happened this year, and among the things that
have happened, Bama remains undefeated and Auburn has surprised everyone by coming into this game having lost only to LSU.
have a lot ridding on this. Obviously Alabama has more to loose, with the possibility of a 3rd
National Championship in a row. Auburn is at home, and that will (like it or not) affect Bama, how
much depends on how well Bama can move the ball. Of course quieting the crowd means Bama is doing well
– and I really have an odd feeling about this game.
Auburn is a “spread” team that runs first to throw, Bama uses more of a power,
throw to run formation. Who can stop who? If I could answer that, I’d bet
the house, but I don’t know the answer, but like the many pundits, I will speculate.
I’m guessing Bama may struggle with the Auburn Offense…on
the first couple of possessions, et al… TAMU – I think Bama will adjust and the tempo of the game will change.
I look for AJ McCarron to be the “guy” for Bama, on Offense and CJ Mosley, to be much the same for Bama
D. If those two guys have the games they are capable of having, Bama wins going away.
As I type this, it is hard to imagine, AJ McCarron has accomplished so much in his career, which is coming to an end
this year. AJ truly phenomenal, with 3 more wins, will have 40 wins, 4 NC and 3 in a row. But
there are monumental wins in the balance. The first is Auburn, and I think that will happen…. Tomorrow,
as the Loveliest Village, becomes the Den for the Battle of #1 AND #4 … reminiscent of 2010 when Bama had the role
of “spoiler” … and we know how that went, Bama lost –after a miracle 2nd half comeback.
Most say, “Throw out the record books” in this game, well I say not true, the favored team
usually wins. Bama is favored by 10 – and I look for them to make good of that and mover a
step closer to #16 with a win over Auburn.
One other small note - Bama
since Saban has lost to Auburn 2 times, by a total of 8 points, and won 5 by at combined total of 78 points.
Bama 35 Auburn 20
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Game 10 Bama Vs Miss State
Tue, November 12, 2013 | link
The Bama LSU rivalry lived up to expectations….
well it did at least for a half, then Bama seemed to say, “Ok here we go” as the stalwart Defense allowed only
52 total yards with All American DJ Mobley garnering the SEC Defensive player of the week award for his outstanding effort,
and inspiring the entire defense to rise up after a very lackluster first half. Bama outscored the Tigers
in the 2nd stanza 21 to 3, behind the arm and head of AJ McCarron. The bevy of receivers continues
to have outstanding games. Freshman TE OJ Howard shined with a beautiful touchdown reception where he simply
outran the LSU dbacks to get to the end zone. Howard is destined for greatness. The
tandem of Yeldon / Drake pounded the LSU defense time and time again, behind what is becoming an outstanding offensive line.
Final score Bama 38 LSU 17.
This week, the #1 ranked Crimson
Tide takes it’s traveling show to Starkville, to challenge the Bulldogs. State is a bit of disappointment,
in my opinion, struggling to become bowl eligible with a record of 4 – 5. Under HC Dan Mullen, many
think the bullies have underachieved. Most thought Mullen would bring respectability. But
instead of being contenders, they will try to become spoilers.
Odds makers think Bama wins by 25, and in spite of tbe fact
that history says Miss State normally plays Bama touch, I think Bama will cover with a TD to spare.
Bama 41 Miss State 13. RTR
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Week 10 - Game 9 The LSU Tigers VS The Crimson Tide.
Thu, November 7, 2013 | link
Before I get into the normal BLAH BLAH
BLAH, 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...
here we are, that time of year again. Where the LSU coach and the former LSU coach square off into a duel… for SEC
supremacy… OH Wait, LSU has lost two games thus far in the 2013 season….so has this game, once labeled “Game
of the Century” lost its luster? As a fan of the Crimson Tide, I say NO, absolutely not!!!
Bama of course
is ranked #1 and undefeated, and LSU has losses to Ga, and Ole Miss. I’m still not sure how they
stumbled to Ole Miss but looking back I did notice that Ole Miss plays LSU tough almost every season, running up lots of yards
in the process., and actually beat the Tigers in 3 of the past 7 contests. Given that bit of history, it
is asinine to base this game on that score.
I think the Crimson Tide is in for a war. Bama is favored by Vegas odds makers by 10.5/11.5
, the largest since the Miles Vs Saban era. So how has this game faired against the spread?
Curiously, I found these stats.
Spread: LSU (-6.5)
Result: LSU 41, Alabama 34 COVERED
Spread: Alabama (-3)
Result: Alabama 27, LSU 21 (OT) COVERED
Spread: Alabama (-7)
Result: Alabama 24, LSU 15 COVERED
Spread: Alabama (-6.5)
Result: LSU 24, Alabama 21 NOT COVERED
Spread: Alabama (-5.5)
Result: LSU 9, Alabama 6 (OT) NOT COVERED
NCG Spread: Alabama (-2.5)
Result: Alabama 21, LSU 0
Spread: Alabama (-7)
Result: Alabama 21, LSU 17
Spread: Alabama (-11)
What does all that mean? Well,
the favored team in those years won 5 games, covering in 4 of them. Remember Vegas is not picking
the winner, they are picking to get people to bet…
This Bama team does remind me of the 09 group, who had that “Get it done” attitude.
Too, I think AJ wants that 3peat really bad. He seems to be more focused than ever and out to prove
to the doubters that he is great QB, not a “Game Manager”. That’s why, I believe Bama
wins but doesn’t cover. Though conventional wisdom says, DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE… I’m
throwing conventional wisdom out the window…. Bama 31 LSU 23.
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