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OUR SON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017

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Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey
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ROLL TIDE

16 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 6 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 4 National Title Games 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 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... 
 
"LETS GO REESE'S

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday January 2 - 2014

My oh my, what a difference a year makes.  This time last year, Michele and I were en-route to South Beach, to see the Atlantic Tide and the Crimson Tide Roll.  This year, we will be watching from our TV, as the Tide takes on Oklahoma in the Sugar. 

One Second – A Second that had for all practical purposes disappeared and then brought back to life by virtue of the college football review… changed so many things.  Of course it is speculation, would Bama have beaten Auburn in OT? Perhaps or perhaps not?  That is the love and loath of College FB. 

As it turned out, Auburn did, with ease, RUN the ball on Bama’s D and that proved to really be the difference in the game.  That final play won, but the many missed plays prior were the real culprits.  As Coach Bryant said many times, it should never have come to that point.

So, tonight Bama takes on the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.  Bama a proverbial favorite, in the range of 14 to 16 points…..

Which Bama squad shows up to play tonight?  The one that has shown for the past NC games, hungry and all business, or the one who showed in the Sugar, 7 years ago – and was trounced by the Utes!!!

Of course in my Crimson Colored glasses, the nod goes to the all Business, hungry team.  And perhaps reading between the lines, of Nick talk, he is getting back to “SQUARE ONE” and is looking to play those guys who “buy in”.  Thus “THE PROCESS”.  Win lose or otherwise, play to the best of your ability, and let everything else take care of itself. 

The Sooners come into this game with 2 losses, Texas and Baylor.  They have two, top ten wins – OK ST and Texas Tech.  They are currently on a 3 game winning streak and have won 2 of those where they were underdogs.    So which team will be most motivated?

Bama or OK?  Both have a lot to lose! Pride – Position in the BCS going into next year.  Bama is still seen my many as the best team in the country, and for OK to knock them off, will be a big Feather in their cap.  Bama ?  Well, they have a lot to prove.  AJ and his fellow seniors don’t want to be remembered for a loss in the final game.  Finally Saban vs Stoops. Here is where I think Bama wins.

 

Final Prediction of the season.

 

Bama 35 – Oklahoma 17

 

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