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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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Friday, November 27, 2015

The Iron Bowl - Bama Vs Auburn

Wow, and the regular season comes to a close - first my apology for not showing for the past couple of weeks, a minor health issue now resolved helps me find my way back. Since last here, Bama of course continues to roll with wins over Miss State and SC Charlotte. Bama looked good in both - they seem very focused on the task at hand no matter who the opponent.

Though a couple of injuries have occurred along the way, the most impact would be Kenyan Drake, who broke his arm on special teams, making a tackle. Should Bama make it to the SEC Champ game, he may be good to go.

This week Bama is on the road in the Loveliest Village - to take on the Tigers of Auburn. The Iron Bowl... College footballs bigges rivalry :)
So here we are - Auburn can play the role of spoiler to keep Bama out of the hunt for the playoffs.

Looking at this one on paper, The Crimson Tide holds a decided advantage. However, as they say the game isn't played on paper. Alabama's D must avoid the big play from the Auburn O and expect them to pull out all the stops, with a nothing to lose and ever-thing to gain attitude. I suspect Auburn will try to pass to open the run. This group of Bama D-backs have matured a lot this year, and while I do believe they may give up the occasional toss and catch, I don't believer Auburn can be consistent. I believer this Bama front 7 is able to stop the run and pressure like no other Bama D Auburn has faced. Plus in the 5 games Alabama has won since Saban came on board the average score is Bama 42 Aub 14. In the 3 losses, the average score is Auburn 26 Bama 22. Either way I like Bama in this one to come on strong going away by as score of


Bama 40 - Auburn 20



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Game of the Centruy part 3 --- Bama vs LSU

Recap - Bama vs Tenn

Closer than most expected - Bama 19 Tenn 14 .  The biggest things in this game to me, -- Bama's last minute drive to take the lead - and the play of Jake Coker who was 21-27 for  247 yards.  Bama again looked great on defense, and though the score is not indicative, the Offense looks like they are finding themselves.  Also, I saw a team that looked tired, and at times flatfooted.... Hopefully the week off will refresh Bama with fresh legs and minds for the task at hand LSU.

 How many games of the Century can you have? Think back - Bama vs LSU a few years back - the game of the century - the rematch in the NC Game - Game of the century - and this Saturday - Bama ranked #4 and LSU ranked #2 in the first Playoff Ranking of the season, tee it up in Bryant Denny Stadium at 7pm on CBS.

Big game ?  You bet - ESPN College Game day will be in T-town for the 2nd time this year.  As if the game itself were not enough - RAIN - yep, James Spann says the game will see rain, and possible TStorms. 

Stats - these two teams look so much alike - relying on Defense and the Running game - in fact when you look at the stats, it is almost like looking in the mirror.  

Clichés - Pick one - it applies.  And that said - Bama has a simple yet difficult task.  Stop the run on Defense, be able to run the ball on offense - avoid turnovers and win the game.  LSU, however has a lot to say about that.  The LSU offense hardly ever turns the ball over - in fact their QB has yet to throw an int. Very impressive.

If there is a chink in the armor of LSU, it is the same as the one in Bama's - the secondary.  LSU (like Bama D's of the past) is prone to have busted coverage, allowing teams to make and often score on those long plays.

As much as the RB's Henry and Fournette will have a big say in this game, Bama will need Jake Coker to be consistent - protect the ball and make some plays with his legs. 


     Bama 26               LSU 22


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