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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.
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.
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...
Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
2015 Cotton Bowl - The Tide is High
Wed, December 30, 2015 | link
Another first for
Bama - as of tomorrow, Bama will be the only team to make the college playoffs 2 times in a row. Of course this
is only the second one and Bama is squaring up against the Spartans of Michigan State.
This game has all the makings of a perennial game -
#2 vs #3 - both teams concentrate on Defense, and stopping the run. Sparty has a great QB who if he has
a good day can deal Bama fits. Most say Bama is a double digit favorite.... and looking at this match-up on paper,
I would agree but we know that cliché - they don't play on paper.
Bama counters with their own superstar - Derrick Henry
- who is fresh off of a trip to NYC to collect the 2nd Heisman Trophy in Bama's history and the second during the
Nick Saban era.
I won't bore you here with comparisons, but will tell you - MSU is very good against the run, and Bama is better.
I suspect MSU will load the box in an effort to stop Derrick Henry. This is where the game will be won or lost.
Simply this, if Bama O Line can make holes for Henry and Henry can rush for 150 or more, Bama should win. But wait a
moment - Bama will also need to get pressure on Connor Cook, otherwise it may be a long day for Bama.
At 7pm on ESPN New Year's Eve, they will tee it up and
before 2016 rings in - Bama or MSU will be moving to the finals.
I think it will be Bama. Surprise? I know I never
pick against them -
ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!
Friday, December 4, 2015
And the Season - continues !!
Fri, December 4, 2015 | link
Bama, though not easy - took care of Business on the Plains in the
Iron bowl to the tune of 29 -13 against and Auburn team that quiet frankly played better than most (including me) thought
If Derrick Henry didn't win the Heisman, he certainly
put himself as the front runner, with an amazing performance that included - MOST CARRY'S BY A BAMA BACK IN A SINGLE GAME,
MOST IN AN IRON BOWL, MOST YARDS IN AN IRON BOWL BY A BACK, MOST MOST MOST !!! Moved among legends, with most 200 yard performances
in a season - along with Bo and Hershel. WOW... and perhaps the most amazing - carried consecutive 14 times - where everyone
in the stadium knew he was getting the ball and he still couldn't be stopped.
Also under the radar, Adam Griffith was true on 5/5 fg and 2 extra points. BIG for his confidence and for Bama's
scoring potential. Bama's win moved them to the SEC Championship game VS SEC East Champ Florida.
Florida coming off a loss against in state rival FSU. In that game the Gators could never get their offense
on track, scoring only on defense and that was 2 points on a safety. That is the reason Bama is over a 15 point favoriet
in this game.
Florida and Bama have similar Defenses
- Bama overall the better ranked, but Fla very close behind. There have been so many coaching changes since the Iron Bowl
- among those, Kirby Smart to Georgia. Bama fans have held their collective breath, as this is not only a distraction, but
will KS be with the Tide if needed through all the post season? Sources say yes!!! Big Sigh!!
To the Game at hand in
Atlanta - I think Bama will be more conservative, considering Fla has trouble scoring - and I look for Fla to pull out all
the stops and throw everything possible at the Tide Defense. Remember Coach Mac is familiar with Smart and Saban and their
tendencies - so as Coach Bryant would say, expected the unexpected. How tired is Bama's Derrick Henry? Well one would have
to think he is tired... and I fully expect Fla to stack the box against the run, because they do have a very capable secondary,
that said, I think Coker will find himself not only checking into different plays, but I look for a big play from him and
his receivers as they can expect to be in man much of the time.
My prediction, Bama will play consertative early and pull away in the end.