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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, January 8, 2016

Pinch me - NC 16 a possibility on Monday.


WOW - I know like most Bama fans, each year we dream of playing for a National Title, it started with me in the 60's with Coach Bryant.  And most years, if Bama wasn't playing for the National Title - they were near the top of the fray.  Stallings brought the Tide another one, then there was a drought... But no more - Bama is again either in the NC game or close.  Of course things have changed in the selection process, but I promise you young folks out there, make certain you sit back and enjoy these times, they are special.

Bama will be taking on the #1 Clemson Tigers on Monday the 11th, in what should prove to be a great game.   Clemson is undefeated, Bama has one loss.  Bama has the best Defense in many categoreys with Clemson ranking close behing with a stingey defense of their own.   Bama dismantled MSU by a score of 38 to 0 - surprising many, including yours truly.  My favorite part of that game was a reporter asking - "Coach Saban, do you realize Bamas score of 38 is greater than the number of yards rushing by MSU?" That pretty much tells the tale.  Clemson held Oklahoma scoreless in the second half while reeling off 21 points of their own to cruse to a win by the score of 37 - 17. 

Not much I can say here that hasn't been said - Clemson has the type QB and offense that has notoriously haunted the Bama D and Coach Saban.  We will see if they have solved that puzzle.  Most are picking Bama, Vegas line is 6 or so.  Clemson and Coach Swenny is clinging to the underdog role, and who could blame them.

Bama will need to slow the The Tigers down early - and they have the defenders to do it.

Prediction - Bama brings home 16


Clemson 28                Bama 37

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