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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Game 2 Crimson Tide vs Fresno State

Bama looked very good defensively and on special teams against the Seminoles.   But the victory didn’t come without a price – Bama lost 2 starters in the line backing positons for the season.   FSU didn’t fare well either, as they lost their starting QB to a knee injury for the season.  I think the most telling stat on Saturday was turnovers.  Bama obviously made some half time adjustments and FSU suffered the consequences of those adjustments.

Drive 1 PUNT.


Drive X. No drive. Fumbled kickoff.



Drive 5.  PUNT

Drive 6.  PUNT

Drive 7. END OF GAME

Bama completely dominated in the second half.

This week Bama is home against Fresno State and favored by 45.   Though I look for Bama to win big, I don’t think they cover.  It will be a great opportunity for Bama to get some new kids on the block, some playing time.

Look for the Tide to Roll in front of the Home Crowd.  Kick is at 2:30 ESP2

This is the first ever meeting of these two teams.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Game 1 - 2017 Bama VS FSU



 2013BamaRoom/591dfb9538c75_FSUBAMAwatermark.jpg.057f523c4c0db632729d536fcf352774.jpgBama starts the Season again ranked as the #1 Team in the Nation.  And what an opponent - Florida State ranked at #3.

After a great game, but a disappointing loss to the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship game, the Crimson Tide takes to the field on Saturday to challenge the Seminoles of FSU.

Bama vs FSU will be the inaugural game for the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.   Bama coming off a one loss season to Clemson.  FSU is coming into this game after a season with 3 losses.   But that was last year!  Bama lost a plethora of players to the NFL, and many think there may be a weakness in the O-Line.   There is however plenty of talent at the

skill positions to take some of the pressure off the O-Line.   In my opinion which is not worth much - FSU who struggled giving up sacks last year may have a long day if they have not shored up their front on Offense.

Many say this is a game that will preview the Playoff game at the end of the season.  Of course neither wants to take the chance of being that "one loss" team that is chosen. 

Kickoff is 7PM on ABC, Bama is favored by 6 to 7 depending on which betting line you follow.

Look for Bama to look a bit like the old POWER RUN - PLAY ACTION offense as the new offensive coordination Brian Daboll, takes the helm and guides the offense.  Jalen Hurts vs Deondre Francois will be one of many interesting matchups in this game.  Also interesting is a streak of Saban who is 10-0 verses his students.

I suspect each team will come out very much pumped and I expect typical sloppy play at times in the first game.   I do look for the Tide to pull away in the 4th with a bit more depth than FSU.









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