17 National Championships –
I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 7 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. 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.
week during football season, I update this site (Blog-Scroll Down) and share my thoughts and my predictions about the upcoming
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...