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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, December 29, 2017

College Football Playoff - Bama 4 for 4

Happy New Year !!! Well almost Wink

2017 is almost over and Bama finished the regular season with a Heartbreaker to Auburn.  Credit where it's due, Bama simply got beat!   In non Bama (Saban) like fashion, The Tide played sloppy, turned the ball over, got sacked when it wasn't necessary and committed too many mistakes to keep it closer.   This loss of course kept the Tide at home for the SEC Championship game.  And we all know Ga beat the Tigers on the second try thus the Dawgs head to the Playoffs....

There were some tense moments in the days that followed?  Was Bama one loss, in or out?  Thankfully the committee chose Bama to be in.

#4 Seed Bama takes on #1 Seed Clemson!  This is not for the Championship as it has been for the years past, but it is ONE AND DONE.  Despite being the #4 Seed, Bama comes in as a 3 point favorite according to odds makers.

Clemson lost very early in the year to Syracuse - of course Bama late to Auburn.   Clemson was without their starting QB vs the Cuse, and Bama - has been plagued with injuries in the linebacker position all year.    What does it all mean?

In synopsis -  Bama will have had over 35 days since they last played.  Clemson played in their Conference Championship game in early December.  Who does that favor?  Who knows, but it has given Bama the opportunity to get some guys in better health.  

Frankly this game is scary for Bama fans.  But, there are 126 other teams who would love to be in this final 4.    Why is it scary ?  Bama really hasn't played very well since the TAMU game.  There just seems to be something missing.   The team hasn't looked in SYNC.   The last two (SEC) games of the season, Bama has not played as well as they can, and it showed.  Clemson on the other hand, has seemed to get better as the season rolled along.  Their Defense, is very very good and may give Bama fits if Bama finds themselves behind the chains on any down.

Keys for a Bama victory?  Easy - convert on 3rd down - and keep Clemson off the field.   Bama was miserable against Auburn on both.   Play that way again, and it will be a LONG night.   But go back to that time between games?  Has Bama gotten some of the "kinks" out?  

Another thing is the Kicking Game.  I do believe Bama has the advantage in the kicking game.  Clemson has struggled with FG's over 35 yards.   If it comes to kicking game - Bama will win. 

So I say Bama will prevail.  Bama will have some things that Clemson will be surprised about.   It will be a close game, but Bama wins


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