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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!!!!!!!!

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Friday, August 31, 2018



Is it Christmas Eve?  No but close.  It is the day before Bama plays their first game.   I know some would say it’s silly and some would scoff, who needs them.  This is a day that all College Football fans look forward to, no matter how good or bad your team may be.  And here it is, College Football 2018 Edition.

Bama is coming off it’s 5th National Championship in 9 years.  Please I beg you, to let that sink in… FIVE National Championships in NINE Years.  Coach Bryant was the Bama coach when I was born.  His legendary run with National Championships was phenomenal.  To think that I have been able to be a fan and witness these two amazing runs…is mind boggling.  As fans it’s easy to forget the times when National Championships were scarce.  One Championship  from the time Coach Bryant left to the time Coach Saban took over, thanks to Coach Stallings.  That again shows just how difficult it is to win Championships, yet Bama and Saban have 5 over the last 9 years.  WOW – just Wow… I digress.

Fortunately I have been fortunate enough to witness in person each of the Championships under Coach Saban, as well as the 92 National Championship under Coach Stallings.  In fact that was an INCREDIBLE game.  I sat in awe of that team as they completely throttled THE U – and no one gave them a chance.  I have often told folks that I would never witness another game that was so exciting that it becomes part of you.  Well… the NCG in Atlanta is either a close second, a tie or noses out that memory in my mind.  The excitement level in the second half easily equaled that of the 92 game in NOLA.   Tua is the version of Teague and his take away.   Plus, being down and coming back was legendary.  I am just thankful that I was at both. 

As has been my tradition since I started Tide Rides site, I pick the games for the fun of it an here I am.   On to this year and the Louisville game Saturday.  Bama comes in as a very heavy favorite.  25 or 26 points, depends on where you look.  Louisville is without Lamar Jackson now with the Ravens, this matchup lacks the luster it would have had last year.

Bama – amid a QB “controversy” or at least a contrived one… has only 4 players returning on Defense who started last year.  Of course you and I know those guys who are playing this year have seen significant playing time … but the fact remains they are younger in experience.  Bama also has a defensive backfield with several NEW NAMES.  Many are suspect of the secondary saying the defensive line must be able to pressure the QB and take some of the pressure off the guys in the defensive backfield.  All of the above is likely true.  Who starts at QB?  Well, I don’t know and that’s ok with me. Many fans and media are all upset because “SABAN” should tell.  I don’t get it, because I think it’s a good problem to have.  Both are great, and one is a much better passer, one a much better runner.  I personally believe Saban will start Hurts, but I know NOTHING.

The Cardinals are returning several seasoned and BIG receivers who just might give that new secondary fits.   And a new QB whose last name is Pass – “what’s in a name” is said to be in the build of one Cam Newton.   He is a big kid too.  St Louis struggled mightily last year giving up sack after sack after sack. Given the fact that Bama is still going to be very strong up front on Defense, it certainly easies my mind.

Finally, Coach Saban has fared well in these opening games on neutral site games, plus Louisville’s players have been very vocal this week about beating Bama.  Though part of me is worried about that secondary… I think Bama will handle business and cover that 25 point spread.







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