In Loving Memory
Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017
Sure miss watching Games with these Two
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.
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...
Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!
Friday, September 28, 2018
Week 5 Bama vs Louisiana Lafayette
Fri, September 28, 2018 | link
In a rare 11 am Kick Bama continues it schedule undefeated, and
should certainly come out of this one unscathed. Last week though Bama didn't cover the spread, they did look
really good against the TAMU Aggies. On the 2nd play - Bama intercepted an errant pass due to a big rush,
and on the first play from scrimmage Tua - hit Devonta Smith with a pass and an incredible catch for a TD. Though TAMU
scored to tie the game, it didn't take long for the Tide to dispose of the Aggies by a score of 45 -23.
Bama is a 49 point (SevenTouchdown) favorite against
the Ragin Cajun's and should come close to that number. This will be a great opportunity for Bama to try to fine tune
it's running game, which doesn't look like the running game of old. Tua will likely not see any 2nd
half action. Bama's D and Secondary should also benefit by getting reps to some of the younger guys.
BAMA BIG IN THIS ONE
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Week 4 Bama VS TAMU
Thu, September 20, 2018 | link
I wipe the egg off my face from my thoughts last week that Ole Miss
would be able to move and score on Bama. I do however admit, after that first play - whew I thought "This
is going to be a loooong day." But after that 75 yard play, the Bama D was stingy and allowed only 58 passing yards.
So after being caught flat footed, they obviously found their groove.
This week, Bama is at home vs #22 TAMU. The odds makers have Bama a 27 point favorite. Yes, that's
right 27 points. WOW. I first heard that and went back and checked 3 different sources and confirmed that
27 is correct. This is a head scratcher. TAMU lost to #3 Clemson by two points 26-24 and Bama is favored
by 27? I have looked through all the stats, and I still am scratching my head. That said, I really hope they are
TAMU looked strong against Clemson. QB Mond,
made a lot of plays against what is rated as one of the top defenses in the nation. Their defense made several big plays
against the Clemson offense that is new in many places. TAMU out passed Clemson 416 to 290. Neither team had big
days running. With TAMU 71 and Clemson 115. So what does all that mean? To me it seems TAMU matched up really
well with the Tigers. Will they match up that well against Bama? That remains to be seen, but I don't think so.
Bama is no longer a team that is one dimensional as Tua has shown he can score quickly. The running game then opens
and poses problems for defenses. TAMU will no doubt be the best Defense Bama has faced this year. The Offense...well
Ole Miss was supposed to be the best and we see how that turned out.
I am hoping that the game VS Clemson was a game where
both teams were tentative with first game jitters. Bama will be jacked up at home and I think TAMU will be too.
I look for it to be closer than they odds makers. I hope I am wrong.
Roll Tide !
Friday, September 14, 2018
Week 3 - Bama VS Ole Mis
Bama took little time to take care of Arkansas State. But no one was
really surprised. Tua started and played very well as did Hurts. Both had good games with high ratings.
But how stiff was the competition? From watching it didn't look like there was any. Others say Arky State has
a good football team. Their highly touted QB Hansan, was 15/36. Well below his average. Bama's Defense played
well although there were times it was hard to say that. Minor breakdowns, nonetheless breakdowns. It could be
a lack of concentration from being ahead by 40.
Fri, September 14, 2018 | link
This week will tell more. As Bama is facing the Ole Miss "LANDSHARKS".
That just seems weird typing it. Anyway, OM has a great QB and 3 WR who are expected to go high in the NFL Draft.
OM QB Ta'amu was 23/33 with 450 yards against the Salukis and scored 76 points with 646 yards. No that is not
a typo. Now, the Ole Miss Defense gave up 629 yards of those 241 were on the ground and a total of 41 points.
I didn't see the game, but looking at the stats, the blaring difference is Southern Illinois turned the ball over 3 times
while Ole Miss didn't have any turnovers.
Now Bama...Ole Miss. Those big tall lanky Ole Miss receivers could
pose a problem with Alabama's young untested secondary. The flip side of that is can Ole Miss stop Bama's running/passing
game? It certainly makes for an interesting matchup. The game being played in Oxford should give Ole Miss some
momentum. Oh and I have to say, though the Bama so called QB battle has ended, Bama's Kicker missed two extra points
resulting in a new kicker. So hopefully this game will not depend on an extra point or a field goal.
Bama should be strong
against Ole Miss, and I expect the 2:30 game on CBS to be a good one for a while. I do think OM will break a few long
pass plays with their athletic QB and wide receivers giving them more points that Bama fans are accustomed to having scored
Friday, September 7, 2018
Game 2 September 7 - Bama Vs Arky State
Fri, September 7, 2018 | link
Opening week on a neutral field. Once again Bama prevails... 51
-14 over a Louisville team that was simply outmatched at every spot. The takeaways for me were - The Defense has
work to do, they looked confused at times... The Offensive Line has work to do as Tua was pressured more than he should have
been - and finally, Tua is everything everyone has said, and if possible more!
He has such a great knack for the field. Some
players have this, but not many. His ability to scramble, keep his head down field and of course his arm, make him dangerous.
After one Quarter anyone with doubts about who should be starting were SQUASHED. Jalen came in and it was obviously
a drop off.
This week Bama is at Home taking on the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Bama is again a heavy favorite in this game...36.5
favorite. Folks in the know say, the most improvement comes in the week between the first and second game. If
that's true, it will certainly show quickly for Bama. The Red Wolves were victorious on their debut as well.
Justice Hansen, the RW QB, is very good. Those numbers speak for themselves. Listening last night to Nick Saban, is
Bama isn't ready, these guys can light it up. I know it's hard to get excited about playing a team as big as an underdog
as The Red Wolves, however this Bama team is exciting because of potential.
Look for the Bama O line to step up the game.
Look for Tua to be Tua, and look for Alabama's secondary to be burned at least a couple of times.
ROLL TIDE !