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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory

OUR SON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin Hornsby 07/01/1990 - 03/17/2017

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Jamie Hornsby   -     Doris Veazey
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ROLL TIDE

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. 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... 
 
"LETS GO REESE'S

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!
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Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Week 7 Homecoming Bama VS Mizzo
Bama put the Razorbacks away last week, but not before the Hogs scored 31 points.  Of course the fact that Bama had 65 made that a little easier to forget that the Defense of Alabama seemed lackadaisical at times, and even confused.   Of course Coach Saban didn't feel like it is not a big deal.  And a lot of people are saying that the Defense had a couple of meetings this week and that should make a difference.  Coach talked about accountability on his call in show last night.  So that is obviously something that has been tossed around this week.

Missouri will bring some challenges to Bama.  Their QB Drew Lock is expected to go high in the draft.  The Tigers are averaging more than 300 passing yards per game, and above 500 total yards.  If the secondary of The Tide is anything but on task, they will get hurt.  Speaking of hurt, Travon Diggs went down with a broken foot in the game last week.  That makes a secondary who lost 6 players last year to the NFL, even thinner in depth.    Surtain is expected to get much more playing time.   The true freshman will surely be tested often in this contest.

As good as the Tigers are on Offense, they are equally as BAD on defense.  They are giving up an average of 30 points per game.  So that should bode well for Tua and the Bama Offense.

HOMECOMING!!! Seldom does a song get as much publicity as Dixie Land Delight has this week.  The new AD has decided to bring the song back, however - NO CURSING.  Good luck with that.  But there is a campaign that includes many of the players and Ms. Terri - to KEEP IT CLEAN.  I do believe this will make a difference in the game.  The students love this so much they will stick around and the stadium WILL NO DOUBT be rocking when Dixie Land Delight plays in the 4th.

Bama is a 28 point favorite and I look for Bama to cover that spread.  Look for the defense to play better and keep the Tigers on their heels.

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RTR

THE TIDE RIDES and I will be missing the Homecoming Parade this year.  I was really bummed to find the parade this year conflicted with something else I have to attend.  See you next year! 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Week 6 Bama VS Arkansas

The Tide continues to ROLL and to dominate opponents.   Though everyone expected them to defeat the Rajin Cajuns, Bama seemed crisp and focused.   Tua continues to compete at a superior level going 8 for 8 with 2 TD’s.   Then Jalen shines going 4 of 6 and a TD.   Defense played well going deep into the lineup giving some young folk’s valuable playing time. 

This week, Bama takes on the Razorbacks of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Another BRUNCH affair, 11am kick on ESPN.   Though there were times in the past that Arky was a formidable opponent, this year doesn’t seem to be one of them. The Pigs come in with one victory and 4 losses, but last week they gave TAMU a contest.  In fact the Hogs came within a Touchdown late and were driving but threw an interception near the end. 

Bama is favored by 35 in the game that Nick Saban calls a potential “TRAP GAME.”  Bama has not been tested to this point, and it’s doubtful that the Hogs with their only win coming over Eastern Illinois will be a test either.  Look for Bama to come out with Tua blazing.  The stats for Bama in the first half of games are CRAZY, scoring a TD on their opening drive in every game thus far.  Arkansas also has had trouble with their coverages on Kicks and Punts.  That alone may cost them with Waddle returning one for a TD last week.  He showed a lot of moxie on a TD return that looked hopeless at a couple of times when he made moves that left defenders stammering.

Trap Game?  The Coach knows best Sealed

 

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