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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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Friday, November 30, 2018

Week 14 Bama Vs Ga

 

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REMACH!  This Game is entitled to a NAME.  The rehash?  Tua and 26 again?  Saban Vs Smart, part II.  None of those are clever enough or worthy so I digress.

Bama did to Auburn what it has done all season.  52-21 sounds close? What?  Yes it does, but consider that Bama was up only 3 points at the break, but turned up the burners in the second half outscoring Auburn 35 -7.  Tua actually uncharacteristically played in 4th Quarter -  only a few snaps, the last was a TD for his 5th passing TD of the day.  

As great as all that sounds, to quote Gene Stallings - "We've won every game, and we haven't won anything yet."  Or something like that.  

Many say Bama will get into the playoffs no matter the outcome of this game.  I would hate for Bama to have to rely on the Committee to make that decision.  It would be MUCH better to remove all doubt. 

Georgia has lost only one game this year and has worked its way into the top 4.  Their only loss coming at the hands of the LSU Tigers.  But, giving the Dog its due, they have played like a different team since that WAKE UP loss.

Many thought Bama would score a lot of points on LSU, and they scored 29 - which is a lot, but this year it seems not.  In the next game MS St, Bama managed only 24, but just like LSU, Ms. St never scored.

Since that game Bama's D has given up 38  points in two games. 21 to Auburn and 17 to The Citadel.  Did these teams find something that worked to score on Bama?  Was the concentration lost?  Whatever it is, I don't see Bama lacking focus in this game. 

This is quiet the matchup - as on paper, you can make Bama a heavy favorite.  The Folks in Vegas have Bama a 13.5 favorite.  Many say it won't be that close.  I am very nervous about it.   I know emotion and momentum will have a big effect in this game. 

Bama MUST stop Ga running the ball.  Ga as well must stop Bama running the ball.  Both QB's are rated about as high as can be.  Bama has the advantage on rushing the passer, and I believe that Bama has the advantage of recievers vs Ga secondary.   Ga is a very young team.  Many of the guys who were in that epic game last year are gone.  That could play into this too.

I've rambled enough, I believe when all is said and done, Bama will win.  I believe Ga will keep it closer than most think.

 

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Roll Tide !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bama VS Auburn Week 13 / Bama 11 -0 Auburn 7 4.

Wait WHAT?  This year when there was a lot of HYPE that Auburn would be good.... At least better than 7-4, but as we roll toward Thanksgiving and The Iron Bowl - those numbers are correct.  In spite of the fact that Gus said so himself.  How about this number - the betting line has Bama a 24 point favorite.  WOW.   But least we forget, Bama got knocked around last year at the Loveliest Village on The Plains.   It still stings, but the ointment that soothes that sting was Bama's National Championship.

This is one of the least HYPED Iron Bowls in recent history that I recall.    CBS 2:30 Kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium will see the 83rd tussle between these two.   Bama has the better talent, that is obvious - and the cliché "you can throw out the record books" simply doesn't seem to apply this year.

Auburn showed some moxie with its last minute drive to beat TAMU, enough so to know they do have opened the eyes of other opponents, including Bama.  That is one of the shining moments of this season.  The Tide and Tigers costed against the Citadel - and Auburn vs Liberty.  

Bama did make all fans take a collective breath with a 10 -10 tie at the half.  But Bama woke up and went to work in the 2nd, scoring 40 points.

Bama has seemed a bit nicked and bruised in the past few games, but reports say other than Damion Harris, everyone should be good to go.   There is a chance Bama could be peaking ahead to the SEC Championship Game - but Nick Saban will likely take care of that.

Auburn has not done well on 3rd down - has not fared well against the run and its secondary is prone to give up big plays.  If that follows suit, then Bama could win and win BIG!  The biggest margin of victory in this series is 55 - 0, Bama in 1948.  Some think that stat could be in jeopardy!  I am not one of them.  

I do look for Bama to cover - going away late in the game. 

 

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ROLL TIDE !!!

 

*This is the second Iron Bowl that I won't be able to discuss The Iron Bowl with our Son, Justin.   We miss you on Tide Saturdays, and all the other days. Love You!   

ROLL TIDE !!! RIP #JUSTINLIVESON  

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Week 11 Bama VS Miss ST

Coming off a big win against LSU, Bama is back home against the MSU Bullies.   Bama looked good against LSU on the road.  In a game that many pundits predicted Bama would perhaps show its vulnerabilities, The Tide continued to shine on offense, and the defense seemed to have a "MAD ON" and played what was easily one of their best games of the year in a 29 to 0 shut out.  Bama did at times struggle with motion on offense, but considering the atmosphere in DEATH VALLEY, those kind of things are understandable.  Of course not acceptable by Coach Saban.

Bama has a fair share of nicks and bruises after the bout with the Tigers and some key players are day to day and questionable for Saturdays 2:30 Kick on CBS.   Against LSU the shutout was a result of a relentless defense led by Quinnen Williams.  He looked unblock able against the Tigers who managed only 16 rushing yards. 

Let down vs Ms St?   Remember a few weeks back Coach Saban mentioned a possible let down or as he called it, a trap game.  This game because of where it falls in the schedule, seems to be a possible trap game.   Remember last year Bama struggled and won with a clutch drive in the 4th Qtr.  A quick look at the Bullies schedule reveals to me - against SEC foes this year, MSU has scored a total of 67 points in 5 games.   The two wins in the SEC are vs Auburn and TAMU.   MSU will certainly have to play the best game of the season to score with Bama.

I believe this game will speak volumes about this Bama team, who many say is among the greatest of all time.  It would be easy to coast into this one and rest on ones laurels.  If that is the case and Bama struggles it will say they have chinks in their armor.  If they take care of MSU with a business like attitude - they may actually deserve those lofty praises.  

I look for Bama to make a statement in this game.  They will score early and often, easily covering the spread of 23.5

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ROLL TIDE!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Week 10 - Bama Vs LSU

And so it goes - The first CFB Playoff poll is out and Bama reigns at #1 - and this weeks opponent is #3 LSU.  Wait what?  Yes... one loss LSU came in at number 3.  Most people me included never expected to see this matchup have so much significance.  LSU has found a way to win in games they were not predicted to win.  They have a very tough defense, and their secondary is touted by most as the best in college football.  HYPE - oh you bet.  Remember 2011 and 2012 GAME OF THE CENTURY?  Well this one is being HYPED as Game of the Century part II. 

Bama is a 14 point favorite according to the guys in Vegas.   LSU's one loss came to the Florida Gators, then the following week they cornered the Ga Dawgs at the time rated #3 in the country.  Looking at this game on paper, you certainly understand why the Vegas odds makers make Bama a favorite.  However, the cliché - "they don't play it on paper."   LSU players have talked a little smack, but not any that would be locker room material.  The most threatening thing said has been said by many, "who has Bama played to get all their stats."  

 

BAMA

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Points Per Game

54.1

30.4

Points Allowed Per Game

15.9

15.1

Total Yards

564.3

383.6

Yards Passing

347.4

193.0

Yards Rushing

216.9

190.6

Yards Allowed

307.9

330.3

Pass Yards Allowed

194.5

199.8

Rush Yards Allowed

113.4

130.5

In years past this game has been a donnybrook for the most part and a defensive, conservative game.  LSU has a former OSU QB Joe Burrow, who has managed games well, but not garnered a lot of offense.  Can LSU keep up with Bama's high scoring offense?  That question will be answered of course on Saturday at 7pm in Death Valley on CBS.   My answer to the question ?   Bama has a different team than I ever remember going into Tiger Stadium.  For that matter this Offense is different than any other Bama team I have ever seen.

LSU will be pumped, make no mistake.  Bama will need to continue their streak of scoring early to take the fans out of the game.  If Bama does that, they will prosper.  If LSU hangs around it may be close.  Nick Saban on Thursday night's radio show was asked " If Bama wins the coin toss, will they choose to  kick or receive."  - "Coach Saban replied - "I hope they choose to kick ASS!"

 

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ROLL TIDE

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