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 !!!!!
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Week 15 Bama VS Oklahoma - CFP
Thu, December 27, 2018 | link
Today I was thinking about this game and it occurred to me that Bama
has now been in EVERY CFP game since they started. Then it occurred to me that Bama VS LSU in the old BCS format,
is really what is responsible for the CFP system. Conclusion, how can you be a Bama fan and not be spoiled? It's tough!
A quick recap of the SEC Champ game, and I know anyone reading
this doesn't need it, but it seems necessary before I can move on. In what turned out as a Cinderella story started
as a nightmare. Bama down by 14 - Tua drives and gets Bama within 7 and on the next possession he gets stepped on and
goes down. In comes Jalen and the rest is Bama history. I must say, Jalen Hurts is a class act and an example
for all of us. Not just FOOTBALL, but all of us. We could all afford to be a bit more humble, a bit more
dedicated, a bit more loyal and a bit more motivated.
about LIFE J on to FOOTBALL.
To me the real turning point in the Ga game (aside from the weird "GO FOR IT ON 4th and 11"
was obviously Hurts coming into the game. I know most Bama fans cringed (me included) when Tua was helped off the field.
But, much like when Tua entered the game in January against the same Ga team, Bama seemed to ratchet it up a notch and cleaned
up their execution. The defense which had played somewhat porous in the first half, played lights out in the second
half. That was big in Bama having the ball and being able to put together drives. When all was said
and done, Bama claimed another SEC Championship Win - an undefeated season - and subsequently keeping the #1 spot and
moving to CFP to face the #4 team Oklahoma. Georgia is IMO better than Oklahoma, but the committee and their criteria
obviously think differently. And considering Ga with 2 losses and Ok with one, it stands to reason that would be the
Now to Saturday and the Orange Bowl with the 7 O'clock kick off ESPN. Not much I can say here, that hasn't
been said. Everyone knows the obvious narrative - Ok has the best O and one of the worse D's in the FBS. Bama
has perhaps the best Defense Ok will have faced. HOWEVER, I have no doubt that OK will be the best Offense Bama has
faced this year. The line is (depending on where you look) near 14 and all have it double digits.
The thing that troubles me is - most folks seem to think it will not be a contest,
with Bama dominating. I hope everyone who thinks that is RIGHT! I however feel differently. Based
on my very limited football knowledge, OK runs their offense so fast and so accurately I fear the Bama D will take a
few series to get a grip on the SPEED of the game. Thus, the opportunity may be there for OK to get up on the Tide creating
a scoring fest. Of course the flip side is Bama can take the air out of the ball, and run against one of the worst Defenses
in the FBS. Most of the pundits I have heard say they expect Bama to RUN RUN RUN RUN. I think that makes sense,
but - perhaps it's so obvious they will do the opposite. Again, my limited football knowledge and poor logic taken
No matter the strategy, I do believe Bama will need to be productive on most every possession. On paper, Bama
should win, averaging more points that OK per game, but only allowing 14 points per game. Ok allows 32, and that seems
to be the most glaring stat that stands out.
Another thing to
consider. Georgia played perhaps it's best game of the season, and Bama played perhaps their worst game of the season,
yet Bama prevailed.
Below are all the stats - and again Bama on paper is the
apparent winner. I certainly hope the paper doesn't lie, but I am nervous about this one. I do believe Bama
will be in a tussle through the first half and make adjustments and pull away in the latter part of the game.
I look for Quinnen Williams to have a BIG GAME.
(8-0 SEC West)
12-1 (8-0 Big 12)
Points per game
Yards per game
Yards allowed per game
Passing yards allowed
3,353 yards (37 TDs, 4 INTs)
4,053 yards (40 TDs, 7 INTs)
771 yards, 7 TDs
1,021 yards, 12 TDs
1,103 yards, 12 TDs
1,318 yards, 10 TDs
66 total tackles, 18 tfl, 8 sacks
140 total tackles, 12 tfl, 4 sacks