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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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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Week 15 Bama VS Oklahoma - CFP

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. 

Enough 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 obvious choice.

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 into consideration.  

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.
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Roll Tide  

 

 

 

Alabama

Stat/Leader

Oklahoma

13-0 (8-0 SEC West)

Record (Conference)

12-1 (8-0 Big 12)

No. 1

CFP ranking

No. 4

47.9

Points per game

49.5

14.8

Points allowed

32.4

527.6

Yards per game

577.9

325.5

Passing ypg

324.0

202.2

Rushing ypg

253.9

295.4

Yards allowed per game

448.1

178.4

Passing yards allowed

291.4

117.0

Rushing yards allowed

156.7

Tua Tagovailoa
3,353 yards (37 TDs, 4 INTs)

Passing yards

Kyler Murray
4,053 yards (40 TDs, 7 INTs)

Damien Harris
771 yards, 7 TDs

Rushing yards

Kennedy Brooks
1,021 yards, 12 TDs

Jerry Jeudy
1,103 yards, 12 TDs

Receiving yards

Marquise Brown
1,318 yards, 10 TDs

Quinnen Williams
66 total tackles, 18 tfl, 8 sacks

Defensive leader

Kenneth Murray
140 total tackles, 12 tfl, 4 sacks

   

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