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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In Loving Memory


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


Sure miss watching Games with these Two
Jamie 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. 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... 

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!

Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

National Championship Game BAMA VS CLEMSON sound familiar?

Oklahoma was never in the game against Bama.  Yes, that's right.  Bama opened up on the first play with a 50 play, and really never looked back.  Yes the score said 11 points, but it was never really that close. Bama was up by 28 Sooner than you could yell Boomer.  The Heisman Trophy winner had a pretty good second half, but it was all for naught.  Tua had a great game, throwing more TD passes than he had incompletions.  He had 4 TD passes.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Bama could have scored another 21 easily.  I was a bit surprised at Bamas quick start and the 28 - 0 lead, as were many.  Josh Jacobs ruled Oklahoma as he played with the agenda, that OK overlooked him.  He also ran over an Oklahoma DB in route to a TD.  It was brutal.

On to the next game.   Bama and Clemson find themselves in a familiar place... the FINALS of the College Football Playoffs.   #1 VS #2.

One team will leave this game in Santa Clara California, with 15 wins - and unblemished record - and the National Championship for 2018.  On paper, this game is or at least to me, looks very EVEN.  The guys in Vegas have Bama as a 5 to 6 point favorite. 

I am struggling to pick a score on this one.  These two are so similar, and have played to the wire on 2 of the previous meetings and they know each other well.  I have to imagine Dabo and the Tigers have a mad on about last year's loss, when Bama's defense took over and literally smothered them.  But this year, like Bama - Clemson has a QB (Trevor Lawrence) who is nothing short of spectacular.   Though only a freshman, he has stats that easily compare with Tua.   Clemson has one of, if not the best D-line in the nation.

So how will it turn out?   Having been a Bama fan for over 5 decades, I can't believe Bama has this opportunity.  Meaning - WOW... what an amazing run with Coach Saban.  Sometimes I sit in disbelief.

There is a part of me that thinks Bama will win big, and a part that says it will be a donnybrook.   So when all is said and done, I see Bama and Tua, just too much for the Tigers and Bama will capture #18 and Saban #7, eclipsing the Bear. 




Roll Tide

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