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31st December
written by Todd Cheatham

Alabama trivia question: What Oscar winner’s father played for The Bear when he coached at Kentucky?


Answer: Matthew McConaughey



Well, it’s on.  It is the first college football playoff ever.  We all have our guesses of who will win and by how much.  And I’ve heard my fair share over the past couple of weeks.  I can tell you personally I will be glued to the TV all day long.  Here are my picks:


#1 AL will be playing against #4 OH ST this Thursday, 1/1/2015, at 7:30 PM CT.  OH ST will be missing their 1st and 2nd string quarterbacks, their co-defensive coach and I believe Coach Sabin knows Urban Meyer’s playbook.  I think AL will win but I’m bias.  AL has beaten Urban during their last two meetings.  Roll Tide!


We’re all interested in the Rose Bowl and who will be the winner, #2 Oregon or #3 FSU.  I think Oregon will win.  FSU has a knack of coming back in the last five minutes of the 4th quarter of the game and winning, however, Oregon has a habit of dominating and scoring tremendous amount of points.  I think Oregon will be so far ahead in points that FSU will not be able to come back.  Personally, I would like FSU to win so we can be given the chance to do what Auburn couldn’t.


If you’re planning on viewing the game at The Houndstooth you should arrive two hours prior to kickoff; but, keep in mind, a Blackhawk game will be on at 12 PM CT.  The game will be on and there could be an over flow of people.  If you’re viewing the game at Another Round you should arrive an hour prior to kickoff.   Neither place takes reservations so plan accordingly.


And now it’s time for some business…


Beyond our yearly t-shirts, we have new buttons, stickers and cozies available (Note: The cozies are selling fast.  Make sure you purchase yours sooner than later!).  The RT Chicago koozies’ are selling for $5 each.  We have the “Chicago ❤’s the Tide” stickers available too.  Lastly, the “Chicago ❤’s the Tide” and “Rammer Jammer” buttons are now in stock.  Stop by our table next and purchase a few of these items.  All purchases go to support our annual scholarship fund!


Are you a trivia fan?  If yes, we are starting a SEC Trivia Challenge.  Local SEC chapters will begin to meet on January 7th at 8 PM at Derby’s (1224 W Webster) to challenge each other in a battle of wits. We have already started an AL team (minimum of 8 members per team) but we could use a few more. If interested in a fun challenge and bringing home a win for AL against other SEC chapters please contact Mike Wojtychiw at


Matt, Lisa and myself will be at The Tooth this weekend. Jack, Cathy. Kim and Rodney will be at Another Round.  Please stop by and say a hearty RTR!


Hopefully, I will be sending one more email prior to Jan. 12th.  Roll Tide ya!

Todd Cheatham, President

14th February
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago


UA Fun Fact:

How many students were enrolled when UA first opened?

52 compared to the enrollment number for the fall of 2012: 33,602

I hope everyone is making it through ChiBeria – man this has been the most brutal winter since I have lived here in Chicago.  Let’s start thinking of warmer days and time that can be spent outdoors and hope it is here sooner rather than later.

Events/Activities with the Chapter for February

Thursday February 20th – Monthly SEC Happy Hour

There will be a SEC Happy Hour/Mixer on the 3rd Thursday of every month – hope you can join us and help represent Alabama to the SEC Chicago alumni group.


WHERE: Glascott’s

2158 N. Halsted St.


WHEN: Thursday February 20, 2014

6pm – 10pm


DRINK SPECIALS: $3 dollar domestics

$4 wells

$6 chardonnay and cabernet


Please feel free to pass along the invitation to friends that have attended an SEC school or are fans of the SEC.
Saturday February 22nd – Alabama basketball viewing party at Another Round

Join us on Saturday February 22nd at our suburban game watch location, Another Round Bar and Grill in Downers Grove where we will be having a social and get together to watch Coach Grant and the men’s basketball team take on Mizzou. Game time is 7pm. As usual we will meet in the private area of the bar. If there are any new members or parents who joined our association late in the season this would be a great time to come and mingle with fellow alumni. Potential new parents are also welcome. Reminder that Another Round is very kid friendly so feel free to bring everyone.


Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove


Roll Tide Chicago board and committee interest

Do you have an interest in helping Roll Tide Chicago out in the 2014 calendar year?  We are always looking for new board and committee members to help grow Roll Tide Chicago.  The new year will begin in April so if you have an interest or would like to help out on certain this like Suburb bar, Young Alumni, Scholarship Fund please reach out to us at via email at by March 10th so we can include you in our annual meeting for the board and committee.


Roll Tide!



4th and goal – The Offseason


It’s been a while since we all spoke and boy has a lot happened. The last time we got a 4th and Goal was before the Sugar Bowl. And we all know what happened there. And then heaven forbid Saban goes out and hires Lane Kiffin. So let’s just say that the offseason didn’t start off with a bang. Because so much has happened let’s break it down by number:

  1. 1. AJ and Sean Kilpatrick: It’s not often in today’s day and age that we get to root for seniors who are everything you’d want in a student athlete. I’m lucky enough to root for two. We all know about AJ and how he is the personification of what we want our athletic hero’s to be. Well as a University of Cincinnati basketball fan I am watching another senior do exactly what AJ did for us so many times. Sean Kilpatrick has grown from a good player to the go-to scorer and leader on the #7 team in the country. This guy demands the ball down the stretch is a cool customer at the foul line and the rest of the team looks to him. Check out his comments after their big win over UCONN last night: I’m just playing to win,” Kilpatrick said. “I don’t care about points. I don’t care about any of that. Leaders don’t go out there and try to compete against the other teams’ best players.

To me that is what AJ did so well for the last three years. He didn’t care about putting up big numbers, he didn’t care about taking the credit for winning and then he turned around and took all the blame for the Sugar Bowl loss. That to me is a leader and a winner. Why do I bring this up today? Because if you believe all the talking heads Saban and the rest of the coaching staff just signed the future AJ and Sean.

  1. 2. National Signing Day: After the lousy way our season ended it’s nice that the Tide is ranked #1 in anything. Will any of these guys become the next CJ Mosley or Trent Richardson or will they become Jimmy Johns and Chad Goss? I have no idea, you have no idea, and Coach Saban has no idea. Here is what he knows and what we should all remember: “I can’t really comment much on the ranking guys because I really do think the most accurate way to be able to rank any recruiting class would be three years down the road because I think the challenge for all of these young men that got recruited today wherever they’re going is to be able to stay focused on what they need to do to improve as players and do the things that they need to do to become very effective college football players, and it is a challenge to go from high school to college.”

Even with the Iron Bowl fresh in our minds it’s nice that we can stick it to Auburn from time to time:

To go off what Coach Saban said above check out the rankings of the best classes over the last decade or so.

Let’s hope the new guys are half as good as the two Bama classes mentioned. We will be just fine!

The finale note on recruiting. Not every player is going to be the next stud in the NFL. That doesn’t mean that getting a full ride and using the school for an education through sports isn’t a great benefit that most of us forget about: This story about a kid who might never see the field (even at UC) is a great example of what parents go through to get a kid a full ride:


  1. Lane Kiffin: I wrote this for a 4th and Goal that wasn’t sent last month but it still holds true: Like the rest of you I was dumbfounded by the news that everyone’s least favorite coach was coming to the Capstone. How in the world where we all going to root for that bum and who I like to call Arod Kiffin? Then I got to thinking: How much do we hear from any of the coaches other than Saban? What the heck does Doug Nesmeirer look or sound like? I have no idea because we never see them. And low and behold it comes out that the cords talk to the press 2 times a year. At SEC media day and before the bowl game that is it. So Lane can do what he does best which I guess is recruit, coach up QB’s (which he is very good at) and work to rehab his image which lord knows he needs. Here are a couple of articles on why this isn’t going to be so bad: and this one: now if you’ll excuse me I have to go drink some Crimson cool aide to wash that bad taste out of my mouth.


  1. I know nothing about Jake Cocker neither do you. I would have been fine with Simms and the rest of the guys battling it out for the QB next year. But if Saban wants you good enough for me. Meet our new QB



  1. I don’t often mention the basketball team (and with good reason) but I expect there will be a change of coach by this time next year. There is zero excuse that Alabama should be as bad as they are in hoops. Alabama should strive to be like Florida, Ohio State, Michigan State heck this year even Duke when it comes to Mens Basketball and football. The fact that team is so bad doesn’t sit well with me and I’m sure you as well. Bruce Pearl should be on speed dial…


  1. With 100 feet of snow on the ground and it being -200 it’s tough to remember that baseball/softball season is right around the corner: Here is a good look at the state of softball in the state of Alabama.



  1. A couple of songs to get you through this cold: If you have kids you’ve seen the movie Frozen. Maya has gone 3 times, we have the sound track, she has three Olaf the snowman shirts and has the dress from one of the characters. This is her favorite song and it makes me smile as well:

Muddy Waters recorded most of his most famous music right on South Michigan Ave. I can close my eyes and imagine him at Chess Records singing about the Cold Weather Blues as I think most of us have them now:

I don’t understand much of Frank Zappa’s music. But this is a universal message:


Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a dad:

From the last 4th and goal: This week in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: It doesn’t matter how old we get we are still our parents kids so with that in mind this is a little off the beaten path but on Sunday night I was watching the Golden Globe awards with my Mom who is in town for a visit. She is half asleep on the couch when the great Tina Fey announces Leo DeCaprio with the funniest line I have heard on TV in some time: (you can read the entire thing here if in case you missed it) Once again my mom is half asleep on the couch and all of sudden sits upright and says what did she just say about her vagina? I’m not sure what I laughed harder at the joke itself or my Mom. Either way you haven’t lived until you hear your mother say that word.


As I have discussed before Maya (and now Jacob) love to go into the bathroom with us when we are going. Not sure what they expect to see but I guess they just want to be close to us. Anyway Jake is about 1 day away from walking and pulls himself up on everything. Which of course means the toilet and he loves nothing more than trying to stick his hand in the water. All of this makes it tough for me to stand and go to the bathroom with him next to me (you can use your imagination why this might be tricky) so the other night I was sitting down and Maya comes in and asks why I’m sitting, why I’ve got my hand where I do (so not to splash around) and then she goes into what I can only describe as a monologue explaining why she doesn’t put her hand there but on her knees while she is going. This ladies and gents is what being a parent is all about….


RTR stay warm!


22nd December
written by admin
Roll Tide, Chicago & Happy Holidays!
Tuscaloosa Fun Fact:
Whose motto is “Ain’t Nothin’ Like ‘em Nowhere”?
Dreamland Barbeque

UA Fun Fact:
How many Telephones were on campus in 1955?
321 – How many do you think there are today including cell phones?
I hope everyone is ready for this holiday season and you’re ready to (or already have) open some gifts.  How many of you will get an Alabama item, elephants or tickets to the Sugar Bowl?  I already got one elephant gift and am gifting Sugar Bowl tickets to myself this year and a trip to NOLA for NYE with Bama friends!
Wish more of you could have made the SEC Holiday party last Sunday, but we did get a good number of toys to donate to Toys for Tots so thank you to Katy for putting this together and to those that came out with a toy!  Stay tuned for more SEC Happy Hours and events in 2014!  Katy is working on putting something together towards the end of January – so stay tuned.  Also, if you are interested in being on the board or volunteering with the Roll Tide Chicago in 2014 please send me an email at
Sugar Bowl
Both of our locations will be airing the Sugar Bowl – Alabama vs. Oklahoma Thursday January 2nd; game time is at 7:30 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.
Tables at the Houndstooth and Another Round can be reserved please contact us at for more information on how to reserve a table for the Sugar Bowl.
Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove
Roll Tide Chicago Memberships
Still need the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt. just go to and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.
Membership Levels
$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt
$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts
$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts
Also, we only have a few of the 2013 long sleeve t-shirts left – to get the Crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.
Sizes available Small – 2XL
T-shirt Pricing:
Members: $30 each (separate/extra to membership dues that include the grey t-shirt)
Non-Members: $35 each
Happy Holidays & Roll Tide!
4th and goal – What offseason?
Happy holidays everyone. Is it me or does this year feel like we are living on Hoth from Star Wars more than Chicago?
Let’s tackle a couple of things right off the bat #1 in case you didn’t hear last Friday Coach Saban finally signed his extension to stay at the Capstone. This was news to almost no one (unless you were a true believer from Texas) let’s hope that this is the final time we have to deal with this but somehow I have a feeling this will be an annual thing until he finally retires. What I found most interesting about this was that at no time publically did he ever say he wanted to leave (in fact it was just the opposite) and yet the story wouldn’t die. The second thing was the timing of the announcement of the extension. It just so happened to happen during the Texas end of the year football banquet. How great is that? According to ESPN while the speakers were up on the stage talking everyone in the room was getting the info on their phones. If that isn’t one of the bigger F You’s of the football season I don’t know what is.
There is a flip side to this story and that is the huge mess that Texas is left with at the moment. We are looking at a Tennessee level mess after Fat Phil was shown the door. What I always find amusing in situations like this is when teams fire coaches and then have no clue who the next coach is going to be. Charlie Strong from Louisville? Gus M from Auburn? Harbough from the Niners? Maybe Darrell Royal? All I know is that it has been a long time and now three coaches ago since Tennessee has been any good and you’d like to think that Texas would learn from them. Before we close the book on Mack and Texas here is a good story on what he meant to a lot of the fans down in Austin:
The moral of this story is that great coaches rarely ever leave on their terms. It should be very interesting to see what happens in a couple of years to Saban, Coach K and Geno Auriemma (the three best college coaches currently coaching.)
In other Bama news if you believe Coach Saban and why won’t you? He was honestly surprised that people asked him about this story:
Does he think we were all born under a rock? I’m sure that he thinks that bringing in everybody’s favorite whipping boy to take a look at the offense is a good idea (I’m sure it is) but how can he honestly look us in the eye and say he was surprised by the reaction? This would be like the Cubs bringing in Barry Bonds to help the hitters and then wondering why people were asking questions. I almost hope he hires Kiffin as a coach just because the circus around the program and his reaction would be priceless.
I always like when athletes graduate from school it makes it a little easier to root for them I find. Check out the list of guys that walked last weekend:
Finally, I know this has been brought up on our Facebook page as it has been rumored for a couple of weeks. Yesterday the Tide accepted DJ Pettway back into the program:
I am not the morality police and as long as he was cleared by the police and the University I have no problem with him coming back to the program. Let’s hope that a year away has straightened him out and the next time we hear his name will it be from the PA announcer announcing a sack. The guy brings a lot to the table and will help the defense big time.
In other news around college/pro football Sports Illustrated has named Peyton Manning as their sportsman of the year. Now as most of you know my thoughts on guys after they leave college in and go to the NFL I don’t really care where they went to college. But next to Cam Newton there was no player in college that I disliked more than Peyton Manning. And while I respect him as a QB and find his commercials funny and his act on SNL was one of the better athlete turns I still have a hard time rooting for him. And I have no clue why he was named Sportsman of the year. Neither does this writer who pretty much names about 10 other athletes that should have won:
Both Texas a&M and LSU are adding seats to their stadiums which I think would bring the number of SEC stadiums that seat over 100,000 people to 4. Who says that people aren’t going to games anymore?
Quick poll question: How many of you are going to be able to travel to 2 bowl games from now on? While we all hate the BCS I think that one aspect of the 4 team playoff that no one is really talking about is the travel it is going to take to get form place to place. This isn’t like the final four where if your team wins on Saturday you stick around until Monday. This is going to be Alabama playing in the Orange Bowl one game and then possibly playing in the Rose Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl next. I know I could never afford to do that. So do you think that fans will hedge their bets and save money by hoping their team wins the semifinal game? I like the rest of you can’t wait for the four team playoff (this year it would have been Iron Bowl II in the semifinals) but the cost is going to be huge.
With this being the last post before Christmas here are two songs that to me showcase the Christmas spirit. The first is my personal favorite song and I guess David Letterman’s as he has had her on his show something like 27 years in a row:
And just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean us Jews can’t enjoy it as well: (and this is more true than we would care to admit.)
This week in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Last Saturday when it snowed and snowed I was stuck inside with Maya and Jacob and since neither wanted to go outside we decided to have a “jammie” day as Maya called it. Now for us that would mean sitting on the couch and watching TV or a movie all day. Relaxing right? Try having a jammie day with two kids. Here is what we did and this was all before 1:00 PM Watched Mickey Mouse on TV, played with Plato, colored, painted, built a puppet stage, built a house out of Lego’s, Jacob took two naps, watched some of Toy Story and Cars and fixed both kids lunch. Where is the lazy in that?
Happy holidays everyone! RTR
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