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.
2158 N. Halsted St.
WHEN: Thursday February 20, 2014
6pm – 10pm
DRINK SPECIALS: $3 dollar domestics
$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.
5141 Main St.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10th so we can include you in our annual meeting for the board and committee.
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. 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.
- 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: http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dcmV5?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football
To go off what Coach Saban said above check out the rankings of the best classes over the last decade or so. http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/67490158/best-college-football-recruiting-classes-ever-alabama-usc-texas
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: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20140205/COL03/302050099/Doc-Princeton-s-Gilbert-lives-dream-his-dad-couldn-t
- 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: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/1/11/5298154/why-lane-kiffin-was-a-good-hire-for-alabama and this one: http://bamahammer.com/2014/01/12/convince-lane-kiffin-right-choice/ now if you’ll excuse me I have to go drink some Crimson cool aide to wash that bad taste out of my mouth.
- 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 http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/93383/coker-lands-at-bama-with-lofty-expectations?src=mobile
- 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…
- 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. http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/10409093/espnw-softball-rivalry-heats-alabama-crimson-tide-auburn-tigers
- 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrwQUgr-9Ng
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojfMCYpDda8#t=22
I don’t understand much of Frank Zappa’s music. But this is a universal message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLIppgE45wM&feature=kp
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: http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/01/13/tina-fey-diss-leonardo-dicaprio-golden-globes-2014/ (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!
3369 N. Clark
5141 Main St.
Roll Tide, Chicago!
Hope everyone is getting ready for the Holidays. It is still hard for me to believe that they season is over…man that went to quick! Well hold onto your Bama hats because we are going to have some fun before the end of the year and then in the first part of 2014 with the Sugar Bowl.
SEC Toys for Tots Toy Holiday Party
As a part of an effort to unify the SEC alumni chapters here in Chicago, Roll Tide Chicago will help by hosting an SEC Toys for Tots Holiday Party. Make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party and you will receive a raffle ticket as well for a variety of different prizes and if enough Roll Tide Chicagoans come out I might even raffle off a Greg McElroy signed football (but only to the Bama fans!)
WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
WHEN: Sunday, December 15th
2pm – 5pm/6pm
Specials: $3 Soco Lime & Fireball shots
$5 40 oz. beers
Please feel free to pass along the invitation to friends that have attended an SEC school or are fans of the SEC. We will make sure the NFL games are on…so no excuses on why you can’t show up!
See y’all Sunday & Roll Tide!
4TH and Goal 1 second away from Glory
As I sat and watched the conference championship games last Saturday the final scene from Rocky III kept playing in my head (once again proving that I need a lot of help) but anyway check out this forgotten part of Rocky III and tell me that Apollo isn’t us and Rocky isn’t Auburn (cue up to 15 second and watch until they get into the ring) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC52KBgm5dY
We were 1 second away instead we had to sit and watch Auburn run rough shot through a good Mizzu defense and now they not us are playing for the National Title. Talk about a turn of events. As Paul Finebalm said on Gameday Saban went from being one of the best coaches of all time (had they won) to now not being the best coach in his own state, division or conference. Now the jury is still out on that but his point is well taken. 1 second we are #1 for 13 straight weeks and a machine the next we are yesterday’s news. But what really bothered me about last weekend was the total lack of respect for the Tide after losing the Iron Bowl. Somehow they went from the best team in the country to an afterthought. How big an afterthought you ask? I watched some of the post game show on ESPN and the BCS special on Sunday. The only person on either show that continued to talk up Alabama was Jessie Palmer (and Clay Travis on Outkick the Coverage) everybody else seems to think that losing on a 108 yard FG return (which as we learned had never happened in the history of college football) and boom they are bums. Palmer was the only host who said that he thought that Bama was the best match up for FSU. Personally I think FSU is the best team in the country (including us) and I expect them to lay the wood to Auburn next month. I just can’t wrap my head around a team giving up 500+ yards on defense winning the national title.
The other thing that I took away from last Saturday night was how not only all of us but the entire country hates Urban Meyer. Coach Saban might not be Mr. Popular but I don’t think fans across the country loath him like they do Urban. People were giddy that OSU (and that the Little Ten lost out on a National Title) but I think a large portion of people were more giddy that Urban lost. Which makes this picture my favorite of the year from college football: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/08/urban-meyer-pizza-ohio-state-michigan-state_n_4408739.html
The final thing from the weekend had to do once again with Cade Foster and his teammates. I’m sure all of you were glued to your TV last Friday night for the MAC championship between NIU and Bowling Green. For those of you who missed it I have no idea what the final score was only that Bowling Green won and upset NIU (I work with a bunch of guys that went there so I watched it for them) so I know what you are saying what in the world does the MAC game have to do with Bama and Cade Foster? During the game both kickers for Bowling Green and NIU kicked massive FG’s of well over 45 yards. They were dead center straight and one of the guys even kicked one from over 50. So like I do during football games I texted former Chicago Alumni Pres. Laura Jansen and said man I wish the Tide had one of these guys (her worse nightmare for as long as I have known her is a Bama game coming down to Field Goals)
Unbeknownst to me David Pollock from ESPN tweeted the same thing and sure enough Cade Foster, AJ Bear Bryant, The Snake and everyone that has ever played for Alabama took offense: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1879995-espns-david-pollack-takes-shot-at-bama-kicker-mccarron-and-others-fire-back?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football
Now I love Bama football and knowing that Foster is a kid I don’t want to pile on him that much but sometimes friends the truth freaking HURTS! What Pollock said was 100000% true Did Foster alone cost us the Iron Bowl of course not (I put most of the blame on Saban, the offense and defensive line and then Foster) but the point was that if we had a kicker from the freakin MAC we would be booking our ticket to California.
The last thing on the “Kick Six” last Sunday in Denver their kicker broke the record for the longest FG in NFL history (which is now 64 yards) here is a video of the kick. Forget the kick watch the o-line as the ball is in the air. http://deadspin.com/matt-prater-makes-longest-field-goal-in-nfl-history-1479200737 if you don’t think every special teams coach has drilled into the heads of the line the Kick 6 well this video proves otherwise.
I guess I have to discuss the nonsense that is coming from just about everywhere but Austin and T-Town (amazing that none of this is coming from Austin and T-Town isn’t it) Look I’m sure that Jimmy Sexton the most powerful man in college football is listening to Texas as every agent should. Hell he floated the story that Gus M (his other client) would love to coach at Texas in the future and amazingly he got a huge raise from Auburn but let’s not let the facts get in front of a good story: #1 If I were Texas I would get a coach that runs the spread offense which is the offense that pretty much every high school team runs in Texas #2 I would get a coach that can stop the spread offense #3 I would be getting a coach that was younger than the coach I was about to fire. Nick Saban is 0-3 in that department. Like all of you I’ve wasted a lot of time on this story but I like what Saturday Down South did with their 10 questions best:
http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/nick-saban-ten-questions/ #10 to me is the best example of why I don’t care what he does (and that is the truth) everyone and their brother thought that the St. Louis Cards were toast when Price Albert took the money and ran to The Angels. What have the Cards done since? Been to the playoffs twice, the World Series once while the Angels have finished in last and next to last since the deal. The point is Alabama is bigger than Nick Saban, it’s bigger than AJ, and it’s bigger than the Bear. If Saban leaves we either promoter Kirby Smart (my choice) or have our pick of just about every other coach in the country. And for those of you who think the world and Alabama will end if Saban leaves take a look at Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State and back in the day The U every one of them lost a big time coach and with a small hiccup here and there they all either won or are winning again. No one is bigger than Alabama. Thus ends the rant.
Dre Kirkpatrick was on the Bengals show called Beyond the Stripes on Tuesday: http://news.cincinnati.com/videonetwork/2921027923001/Beyond-the-Stripes-with-Dre-Kirkpatrick?BCNextUpID=52274465001_1&nclick_check=1 (he is getting his first NFL start this Sunday vs. the Steelers) he comes into the video at 12:15ish and answers questions about the Iron Bowl, Saban, living in a cold weather city (which is very funny) and how his career is going so far (it hasn’t been great) if you want to skip ahead to the 40:00 mark or so they teach him how to make a snow ball which is also funny.
For a chuckle at Auburn’s expense here is a nice article from Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/85198/hotsportstakes-the-shame-of-auburn-football
Finally, I’m glad I’m Jewish and don’t have to deal with putting up Christmas lights or keeping up with the Jones when it comes to displays. But I have to admit this is pretty cool even if it makes me want to puke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSDNnZr_u5s#t=66
This week we have three that’s right three big songs: Whenever I hear about Oklahoma I think of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iYY2FQHFwE “we don’t make a party out of lovin, we like holding hand and pitching wood” just kills me
For those of you going to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl make sure you stop into one of the bars to hear some music like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU0q8XemtSU
With Christmas music in the air I am always disappointed that this song doesn’t get more play: What would you rather here this gem from Robert Earl Keene or Santa Baby? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg (by the way he will be at Joe’s on Weed in March if you want to come see him.)
And last but not least in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: I have turned into a big softy especially when it comes to stories about kids. In the latest Sports Illustrated 90% of which I didn’t read because it was about the Iron Bowl there was a story on one of the little boys who died in the Newtown Shooting. I was reading this on the train and honestly I was getting teary eyed thinking about how this little boy could have been Maya or Jacob. And don’t get me started on the videos of soldiers surprising their families and kids at sporting events. ESPN did a great video around Veterans Day and I was actually crying at my desk at work watching it. And just so we won’t end this on a down note going out and playing in the snow with kids rocks. Make sure you try it!