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1st May
2016
written by Todd Cheatham
Our Annual Speaker event will be on Monday, July 25th. Save the date. More details to come. RTR!
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10th April
2016
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

 

A-day is right around the corner.  Please note we will NOT be gathering at the Houndstooth or Around Round to watch the game.  Due to previous low attendance and a Cubs game at the same time, the board has decided not to schedule a viewing party this year.  The SEC Network will be showing the game at 2:00 PM CT.  Like most, I will be at home watching the game myself.

 

Currently the board is reviewing times and dates for our Annual Speakers event. There will be more information on this topic coming soon.

 

Attached below are comments from our past scholarship winner providing a “snapshot” of their previous year at the UA.

Keeley was our second scholarship winner. She is scheduled to graduate this May:

 

I cannot believe how fast my graduation date is approaching in May. I feel like the past four years here at Alabama just flashed before my eyes as I was standing in line to order my cap and gown. I have had the best college experience and I will be so proud to call UA my alma mater. My senior year has been such a blast; trying to take advantage of every moment I have left to be a student here. I went to all the home football games and even travelled to the big away games including the UGA game and Iron Bowl. I am slowly checking off my local restaurant bucket list. I went on weekend trips and long vacations with my friends, I have really taking in the beauty of the campus on my runs. I never turned down a sunny afternoon at Innesfree. I have loved sitting in left field at the new Joe Stadium cheering on the baseball team, and of course I am trying to finish off all my classes on a strong note.

Without my education at UA, I would have never landed the job I got as a financial planner with Plante Moran in downtown Chicago. I was accepted to their internship last summer and was extended an offer for a full time position starting this August; I could not be more excited! I loved what I did during my internship, and as a Chicago local, the city is unbeatable. I will dearly miss the 65 degree winters and laid back atmosphere of Tuscaloosa, but I am ready to start the next stage of my life. But before August rolls around, I have planned a celebratory trip after graduation. I will be backpacking for 5 weeks with some of my close friends to 14 different countries in Europe!

Looking back, my memories at Alabama will stick with me forever and are so precious to me. The four years I had at Bama really have been the cliché “best years of my life.” I am already planning my first visit back as an alumni, not as a student! I want to thank Roll Tide Chicago for helping me get to the University of Alabama in the first place and giving me something to look forward to as a future graduate.

 

Connor was our fourth scholarship winner. Here are his comments regarding his second year at the UA:

 

The University of Alabama has enabled me to excel not only in courses catering to my major, but also in other ways as well. I have almost finished my sophomore year at UA, I have been able to make connections and experience the culture that the South embodies. Throughout my freshman year, I was a little skeptical about the “Southern Traditions” the UA had to offer but, as my sophomore year quickly approached I began to embrace it. All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at UA and look forward to my future years to come. I plan to further my education by continuing on to Law School here at Alabama. Roll Tide!

 

Lastly, this will be my final “blast”.  My two year term as President has come to an end.  I have enjoyed being a part of RTC for the past 6+ years with the last two years as President.  These past two years have been filled with highs and lows but I would not trade them for anything.  Thank you for this opportunity.  However, you can’t get rid of me that fast!  LOL!  I will be serving on the board in an executive capacity as Past President, and I’ll be seeing ya at the viewing parties.  And there is no better way to end my term than with another National Championship. Woo Hoo…#16!

 

If you can’t be in T-town for a game, there is no better place to enjoy an AL football than in the Chicagoland area.  We have the best fans, alums, and parents.  I have cherished ever moment, conversation, viewing party, annual speaker’s event, etc.  I proud to mention RTC has had a very successful year.  This is a true testament to the time, energy, support and money everyone has given to ensure RTC will continue to thrive for many years to come.  As always, our major goal has been to fund our scholarship.  I look forward to the day we can offer a “full ride” to a high school senior from the Chicagoland area.

 

With this being said, I am proud to announce the upcoming 2016-2017 Executive team:

 

President – Jack Ayers

Vice President – Lisa Southerland

Secretary – Matt Wingard

Treasurer – Bobby Owens

Membership Chair – Linda Crutchfield

Past President – Todd Cheatham

 

I know we will give them the same support we have given previous leadership team.  Thank you for everything :) …and ROLL TIDE ROLL!

 

Todd Cheatham

President, Roll Tide Chicago

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9th January
2016
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

What a great time to be an AL fan! I know the privilege runs 24 / 7; however, if you’re a sports fan with another National Championship on the horizon, there is no better time to be prouder of our team.  Come what may I am happy with our team, the staff and Coach.  Roll Tide and let’s be ready to win #16.

No game is a given, and we still need to win this Monday. No team is entitled to a win.   AL needs to continue to practice, prepare and show up wanting a win but have no current expectations Clemson will lie down and simply give us the title.  Clemson hasn’t won a championship since 1981 and I know they will show up wanting to take home the title.  If we play with the same vigor as we did against LSU and MI ST, we stand a good chance to win, but again, no team is granted an entitlement.

I’m not a fan of predictions. Something called “temping faith”.  Others can tell me what their expectation are, however, I believe the celebrations are only entitled after the clock has counted down and the score is in our favor.  I know Coach will keep our boys focused on tactics and goals.  First a win, then, the celebrations.

At the beginning of each season we hear the same story: “The SEC is not as strong as it used to be”. It’s true no conference remains on top forever but the SEC always provides a decent showing.  And this year has been no different.  Last year nine teams went to a bowl game.  Seven won and two lost.  This year ten teams were sent to a bowl game.  Eight teams won and two lost.  Not a bad showing for a conference that is “not as strong as it used to be”, eh?  Is the SEC just as strong or weaker as compared to previous years or other conferences worst?

I have several MI ST fans and we have both were astonished by MI ST performance during the playoff. We and the MI ST fans expected a better challenge, and as MI ST fans have stated to me, they are not upset with Alabama (as we played with heart) but more so with their team.  So again I ask, is it the other conference who are weaker?  You decide.

My thanks to everyone who showed up at the NYE event. Beyond the win it was nice to celebrate the New Year Crimson Tide style. We had a great showing and I personally had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone. For those individuals who had over plans, I hope your New Year’s celebration was a successful and happy one.

It’s time for the last college football game of the season. Please come join us this Monday at 7:30 PM CT and watch #2 Alabama play against #1 Clemson.

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. Our city bar, The Houndstooth, is located at 3369 N Clark St. Send an email to info@houndstoothsaloon.com, Attn. Ryan and Jeanna, to reserve your table. Send your email today because a majority of the tables have already been reserved. Grab those tables while you can. If planning on watch the game at The Tooth, I would suggest arriving 2 hours prior to kickoff. Previous years during bowl games we always bring in a good crowd. It should be Standing Room Only with a line out the door. Come early or be prepared to stand during the game.

Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. The Houndstooth’s web site is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com. Another Round will be opened and ready to greet all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar.  I suggest arriving an hour before the game starts. Please wear your crimson and white to cheer on the Tide.

Our 2015-2016 season is coming to an end. Don’t forget to buy your t-shirt before the season is over.  In addition, Roll Tide Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our brand new shirt is designed to commemorate this special occasion. Stop by the membership desk and purchase yours.  Our memberships are as follows:

White level (single) – $25 and includes one shirt

Crimson level (duel) – $40 and includes two shirts

Houndstooth level (family) – $60 and includes four shirts

Single shirt purchase (non member) – $30 each

Additional shirt purchase (member) – $20

Also, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we are offering a pre-order polo design shirt. These shirts are of a higher quality and display our 10th anniversary commemorative logo, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The price for these one of a kind polo shirts is $40.

We accept cash, checks or credit cards. We have all sizes in men’s and women’s from small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large (the polo’s can be ordered in an XXXL size). Anyone of our board members can assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask.

Matt, Linda and Lisa will be available at The Tooth to answer any questions you may have. Jack, Cathy, Bob, Spencer and all the fans will be there to greet you at Another Round.  Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Lastly, I will be at the game. I attended the 2009 festivities in Pasadena but did not have a ticket.  This is my first opportunity to watch AL play for a National Championship from a stadium seat.  I’m excited and a bit nervous; hopefully, I will come back singing the praises of sweet 16!

Roll Tide Roll!

Todd Cheatham

President

 

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