Alumni

5th December
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.” Bear Bryant

I don’t have much to say, I think we are all still in shock and I know you don’t want to hear a bunch so I will just say that I am still and always will be Alabama & Roll Tide Chicago proud and that win or lose we do it together & we’ll live to fight another day.  Roll Tide Roll!

I will be going to the Houndstooth to watch the SEC Championship game Saturday…I think it will be good for us to rally behind the SEC and root for Mizzou!  Join me if you can!

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. Information is still being worked on for this event but Save the Date and make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party.

WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th

2pm – 5pm/6pm

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!

Roll Tide Chicago T-shirts

Still need the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt…they also make great Holiday gifts for friends and family. To order just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 8th!

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 – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com 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

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

4TH and Goal The Aftermath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CM7hlk2e34 (go to the 10 second mark and listen to the great Rex Kramer explain how we all felt after the game.) I start with this because I was in such a funk after the game on Saturday that I sat on the couch stewing over the worse loss any of us will ever experience and figured maybe Airplane! The movie could make me laugh. As this part played and he says of course not that would never happen (about falling in the mud and then getting kicked in the head with an iron boot) I thought that about sums up how we are all feeling.

Since Saturday night many experts are calling this the greatest ending to a college football game of all time, maybe the greatest college game of all time and plenty of other things. To me it’s simply the 3rd greatest ending in American sports history (walk off style) #1 now and forever will be the 1951 playoff win for the New York (baseball Giants) the famous Shot Heard Around the World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxzEC4ZH8DI the second started the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty the Immaculate Reception http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xMDIcsUMmA and finally there is our play from Saturday. (I won’t post it we’ve all seen it) The reason that this will go down in history is what was at stake, who was playing, and how it ended. Like the Dodgers and Giants it was two teams that don’t get along, the underdog won, the call will go down in history as an all-time classic Oh My GOD We’ve won the Iron Bowl! Etc. As for the Immaculate Reception it was a play so bizarre we are likely never to see it again, it pitted two teams that were very close and very good and it featured two coaches who would go on to win a lot of titles.  So get ready because this play will be shown from now until forever just like the Stanford Marching band play, the Doug Fluite Hail Mary and every other crazy ending. That is what makes this ending so bad. Just like Boston Red Sox fans had to watch the Bill Buckner play over and over and over and Cubs fans the Bartman play we now have “the Return” (editor’s note no play or game in American Sports history will ever top the Miracle On Ice but that was a game not a walk off win)

When Coach Saban loses an Iron Bowl he really knows how to lose an Iron Bowl doesn’t he? First the Cam Back now Kick Bama Kick.

When Coach Saban was hired all we could have asked for was to get Alabama into the top 10 and into the conversation for the BCS Championship each year. Consider that since 2008 we will have played in BCS Bowl games in 5 of the last 6 seasons with three of them being National Title wins I’d say that he has done his job and some. But even the best coaches, CEO’s, parents whoever have off days. It’s a shame that Nick Saban’s off day started with 10 mins or so left in the Iron Bowl.

I was all set to go into a tirade about how Coach blew this game 10 ways to Sunday but with a few days to cool off I won’t go down that road. Instead I will always wonder like the rest of you why he went for a 57 yard field goal instead of putting the ball in AJ’s hand in OT and trusting that CJ And the defense could get a stop. Or if this kid kicker was so good from 57 why couldn’t he kick one from 43 yards? Or why if he had no faith in Foster to make a 30 yard FG in the 4th quarter (the Yeldon 1 yard run stop) than turn around next drive and try a 44 yard FG instead of punting? And just know that this isn’t just on Saban: Bears head Coach Mark Trestman is getting put through the wringer for trying a 47 yard fg in OT on Sunday in a Dome on turf. (Just to put the 57 yarder into some sort of context) Bears kicker and Pro Bowler Robbie Gould is 94.6% from 40 yards or closer but only 63.3% from 47 yards and out. The shame of the Iron Bowl is that kick would have been good from 54 or 55 yards so maybe the future is bright with this kid going into next year. So in conclusion I have now gone from very very VERY upset like all of you to mad to now just disappointed that we will never know how the Tide would have done in OT. I will never understand how you can try and end a game that could have gone to OT with your best players not on the field.  That is what bothers me more than anything. (that and having to listen to Ohio State fans) By the way do you ever wonder how coaches sleep at night after losses like that? I know I didn’t sleep well at all on Saturday night how in the world did the Tide coaches sleep?

As tough as it is and it is TOUGH let’s look at the bright side: The Tide will finish in the top 10 once again, will play in their 5th BCS bowl game in the last 7 years, and should finish 12-1. Not too shabby with all of the guys that we replaced. Plus in the last three days we have gotten two big time recruits (both on defense for next year). Once they get the QB situation figured out the Tide will be right back in the mix next year. Don’t believe me read this: http://touchdownalabama.net/think-the-crimson-tide-dynasty-is-over-think-again/

I don’t buy 90% of this on how Saban reacts but it is a good article none the less: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/12/02/nick-sabans-post-loss-lessons/.

Now as we turn our attention to the rest of the season and pray for a Duke and MSU win John Feinstein who has forgotten more about college sports than any of us will ever know weighs in on the debate brewing between OSU (and it should be said FSU) and a one loss SEC team playing in the BCS game:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/florida-state-ohio-state-are-on-track-for-bcs-title-game-but-only-one-of-them-deserves-it/2013/12/01/730e9d74-5acd-11e3-a49b-90a0e156254b_story_1.html

And because Big Ten fans don’t seem to understand anything if you happen to get into an argument with them toss these numbers their way:

The Tigers play their second straight top five opponent this weekend.

Neither FSU nor OSU has played a single top five team all season.

What’s more, Auburn, if it beats Mizzou, will have four top 25 BCS wins, two in the top ten. That’s more than Florida State and Ohio State combined. (Neither FSU nor Ohio State would have a single final BCS top ten win. Auburn would have two. The Buckeyes would have two top 25 BCS wins, while Florida State would have just one, over Clemson).

And this: The Buckeyes gave up over 600 yards of offense and 41 points to Michigan, a team that now has five losses on the season.

After two full seasons as head coach of the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer has still not played a top 15 team and Ohio State hasn’t even played a top ten in the regular season team since 2009. The Buckeyes haven’t beaten a top ten team in the regular season since 2006.

Yes, these stats are real. (I’m using the AP poll rankings for this data, FYI).

With Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State, it’s possible that Ohio State will be without a single top 25 BCS win this regular season.

If I were a voter I would vote the Winner of the SEC over both FSU and Ohio State going into the final vote and I would have Auburn #1. But I don’t and I sure as hell don’t want Auburn in the finals so I am pulling for FSU/OSU or Mizzu to win. (Of course in the perfect world Duke and MSU would win and we would be playing the winner of the SEC championship) can you imagine Iron Bowl II?

Not that any of us care but a couple of stories from this past weekend:

ESPN ran over the Miss State Bulldog mascot on Thursday breaking her leg: http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/11/29/msu-student-mascot-expected-to-be-ok-after-suffering-broken-leg-during-egg-bowl/?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

Southern Miss who we play next year broke a 2 year losing streak at Legion Field of all places by beating UAB. The game kicked off an hour before the Iron Bowl and reports are that there were roughly 3500 people in the stands at the old Iron Lady or whatever they call Legion Field.

Do you realize that if Texas beats Baylor on Saturday they will split the Big 12 title? Maybe Miss Terry won’t need that house in Austin after all.

This week in songs: The first one is my all-time favorite John Lennon solo song click to the 2:54 second mark to understand why I am posting this:

Finally, AJ in his always classy post game comments referenced this song. Growing up my sister and I most have watched this movie 100 times so next time you see me ask me and I can belt out most of the songs. (You better believe I am proud of this fact) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Jq0hWvA2g

In this week’s addition of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Kids can tell when you are upset so when I walked in the door on Saturday after the game Maya came up and said something to the effect of its ok Daddy its ok. (I honestly don’t remember much of what I did on Saturday night after the game I think I was still in shock)  I’m sure either Shana or my mother in law put her up to it but it was nice that she did it. Like all parents I hope she never has to experience a game like that again but as a future sports fan I know she will.

Try and keep your heads up root like heck for the Blue Devils, Sparty, and the Mizzu Tigers and who knows maybe we’ll make it to Cali after all.

RTR

Marc

 

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29th November
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact:

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger is a food drive that UA and Auburn have hosted for 20 years now.  They have collected more than 3 million pounds of nonperishable food for families in Alabama.  This year UA won by collecting 299,398 pounds of food to top Auburn University’s collection of 169,702 pounds of food. This year they allowed alumni to donate food to their communities’ food banks and allowing UA to get create for the amount collected.  Let’s try to do this next year and help UA beat Auburn by even more!

Can you believe it’s already the Iron Bowl?  What a difference a year has made and we now have an Iron Bowl of #1 vs. #4.  It will be great game so I hope wherever you are for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that you will join other Alabama fans to cheer on the Tide in this Iron Bowl.  Here is the list of alumni associations throughout the US and where those chapters watch the Crimson Tide http://alumni.ua.edu/chapters. We will have our watch parties at the Houndstooth in Wrigleyville and Another Round in Downers Grove to cheer on the Tide.  I will leave Marc and the 4th & Goal to talk more about the Iron Bowl!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Auburn Saturday; kickoffs is at 2:30 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.

Note: Most the tables have been pre-reserved at the Houndstooth this week…So arrive early for a spot at the bar.  The Dark Horse right down the street from the Houndstooth on Sheffield is our official overflow bar in the city & will also have sound on for the game Saturday – so arrive early for a spot at the Houndstooth, Dark Horse or Another Round!

All bars will open at 11 am on Saturday.  Just remember that many of the tables are reserved…so if you get there when the bar opens that does not mean you’ll get a table!

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

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. Information is still being worked on for this event but Save the Date and make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party.

WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon

3369 N. Clark

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th

2pm – 5pm/6pm

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!

Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

Still need the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt…they also make great Holiday gifts for friends and family. If you cannot make it to one of the bars to get your membership and T-shirts no problem, just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 6th!

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 – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com 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

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round to cheer on Alabama!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4TH and Goal The Iron Bowl

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if you heard but there is a little football game this weekend down on the Plains. 11-0 vs. 10-1 #1 in the country vs. #4 the last 4 BCS National Champs and it just happens to be in the Iron Bowl plus all of the other stuff rolled into one. While I don’t pretend to be an Alabama football historian it seems to me that this game might trump them all. From The Snake’s run in the mud to Punt Bama Punt, the kick, Bo Goes Over the top, honk if you’ve sacked Brodie to the Drive and the Camback this game on Saturday might put all of those to rest. (Also is it me or does Auburn have snazzy names for all their wins over the Tide? Not since 1973 have both teams been ranked in the top 5, never before has the Iron Bowl decided the SEC West (which honestly is amazing to me) we all know what it means to the Tide one step closer to the three-peat, another SEC West Title and continuing as #1 in the country. For Auburn if they win the Iron Bowl and then go on to win the SEC they have an outside chance to get into the BCS National title. But more importantly for both teams it is bragging rights to the 100%. Even more than in years past this game will give the winner bragging rights for the year. If we win its status quo Auburn while vastly improved from the last couple of years is still little brother looking at the Big brother through the glass door nose pressed to the glass wishing and hoping they were as cool as us as we take Ms. Alabama out on a date while they count toilet paper rolls. If Auburn wins it ends the AJ/CJ/Bama/SEC/BCS dynasty (at least for this year) the loss will not only be a crushing blow to all of us but to the rest of the SEC as well. Because unless Winston gets arrested in Florida or Ohio State gets lost getting to Lucas Oil Field they aren’t losing. On a personal note I will have to eat a lot of crow since all season I talk up the SEC and Alabama and let’s just say that I’m not always nice about the Big 10. So if Alabama loses not only will we have to live with Auburn rubbing our noses in it but also every Big 10 fan I know will jump all over me.  Not that any of you need any help from me in this department but here is a video to get your blood boiling: (Hype Video)  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1864844-the-hype-get-ready-for-the-greatest-iron-bowl-yet?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming

Because I am not from Alabama and I didn’t know many Auburn fans from college I wanted to learn a little bit more about the Iron Bowl from their point of view. (On a side note while my time at Alabama wasn’t always the greatest when it came to football I did see the Tide win 2 Iron Bowls including the last one at Legion Field in 1999). With that said I have asked a couple of special guests to share their stories about the Iron Bowl from the Auburn side of things. One is a house divided and the other was a dancer for the Tigers whose parents both went to Alabama. How do you live in a house divided this week? How do you end up at Auburn when both of your parents went to, met and fell in love at Alabama: Like they say on Law and Order these are their stories:

Brooke Wilson’s parents met and fell in love while at Alabama during the glory years of the Bear. Growing up in Birmingham you’d think that her brothers and sisters would fall in line. Instead Brooke as the youngest of 3 followed both her brother and sister to Auburn and never looked back. As she said “There was never any doubt in my mind that I would go to Auburn in fact I didn’t even apply to Alabama. While this didn’t go over well with her parents they were powerless to stop her. Not only a picture of her brother with Bear Bryant as a young boy (in which he is crying) could stem the Tide.  Brooke as it turned out not only went to Auburn but was on the dance and sprit team. When I asked her if she and her siblings can watch the Iron Bowl with her parents I got a big HECK NO “That would be miserable and is something I hope to never experience.” She continued: My mother is the definition of a southern Belle but when it comes to Alabama football, watch out. You know the hate you (meaning me) you have for Auburn, well, imagine having that hate towards your Mom’s favorite team. You almost feel bad about it. As part of the Tiger Paws for 3 years Brooke got a front row seat for the Iron Bowl. And as a student from 02-06 she never saw a loss. She is proud of the fact that while she was on the field for the “honk if you sacked Brodie game” she never put on the bumper sticker.  I asked her what this year’s Thanksgiving conversation was going to be and she said that while she and her brother talk about it on the side they don’t bring it up with her Mom and Dad as they don’t want to get kicked out of the house. Finally I asked her how much money she contributed to the Cam Newton slush fund: Not nearly enough she said with a laugh. Worth every penny we love love, love Cam Newton in our house.

Meanwhile the same can’t be said for the Coleman household. Unlike Brooke that only has to deal with her parents when she is at their house, Jeff and Leslie live with each other 365 days a year. As a house divided they have no choice.  I spoke with both of them separately; Leslie the Auburn grad started things off when I asked how they met and how long before the conversation turned to the Iron Bowl. “We met on a blind date she said in Charleston after we were both out of school. Because it was a blind date I knew going in that Jeff went to Alabama but I figured none of the guys I had dated at school had teeth so I figured I would give him a shot (I might have made part of that answer up) she went on to say that Jeff had her “fooled” (again not very hard when you are talking about a Bama grad fooling an Auburn grad) because as she said Bama was in the middle of the 10 year slump and Jeff didn’t care that much. But once Coach Saban came boy the lights went on…When I asked her what the day of the Iron Bowl is like now her answer is pretty much the same as mine. Pre-kids it was college game day then going to a bar or watching at home with friends. Now its kids/family time and prey they go to sleep for kickoff. We trade off depending on who’s game is on first and if it is night game we do a lot of pausing of the game (I can relate to this) When I asked if they watch both teams together she said yes because if the Tide wins she is happy for Jeff. But she did say that when Auburn wins this year it will be even sweeter than normal. With two kids I asked who gets to pick the kids game day outfits (As I am friends with Jeff’s Sister Amanda I only see the Bama pictures) I was surprised to learn that it just depends on who gets up first to get them dressed. When I asked if they would watch this year’s game together she immediately said NO WAY it’s too dangerous for all involved. But the kids will be with me I asked her how this week or year affects her and Jeff. I have to say her answer surprised me: “as a 4th generation Auburn Grad this year makes it more fun. But because I can’t personally affect the game I don’t stress over it that much. The extra tension around the discussion and pre-game I could live without.”   Shockingly they don’t have any bets on the game although she did say that they will now that I asked (sorry Jeff) When I asked her how much she contributed to the Cam Newton slush fund I believe she sent the message to me in Morris code since I can’t read it. Jeff responded in much the same way to most of the questions. When I asked how long it took him to figure out she went to Auburn on that first date he said 15 minutes and yet after learning this information he didn’t mind.  When I asked about the Iron Bowl week he said that this year has been a little different but that he is/was more worried about Miss. State than Auburn even after the UGA game. “I’ll take the mentally and physically prepared team over the lucky team any day. “ When I asked if he planned to watch the game with her he said we tried it once and we lasted less than a quarter. So no we will not be watching. The last couple of years have been rough on Leslie and I expect it to continue this year.

So there you have it gang. For those (Like Shana) who call it “Just a game” this game separates moms and daughters and husbands and wives. And frankly I have no idea how the loser in the Coleman household can sleep with winner on Saturday night. I honestly don’t think I could.

For a great column on why Auburn is lame: http://www.andthevalleyshook.com/2013/9/19/4750624/why-literate-people-should-hate-auburn

For a complete breakdown on Alabama vs. Auburn from an offense and defense: http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2013/11/25/5144296/alabama-vs-auburn-stat-comparison

Finally as far as the links go take trip back in time to the Bear Bryant show. There is so much about this clip that kills me. First of all I honestly can’t understand Coach Bryant in 75% of this. Second when they just dump the bag of chips into the bowl and he pops open the Coke. Can you imagine Coach Saban shilling for Golden Flakes and Coke like this? Finally I love the video of the game is from the coaches’ video and not the TV broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhHnU3T6wg

Ok enough Marc what is your prediction? This game will come down to one thing and one thing only. If Alabama can control the line of scrimmage on defense and keep the Auburn offense off the field (like they did vs. LSU and for the most part vs. A&M) the Tide win and win BIG. If Auburn can get their running game going and keep the crowd in the game we might be in for a long afternoon. But when push comes to shove I just can’t imagine AJ and the offense not being able to move the ball at will vs. Auburn’s defense. I think the Tide weather the storm at the start of the game and as the 3rd quarter comes to a close the Tide starts to pull away. Just like vs. LSU and A&M our best defense is our offense. The Tide wins the Iron Bowl, the West and move one step closer to the BCS National Title with a VERY hard fought and emotional 35-21 win.

We all love football but the game is changing before our eyes. From the targeting rule to almost a flag football mentality when it comes to protecting the QB’s (more so in the NFL) than in college in 10 years the football we know and love will be a totally different game. Is that good or bad? Hard for me to say. It’s not like the Hunger Games where people are tossed into a ring with no hope of getting out alive. These guys know the risks and still toss their bodies around like rag dolls.  The best sports writer working today Rick Reilly has an interesting take on watching football. Do you feel this way watching CJ, Coop, TJ and Ryan Kelly each game? http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9932209/nfl-becoming-guilty-pleasure

Finally since I know this is really long how bad are things right now at Florida? It is safe to say that the loss to Georgia Southern ranks as one of the worse losses in SEC football history and is by far the worse loss of all time at the Swamp. I once again will ask the question that all Florida fans most be asking. How in the world does a school like Florida lose to a team like G. Southern? And how is it possible they can’t find a good if not great QB? This week we could see an SEC team and one that won 11 games just a year ago lose by 50+ points simply an amazingly bad year down in the swamp.

The song this week is another example of guys having too much time on their hands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG6zYRTY5fw&feature=youtu.be

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: With Hanukkah starting this week Maya made her list for Hanukkah Harry and it consisted of the following: Tape, yarn, gum, Band-Aids, Lightening McQueen sheets, the movie Planes and did I mention tape? When your kid says Daddy I want to play with my yarn and tape you get very creative very fast on the type of games you can play.

Roll Tide everybody. Let’s cheer extra hard this weekend (we might just need it).

Roll Tide Roll

Marc

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21st November
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

How many seats did the original University of Alabama stadium hold?

12,072

Today’s official capacity of Bryant Denny Stadium is 101,821

Can you believe next weekend is the last regular season game and it will be a big Iron Bowl this year…but don’t forget we play Chattanooga this Saturday.  So if you are not heading out of Chicago for Thanksgiving make sure you make it to the Houndstooth and/or Another Round to cheer on the Tide with Roll Tide Chicago!  We have a lot of people already letting us know that they will be visiting Chicago for the weekend and plan on making it to the Houndstooth or Another Round to cheer on the Tide.  Tables will be able to be reserved for the Iron Bowl at the Houndstooth email them at htsaloon@aol.com or us at rolltidechicago@gmail.com for more information on reserving tables for the Iron Bowl.

If you need to find out where to watch the Iron Bowl if you are headed out of Chicagoland look for chapters and watch locations here: http://alumni.ua.edu/chapters.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Chattanooga Saturday; kickoffs is at 1 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Note this week’s game is on PPV so join us at one of our viewing partied to catch the game!

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

We are starting to run out sizes of the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirts so make sure to pick-up your t-shirts before supplies run out at the Houndstooth or Another Round!!  If you cannot make it to one of the bars to get your membership and T-shirts no problem, just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  Our shirts make great holiday gifts to other family members who might not live in Chicago!  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 6th!

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 – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com 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

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round to cheer on Alabama!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

4th & Goal

The Calm before the Storm and an Ode to AJ:

Since we are a week away from what could go down as the biggest Iron Bowl of all time we will leave the Iron Bowl talk for next week (for the most part) so let’s get onto the matter at hand this week vs. the Mocs. With the historic signing yesterday in Illinois legalizing gay marriage I think it is time that I come out and say that I have a man crush on AJ McCarron. It is fun to play the Mt. Rushmore game you know who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of this or that (pick four people etc) not to be confused with your list of 5 (everyone knows what I am talking about) and mine when it came to sports has been set for a long time: Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, Anthony Munoz and Kenyon Martin but now as much as it pains me to say Kenyon is getting chipped off and AJ is getting put on. What is not to like about this guy (minus his GAWD Awful tattoo?)

He is everything you would want in a player that represents your school. He cares more for the greater good of the team than his own stats. His work with the Children’s Hospital around Alabama is well known, he has already graduated and he is dating Ms. Webb. (http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/10/aj_mccarron_puts_an_end_to_the.html answered that question on 10/8/13) What’s not to like?  As much as I would love to see him win the Heisman he has as much chance of winning as I do which is ok. The guy is a winner and a leader the likes of which if things break the Tide’s way this year could be unprecedented in college football history. Currently as a starter he is 35-2! He has the chance to go down as one of the greatest college football players of all time if the Tide wins out this year. And while none of us know what type of pro he will be (I think he will be good if not great) I think that like Christian Latner in basketball he could be on the short list of best of all time. As I am sure that most of you know he is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week and they bring up all of these points. I guess my point in all of this is more than any Tide or college player in my life time I am going to miss him next year no matter what happens. I keep reminding all of us to savor the time we are in with Alabama football and not seeing AJ under center next year is going to be a big shock to all of our systems. So on Saturday when the Tide is laying waste to the Mocs remember to cheer as AJ jogs off the field we hope after the first quarter because there is a good chance that we might never see a winner or leader like him again.  And while this video doesn’t include highlights from this year it’s still fun to remember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNKjjiQL8tk (one other thing I never get tired of seeing how excited he gets to run up and hug the guy that catches the pass.)

One reason that AJ might not get the Heisman is because he might not be the best player on the team: Another tip of the cap needs to go to CJ Mosley who every time the Tide are on CBS they remind us that he wasn’t even on the field for every play last year: Here is a great article and video highlights for the other big time senior that we will miss next year: http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2013/11/20/5123438/a-salute-to-the-2013-alabama-seniors-c-j-mosley

As I mentioned above AJ is on the cover of SI this week. While we are all impressed and running out to get the latest issue (the 17th time the Tide has been on the cover since Coach Saban took over) let’s just say that Saban has a slightly different view: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/nick_saban_you_think_i_sit_aro.html

Now I know Coach Saban is busy and all but how much tape does one man need to watch where he can’t go down to the Ferg and buy a copy of SI with his QB on the cover? Or watch a little TV from time to time?

This week in the stats that caught my eye Alabama version:

Alabama has occupied the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 13 consecutive weeks this season and 14 in a row dating to last season. Only six other teams — 1943 Notre Dame (nine weeks), 1945 Army (nine), 1971 Nebraska (14), 1972 USC (14), 1999 Florida State (16) and 2004 USC (16) — were ranked No. 1 for an entire season.

Alabama’s 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday also secured the Tide’s sixth consecutive 10-win season. In 118 seasons of football, the Crimson Tide have won 10 games or more 33 times, tied with Oklahoma for the most in major college football history. Nebraska (28) and Michigan (26) are next.

53st straight game Alabama has been favored
Favored by an average of over three touchdowns during those 53 games
Last time not favored: 12/5/2009 vs. Florida and I think I saw but don’t quote me on this that the Tide is already a 12 point favorite in the Iron Bowl.

And while I still think our pass defense is a little slow at times: The top-ranked Crimson Tide is still among the top-10 nationally in rushing yards allowed per game, passing yards allowed per game, third down conversions, first downs allowed and total defense. It’s given up the fewest touchdowns (12) and the fewest points per game (10.2) in all of college football.

If the Tide wins out and they would have played 5 teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25. The other 3 undefeated teams combined have played 5.

While we all wait for the Iron Bowl next week please remember what you buy and what you wear because Big “Al” Brother is watching: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/11/from_rammer_jammer_and.html#incart_big-photo

With the Iron Bowl next week and after the amazing finish to the Auburn game here is a video of Coach Saban reacting to the news that the Tigers won: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6OEaUM9NOo#t=46

In other news from around college football Urban Meyer is whining about the BCS because that is what Urban does (instead he should be complaining to the other Big Ten Coaches to get their act together.)

I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV so I will leave it up to you to read all the latest on the FSU and J. Winston mess brewing down in Florida. Just another reason I’m glad we have AJ as our QB.

In case you weren’t paying attention USC has somehow turned the corner from being a dead program and team under the Wunderboy Lane K and is now beating teams like Stanford. Maybe Coach O is that good of a coach or maybe it’s simpler that Lane couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Plus it gives me an excuse to link this commercial again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX7wzhMvbzo

For this week in music: How can you go wrong with Barry Manlow? OK you can go plenty wrong but close your eyes and try and imagine the Bear sitting on his back porch cig in one hand glass of bourbon in the other listening to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXO1h4d7aoM (skip to the 3 min. mark to hear the song)

And finally Pearl Jam has been covering this song for a long time but I think they are playing it better now than ever before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGijfdW1DcM

In this week’s addition to things I didn’t know until I was a dad: Ok I did know this but it is worth repeating for all of you who are expecting at the moment or who one day plan on getting pregnant do all of us a favor and make sure you never record a video like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ1oxXod9TQ#t=99

Roll Tide Roll

Marc

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