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14th February
2014
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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.

Location:

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 rolltidechicago@gmail.com by March 10th so we can include you in our annual meeting for the board and committee.

 

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

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: 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

 

  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: 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.

 

  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 http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/93383/coker-lands-at-bama-with-lofty-expectations?src=mobile

 

 

  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. http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/10409093/espnw-softball-rivalry-heats-alabama-crimson-tide-auburn-tigers

 

 

  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: 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!

Marc

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5th December
2013
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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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