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21st November
2013
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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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15th November
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

Where did the name “Million Dollar Band” come from?

The name “Million Dollar Band” was bestowed upon us in 1922 by W. C. “Champ” Pickens. In the 1948 Alabama football media guide, it is described this way: During a 1922 Georgia Tech game, won by the Yellow Jackets 33-7, an Atlanta sportswriter commented to Pickens, “You don’t have much of a team, what do you have at Alabama?” Pickens replied, “A Million Dollar Band,” due to the bands fundraising ability to get to the Georgia Tech game that year. 

Last week’s game was fantastic – I heard the Houndstooth and Another Round were rocking for the game.  I had the pleasure of being back in T-town for game and to be in the Bryant-Denny Stadium (BDS) as it swayed to the fans cheering and singing Dixieland Delight during a commercial break, Marc will expand on this and other things from the game in 4th and Goal below.  I will just share some pictures from the packed Quad pregame to BDS during the game.  Thank you to all the Roll Tide Chicago members who made it to our tailgate on the quad – the leadership for the NAA was impressed with how many of us RTCers were in T-Town for the game!

It’s hard to believe how quickly this football season has gone…only 3 regular season games left so make sure you make it to the Houndstooth and/or Another Round before the end of the regular season to cheer on the Tide with Roll Tide Chicago!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Mississippi Saturday; kickoffs is at 6:45 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Another Round patrons please know there is also a Blackhawks game at 7 pm on Saturday.

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!

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

I am FIRED up this week gang and it has little to do with the Tide continuing to roll last week vs. the Tigers. No since that game and even before I have been called an “elitist” a front runner, an SEC shill (OK they got me on that one) a communist and a guy that doesn’t know what I am talking about.  Those are the nice things. All because I happen to root for a team that is the two time defending national champion and 4 wins away from playing for a 3rd in a row. Which got me thinking Are we Alabama fans the new New York Yankee fans? Are we the fan base that every other team loathes not because we beat them or even play them but because we are the standard that they all hope to achieve and become? To all of that I say we are all guilty as charged but with a big BUT thrown in. You know what that BUT is? The product on the field. Alabama over the last 5 seasons is 70-7, have been ranked #1 more than all the other teams in the country combined, have been favored in an amazing 51 (and counting) games in a row has won three of the last four national titles, has had more players go to the NFL than any other team and just today received the commitment from the #1 DE in the country to come and play for the Tide next year giving them the #1 recruiting class once again. Oh and by the way their coach was just on 60 minutes and Showtime and both of our big games this year have been the most watched games of the year on CBS or any other channel for college football. So if that makes us elitists then I guess we are all guilty as charged. Just like the Yankees, the Steelers (for the most part) Duke or Kentucky basketball and Cubs fans (ha) we are big brother and we are the best. So puff your chest out adjust that Houndstooth hat or scarf and roll with it.  And trust me gang everyone (well maybe not SEC fans who want the SEC to keep winning) but everybody else is going to be rooting against the Tide the rest of the way.

For those of you who are on Facebook trust me when I tell you that there is no bigger waste of time than engaging in a college football debate with Big Ten Fans. Even with the facts on our side (Alabama if they win out will have played 4 teams currently in the BCS top 15 (OSU hasn’t played a top 15 team in 2 years) they don’t want to hear it. I actually had a guy tell me that the SEC was overrated because and follow the logic on this because ESPN and the SEC have the SEC network starting NEXT season ESPN wants SEC teams to be ranked higher than other conferences and the Big Ten. Never mind that the last time I checked there is no ESPN top 25 poll or how does that explain FSU being ranked higher and if they win out Baylor will end up higher than Ohio State. None of that seems to matter.  So once again gang, take my word for it don’t do it. Unlike the Tide you can’t win.

Now onto one of my favorite Alabama wins in some time. As you all know I love smash mouth football. Call me old fashion or maybe it’s because I grew up a wait for it, wait for it a Big Ten fan but for whatever reason I would rather watch Alabama or Stanford bleed the life out of a team like they did last week to LSU and Oregon that the fun and gun of Oregon or Baylor. I like what those teams can do to the scoreboard and its fun to watch (I’d watch Johnny Football any day of the week) but there is something to be said for here is our guy we are going to run it and you try and stop it. (on a related note this is what Auburn is doing with the read option which scares the heck out of me but that is for a couple of weeks from now) So I for one loved that the Tide took the ball after the greatest call in the Coach Saban era the fake punt and ran it down LSU’s throat. Here comes Yeldon, here comes Drake try and stop us. And as the seconds ticked down and Zack and his offense sat on the sideline we all came to see that for all the worries about our defense (And there are still plenty) our best defense this season is our offense. Be it the fun and gun of the A&M game or the power running game of Saturday. Keep this in mind if we play FSU in the Rose Bowl.

Because Jacob was sick with a cold, I couldn’t make it out to the Tooth on Saturday which leads me to point #2 about the game. If there is anything more pathetic than jumping off your couch ALONE to celebrate a touchdown or in my case when the Tide held them on 4th and 15 late in the game?  After I sat back down I looked around at my empty basement and thought boy that is really lame. Do you agree or disagree?

Is it me or does this year Coach Saban looks like he is having more fun than in the past? First there was the way he jumped up and down after Jones had that INT a couple of weeks ago. And then on Saturday there he was running and jumping into AJ’s arms and even smiling. My Dad called and asked did your TV just break? And I said no why and he said because Saban just smiled. I thought it was the end of world. Where is this emotion after you know winning the National Title?

Speaking of AJ and I will have more on him next week here is a great story that to me at least sums him up perfectly: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/can_we_appreciate_aj_mccarron_1.html

Laurel can speak to this more than me but I thought on TV BDS sounded louder than I ever remember it (It was loud and amazing). My buddy Kirz said the only time he can remember it louder was right after Mt. Cody blocked the Vols kick back in 2008.  During a timeout late in the game as Dixieland Delight filled the air in T-Town the crowd was so loud it made the stadium rock. Check out the video on the bottom and see for yourself: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/eli_gold_felt_byant-denny_stad.html

You never know who is going to show up on the sidelines at a Bama game. Did you know that on Saturday Derek Jeter was there as a guest of Alabama baseball coach Andy Phillips? Here is a short video interview with him on the field: http://www.rolltide.com/allaccess/# (if you can’t find it type in Derek Jeter in the search bar)

This week the Tide take on Miss State in another game that I like to call Please God don’t let anyone get hurt game. (Next week’s game is that game times 100,000) The Wise Guys in Vegas have the Tide as once again a 25 point favorite and I see no reason that they won’t win by that much if not more.

A couple of stats from last week caught my eye from around the SEC last week:

How bad has it gotten at Florida? Vandy not only beat Florida for the first time since 1988 but they won in the swamp for the first time since 1945. How did that happen you ask? Check out this sequence of events that took place during the game: In a morbidly emblematic sequence late in the fourth quarter, Florida had possession at the Commodores’ 41-yard line, trailing 31-17. On third-and-10, Vanderbilt safety Javon Marshall sacked Murphy for a 13-yard loss and officials flagged Murphy for intentional grounding. Going for it on fourth-and-23, Murphy lost 26 yards on a Caleb Azubukie sack and the Gators committed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Vandy took over with a first-and-goal at the Florida 10-yard line. That is not getting it done.

And finally as much as we don’t like to think about Auburn being any good (they are) check out this stat about their offense from the past couple of games: Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has attempted a combined 16 passes in his last three games. Why throw the ball when the Tigers (9-1, 5-1 SEC) are capable of notching a staggering 444 rushing yards (including 214 from Marshall) in a 55-23 rout of Tennessee (4-6, 1-5)? Auburn, which also got two return touchdowns, has improved from 80th to third nationally in rushing offense under first-year coach Gus Malzahn. “I still believe we can throw the football,” Malzahn said. “… But when you don’t have to, you don’t.” Somehow I believe that Alabama will force him to throw the ball a little and I am looking forward to seeing what UGA can do vs. them this weekend but the days of the Iron Bowl being a blowout are over.

This week the music is a little bit different. In honor of the game being in Starkville I give you one of the greatest and funniest SNL skits of the last 20 years: http://www.hulu.com/watch/536145

And finally this week with the 50th anniversary of the assignation of JFK they have had a lot of specials on about him (the two part American Experience on PBS was really good) Anyway this song always makes me think of him.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8roidAxzNzU. This is a version by my favorite Motown Singer Marvin Gaye the original by Dion is just as good.

This week in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Maya has started to become a little bossy pants and so last night she told me and I quote “Daddy this is how we are going to do it” and then went on to explain how bed time was going to go. As soon as she is able to Jacob has no shot when it comes to doing anything because Miss Maya is a girl that knows what she wants.

I hope to be at the Tooth (health permitting) Saturday.

RTR

Marc

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6th November
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

How often do Denny Chimes sound?

Every fifteen minutes.

What tune do the Chimes play?

“Westminster Peal,” the same as Big Ben in London. 

How many steps are there in Denny Chimes?  How many flights of stairs?

92 steps & 13 flights of stairs

It’s LSU game week & who isn’t ready to be back in the swing of Alabama football.  I will be headed back to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama vs. LSU game and will be tailgating again in the Quad with other Alabama alumni people.  I will bring back more pictures and stories for y’all – I know several other Roll Tide Chicagoans who will be in T-town for the game so hit me up if you want to stop by our tailgate on the Quad and make sure you post pictures of your visit on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/70751310545/ #RollTide.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. LSU Saturday; kickoffs is at 7 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Most the tables have been pre-reserved at the Houndstooth this week – we might still have one available for Sat. email rolltidechicago@gmail.com if you are interested in renting a table for the game.  The Dark Horse right down the street from the Houndstooth on Sheffield will be our official overflow bar in the city – so arrive early for a spot at the Houndstooth, Dark Horse or Another Round.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Southern in the City SEC Happy Hour

As a part of an effort to unify the SEC alumni chapters here in Chicago, Roll Tide Chicago hosting an SEC “Southern in the City” kickoff party. As a minority in Big 10 country all SEC presidents felt it important we come together as a group to have some laughs, share some drinks, and embark on some new and fun ways to better our chapters as well as our experience in The Windy City.

 

WHERE: Glascott’s

2158 N. Halsted St.

 

WHEN: Thursday November 7th, 2013

6pm – 8pm

 

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.

 

Long Sleeve T-shirts/Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

We only have about 10 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

We currently have most of the 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.

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Have fun at the Houndstooth or Another Round cheering on Alabama, but remember to Roll Tide!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

4th & Goal

It seems like years ago even though it was only 8 weeks ago that Alabama played anyone that we could all get worked up about. And boy should we all get worked up for the latest addition of the LSU/Alabama game of the century. And while this game doesn’t quite have the hype of the last couple (LSU losing twice tends to do that) it’s still LSU/ALABAMA. Just in case you need a little help in the hype department check this out: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1837356-the-hype-alabama-vs-lsu-the-next-chapter?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming

While it is true that LSU isn’t as good this year as they have been in years past (that tends to happen when you lose 9 guys from your defense) their offense scares me to death. Like Coach said earlier this week they have one of the best if not the best offense we have faced this year Somewhere Johnny Football is shaking his head) but his point is well taken. Sure it’s easy to say that our pass defense (minus the train wreck vs. A&M) is the best in the conference but when you play Ole Miss, UK, and the Vols it’s not exactly a murders row. Zach, the Mad Hatter and crew will give our defense all it can handle. The good news is that he isn’t a running QB like Manzel so our defense should be able to blitz and run the weird plays that Coach Saban and Smart are known for without worrying that Meck is going to run wild on them.  I see this game going the same as most people. Both teams throwing punches from the start with the Tide exerting it’s will as the game goes on. LSU will score but it won’t be enough as the Tide continues to roll behind our o-line and AJ. The Vegas Wise guys have the Tide a 12 point favorite and I believe they cover winning 28-14. The march for the threepeat will live on for one more week.

With Gameday coming to town ESPN has been doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff this week. Here is a short interview with Coach Saban which I find interesting only in the fact that it shows off his office and the athletic department that normally we don’t see: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9934935

I’m sure that most of us watched the 60 minute segment on the Tide that aired last Sunday. It did a great job I thought of showing Saban away from the field with interviews with Miss Terry showcasing that he isn’t just a football coaching machine. Showcasing his work with the Freshman CB Jackson was pretty interesting as was his work after the tornado which gets lost in the shuffle. But what I enjoyed the most were pictures of Saban looking like this:

This week with two NFL coaches needing to be helped off the field or in the case of the Broncos Coach John Fox the golf course I found this story on former Bama QB “Fat” Freddie Kitchens uplifting: http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/The-Comeback-Story-Of-Freddie-Kitchens/ededacd0-08be-40f4-8e3a-a8ef1c10cae9

I had no clue he was A) coaching the Cards B) sick. Good for him that he is back at it and helping Carson Palmer throw more pick 6’s.

If you are like me and you engage everyone and their mother in college football talk one thing that people always bring up to me is “Well Bama hasn’t played anybody” and my response to that nonsense is the season isn’t over yet. Luckily for us Outkick the Coverage answers the question of if the season plays out like we all hope it does which of the top 5 teams in the land play the most ranked teams currently in the BCS standings:

Alabama is the only team in the country that will play four top 15 teams in the BCS standings.

So can we stop with the Alabama hasn’t played anyone griping?

This week the Tide plays #13 LSU, the last week of the season Bama plays at #9 Auburn, and in the SEC title game Bama will likely play either #8 Missouri or #12 South Carolina. Already Bama beat #15 Texas A&M on the road in College Station.

Of the other undefeated teams against top 15 competition:

Florida State will play two — Clemson and Miami.

Oregon will play one — Stanford.

Baylor will play two — Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

Ohio State still hasn’t played a top 15 team under Urban Meyer in two years. I don’t believe that will change this year, but Michigan State would finally be in the top 15 if they ran the table.

Editor’s note this is going out before Thursday night football: I mentioned it last week but tomorrow (Thursday the 7th) is going to be the greatest week day night in the history of college football. Baylor and Oklahoma kick off at 6:30 CST on Foxsports1 and Stanford and Oregon at 8 CST on ESPN. My guess is every Nols and Buckeye fan in the land will be pulling for Stanford and Oklahoma BIG time tomorrow. What a great night of college football and it leads nicely into our game Saturday night.

After watching FSU destroy another top 10 team in the U last week I continue to hope that Oregon wins because I want nothing to do with the Nols.

This week in the song department: Two songs that honestly have nothing to do with football the game or anything other than the title of the song: The first the legendary Buck Owens and Buckaroo’s singing “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail” which is what I hope our boys do to the Tigers this weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBeOddejiGw (PS the suits these guys used to wear continues to amaze me. How do you play with all that stuff on?

And to continue to prove that I do in fact listen to music made this decade here is a new favorite of mine Blackberry Smoke with a song called Crimson Moon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GehsynlbXLU (check them out they have a lot of great video’s on youtube.)

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Going out to dinner with two kids solo (even with your parents) is a challenge to put it mildly.  You learn very fast how to eat standing up, with one hand and FAST like K Drake fast. There is nothing and I mean nothing fun about taking two kids out to dinner. Between feeding Jake, dealing with Maya wanting to run around or color or build a tower with the sweet and low packets you are just trying to not cause a scene, a mess or both.

This is why I will be flying solo this weekend at the Tooth. See ya there

RTR

Marc

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