Archive for September, 2010

17th September
written by Matt

Roll Tide, Chicago!

Wow, was it blazing hot in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. I have taken my husband, Greg, with me to T-town for a football game twice previously. Both times, it was cold. Not Alabama cold, but actually cold cold. He was disappointed, having heard for so long about the famous Alabama heat. Careful what you wish for!

This week in Chicago
Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m. Just a reminder that there are three rooms at the Houndstooth. And the best part about the back two is that there’s plenty of room to stand with good view of the TVs. Just stop by the Roll Tide Chicago table inside the front door for your membership and t-shirt before you head back there.

Speaking of t-shirts, they will be available for purchase online starting this weekend. We add $5 to online orders for shipping, and processing/shipping time is 4-6 weeks. For those of you who can’t make it to either the Houndstooth or Another Round this season, go to get your membership and t-shirts.

We will be conducting another raffle this year to benefit the scholarship fund. As you may remember, we had lots of fun prizes last year, from signed Bama gear to restaurant gift cards. Anybody who has a lead on a prize, please come to the Roll Tide Chicago table and tell us about it! Or, email us at Maybe you work somewhere that has cool merchandise. Or maybe you’re a regular at a restaurant that would be willing to give a gift certificate.

Notes from Tuscaloosa
I am not a celebrity person; I don’t get excited by seeing or meeting famous people (well, there would be a few exceptions). But we were staying at the Hotel Capstone, and had a few fun celebrity sightings: Erin Andrews walked close enough to my husband that if he’d breathed he probably would have gotten arrested, and Marc Ingram was so close to me, I could have pinched him (and also probably gotten arrested). Also saw Trent Richardson, Dont’a Hightower, Nico Johnson and shared an elevator with A.J. McCarron. Every one of them (Erin included) had earbuds in, probably because they don’t want crazy fans talking to them.

The bartender at Buffalo Phil’s in Tuscaloosa was wearing one of our shirts on Saturday. Whichever of you is the buddy of his who flew in for the game and gave it to him, thanks for the cross-country publicity! And also at Buffalo Phil’s, there was this crazy woman trying to dance on top of the bar when they played Sweet Home Alabama. (And, no, it wasn’t me.) They made her get down, so she spent the next hour trying to bribe the bartender with $5.

Read about the Penn State perspective on Southern hospitality here: Fans on both sides were very respectful towards each other indeed. Of course, Penn State doesn’t play in the SEC, or it would be different, I’m sure.

Stopped by the GameDay set for the last 10 minutes of the show. My favorite sign: “I bought this sign from A.J. Green.” NCAA hypocrisy notwithstanding, that was funny.

Finally, the vice president of the Orlando alumni chapter stopped me on the street to talk about our t-shirt. I was wearing the new one, and she loved the ChicAgo logo. She wants to steal it for Orlando. (OrlAndo, get it?) I don’t really want to get in a grudge match with other chapters, but get your own logo, Orlando!

Everyone’s favorite feature is below. See you all Saturday!


Random Thoughts by Marc

  • Am I the only one that is still baffled at times by the play calling of the Tide? When you have a running game like we do and on first down you try and go deep which is fine, but it is incomplete, why then do you continue to throw the ball twice more? Alabama should never ever go 3 and out throwing the ball. I think it was either Woody Hayes, or maybe Mike Shula, who said three yards and a cloud of dust is how you win games, and I agree.
  • After the game I was pontificating to my buddy Kirz (the biggest Bama fan I know – the guy became a pilot to fly to the games, I wish I was making that up) about how I was worried about the defense and how it was giving up yards to a freshman QB. He kind of stopped me in my tracks by reminding me that in two games we have given up 6 points. I think next week vs. Arkanasas and Ryan Mallet we will know for sure what type of defense we have.
  • I know that pre-Saban Alabama wasn’t very good but I don’t remember us ever getting spanked like the Vols did last week at home vs. Oregon. 45 straight un-answered points. Wow that is a butt-kicking. And I loved every second of it.
  • Speaking of the Vols, there was a report out that Derek Dooley brought his team together and showed them how to properly shower. Yes that’s right the Vols who can’t stop anyone on defense apparently aren’t smart enough to know the proper way to shower.
  • What a joke the Heisman trophy has become. What did Reggie Bush do to be forced to give back his award? Did he take steroids? Did he shave points? Did he gamble on games? Nope his family took money and if you believe that he is the only Heisman winner to take money from agents I have some swamp land in New Jersey to sell you. This award to me has been a sham for a long time (Mark Ingram winning not withstanding) but it is really pathetic that Reggie Bush was forced to give his award up. What are the reasons? We all saw him dominate on the field and lead USC to the BCS championship game. Are we suppose to forget how great he was on the field? His family taking money has NOTHING to do with how he did on the field.
  • Best line of the weekend, from Mike Lupika on the Sports Reporters on Sunday morning: It’s a good thing that Michigan beat Notre Dame because otherwise they (ND) would have given Brian Kelly a 10 year contract and a 5 million dollar raise.
  • Have you guys seen Tom Brady’s hair? It’s a cross between Brody Croyle’s and a mullet. Too bad he still can see just fine as he torched my Bungles on Sunday.
  • Like our most famous alumni Forest Gump once said “I’m not a smart man” but can someone please explain to me what the heck is going on in the new Viagra commercial? Have you seen this yet? Guy is driving his black Mustang while the Howlin Wolf song Smokestacks Lighting plays in the back ground. He stops at a gas station in the middle of nowhere because the car is overheated and pours water into the engine. Then he hops back into the car and at the end pulls into his garage and there is an upstairs light on in his house. What in the world does any of this have to do with taking Viagra? Just an incredibly dumb commercial.
  • How is it possible that One Tree Hill is still on the air? Do you know anyone that has ever watched that show? [Not a question to be asked by someone who admits to watching Greek on ABC Family. -Laura]
  • In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I became a dad: Am I the only one that finds it insane that a Halloween custom for a baby is $35 bucks? Shana and I stopped by one of those Halloween shops yesterday to look for a costume for Maya, and the one I liked (a cow) was $35. Do they not realize that the kid will grow out of it by Nov?



9th September
written by Matt

Roll Tide, Chicago!

Any of you interested in running for Mayor? I hear the job is open again, at least until the next Daley wants a crack at it.

I’ve made myself a promise this year: every email will not only contain football information, but also something new or interesting about the University. In that spirit, our first item…

UA Early College
This is the second year of Alabama’s UA Early College. This is a program for high school students anywhere in the country, so, yes, your student here in Chicago can take online courses at Alabama and received college credit for them. There is also opportunity for on-campus classes during the summer. Find out lots more about UA Early College here:

Road Game Activities
If you are going to any away football games this year, check out that local chapter’s activities. They always have something going on. For example, the North Carolina Triangle Chapter is hosting an event for the Duke game, the East Tennessee Chapter is doing something before the Vols game, etc. So if you’re going on the road, you can find fellow alumni friends. You’ll see a list of these activities at Scroll down, and on the left hand side, you’ll see “2010 Events for Road Football Games.”

This Week in Chicago
Alabama vs. Penn State has a 6 p.m. kick-off. Join us at the Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark St. in Chicago) or Another Round (5141 Main St. in Downers Grove). If the Tooth is too crowded, you can always mix it up with the Penn State crowd at the Dark Horse down the street! Oh, and one tip on the new Houndstooth: it has three rooms, so keep moving back if that first room is packed. At the back of the first room, turn right–and yes, it looks like you’re about to walk into the kitchen, but don’t do that–turn right again, and you’re in the houndstooth wallpaper room. At the end of that room, turn left, and there’s the “library.” There was plenty of space in those back two rooms last week.

The Houndstooth is offering an unlimited tailgate special this Saturday from noon-3 p.m. with burgers, brats and chips for $8.99 and the normal game-day specials in your stadium cups (be earth-friendly and bring those cups back each week!).

I will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend sweating out of my eyelids, it’s going to be so hot. I know you all will miss me, but try and contain yourselves.

Quick thoughts on my way out:

  • Thank you to everybody who has volunteered to be on our Student Recruitment Committee. We doubled our goal of volunteers! If you’re still interested, but haven’t told us yet, send an email with your contact information to
  • Get your Roll Tide Chicago membership and t-shirt at one of our host bar locations. Remember that a portion of your dues supports our scholarship fund. And because the scholarship fund exists in perpetuity, your contribution will last longer than that t-shirt! (Although I do still have some t-shirts from the 70s.)
  • Did you know? The UA National Alumni is among the nation’s leading public-university associations, ranking among the top 10 in alumni support. Join the National Association at
  • This week’s edition of Things that Pop Into Marc’s Head is below.

Until next week,


Random Thoughts from Marc

  • I guess the Tide didn’t miss Mark Ingram much, but I still would rather he get healthy before the SEC games start than rush him back vs. the Nittney Lions. It’s a nice problem to have, isn’t it?
  • Since I was at a wedding on Saturday night, I didn’t get to watch the game but I was following it along on my blackberry. So when I saw that McElroy was out of the game, I had thoughts of Mike Shula keeping Brody Croyle in the game a few years back and then he tore his ACL vs. the powerhouse that is Western Carolina. So I was relieved to find out he was just getting a breather so the backups could get some time with the first team.
  • Can you imagine how good Julio would be if we had a pass-first offense?
  • If you read one college football column read Pat Forde’s Forde Yard Dash on It is always funny and drops little nuggets like this: Joe Pa is so old he has been coaching 27 years after Bear died. That is amazing.
  • I think the Tide picked a good time to be really good because judging by week one ,the SEC is not up to the level that we are used to. Florida post Timmy T, LSU, and should we even mention Ole Miss, all looked very average. I know you can’t take away much from game one, but I had no idea that Florida was going to miss Saint Tebow as much as they did.
  • Ok onto Boise’s win vs. Va Tech. Here is my first rant about the BCS and it is only week one. After the game our good friend Kirk Herbstreit said that on a neutral field for one night or game Boise State can win vs. anyone, which is 100% correct. But why should Boise or for that matter any team be judged on one game? In no other sport does one win or loss count as your entire season. It is crazy to judge one team on one game, and the fact that Boise is now going to playing for the national title if Bama or Ohio State loses is a joke. This is no knock on Boise—who is doing what they need to do—but how can a system like this exist?
  • You know it is a big BIG weekend of college football when Notre Dame vs. Michigan is the 4th or maybe 5th best game of the week. Of course they will be the first highlights played on college football recap.
  • You know what I really don’t like? Companies that use letters instead of numbers when they list their phone number. I don’t want to have to look down and spell your name, so just give me your number please.
  • I also don’t like Big Ten fans coming to “our” bar and causing trouble but that is for another time. By the way, if you see this happen at the Tooth this year, be nice, ignore them, go find the bouncer, and ask him to kick them out.
  • New dad tip of the week: after your wife feeds your daughter, it is not wise to bounce her on your knees—unless you want Exorcist baby projectile spit-up coming your way.


2nd September
written by admin

From our vice president, Laurel, here is a wrap-up of the 4th annual SEC Flag Football Tournament, which took place this past Saturday:

We had a great crew of Bama fans and alumni show up to play some flag football.  Bama beat our first opponent, Kentucky, 30-6 and moved on in the championship bracket to play LSU, whom we lost to in our second game. Some of our alumni and fans hung around and watched the other teams play while drinking some beer on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. The Championship game ended up a fight between LSU and Tennessee…with LSU coming out with the 2010 Chicago SEC Flag Football tournament trophy. In the consultation bracket Ole Miss and Florida ended up fighting to the bitter end with the Gators overtaking Ole Miss…a fight almost broke out, but both alumni were gracious and pulled back so as not to end the game and tournament on a sour note.  After the tournament, many went to the Bad Dog Tavern (Tennessee alumni bar) for the awards ceremony and some good old drinking and Southern trash talking. Next year, Alabama would like to get a larger team together and bring home the 2011 Chicago SEC Flag Football Tournament trophy!