Archive for September 9th, 2010

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.