Archive for September 17th, 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?