Archive for November, 2011

18th November
2011
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

When I write these emails, I put in placeholders for topics I know I want to write about, an outline of sorts to gather my thoughts. Then I go back and fill everything in. Last week, I put a placeholder for the UA Fun Fact and as you faithful readers know, forgot to write anything there. So I owe you two:

  • Alabama’s crimson and white colors date back to 1885, when UA’s cadet class Company E won first place at the New Orleans Exposition drill competition; they used those colors in their uniforms, and they stuck.
  • The 2011 Outstanding Professor Award is going to Dr. Martha Powell, a professor of biology.

This Week’s Game

Hey, it’s finally a day game! I know you might be tempted to skip this week at the Tooth, but day games against lesser foes are actually a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Bama alums. There’s more room to move and actually places to sit down, and you don’t have to scream to talk to your friends. So join us at the Tooth for what we hope is a relaxing afternoon.

Georgia Southern, for those of you who don’t know, is ranked #2 in Division I-AA (sorry, I can’t bring myself to call it FCS), also known as the Division That Actually Has a Playoff System to Determine Its Champion.

Nominate Someone You Know

The National Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award, Outstanding Senior Award, and Alumni Student Award. The first on the list has a due date of December 1, so if you know somebody worthy, call the Alumni office soon at 205-348-5963 and ask for a nomination form. The deadline for the two student awards is January 1.

RTR,

Laura

4th and Goal, by Marc

I am really going to miss Trent Richardson next year. Do you guys realize that last week he had 127 yards total offense by himself while Miss. State had 133 as a team? This week lets hope he plays about a quarter or so, gets a TD, and then rests up for what I think, and I mean this 100%, is the most important Tide football game in years. After watching UGA run though the Auburn defense last Saturday he, Lacy, Maze and the rest of the offense has to be licking their chops for the Iron Bowl. If you watched the great special on ESPN about the Iron Bowl, Roll Tide/War Eagle, you saw the part where Greg McElroy said that before last year’s Iron Bowl someone said it would define his legacy at Alabama. Well friends I think next Saturday will go along way to defining Coach Saban and for that matter our entire coaching staff. The Tide needs to win and win BIG. Not 24-7 but in the 40’s and destroy Auburn. Not only are we hanging on by a thread to #3 in the BCS, but this is a down Auburn team that the Tide needs to bury. But we’ll talk more about the Iron Bowl next week. Until then let’s hope no one gets hurt Saturday in this “game” if there is one good thing about A&M and Mizzu joining the SEC it means one less game like we will see on Saturday.

Everyone is very excited that Stanford and my boys from Boise lost on Saturday which makes it easier for the Tide to get back to the National title game. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but I still don’t think that if it plays out where Okl. State loses to Okl. that the Tide will play for the national title. Somehow I think Okl. will sneak in above us. The fact that the SEC is down this year is not helping our cause. Also, no one outside of T-Town wants to see the Tide play LSU again.

I for one am pulling hard for Tim Tebow to continue to win in the NFL. Do you guys realize how boring the NFL is if your team has a lousy QB? the fact that the Broncos are running the Vere offense that went out of style about 1974 to me is the best story of an otherwise ho-hum NFL season.

RTR,
Marc

 

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10th November
2011
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

Today’s UA fun fact:

Regarding last week’s game, I have nothing to add that you can’t read elsewhere. I will say this, however: I was there, and Bryant-Denny was exponentially louder than I have ever heard it before. Amazing atmosphere that achingly went to waste. Also, the skyboxes are a great place to watch a football game.

There is a lot of speculation and various scenarios under which Bama could still end up in the national title game. That’s too much scoreboard watching for me. The day after the Iron Bowl, let me know where Bama stands. Until then, all the team can do is keep playing. I hope to see you at the Houndstooth this Saturday to watch them do that. 6:45 p.m. kick-off.

Several people have told me they didn’t know we had new t-shirts this year. Well, we do; check them out: http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=335 (the A is a deeper red than in the picture). Order yours before they’re gone. They make great Christmas presents, too.

Meanwhile, with the Penn State story, we are reminded how quickly football becomes irrelevant in the face of something that really matters. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and also alumni, current students, and players, whose perception of and belief in their university has been thrown into turmoil.

See you Saturday.

RTR,

Laura

4th and Goal, by Marc

It’s been a long week hasn’t it guys? I think I speak for all of us when I say I hate losing more than I enjoy winning. Only two things on the game, since nothing I say will change the outcome. #1 If you are like me, everyone comes up to you and says the following: Boy your kicker A) stinks B) was terrible C) needs to be replaced D) lost the game for you E) all of the above. I say to that 100% BS! After the first kick, which he should have made, the next three are tough kicks for NFL kickers let alone a college kid not named Mike Nuggent (the last really good college kicker that I can think of). Robbie Gold is hard pressed to make 49, 50, and 52 yard field goals on natural grass with that much pressure. Why we didn’t pooch punt and play for field position is a question that I still haven’t heard an answer to. And #2, we have the best running back in the history of Alabama football (I really believe that by the way), why in the world do you throw the ball three times in OT?

Ok, enough about the game I promise I have moved on…

  • I believe that Bama will end the year 11-1 and play in the Sugar Bowl, which while disappointing is still better than playing in the Liberty Bowl
  • If The Tide goes to the National Title game without winning the West, the SEC etc. and beats LSU for the National Title, I will refuse to listen to anyone ever again argue against a playoff system, because if every game counts than how do we end up in the National Title game?
  • If all time gamer Marquize Maze had a bum ankle, why was he out fielding the most important punt of the year? Darn, I said I was finished talking about last week’s game
  • When at the Houndstooth or Another Round make sure to tip your wait staff. God bless those girls at the Tooth on Saturday. They were flying all over the place while we were watching our 6 foot 8 inch TE get out muscled by a 6 ft 2 inch CB who was outweighed by 50 pounds at least. Man, I did it again…
  • Ben Milam, who is our t-shirt designer, is doing a great thing and  growing out a mustache for charity. Please visit his web site http://www.movember.com/m/2297714 for more information and to watch his stash grow.

This week in things I didn’t know until I was a dad: No matter how mad/disappointed/depressed you get  watching your favorite football team blow a chance at home to play for the national title, go home and see your cute daughter in the morning sitting in her bed saying DaDa and try and stay upset. It is very hard, trust me. See ya at the Tooth Saturday night. RTR

 

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2nd November
2011
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

So, is there a game this Saturday?

UA Fun Fact (well, I don’t know if this is “fun,” but it’s certainly unexpected): Libya’s transitional government elected a man who was a professor at the University. It’s true: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/31/world/meast/libya-government/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

Both bars will be crowded this weekend, although “crowded” might be an understatement for the Houndstooth. Get there early, folks!

I’m working on scheduling a group volunteer outing this January, to get our chapter more involved in the community. I will keep you posted as I get details.

That’s all this week. Enjoy the game Saturday!

RTR,

Laura

4th and Goal from Marc

What in the world can I add to the hype going into this game? I can’t remember a game regular season or otherwise where both teams were so evenly matched. It’s too bad with the dumb college system that one team is going to get knocked out of the race before the race is even over. Three things are in the Tides favor this week. #1 the game is at home I think that will be a big part of it. #2 Cam Newton is playing for Carolina and not LSU #3 Nick Saban doesn’t lose to the same team two years in a row. This game is going to be a battle royal from start to finish but I see our boys pulling it out 24-14. Or it could be 3-0.

  • You know what scares me more than losing this game? The fact that the Tide still plays 3 regular season game after this game. I’ll tip my cap to LSU if they can come into BDS and beat the Tide on Saturday. I’d be much less inclined to do that to any of the other 3 teams on the schedule plus whatever scrub comes out of the East. That is what makes this 1 vs. 2 so interesting to me. It’s not for the national title, it’s not for the league title, heck it’s not even for the Div. title. It’s a game during week 10 of the college football season. A big one but just a game non the less.
  • It’s a hard pill for us to swallow but when LSU/Bama are off like they were last week, the SEC is AVERAGE and that is putting a nice spin on it.
  • How does a team like Florida, not on probation or any other trouble, rush for -23 yards in a game? It was 2 years ago that they played in the SEC championship game. Amazing.
  • Andrew Luck is really good and I  hope that Stanford plays the winner of the SEC, since it would be interesting to see him go against that type of defense.
  • Finally, I love Halloween and now I love it even more. Taking Maya trick or treating was more fun that even I could imagine. She doesn’t eat candy but she sure enjoyed picking it out of the bowls and putting it in her bucket. Can we make Halloween every month and not just once a year?

See everyone at the Tooth this Saturday. It’s going to be rockin!

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