Archive for September, 2012

27th September
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: Last Friday the NAA welcomed hundreds of Alumni scholarship recipients to a party on the lawn of Alumni Hall, including our own Keeley Nolan. Thanks to the generosity of UA’s alumni and UA Chapters, the NAA was responsible for awarding approximately $4.4 million in scholarship assistance to more than 2,400 students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Pre-Order T-shirts

We welcomed in fall this past weekend.  The cooler weather is one reason we are going to introduce our pre-order for a long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.  We are also going to accept pre-orders for a Roll Tide Chicago kids t-shirt.  Details are still in the works so; we hope to have all the information to you by mid-October.  If you are interested in pre-ordering either the long sleeve or kids t-shirt, or both, please email rolltidechiago@gmail.com with shirt sizes, shirt count, kids or long sleeve and your email address.  Once we have all of the details on the t-shirts we will email you.  We will NOT have the kids or long sleeve shirts for sale at our viewing parties so you must pre-order these t-shirts!!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be busy again Saturday night for Alabama vs. Ole Miss; kickoff is at 8:15 pm, but still arrive early if you want to insure yourself a spot at either bar. 

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Both Houndstooth and Another Round will have the 2012 Roll Tide Chicago membership’s forms. We are getting a new order of shirts in this week – so come out now while we have the sizes you need; T-shirts are for sale before, during and after the Alabama game!

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership – Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership – Includes 4 T-shirts

$30 for a 2012 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt without membership

Payments will be accepted via cash, credit or check.

Roll Tide and see you Saturday at The Houndstooth or Another Round!

Laurel

4th & Goal

There a few things in life that I don’t understand; they include:

  • Biking without a helmet on the streets in Chicago.
  • Standing in life for a movie premier (like the Dark Knight or Twilight, the same goes for people who stood in line last week for an IPHONE5 for days on end) the movie doesn’t change if you see it the following week and the phone isn’t going anywhere if you buy it the next day.
  • Paying face value for Cubs tickets this year, hell paying less than face value to see the Cubs this year!
  • People who don’t like the music of the Kinks.
  • But what I really don’t understand is when guys from Florida Atlantic call out the Tide. http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2012/09/theyre_good_and_everything_but.html#incart_river

Now, if a guy from LSU, Michigan even Ole Miss said this about playing the Tide I can understand it but for a scrub on Florida Atlantic to say this before the game on Saturday well that doesn’t make much sense to me.  I guess the fact that The Tide scored on a 75 yard pass right off the bat sort of shut him up. If the Tide had scored touchdowns in the redzone in the first half the score could have been 70-7.  I don’t have a huge amount to add from last week’s “Game” other than no one got hurt.  The Tide played something like 60 different players and no one got hurt.

Now finally the real season starts. After what I think most people think will be a relativity easy game vs. the Rebels this week and the bye week the real fun starts. Before we all start booking our trips to Miami we have to get through 3 SEC road games including the LSU game and two tough home games. Do I think the Tide can win them all? Sure I do but as we all watched Saturday when LSU struggled against a very average Auburn team on the road you never know when you go on the road.

The more I watch this version of the Tide the more I like it. AJ can sling the ball with the best of them, the defense doesn’t seem to have missed a beat and for the first time in years we can really trust our special teams to hit field goals and even kick the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs. They do seem like the most complete team in the country and it sure is going to be fun to watch the rest of the way.

I told you guys last week that we should all root for Michigan because if Notre Dame starts winning it doesn’t matter how well we, Oregon, UGA, or Florida State play no one will be a bigger story than ND. It has been so long since they have had a team to root for they have to produce odd videos like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKrVgEbf0po&feature=player_embedded

Let us all thank god that college football isn’t following the NFL with replacement refs. I have no clue who pays the refs in college but can you imagine a Bama game ending the way the Packers/Seahawks game ended on Monday with a National Championship on the line? If all we have to complain about for the next two years is the BCS we are in good shape.

Count me in the camp firmly against the 8:15 CST kickoffs. I understand it is for TV but really 8:15? This game is going to get over way past my bed time (even on a Saturday night) plus what is the deal with all the Saturday night games? I love a good Saturday night football as much as the next guy but last week ND/Michigan, FSU/Clemson, LSU/Auburn and OKL/K-State all going on at the same time? Remember when big games were on during the day?

I know it’s never a good idea to mix football and politics so I’m going to do it anyway: If this video doesn’t change your mind about who to vote for I don’t know what will. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm8msoKME4w I believe this guy will be playing Shubas next week opening up for Right Said Fred.

In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Kids have a way of cutting you down to size without even talking much. Sometimes to save time I take Maya into the shower with me. This past Saturday as we got in she turned around to me pointed at my (well you can guess) and sort of laughed. She is going to make a good girlfriend in 18 years…

See ya at the Tooth on Saturday. I’ll be the one buying shots of Monster Energy Drinks so that I can stay up for the 4th quarter.

RTR

Marc

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20th September
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: Alabama can claim many authors to its list of alumni including Kathryn Stockett author of The Help which was her debut novel in 2009 and in 2011 The Help was adapted to an Academy Award winning and nominated film.

Raffle

This week both The Houndstooth and Another Round will be running a raffle to help support Roll Tide Chicago’s scholarship fund.  What are we raffling?  Well come Saturday for Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic kickoff is at 4pm, to The Houndstooth or Another Round to see what each bar has in its raffle.  I know both bars will at least have a bottle of Dreamland BBQ sauce and a bottle of Nick Saban’s BBQ sauce to raffle off this Saturday.

Raffle Ticket Prices:

$3 for 5 tickets

$10 for 7 tickets

$20 for 15 tickets

Don’t forget to bring your money to The Houndstooth or Another Round for the 1st raffle of 2012 for Roll Tide Chicago.

Roll Tide and see you Saturday at The Houndstooth or Another Round!

Laurel

4th & Goal

Before we begin I’d like to thank Steve Jobs for inventing the IPhone and the person who invented the TuneIn radio AP for allowing me to listen to the entire game without interruption driving from Chicago to Cincy on Saturday. I am clueless as to how stuff like this works but I find it amazing that you can do something like that.

Now onto the game, last week I asked the question of when does a 35-0 win not feel like a 35-0 win. I’m not sure about you but I had the 100% opposite reaction to the game on Saturday. Even more than the Michigan game this win was something special. From special teams (51 yard field goals, forced fumble, all the touchbacks) to offense 8th string running back scoring, no turnovers, too of course the defense pitching another shut out. Just a great team win! One of the advantages of listening to the Bama radio broadcast is hearing them talk about the team more than the national TV guys do. And Tom Roberts had the best description yet for how the Tide plays football. He compared the team to a python that starts off around your legs and by the end of the first quarter the other team is still in it but feeling the effects of the squeezing, then by half time it’s up to your waste maybe the other team is hanging around but losing their fight a little, by the third quarter it’s up to your arms and you are struggling and by the end of the game well Arkansas showed what happens at the end of the game. If that doesn’t describe the Tide I don’t know what does.

One reason why Coach Saban is my favorite current sports person is for quotes like this post-game: “What we’ve really been fighting with this group about ever since the Michigan game is allowing ourselves to accept average and getting them to demand more of themselves,” Saban said. “I think we started to gain a little bit today. Let’s hope they carry this over for the rest of the season.

Saturday’s shutout road win was the biggest road SEC shutout for the Tide since 1948.

My favorite stat of the last couple of years: going back to the bowl game vs. Michigan State at the end of the 2010-11 season the Tide has outscored their opponents 630-127. That is getting it done.

As for this week I hope no one gets hurt, the 3rd string guys get some work again and once again no one gets hurt. While this article is about last week’s UC/Del. State matchup this sums up my feelings on these type of games. http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120913/COL03/309130131/Doc-No-good-UC-vs-Delaware-State-matchup?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|UC

Quick hits:

  • Minus the Tide, LSU and maybe Oregon and Florida State college football as a whole stinks this year. The Little Ten awful, Big East please, Big 12 maybe a couple of teams can make some noise but I’m not holding my breath. Heck even the SEC is lousy at the bottom of the league this year.
  • Speaking of bad football I went to the Bengals/Browns game on Sunday and I can tell you Trent is still Trent. He torched the Bengals and looked just like the T-Rich we all know and love. Mark my words he will be the best player in the AFC shortly.
  • I’m guessing she recorded this before the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aTEVqGA4C0A#
  • Nothing makes my heart swell more than seeing Lane Kiffin take it on the chin on national TV. And there is going to be more of that to come. USC is smoke and mirrors
  • Being back in Cincy this weekend all of us need to be grateful that we don’t live in a swing state. No matter who you are voting for seeing all the attack ads every: 30 seconds on TV is a little much to stomach.
  • I don’t often root for Michigan but I am rooting big time for them this week. God help us all if Notre Dame improves to 4-0.

In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Maya like most toddlers loves Sesame Street. Which is fine I enjoy watching it as well, but boy Big Bird really annoys me for some reason, maybe it’s his (and I think it’s a he right?) voice or the way he wines. Either way I could do without Big Bird. On the other hand I really like Telly-Monster…

And finally in things I forgot about when you’re wife is crazy and pregnant: Although we have announced it to everyone and posted it on Facebook and I’ve written about it here she STILL doesn’t like talking about being pregnant. So on Monday when my mom in front of my family and family friends said how happy they were to have us home and at this time next year there would be a new member of the family Shana got mad. Why? Who knows…?

See ya Saturday at the Tooth and weather permitting I might have a special little guest with me.

RTR

Marc

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14th September
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: Did you know The Quad was the first on-campus site for Alabama Crimson Tide football home games. The Tide played there from 1893 to 1914 before moving to Denny Field.  Now UA’s quad is used not only for Frisbee, studying and just hanging out it has become the place to tailgate before a home Bama game!  I know this is somewhat football related, but who doesn’t love the Quad!

Recruitment Events

Don’t forget to check out our Undergraduate Admissions Recruiter Bethany Forrest website with the list of UA’s school visits and college fairs at http://gobama.ua.edu/bethanyforrest, Bethany can always use a hand from RTC to help recruit future UA students.  Please let her know if you can spare an hour or more of your time to help recruit students to UA, there are several events when she is double booked…take a look at the site and let her know when and where you can help out.  Also, on Wednesday October 10th the University will be hosting a student recruitment reception at The Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL any assistance this evening would be a great help – most of RTC’s board will be attending!

Membership

Your membership helps support our chapter activities, including our scholarship fund.  It also makes us look good to the university. You can buy or renew your membership on our website: http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 or at any viewing party. Memberships include a free Alabama Chicago T-shirt.  We’ll hold your shirts for you at the Houndstooth and Another Round; if you don’t pick them up during the season, we’ll mail them when the season is over.

2012 Membership Levels:

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership – Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership – Includes 4 T-shirts

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be busy again Saturday for Alabama vs. Arkansas; kickoff is at 2:30 pm, but still arrives early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Roll Tide and see you Saturday at The Houndstooth or Another Round!

Laurel

4th & Goal

When has a 35-0 white wash not felt like a 35-0 white wash? I’d say Saturday was one of the more average wins we’ve seen in the Saban era. It’s good that we have more talent than W. Kentucky because they sure played a lot harder than we did. But we came out of it with a win which as we all know is more than we can say for Arkansas. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing AJ getting sacked 6 times or our running backs only getting 100+ yards this week. While I understand that teams have to play the scrubs to beef up the schedule it always makes me upset when anyone gets hurt vs. a non-SEC team. I know that you could get hurt walking out of the shower or in practice but losing Jalston Fowler to a team like W. Kentucky somehow stinks worse than losing him to Arkansas or Ole Miss.

Isn’t it nice to have a QB that can make a long TD pass from time to time? Now we know what USC and Oklahoma feel like from time to time.

Moving on to Arkansas this week. Before last week I was worried about this game (and I still am) even with Arkansas losing to UL Monroe. I think this game is going to go one of two ways Bama is going to come out and kick Arkansas in the teeth to start the game and the game will be over by half time. Or the Hogs will play inspired football for 3 quarters before we beat them down with the running game. Either way the Tide rolls by 10 points or more. And if that happens this lady will be forced to sing another song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IZ1BO0vAUD8#

Quick hits for the week:

  • Auburn is 0-2 and not looking very good. My prediction on the demise of Ol Gene is coming true. I give him one more year before Coach Saban runs him out of the state.
  • While the stadium was half empty I thought it was pretty cool that USC traveled across the country to play in New York City vs. Syracuse. While I love the fact that the Tide plays in Atlanta next year and Dallas this year wouldn’t it be fun to go to NYC, or LA or here to see a game?
  • Did you guys see the story of Nick Sunburg the long snapper for the Redskins? The guy broke his arm in Sunday’s game vs. the Saints but stayed in the game. He just kept telling himself that his arm didn’t hurt. NFL players are some tough dudes aren’t they?
  • I give credit to the Little 10 for scheduling a bunch of games vs. the Pac 10 last week but it would have been nice if they had you know won any of them. When your best win of the weekend is Northwestern beating Vandy that is not a good weekend of football.
  • Wait Miss State is in trouble for paying players? That happens in the SEC?
  • Not sure if anyone caught this but didn’t you love when Georgia fans started the SEC! SEC! chant during the Mizzu game on Saturday night? Old man football indeed.
  • I’m not one to usually praise ESPN because any network that would keep Chris Berman on for life needs their head examined but the new this is Sports Center commercial is maybe the best of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USHZZ5bwASU

In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Maya loves to read and be read too.  She has a book called I love you Always or something like that. It’s about a Mom that always goes into the kids room and rockers the baby, little boy, high school kid to sleep by saying You are always my baby I love you tonight and always or something to that effect. The end of the book has the son all grown up and rocking his old mother to bed and then he comes home and does the same to his daughter. I swear to you I get misty eyed every time Maya wants to hear this book. I am turning into a big softy.

And finally we are debuting a new segment to 4th and goal called: I forgot what it’s like to live with a crazy Pregnant Wife: I was told the other night that I quote “shower to loud” which would be true if was auditioning for American Idol and belting out Sweet Home Alabama but not so much when all I did was turn on the water…

RTR

Marc

 

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