Archive for November, 2012

9th November
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: During World War II, UA was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. This week UA’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a series of events across campus in recognition of Veterans Week.

I know it took me more than 24hours to come down from last night’s Alabama vs. LSU game, both the Houndstooth and Another Round were crazy, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/calendar#!/groups/70751310545/ for photos and videos from both viewing parties last Saturday, if you have any to add please upload to our page.

This week we are playing Texas A&M (Aggies), one of the SEC’s newest members, but don’t forget the Bear and Coach Stallings legacies, our two universities are also oddly connected and steeped in tradition.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be busy again Saturday afternoon for Alabama vs. Texas A&M. Kickoffs is at 2:30 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a seat 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

The Rally in Death Valley addition:
Ok, so it’s been more than 24 hours, we really shouldn’t be talking about the win vs. LSU anymore but come on how can you not? Plus it gives me the excuse to watch this video again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5Jt2Z_VSKE4 (watching this game at home I was doing the exact same thing. I woke Maya up and somehow hurt my ankle jumping around like a moron!)

I will put that 2nd on the list of sports YouTube video’s that I have watched the most (first being Jay Bruce hitting a walk off homer in 2010 to clinch the Reds first playoff berth since 1995.) And just like that homer the reason this is so special is because it came out of left field. I was certain that the game was over. The Tide was DOA and then boom we win, just an incredible ending to an otherwise really awful 2nd half. Three more thoughts on the game before Coach Saban makes me move onto A&M:

1. I think of the last three LSU/Bama games like the Ali/Frazier heavy weight fights back in the 70’s. The first fight/game was called the biggest fight/game of all time or at least in a very long time with Fraizer the LSU in this story, winning a surprise win when he knocked the Champ down. But just like Bama, Ali rose up and won the 2nd fight pretty handily (in a game that few will remember other than it was for the national title) finally the 3rd fight/game an all-time classic that no fan of college football or boxing will ever forget. The Thrilla in Manila and the Rally in Death Valley will go down in sports lore. Two heavy weights trading punches each team/man giving it everything they had, and at the end the better team/fighter won but was worse for the wear for it.

2. As the game was slipping away all I could think of was: why in the world did we go away from the run in the 2nd half, how in god’s name is Les Miles going to beat Saban again and my lord Notre Dame is going to be ranked higher than the Tide.

3. I honestly believe that AJ McCarron will be the best COLLEGE QB ever to lace um up at the Capstone.

It was a great win and a wonderful comeback but from the reaction of everyone you’d thought we’d won the National Title. Not to rain on everyone’s parade but the Tide hasn’t even won the West yet let alone a title. 4 more games to go…

If beating LSU at home wasn’t good enough maybe this fool won’t be allowed back into a press box anytime soon: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–radio-host-booted-from-press-box-for-excessive-cheering-during-lsu-alabama-game.html

Now, with all of the LSU game out of our blood it’s time we turn our attention to a very good Texas A&M team. If this game was at College Station I would be scared to death. But it’s not so I’m just merely nervous. A&M presents a challenge to the Tide with the hurry up offense and a QB that can both run and pass. If there is any coach and team that can turn the page from a huge win, it’s the Tide and Coach Saban. I don’t see a letdown per-say but it’s only natural for the guys to not be as up for this game as they were for the LSU game. Either way this will be a great test for the guys and it could be a great chance to see how they would play a team like Oregon. I think the Tide forces the Aggies to throw, keeps the offense off the field by RUNNING The ball (if you want my commentary on the 2nd half play calling vs. LSU please visit me at the Tooth on Saturday) and wears them down like we do vs. everyone. The experts say the spread is 13 so I’ll say Bama 28 A&M 14.

• Your fun stat of the week A&M addition: The Aggies QB Johnny “football” has scored 24 touchdowns passing and running which is more than Mizzou and Auburn have scored COMBINED
• Fun Stat BCS: Since 1st poll of 2011 season (12 total), a #SEC team has held 22 of the 25 positions in the #BCS Standings. Only ones not: 4, 17, and 19.
• Fun Stat K-State addition: Kansas State has scored 111 points off turnovers; its opponents have scored zero.
• Fun stat Notre Dame Addition: I don’t have a stat just that having watched the Irish the last two weeks I have changed my tune on them. I went from zero chance that they wouldn’t play for the national title if they run the table to zero chance they do if Oregon and K-State also go 12-0. ND has 3-4 players’ tops that would have even seen the field in the Bama/LSU game. I’m not talking about starting I’m talking playing period. Now if Stanford can beat Oregon and TCU or Texas can beat K-State and ND runs the table I honestly don’t think they get across mid field vs. the Tide.
Since Auburn won for a change let’s pick on our 2nd least favorite coach: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/pete_thamel/11/05/lane-kiffin/index.html?eref=twitter_feed

Do you realize that with both Ohio State and Penn State being on probation if Indiana wins out they will play for the Big Ten championship?

Do you or anyone you know care about this game? http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8601209/sugar-bowl-new-orleans-site-marquee-big-12-sec-game my stance on bowl games not the national title game is pretty clear. I hope the Tide wins but if they lose I really don’t care. If the day comes where Bama and Baylor are playing in this game while LSU and Oklahoma are playing in the 4 team national title matchup I will care even less (if that is possible)
Finally, in this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: I have figured out how to watch and entertain Maya while also watching football. It’s easy actually invite her friends over to your house for a playdate. The Dads can watch football while keeping an eye on the kids while the kids can watch if they want (something Maya actually enjoys) and they can play together. I did this both Saturday and Sunday worked like a charm everyone wins right?

Amazingly I will be at the Tooth on Saturday with my Dad. Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

RTR

Marc

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2nd November
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: WVUA-FM, “90.7 The Capstone”, formerly known as “New Rock 90.7”, is one of the older college radio stations in the nation, tracing its roots back to 1940. It carries a variety of music programming and broadcasts the games of several of the university’s sports teams.  Chicago is now home to at least 3 former DJ’s from the late 90s, from New Rock 90.7 days, these alumni include your current President Laurel J. Stepp, past RTC president Marc Brafman and Will Byington, who might be on a cruise ship now taking photos of a band like Kiss!

Viewing Parties
Both of our locations will be busy again Saturday night for, Alabama vs. LSU.  Kickoffs is at 7:00 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a seat at either bar.
Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago
Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Note: Want to support the RTC Scholarship Fund this weekend?  We are renting 3 tables for the Alabama vs. LSU game this weekend at the Houndstooth.  Each table will seat 4 and is $100.  All of the $100 will go to out scholarship fund and you will have a dedicated server and a place to sit for the entire game.  This week’s kickoff is at 7 pm and the only requirement is that you will need to have someone (at least one person) at your table 2 hours prior to kickoff (5pm).  Please email us at rolltidechicago@gmail.com if you are interested in one of the tables.
Membership
Your membership helps support our chapter activities, including our scholarship fund.  It also makes us look good to UA. 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.
$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.
We also have long sleeve and children’s T-shirts still available for sale at the Houndstooth and Another Round this Saturday.

Long Sleeve T-shirt Pricing:
Members: $30 each
Non-Members: $35 each
Children’s t-shirt Pricing:
Members: $15 each
Non-Members: $20 each
Roll Tide and see you Saturday at The Houndstooth or Another Round!
Laurel

4th & Goal
Three down and two to go! That is how I look at the rest of the season. The Tide seems to be churning its way to at least the SEC west title but first we have to beat a certain team from Baton Rouge. While this isn’t last year’s LSU team this is still LSU we are talking about. How hard is it to win a game at night in Death Valley? Les Miles is 36-1 in his career at night in Death Valley. Now with that said I see no reason why this year’s team can’t change that to 36-2. I see this game going almost exactly like the National Title game. The Tide will load the box with Jessie Williams and company and dare LSU to throw the ball all the while bringing blitz and stunts all night. Last week vs. Miss. State while the Tide might have only gotten a couple of sacks they hit the QB on almost every play; it was really something to see live. So you ask Marc what is the score going to be? I think the Tide wins 24-10 and moves on.
Last week, I was down in chilly T-Town for the homecoming game. Before I dwell on the game a couple of things that need to be stated:  #1 Campus is something else. Every year they build more and more building (it’s amazing what it looks like over by Paty Dorm) and the Ferg. It wasn’t all that long ago (1995) that I lived there my freshman year and from Paty to campus seemed like a long walk with nothing. Now there are bike lanes, a walking path, more buildings and dorms. Just incredible! Some highlights from the weekend:
  • Is it really necessary for three different floats in the parade to play Sweet Home Alabama?
  • It was COLD on Saturday yet the quad was packed.
  • The Pomping at the sorority houses has been stepped up a notch since I left school. Back in the day pomping was an excuse to go to the girl’s house, drink a little and stick some paper into chicken wire. Now it looks like they actually care what it looks like.
Now then onto the game itself, I was lucky enough to get a field pass (see picture below) and let me tell you. If you think the guys are big on TV they are HUGE standing 3 feet from them. Mike Williams, Barret Jones, etc. they are HUGE. I also was standing in front of the Wide outs when they were doing their drills. Every pass and I mean every pass from AJ was right on the money (a preview of the pass he tossed to Hall for the TD in the 1st quarter.)
Before the game on Twitter, and even on campus Miss. State put We Believe signs all over including one on the Saban statue and a shirt on Bear. They might have believed but 12 minutes into the game it was over. When Bama is humming like they did in the first quarter, there isn’t a team out there that can touch them. Just a complete beat down from the opening whistle. I expect much the same this week. LSU will be hot with the game at home but once the Tide punches them in the mouth a few times they will fall in line along with everyone else. It really is something to watch in person.
Onto the crazy Bama and college football numbers:
  • For the first time since last Nov. the SEC is not 1-2 in the BCS standings
  • Alabama has forced 23 turnovers this season converting them into 17 TDs and 2 FGs for a total of 125 points
  • Kent State is bowl-eligible for 1st time since 1972. That team featured Nick Saban, Jack Lambert and Gary Pinkel. Wow.
  • This week in the train wreck that is Auburn football: Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) came to the Plains and racked up 464 yards in the first half en route to a 63-21 rout of the Tigers (1-7, 0-6). The Aggies’ output marked the most points allowed by Auburn since 1917, and the Tigers are 1-7 for the first time since 1952. “We couldn’t tackle, we couldn’t cover and we couldn’t rush the quarterback,” said Coach Gene Chizik, whose job security departed along with about half the crowd by the third quarter.
  • The Tide has allowed more than 14 points only once in its last 21 games. The one team able to score more? Georgia Southern, of course, which put 21 on the board last November. Other dominant stat: Alabama leads the nation in both pass efficiency and pass-efficiency defense.
  • Finally and this is the most incredible of all: In the third quarter the Tide looked more like the Bengals on offense than Alabama and went 3 and out on three straight drives. This is the first time that has happened since the National Title game vs. Texas.
Keep rooting for Notre Dame. They will be lucky to cross midfield if we play them in Miami.  And while you are at it root for Oregon and K-State just because I hate the BCS and I want as many teams in the mix as possible.
Finally, with this past Wednesday having been Halloween (which is my favorite night of the year) Maya and I will be dressed as Thomas the Tank Engine. She is all set to say trick or treat and get the candy. Here is a look at our joint costume:
RTR
Marc
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