Archive for November 23rd, 2012

23rd November
2012
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: This week’s fun fact is football related…its Iron Bowl week here is some history on the series: Auburn and Alabama played their first football game in Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 22, 1893. Auburn (then named the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama) won 32–22, before an estimated crowd of 5,000. As if a signal of the future, disagreement between the schools began immediately, tensions further built, after both 1906 and 1907 contests the series was stopped but renewed again in 1948.  Largest Victory by Alabama 55, Auburn 0 1948 – Can we beat that this weekend?

Last weekend was crazy & I thankfully got home in time to watch the second half of the two games that put Bama back in the National Championship picture.  I just have to say thank you Baylor & Stanford.   I will leave the Notre Dame talk for now to Marc & 4th& Goal, but once we both have a ticket to Miami will I start for now I will just say Roll Tide!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will open for this week’s game, come celebrate some of this weekend’s Thanksgiving family time with your Alabama alumni family and stop your holiday shopping for a few hours Saturday afternoon for Alabama vs. Auburn.  Kickoff is at 2:30 pm.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

We also have a member, Becky Jones, who has coordinating an unofficial watch party in Arlington Heights at The Fox and Hound, 910-918 West Dundee Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004 they will have the Alabama vs. Auburn game on Saturday with sound…thank you Becky!

2012 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt

Don’t forget about ordering your 2012 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirts before they are gone! They make great holiday presents…so don’t forget to order yours today to ensure you receive your shirts in time for the holidays.  You can order online at http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 or pickup T-shirts, which include the long sleeve and kids t-shirt only at the Houndstooth or Another Round this Saturday.

 

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

Laurel

4th & Goal – Iron Bowl

What a difference a week makes huh? As you could tell last week I was a little fired up after the loss to A&M and then Saturday night in the span of 3 hours it’s like that game never happened. Somehow the Tide is back in the driver’s seat and controls their destiny once again. We’ll save the SEC talk for next week because now it’s IRON BOWL week. I am not nor do a claim to be an Alabama football historian so for those of you that are lifelong fans forgive me; but since 1995 when I attended my first Iron Bowl this game seems to have the least amount of hype of any game that I can remember. Maybe it’s that the spread is 34 points (a record) or maybe it’s that Auburn is on its death bed with my boy Gene. Or the fact that everyone including, every single Auburn fan, I know is 100% convinced that the Tide is going to roll. All I know is this: Crazy things happen in rivalry games. From Punt Bama Punt, to Bo Goes over top, to a crazy 9-0 game in the sleet in 2000, weird things happen in this game. Now don’t get me wrong unless the Tide forgets how to get to BD on Saturday I see no way that Saban lets this team overlook the Tigers. But let’s just remember that in the Iron Bowl anything can happen.  Final score Bama 42-Auburn 7, but it could be worse if Saban keeps the starters in all game (which I sure hope we don’t need to).

Don’t you love dumb coaches? http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2012/baylor-coach-sec-comments/

My advice for all of you when dealing with friends, family, etc… who want to talk up Notre Dame and Ohio State or say that the Tide doesn’t belong at #2. First Notre Dame: Let them enjoy it keep your mouth shut and say over and over I hope we play you guys in the BCS title game. If two weeks ago proved anything else it’s that the Tide struggle vs. mobile quick QB’s (like say Oregon or K-State have).  Who does Alabama do well against? QB’s like Notre Dames who take their sweet time in the pocket and don’t always make the best throws. It’s been a long; long time since ND was any good so my advice is let them talk.

As for OSU just forward them this story and ask them again who they are mad at more? Jim Tressel, their AD, or all of the above. If they answer with anything else show them this story. Also remind them that the Big ten is so bad that they don’t have a single team in the top 15 and that even an 11-0 OSU team is ranked 4th right now: http://buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2012/11/19/bowl-ban-leaves-fans-wondering-what-if.html

Iron Bowl and college football stats:

  • In an interesting statistical aberration, Chizik and Saban have made one unbeaten run each through the SEC, including the SEC Championship Game. Otherwise, Chizik’s best SEC record is the same as Saban’s worst: 4-4. Chizik is the Iron Bowl away from hitting bottom at 0-8 in the league.
  • Top 5 #SEC Rushing Yards:
    1. Johnny Manziel 1,114
    2. Todd Gurley 1,041
    3. Mike Gillislee 964
    4. Tre Mason 920
    5. LaDarius Perkins 895

I found this interesting in that most school would hand off the ball to Lacy and Yeldon 30+ times a game. Saban makes it a point to recruit multiple running backs (like this guy) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1412325-alabama-football-recruit-derrick-henry-breaks-high-school-rushing-record?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=recruiting and tells them that they won’t have to carry the load all the while making sure they are ready for the NFL. Also that if Johnny Football wants to stay undercenter he will stop trying to run because one of these days a team is going to lay him out.

  • Lane Kiffin’s Trojans on Sunday became the first AP preseason No. 1 team since 1964 to drop out of the rankings entirely Let’s hear it for a great coach..cough, cough.
  • 18 years, 11 months and 26 days: Time it took for Notre Dame to get back to No. 1. That is why they are permitted to be excited. Remember how we felt in 2010?

This week in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Taking your kid to the circus for the first time has to be on the top ten list of my favorite things I’ve done with Maya. When the parade of elephants walked out her mouth literally fell down and she was jumping on my lap. By far the highlight of my day at the Greatest Show on Earth.

In this week’s installment of I forgot what it’s like to be married to a crazy pregnant wife: My buddy Kirz was out of the country last Saturday on vacation and called me from the airport Sunday afternoon to discuss the weekend. This was at least the 3rd or 4th person that I had spoken to about this already so she turned to me and said “Don’t you ever get tired of talking about Alabama, the SEC and Notre Dame? Now correct me if I’m wrong gang but isn’t that like asking if you get tired of Breathing?

I’ll be at the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter viewing party this weekend. Have a great Turkey day and remember you could be getting this card in the mail on Sunday to renew your Auburn season tickets:

RTR

Marc

 

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