Archive for September, 2013

26th September
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

What is Rammer Jammer? And what is the yellow hammer?

Rammer Jammer was the now- defunct University of Alabama humor magazine that was published from the 1920s through the 1960s.  The Yellow hammer is the Alabama State Bird

Pre-Order Long Sleeve T-shirts

We welcomed in fall this past weekend.  The cooler weather is one reason we are going to pre-order for a crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirts.  If you are interested in pre-ordering the long sleeve t-shirt, please email rolltidechiago@gmail.com with shirt sizes, shirt count and your email address.

Sizes available Small – 2XL

T-shirt Pricing:

Members: $30 each

Non-Members: $35 each

We will also be ordering more Roll Tide Chicago t-shirts next week so don’t worry if we don’t have your size this weekend at the Houndstooth or Another Round…we will be getting more shirts soon.

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Chicago SEC Happy Hour

Join us this Friday 9/27/13 for a Chicago SEC Happy Hour at Glascott’s Saloon (2158 N. Halsted St) – drink specials and SEC trash talk will be available.  Let’s show the other Chicago SEC Alumni how Roll Tide Chicago Rolls!

College Fairs/Reception

Our Chicago Area Regional Recruiter, Bethany Forrest (Floyd) is asking for some volunteers to help our at some Chicagoland college fairs in the next month, look at some of the upcoming events at http://gobama.ua.edu/recruiters/bethanyforrest/.  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 Tuesday October 8th 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 and some parents of current students!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Ole Miss Saturday; kickoff is at 5:30 pm, but arrive 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

Look forward to seeing y’all Friday night at Glascott’s and Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round.

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4th & Goal

Sitting at home watching the Tide I had a couple of words spring to mind: Lackluster, ho-hum, uninspired does that convey that “performance” from the Tide?  This quote from the blog SB Nation Alabama sums how I felt post game:

I don’t care about the starters missing, the CSU game illuminated all of the ugliness we feared going into the season: Uncertainty at PK, way too many mental mistakes, complacency, liability at corner, an offensive line that either lacks talent or is just poorly coached. The LBs were the best players on the field last night. OJ Howard is a revelation, and the WRs may be the best in America, but that’s no way to win the SEC

Every week I tell all of us to not take for granted what the Tide has done the last 5+ years and this year I think we all are going to have to except that the machine we are used to seeing has a couple of hic-ups in it. Maybe they are good enough to beat the rest of the SEC and get back to the BCS Title game. But I’ll say this, the team I saw on Saturday will get smoked on Saturday vs. Ole Miss. The proof is in the numbers none of which are very good at the moment:

http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/alabama-offensive-struggles/

Never before in the Saban era have we seen a team play down to the opponent like this one so far. And never before (and I guess he is entitled to a bad throw from time to time) but the INT from AJ in the first half was maybe the worse throw I’ve ever seen him make. He compounded that by mouthing off post game about how the offense wasn’t on the same page. When is the last time we heard that?  How does an Alabama team only rush for 66 yards? How does an Alabama team go 2-10 on 3rd down with both of those coming late in the game? I honestly don’t get this team. And my guess is neither do the coaches or the national writers who are keeping the Tide #1 on reputation only. Now all that can change this week vs. a pretty good (and smack talking) Ole Miss Team. If we thought Mike Evans was big, Ole Miss has two wide outs just as big as he was. Let’s hope that D Blue and the rest of the DB’s are healthy and ready to go.

This is now the 3rd such story about how to beat Alabama but since it came once the season has started and not before it sheds light onto what we all have seen so far:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9718796/if-ole-miss-beat-alabama-here-blueprint

Just like with how the offense came to play vs. A&M I expect them to be ready to roll vs. Ole Miss. But this is not your Dad’s Ole Miss (unless your Dad is as old as Archie) I expect this game to be a real struggle for our boys. The spread offense, a team that isn’t as intimidated by coming into BDS, I have a feeling that they will be ready to go.  But just like in most games I think the Tide wares down a young and very game Rebs team and the Tide wins 28-17.

This is a couple of years old but I like to read about the history of the program: http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2010/10/13/1593619/alabama-vs-ole-miss-a-historical-retrospective. The picture of BDS when it first opened is amazing. To think of what it looked like in 1929 to what it is now less than 100 years ago is amazing.

I would be remiss if I didn’t pay lip service to the “news” and I use that term loosely on the Nick Saban to Texas rumors. First of all it would be news to me if Saban wasn’t getting called left and right to see if he would move. I would hope that if the shoe was on the other foot and we were Texas we wouldn’t be going after the best coach in the country. Depending on which rumor you believe Texas has a $100 million dollar 10 year contract on the table, Saban met with them 2 years ago you get the drift. All we can do is take Coach at his word and like he said on Hey Coach last week I’m too old to move on and start over. Now with that said let’s say the Tide wins again would anyone blame him if he wanted to try a new challenge? And even if they don’t win this year and he leaves would you be mad? Disappointed sure but mad? I would tip my cap to Coach, say thank you for everything you have done and welcome Coach Smart as the next coach at Bama with open arms. The bottom line friends is I would be shocked, SHOCKED if he left. I just don’t see it happening.

In the other Alabama off field news from last week depending on what source you believe Bama’s favorite couple has broken up. Brent’s girl Katharine Webb and AJ may or may not be on the outs. The fact that I wrote about it, that it made ESPN last week and that people actually care is very sad.

I have never played football but I did break my wrist twice in my life playing sports (Well if you count roller skating at Shawn Knapps Bat Mitzvah a sport) and tripping rounding 3rd in a 16 inch softball game so I know all about getting hurt playing sports. I have nothing on former Bama S Rashad Johnson who lost a tip of his finger during a game on Sunday. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9712075/arizona-cardinals-safety-rashad-johnson-loses-part-finger-glove.  This once again proves that football players are crazier than you and me and have a pain threshold like nothing I have ever heard.

How much do you think CBS was hoping that A&M/Bama was on every week? Two weeks ago the Bama game was the most watched afternoon college football game since 1990. Last week? Florida and Tenn put SEC offense back about 10 years.

Speaking of the Vols, Kirk Herbstreet had an interesting question on twitter two weeks ago when the Vols got destroyed by Oregon. If we in the SEC think that all SEC team wins are “our” wins does that also make every bad loss our loss?

With Alabama playing Ole Miss this song popped into my head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM, for my money this is the best version of this song captured on video from The Bands Last Waltz concert. (If you like Mumford and Sons I beg you to check out The Band, not only are they 100 times better, but they 100 times better.)

And the second song has nothing to do with anything I just like this song and I wanted to share it with you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juH20iD8mCg it puts me in a good mood.

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Last week I took Maya and Jacob to Costco for a little shopping and dinner and ice cream. It turned out it was the night of the big rain storm and we got stuck waiting out the rain in the front of the store. For 15 minutes we sat and waited and it was getting close to bed time for Jake. So like all good dads I started to figure out how to get the car and the kids to the car without getting them soaked. As it turned out the nice man at Costco was reading my mind and said “Go get your car I’ll watch the kids” which after a quick call to the Boss to get her thoughts is what I did. So the moral of the story is if it’s raining make sure you go to Costco and the nice man at the front of the store will baby sit for you.

See y’all at the Tooth on Saturday yep that’s right I’ll be there!

RTR

Marc

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20th September
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

What was the first permanent structure on The University of Alabama campus?  In what year was it built?

The Gorgas House, 1928, as a part of the original master plan for UA.

Hope y’all had fun at the Houndstooth and Another Round for the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game last Saturday.  I had a great time in College Station with the National Alumni Association and on the bus from Houston with the Houston alumni.  Some pictures are below so you can see Kyle Field and some other parts of College Station…it is a cow town; there is nothing there but the University and barely a tree in the tailgate area.  However, we were all pleasantly surprised at the friendliness of the Aggies before and after the game.  Look forward to doing our own bus trip with Roll Tide Chicago to the Kentucky game in October.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Colorado State Saturday; kickoff is at 6:000 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar. Its parents weekend so I know some of you will be in T-town for the home opener…have fun and we’ll see you back soon!

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

2013 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt and Membership

The 2013 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirts and memberships have been selling well and we will reorder shirts at the beginning of October…so if we are out of the size you need put your order in so we can insure you get the size you want once we reorder.  Also, we are looking at ordering some long sleeve shirt in crimson with ChicAgo on it this year email us at rolltidechicago@gmail.com if you are interested in being on the pre-order list for these shirts as well.

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round.

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4th & Goal

Can we all exhale yet? Man oh man, what a game! Before we get to the exploits of Johnny Football, Nick Saban looking 10 years older and how the Tide defense can give up more yards in a game than they do in a month let’s take a quick look at the DJ Fluker story which broke after I wrote 4th and goal last week.

It seems pretty clear that he took money from either an agent or former Alabama player Luther Davis which as we all know is against the rules. And while we all can sit back and say what a moron to jeopardize not only him, the team, and the university let’s take a step back and figure out why he did it. First of all it seems like the money he took was for living expenses buying a new bed, fixing his car, having some pocket change all things that all of us as college students took for granted. I can remember moving out of the ZBT house and my parents coming to T-Town and us buying a bed at some store on 15th street. What happens when you are over 6 feet tall and 300+ pounds? My guess is it is a little harder to do. Plus and I encourage all of you to read this story on him just imagine what it was like to grow up as DJ Fluker: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Aug/10/dj-fluker-chargers-hurricane-katrina-tornado/?#article-copy

Now to answer a couple of questions that I have been asked at least in my office: #1) No I don’t think the Tide will lose their national championships if all that happened is what is being reported #2) I don’t think that Bama will even get into a huge amount of trouble to be honest. They have been proactive from what I can gather, knew about the allegations before story broke and seem to be doing what they can to make sure that everyone is on the same page. #3) I don’t care if it’s AJ no way does Saban play a guy that he knows is taking money or took money. No one is bigger than the team which is why this is completely different than Reggie Bush at USC or the never ending saga down at the U. So in closing don’t worry about Fluker and trust that unlike in the past this saga will not torpedo the program. And for a better idea of how toothless the NCAA is read this:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf–latest-college-scandals-again-reveal-folly-of-ncaa-rules-210822795.html.

Now onto the game that not only took 10 years off Coach Saban’s life but also I bet most of us. What more can I add that hasn’t been written already? Let’s start with the bad first: Last week I mentioned that the best defense for Alabama was to keep Johnny Football off the field and I was partly right. The best defense for Alabama would have been to put 20 guys out there including Lee Roy Jordan, Barry Krause, the ghost of Derrek Thomas, Dre Kirpatrick, Mt. Cody and Don Hutson who even though he didn’t play defense he would have been better than the guys out on the field because nothing we did seemed to effect A&M one bit. Let’s go to the numbers:

  • 42 points most given up by a Saban coached team at Alabama.
  • 15 yards the number of the worse single penalty I have ever seen in a football game called on Ha-Ha in the first half (Saban by the way using common sense asked in his PC on Tuesday how they could not kick Ha-Ha out but still give him the penalty? ) As they mentioned on the broadcast if one isn’t a cheapshot how is it a penalty at all?
  • 62 first downs (31 each team).
  • 464 passing yards given up by our defense most giving up since 2001.
  • First time Bama has won giving up 35 or more points since 2007.
  • Mike Evans alone had 279 yards including the 95 yard run and catch which was the longest in A&M history.
  • 626 yards most EVER given up by the Tide.
  • Alabama gave up more yards in one game than they gave up in the entire month of Sept last year.
  • $$$ the amount of money Coach Saban is going to need for his new hair after the game it was looking a little out of place wasn’t it?
  • This was the most watched college football afternoon game since the U played Notre Dame in 1990.
  • The Tide is 15-4 vs. the AP top 10 in the last 6 seasons with two of those losses coming in the 2011 year.
  • 49-42 the final score with Alabama coming out on top.

That is all that matters. All of those other numbers don’t mean squat because if the Tide runs the table this game while being exciting and maybe giving teams like Ole Miss a sort of blueprint how to play against the Tide it is just another win. An exciting crazy from start to finish win, but a win just like every other win we have watched over the last few years. Like Gary Danielson said during the game it was like a basketball game on grass.

I think we can all agree that if we never EVER have to play or see Johnny Football lining up against the Tide we will breathe easier. It takes a special kind of player to flummox our defense and our coaches two years in a row and for the most part he did just that. Did he get some help from the amazingly awful Bama secondary? Of course how much? Well we’ll have to see how the rest of the season plays out. Just know that Mike Evans is about 6-1 and Ole Miss has two WR bigger than him.

As you all know I am a huge Reds and Bengals fan and with that comes a lifetime of losing and dashed hopes. I have come to believe that no lead is safe and that especially with the Bengals they will find a way to blow it. I feel 1000000% the other way when it comes to Alabama and especially AJ McCarron. At no point in the 2nd half did I feel that he won’t lead the Tide to victory and a TD or field goal. At no point when we had the lead was I worried that he would make a boneheaded pass into the endzone or fling it down the middle of the field. The guy is a machine or sure plays like it, and if you believe the reports for the first time since 2011, 100% healthy. Could we see our 2nd Heisman at the Capstone? I’d say as long as AJ is playing in the SEC championship game and the Tide is 12-0 how do you not give it to him? Manzell might be flashy and make amazing plays time and time again but AJ wins. Give me AJ every day and twice on Saturday.  Don’t believe me he was named SEC offensive player of the week:

OFFENSIVE: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
• Completed 20-of-29 passes for a career-high 334 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT.
• 5-yard pass to Jalston Fowler with 2:28 left put UA up 49-35 and proved to be game-winner.
• Also had TD passes of 22, 44 and 51 yards (four different receivers for scores).
• Improved record as starter to 27-2, including a 15-0 mark away from Tuscaloosa.
• Now second in UA record backs for passing yardage (passing Brodie Croyle) with 6,400 yards.
• 4 TD passes tied his career-best.
• Also responsible for checking at line of scrimmage for run plays as Alabama totaled 234 yards on the ground (568 yards total).

My last thoughts on the game: Johnny Football told all the people who gave him grief for his offseason and told them to shove it in one afternoon. Once again it’s amazing that no one remembers what they did in college let alone what a Heisman winner has to go through. Was he dumb at times of course, but who wasn’t? (Next time you see me ask me what shirt I was forced to wear for my bachelor party.) The bottom line is the guy is the most incredible college football player I have ever seen and I hope that an NFL team not in the AFC north drafts him. But even after the game he is going to have to deal with this nonsense: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1775892-johnny-manziel-reportedly-considered-undraftable-by-many-teams?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=sec-football

So many things happened in that game that we hope we never see again it was nice that TJ Yeldon was smart enough or told to write a letter to A&M saying he was sorry for the taunting penalty he got in the first half.

Our 3rdth string running back is better than about 90% of the RB in college football.

A quick glance around the rest of football:

The Big Ten once again is terrible but this year might be a new low. God help the OSU fan that complains that Alabama doesn’t play anybody because there is a good chance that the Tide will play 3 teams in the top 8 while OSU might not play a team the entire year in the top 15. Had Michigan lost to Akron it would have been the biggest upset maybe in the history of college football and I am not exaggerating.

I have a bunch of Wisconsin friends who stayed up till 1:00 AM to see this happen to their team:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-ELRub8n7s it’s nice that the Pac Ten told them today that they messed up. My question is why are Pac Ten refs reffing a Pac Ten/Big Ten game. And if this ever happens to the Tide their might be a riot in Indy.

The hot seat in Austin is getting hotter by the day. Ole Miss comes to town and runs up 44 on the Horns. I remember the lean years at Bama but we never got crushed playing at full strength like the Horns (and to a lesser extent Nebraska) currently.

With Colorado State this week coming to town I have two songs for you to enjoy:

The first by one of the forgotten bands of the 60’s the Flying Burrito Brothers and their tribute to Colorado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPpnvNlywP8

The 2nd with all the flooding going on there the last couple of weeks I figured a lot of people are singing this classic from the Man in Black Johnny Cash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqOOuEImTQY

Finally, in things that I didn’t know until I was a Dad: It’s taken two kids and 3 plus years of being a Dad but I finally felt like a grown up on Monday night. Instead of watching the Bengals/Steelers on Monday Night Football and the return of Reds ace Johnny Cueto pitch for the first time since June I went to Maya’s pre-school open house. I don’t think I have sat in a class room since my last day at Alabama and talking to the teachers and learning about her day I honestly felt more grown up it’s hard to explain.  It’s also good to know that Maya likes to correct the teachers if they don’t sing a song the right way or skip over part of the daily program (she is already taking after her mother.)

RTR

Marc

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13th September
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

What are the unofficial snack and drink of the Crimson Tide fan?

Golden Flake potato chips and Coca-Cola – they were the sponsors of The Bear Bryant Show, his Sunday post game TV show. Since 9/11/2013 would have been Paul Bear Bryant’s 100th birthday I wanted to include a fact that tied to him.

It’s only been a week, but man I miss seeing y’all at the Houndstooth and Another Round on gameday.  I will not be at the Houndstooth this Saturday…I will hopefully be watching the game from Ryan Field; if not, I’ll be watching the game from the National Alumni Association’s tailgate in College Station!  I’ll bring back pictures and stories…I couldn’t pass up on joining other alumni friends for this once in a decade game.  Not to worry others you know from the board will be at the Houndstooth and Another Round and I expect it to be packed Saturday. 

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Texas A&M Saturday; kickoffs is at 2:30 pm, but arrive 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

2013 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt and Membership

We want to make sure you join Roll Tide, Chicago (new or a renewing member) the new membership form is on RollTideChicago.com and will be at The Houndstooth and Another Round all season.  Your 2013 RTC Membership you will get this ChicaAgo t-shirt (it’s an ash grey color and comes in women’s and men’s sizes)

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Alabama vs. KY Game 10/12 in Lexington, KY

Roll Tide Chicago will have access to approximately 24 tickets to the Alabama vs. KY game on Oct. 12th in Lexington, KY.  Details to be provided in from NAA, but if you are interested in being put on the list for possible game tickets please email rolltidechicago@gmail.com with your name and phone number, once we have more information we will email y’all (If you have not gotten an email from us it’s because we are working on the information).  We are looking at getting a bus to the game from Chicago to Lexington, please let us know if you’d want to catch a ride to the game with us in the email and if you already have tickets and want to ride with Roll Tide Chicago email us about the bus.

Have a fun and I will see y’all next week for the next Alabama game at the Houndstooth and watch for us on College Gameday from College Station!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4th & Goal

Before we get to the game this week a couple of notes on the VA Tech game which seems like it happened 2 years ago not 2 weeks ago.  A couple of notes I got from having to listen to the Tide broadcast on my drive to Cinci: The Tide has scored in a school record 157 games in a row and has led in 25 of the last 28 quarters (that is amazing!) Let’s just say that I can’t remember a game in which the Tide won by 25 and you still went away saying what the heck was that? All the 3 and outs, the offense sputtering at times and the almost complete lack of a running game (we sort of looked like Auburn there for a while.) We all knew that replacing the o-line was going to have some growing pains and that VA Tech has a good defense but I don’t think anyone thought it would be that bad. As Saban said earlier this week I hope that game was a wakeup call.  And we won by 25!! Now there are two trains of thought after this game. #1 Saban didn’t want to tip his hand with the offense heading into this week’s game so once the game was well in hand he took the foot off the peddle and #2 he wanted the Tide to struggle a little so that he could yell at them this week in practice. It has to be hard to be players on the Tide when you wake up on Saturday morning and hear all the guys on gameday say that the only way the Tide loses is if they beat themselves. Now Saban has had two weeks to lay the hammer on them. Let’s hope it worked because that offense was UGLY!

I believe that it was Tom Petty who once sang The Waiting is the hardest part and boy have we all been waiting for this week. It’s finally time to see what Coaches Saban and Smart have up their sleeves for Johnny Football and A&M. All year the game has been in the weight room, all year every time they show a highlight of Johnny Football it is the bobbled handoff touchdown last year. All year all of us had to listen to all the talk of how A&M came to T-Town and won the game. (No one seems to remember that the play calling down the stretch was so bad that it cost us the game.)

It’s not often that when you are the #1 team in the county and two time defending champions that the country is rooting for you but I think it is safe to say that most college football fans are excited to see Johnny Football put in his place and the Tide is the team to do it.  As my dad put it I can’t wait to see Alabama put that punk in his place.

Here is how I see this game going: the best way to keep Johnny Football off the field is to keep him off the field. Run the ball, pound the Aggies on the ground (they have given up huge yards to powers as Rice and Sam Houston State) and I think Yeldon and crew were embarrassed by last game. I have a feeling that AJ is licking his chops to get back on the field after his somewhat disappointing effort vs. VA Tech. And I know that Coach Saban is tired of hearing how mobile QB’s give the Tide trouble. On defense last night on ESPN they showed how the Tide went from one defense in the first half of last year (when Johnny Football crushed us) to a different zone defense in the 2nd half where we controlled him for the most part. I think the Tide is going to throw everything and the kitchen sink at him. Blitz, zone, stack the box you name it. Just like Cam Newton JF is going to get his yards and make big plays as long as the Tide can control most of them and knock him on his butt a lot they will be ok. By the end of the day the Tide finds a way to win. Bama 35 A&M 24 and the march for the three peat lives on.

We sure love to puff our chests out when the SEC is running roughshod over everyone but what if this year the SEC (minus a couple of teams) isn’t that good? UGA and Florida losing to the ACC, Arkansas almost losing to some scrub team yesterday, Miss State getting trounced last week etc. It is a very top heavy league and we just better hope that we don’t lose late in the year because this year the SEC might not be the big bad SEC we are used to (don’t let that AP poll fool you with 3 teams in the top 10 the SEC is 5 teams and a bunch of so-so Big Ten type of squads.

Every week I remind all of us not to take what the Tide has going for granted. I give you the fans of Texas, Florida and USC who each lost and lost bad this week. At least USC has the excuse of having the worse coach in the country and the NCAA restrictions but what the heck do you do if you are Texas and Florida? By the way in the USC game the HOME fans were cheering Fire Kiffin!! Glad it only took them 4 years to figure that out. And be prepared if Texas continues to struggle for all the rumors to come out that they are going to make a big time run at Coach after the season if they fire Mack Brown.

Not sure if you guys saw that last week the Tide got the #1 lineman in the country to come to the Capstone for 2014.  Even better was that he is from Monroe, LA. Which leads me to question why Clowney and that kid from Ole Miss turned down the Tide to play for the Gamecocks and the Rebs? I get staying close to home and playing with your brother but if you want to WIN and go to the NFL the Tide seems to me to be the best place. And I love that Clowney is whining about not being used the right way that teams are working the other side of the field etc. since the Gamecocks can’t stop anyone on defense.  Brother if you had come to the Capstone no one would be doing that and you would have 2 rings.

There have been a couple of great articles on how much ESPN controls college football in the last few weeks. Here are some interesting stats on ESPN and college football:

• ESPN has televised 283 Thursday college football primetime games involving 101 teams (73 different home teams and 78 as visitors). Virginia Tech leads all programs with 26 home and away games combined followed by Georgia Tech with 24.

•Auburn’s 22-19 victory on Jan. 10, 2011 over Oregon (it aired on ESPN) is the most-watched program in cable television history with 27,316,000 viewers.

•ESPN has six on-air staffers who have won a national championship in college football: Todd Blackledge (1982 with Penn State); Ed Cunningham (Washington in 1991), Brian Griese (Michigan in 1997), Lou Holtz (as head coach of Notre Dame in 1988), Danny Kanell (Florida State in 1993) and Trevor Matich (BYU in 1984);

•The USC-Ohio State game on Sept. 12, 2009 is ESPN’s most-viewed regular season game with 10,586,000 viewers.

•Birmingham finished the 2012 season as the highest-rated metered market for ESPN’s regular-season for the 12th consecutive season. The market averaged an 8.9 rating — 89 percent higher than second place Greenville’s 4.7 rating.

For this week’s song I picked one that I think sums up most of our feelings towards good on Johnny Football. Remember a few years ago when the Tide played the Steve Miller Band “Take the Money and Run” when Cam Newton came out before the Iron Bowl? I always thought this song was better and I’m just glad I can use it to describe Johnny Football and his autograph problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d16qRoUWMgg (Crosby and Nash never sounded so bitter.)

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad. A show of hands how many of you who grew up a Tide fan can remember your first game? I took Maya to Cincinnati last week and after a rainout in the first game we tried to go to on July 4th we finally saw a Reds game. The joy and fun she had eating peanuts, ice cream, and pizza was great. But seeing her cheer when the rest of the crowd did was even better. (I’m not going to lie and tell you she had any clue what was going on the field (like most Cubs fans) but when Joey Votto and Sin Choo Choo hit homers and the fireworks went off her face was priceless. I can’t wait to take her and Jacob down to T-Town at some point to show them a Tide game.

Bring on Johnny Football!!

RTR
Marc

 

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