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29th November
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact:

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger is a food drive that UA and Auburn have hosted for 20 years now.  They have collected more than 3 million pounds of nonperishable food for families in Alabama.  This year UA won by collecting 299,398 pounds of food to top Auburn University’s collection of 169,702 pounds of food. This year they allowed alumni to donate food to their communities’ food banks and allowing UA to get create for the amount collected.  Let’s try to do this next year and help UA beat Auburn by even more!

Can you believe it’s already the Iron Bowl?  What a difference a year has made and we now have an Iron Bowl of #1 vs. #4.  It will be great game so I hope wherever you are for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that you will join other Alabama fans to cheer on the Tide in this Iron Bowl.  Here is the list of alumni associations throughout the US and where those chapters watch the Crimson Tide http://alumni.ua.edu/chapters. We will have our watch parties at the Houndstooth in Wrigleyville and Another Round in Downers Grove to cheer on the Tide.  I will leave Marc and the 4th & Goal to talk more about the Iron Bowl!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Auburn Saturday; kickoffs is at 2:30 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.

Note: Most the tables have been pre-reserved at the Houndstooth this week…So arrive early for a spot at the bar.  The Dark Horse right down the street from the Houndstooth on Sheffield is our official overflow bar in the city & will also have sound on for the game Saturday – so arrive early for a spot at the Houndstooth, Dark Horse or Another Round!

All bars will open at 11 am on Saturday.  Just remember that many of the tables are reserved…so if you get there when the bar opens that does not mean you’ll get a table!

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

SEC Toys for Tots Toy Holiday Party

As a part of an effort to unify the SEC alumni chapters here in Chicago, Roll Tide Chicago will help by hosting an SEC Toys for Tots Holiday Party. Information is still being worked on for this event but Save the Date and make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party.

WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon

3369 N. Clark

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th

2pm – 5pm/6pm

Please feel free to pass along the invitation to friends that have attended an SEC school or are fans of the SEC.  We will make sure the NFL games are on…so no excuses on why you can’t show up!

Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

Still need the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt…they also make great Holiday gifts for friends and family. If you cannot make it to one of the bars to get your membership and T-shirts no problem, just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 6th!

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Also, we only have a few of the 2013 long sleeve t-shirts left – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com to get the Crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.

Sizes available Small – 2XL

T-shirt Pricing:

Members: $30 each (separate/extra to membership dues that include the grey t-shirt)

Non-Members: $35 each

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round to cheer on Alabama!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4TH and Goal The Iron Bowl

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if you heard but there is a little football game this weekend down on the Plains. 11-0 vs. 10-1 #1 in the country vs. #4 the last 4 BCS National Champs and it just happens to be in the Iron Bowl plus all of the other stuff rolled into one. While I don’t pretend to be an Alabama football historian it seems to me that this game might trump them all. From The Snake’s run in the mud to Punt Bama Punt, the kick, Bo Goes Over the top, honk if you’ve sacked Brodie to the Drive and the Camback this game on Saturday might put all of those to rest. (Also is it me or does Auburn have snazzy names for all their wins over the Tide? Not since 1973 have both teams been ranked in the top 5, never before has the Iron Bowl decided the SEC West (which honestly is amazing to me) we all know what it means to the Tide one step closer to the three-peat, another SEC West Title and continuing as #1 in the country. For Auburn if they win the Iron Bowl and then go on to win the SEC they have an outside chance to get into the BCS National title. But more importantly for both teams it is bragging rights to the 100%. Even more than in years past this game will give the winner bragging rights for the year. If we win its status quo Auburn while vastly improved from the last couple of years is still little brother looking at the Big brother through the glass door nose pressed to the glass wishing and hoping they were as cool as us as we take Ms. Alabama out on a date while they count toilet paper rolls. If Auburn wins it ends the AJ/CJ/Bama/SEC/BCS dynasty (at least for this year) the loss will not only be a crushing blow to all of us but to the rest of the SEC as well. Because unless Winston gets arrested in Florida or Ohio State gets lost getting to Lucas Oil Field they aren’t losing. On a personal note I will have to eat a lot of crow since all season I talk up the SEC and Alabama and let’s just say that I’m not always nice about the Big 10. So if Alabama loses not only will we have to live with Auburn rubbing our noses in it but also every Big 10 fan I know will jump all over me.  Not that any of you need any help from me in this department but here is a video to get your blood boiling: (Hype Video)  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1864844-the-hype-get-ready-for-the-greatest-iron-bowl-yet?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming

Because I am not from Alabama and I didn’t know many Auburn fans from college I wanted to learn a little bit more about the Iron Bowl from their point of view. (On a side note while my time at Alabama wasn’t always the greatest when it came to football I did see the Tide win 2 Iron Bowls including the last one at Legion Field in 1999). With that said I have asked a couple of special guests to share their stories about the Iron Bowl from the Auburn side of things. One is a house divided and the other was a dancer for the Tigers whose parents both went to Alabama. How do you live in a house divided this week? How do you end up at Auburn when both of your parents went to, met and fell in love at Alabama: Like they say on Law and Order these are their stories:

Brooke Wilson’s parents met and fell in love while at Alabama during the glory years of the Bear. Growing up in Birmingham you’d think that her brothers and sisters would fall in line. Instead Brooke as the youngest of 3 followed both her brother and sister to Auburn and never looked back. As she said “There was never any doubt in my mind that I would go to Auburn in fact I didn’t even apply to Alabama. While this didn’t go over well with her parents they were powerless to stop her. Not only a picture of her brother with Bear Bryant as a young boy (in which he is crying) could stem the Tide.  Brooke as it turned out not only went to Auburn but was on the dance and sprit team. When I asked her if she and her siblings can watch the Iron Bowl with her parents I got a big HECK NO “That would be miserable and is something I hope to never experience.” She continued: My mother is the definition of a southern Belle but when it comes to Alabama football, watch out. You know the hate you (meaning me) you have for Auburn, well, imagine having that hate towards your Mom’s favorite team. You almost feel bad about it. As part of the Tiger Paws for 3 years Brooke got a front row seat for the Iron Bowl. And as a student from 02-06 she never saw a loss. She is proud of the fact that while she was on the field for the “honk if you sacked Brodie game” she never put on the bumper sticker.  I asked her what this year’s Thanksgiving conversation was going to be and she said that while she and her brother talk about it on the side they don’t bring it up with her Mom and Dad as they don’t want to get kicked out of the house. Finally I asked her how much money she contributed to the Cam Newton slush fund: Not nearly enough she said with a laugh. Worth every penny we love love, love Cam Newton in our house.

Meanwhile the same can’t be said for the Coleman household. Unlike Brooke that only has to deal with her parents when she is at their house, Jeff and Leslie live with each other 365 days a year. As a house divided they have no choice.  I spoke with both of them separately; Leslie the Auburn grad started things off when I asked how they met and how long before the conversation turned to the Iron Bowl. “We met on a blind date she said in Charleston after we were both out of school. Because it was a blind date I knew going in that Jeff went to Alabama but I figured none of the guys I had dated at school had teeth so I figured I would give him a shot (I might have made part of that answer up) she went on to say that Jeff had her “fooled” (again not very hard when you are talking about a Bama grad fooling an Auburn grad) because as she said Bama was in the middle of the 10 year slump and Jeff didn’t care that much. But once Coach Saban came boy the lights went on…When I asked her what the day of the Iron Bowl is like now her answer is pretty much the same as mine. Pre-kids it was college game day then going to a bar or watching at home with friends. Now its kids/family time and prey they go to sleep for kickoff. We trade off depending on who’s game is on first and if it is night game we do a lot of pausing of the game (I can relate to this) When I asked if they watch both teams together she said yes because if the Tide wins she is happy for Jeff. But she did say that when Auburn wins this year it will be even sweeter than normal. With two kids I asked who gets to pick the kids game day outfits (As I am friends with Jeff’s Sister Amanda I only see the Bama pictures) I was surprised to learn that it just depends on who gets up first to get them dressed. When I asked if they would watch this year’s game together she immediately said NO WAY it’s too dangerous for all involved. But the kids will be with me I asked her how this week or year affects her and Jeff. I have to say her answer surprised me: “as a 4th generation Auburn Grad this year makes it more fun. But because I can’t personally affect the game I don’t stress over it that much. The extra tension around the discussion and pre-game I could live without.”   Shockingly they don’t have any bets on the game although she did say that they will now that I asked (sorry Jeff) When I asked her how much she contributed to the Cam Newton slush fund I believe she sent the message to me in Morris code since I can’t read it. Jeff responded in much the same way to most of the questions. When I asked how long it took him to figure out she went to Auburn on that first date he said 15 minutes and yet after learning this information he didn’t mind.  When I asked about the Iron Bowl week he said that this year has been a little different but that he is/was more worried about Miss. State than Auburn even after the UGA game. “I’ll take the mentally and physically prepared team over the lucky team any day. “ When I asked if he planned to watch the game with her he said we tried it once and we lasted less than a quarter. So no we will not be watching. The last couple of years have been rough on Leslie and I expect it to continue this year.

So there you have it gang. For those (Like Shana) who call it “Just a game” this game separates moms and daughters and husbands and wives. And frankly I have no idea how the loser in the Coleman household can sleep with winner on Saturday night. I honestly don’t think I could.

For a great column on why Auburn is lame: http://www.andthevalleyshook.com/2013/9/19/4750624/why-literate-people-should-hate-auburn

For a complete breakdown on Alabama vs. Auburn from an offense and defense: http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2013/11/25/5144296/alabama-vs-auburn-stat-comparison

Finally as far as the links go take trip back in time to the Bear Bryant show. There is so much about this clip that kills me. First of all I honestly can’t understand Coach Bryant in 75% of this. Second when they just dump the bag of chips into the bowl and he pops open the Coke. Can you imagine Coach Saban shilling for Golden Flakes and Coke like this? Finally I love the video of the game is from the coaches’ video and not the TV broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhHnU3T6wg

Ok enough Marc what is your prediction? This game will come down to one thing and one thing only. If Alabama can control the line of scrimmage on defense and keep the Auburn offense off the field (like they did vs. LSU and for the most part vs. A&M) the Tide win and win BIG. If Auburn can get their running game going and keep the crowd in the game we might be in for a long afternoon. But when push comes to shove I just can’t imagine AJ and the offense not being able to move the ball at will vs. Auburn’s defense. I think the Tide weather the storm at the start of the game and as the 3rd quarter comes to a close the Tide starts to pull away. Just like vs. LSU and A&M our best defense is our offense. The Tide wins the Iron Bowl, the West and move one step closer to the BCS National Title with a VERY hard fought and emotional 35-21 win.

We all love football but the game is changing before our eyes. From the targeting rule to almost a flag football mentality when it comes to protecting the QB’s (more so in the NFL) than in college in 10 years the football we know and love will be a totally different game. Is that good or bad? Hard for me to say. It’s not like the Hunger Games where people are tossed into a ring with no hope of getting out alive. These guys know the risks and still toss their bodies around like rag dolls.  The best sports writer working today Rick Reilly has an interesting take on watching football. Do you feel this way watching CJ, Coop, TJ and Ryan Kelly each game? http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9932209/nfl-becoming-guilty-pleasure

Finally since I know this is really long how bad are things right now at Florida? It is safe to say that the loss to Georgia Southern ranks as one of the worse losses in SEC football history and is by far the worse loss of all time at the Swamp. I once again will ask the question that all Florida fans most be asking. How in the world does a school like Florida lose to a team like G. Southern? And how is it possible they can’t find a good if not great QB? This week we could see an SEC team and one that won 11 games just a year ago lose by 50+ points simply an amazingly bad year down in the swamp.

The song this week is another example of guys having too much time on their hands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG6zYRTY5fw&feature=youtu.be

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: With Hanukkah starting this week Maya made her list for Hanukkah Harry and it consisted of the following: Tape, yarn, gum, Band-Aids, Lightening McQueen sheets, the movie Planes and did I mention tape? When your kid says Daddy I want to play with my yarn and tape you get very creative very fast on the type of games you can play.

Roll Tide everybody. Let’s cheer extra hard this weekend (we might just need it).

Roll Tide Roll

Marc

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21st November
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

How many seats did the original University of Alabama stadium hold?

12,072

Today’s official capacity of Bryant Denny Stadium is 101,821

Can you believe next weekend is the last regular season game and it will be a big Iron Bowl this year…but don’t forget we play Chattanooga this Saturday.  So if you are not heading out of Chicago for Thanksgiving make sure you make it to the Houndstooth and/or Another Round to cheer on the Tide with Roll Tide Chicago!  We have a lot of people already letting us know that they will be visiting Chicago for the weekend and plan on making it to the Houndstooth or Another Round to cheer on the Tide.  Tables will be able to be reserved for the Iron Bowl at the Houndstooth email them at htsaloon@aol.com or us at rolltidechicago@gmail.com for more information on reserving tables for the Iron Bowl.

If you need to find out where to watch the Iron Bowl if you are headed out of Chicagoland look for chapters and watch locations here: http://alumni.ua.edu/chapters.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Chattanooga Saturday; kickoffs is at 1 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Note this week’s game is on PPV so join us at one of our viewing partied to catch the game!

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

We are starting to run out sizes of the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirts so make sure to pick-up your t-shirts before supplies run out at the Houndstooth or Another Round!!  If you cannot make it to one of the bars to get your membership and T-shirts no problem, just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  Our shirts make great holiday gifts to other family members who might not live in Chicago!  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 6th!

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Also, we only have a few of the 2013 long sleeve t-shirts left – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com to get the Crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.

Sizes available Small – 2XL

T-shirt Pricing:

Members: $30 each (separate/extra to membership dues that include the grey t-shirt)

Non-Members: $35 each

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round to cheer on Alabama!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

4th & Goal

The Calm before the Storm and an Ode to AJ:

Since we are a week away from what could go down as the biggest Iron Bowl of all time we will leave the Iron Bowl talk for next week (for the most part) so let’s get onto the matter at hand this week vs. the Mocs. With the historic signing yesterday in Illinois legalizing gay marriage I think it is time that I come out and say that I have a man crush on AJ McCarron. It is fun to play the Mt. Rushmore game you know who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of this or that (pick four people etc) not to be confused with your list of 5 (everyone knows what I am talking about) and mine when it came to sports has been set for a long time: Pete Rose, Barry Larkin, Anthony Munoz and Kenyon Martin but now as much as it pains me to say Kenyon is getting chipped off and AJ is getting put on. What is not to like about this guy (minus his GAWD Awful tattoo?)

He is everything you would want in a player that represents your school. He cares more for the greater good of the team than his own stats. His work with the Children’s Hospital around Alabama is well known, he has already graduated and he is dating Ms. Webb. (http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/10/aj_mccarron_puts_an_end_to_the.html answered that question on 10/8/13) What’s not to like?  As much as I would love to see him win the Heisman he has as much chance of winning as I do which is ok. The guy is a winner and a leader the likes of which if things break the Tide’s way this year could be unprecedented in college football history. Currently as a starter he is 35-2! He has the chance to go down as one of the greatest college football players of all time if the Tide wins out this year. And while none of us know what type of pro he will be (I think he will be good if not great) I think that like Christian Latner in basketball he could be on the short list of best of all time. As I am sure that most of you know he is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week and they bring up all of these points. I guess my point in all of this is more than any Tide or college player in my life time I am going to miss him next year no matter what happens. I keep reminding all of us to savor the time we are in with Alabama football and not seeing AJ under center next year is going to be a big shock to all of our systems. So on Saturday when the Tide is laying waste to the Mocs remember to cheer as AJ jogs off the field we hope after the first quarter because there is a good chance that we might never see a winner or leader like him again.  And while this video doesn’t include highlights from this year it’s still fun to remember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNKjjiQL8tk (one other thing I never get tired of seeing how excited he gets to run up and hug the guy that catches the pass.)

One reason that AJ might not get the Heisman is because he might not be the best player on the team: Another tip of the cap needs to go to CJ Mosley who every time the Tide are on CBS they remind us that he wasn’t even on the field for every play last year: Here is a great article and video highlights for the other big time senior that we will miss next year: http://www.rollbamaroll.com/2013/11/20/5123438/a-salute-to-the-2013-alabama-seniors-c-j-mosley

As I mentioned above AJ is on the cover of SI this week. While we are all impressed and running out to get the latest issue (the 17th time the Tide has been on the cover since Coach Saban took over) let’s just say that Saban has a slightly different view: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/nick_saban_you_think_i_sit_aro.html

Now I know Coach Saban is busy and all but how much tape does one man need to watch where he can’t go down to the Ferg and buy a copy of SI with his QB on the cover? Or watch a little TV from time to time?

This week in the stats that caught my eye Alabama version:

Alabama has occupied the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for 13 consecutive weeks this season and 14 in a row dating to last season. Only six other teams — 1943 Notre Dame (nine weeks), 1945 Army (nine), 1971 Nebraska (14), 1972 USC (14), 1999 Florida State (16) and 2004 USC (16) — were ranked No. 1 for an entire season.

Alabama’s 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday also secured the Tide’s sixth consecutive 10-win season. In 118 seasons of football, the Crimson Tide have won 10 games or more 33 times, tied with Oklahoma for the most in major college football history. Nebraska (28) and Michigan (26) are next.

53st straight game Alabama has been favored
Favored by an average of over three touchdowns during those 53 games
Last time not favored: 12/5/2009 vs. Florida and I think I saw but don’t quote me on this that the Tide is already a 12 point favorite in the Iron Bowl.

And while I still think our pass defense is a little slow at times: The top-ranked Crimson Tide is still among the top-10 nationally in rushing yards allowed per game, passing yards allowed per game, third down conversions, first downs allowed and total defense. It’s given up the fewest touchdowns (12) and the fewest points per game (10.2) in all of college football.

If the Tide wins out and they would have played 5 teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25. The other 3 undefeated teams combined have played 5.

While we all wait for the Iron Bowl next week please remember what you buy and what you wear because Big “Al” Brother is watching: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/11/from_rammer_jammer_and.html#incart_big-photo

With the Iron Bowl next week and after the amazing finish to the Auburn game here is a video of Coach Saban reacting to the news that the Tigers won: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6OEaUM9NOo#t=46

In other news from around college football Urban Meyer is whining about the BCS because that is what Urban does (instead he should be complaining to the other Big Ten Coaches to get their act together.)

I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV so I will leave it up to you to read all the latest on the FSU and J. Winston mess brewing down in Florida. Just another reason I’m glad we have AJ as our QB.

In case you weren’t paying attention USC has somehow turned the corner from being a dead program and team under the Wunderboy Lane K and is now beating teams like Stanford. Maybe Coach O is that good of a coach or maybe it’s simpler that Lane couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Plus it gives me an excuse to link this commercial again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX7wzhMvbzo

For this week in music: How can you go wrong with Barry Manlow? OK you can go plenty wrong but close your eyes and try and imagine the Bear sitting on his back porch cig in one hand glass of bourbon in the other listening to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXO1h4d7aoM (skip to the 3 min. mark to hear the song)

And finally Pearl Jam has been covering this song for a long time but I think they are playing it better now than ever before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGijfdW1DcM

In this week’s addition to things I didn’t know until I was a dad: Ok I did know this but it is worth repeating for all of you who are expecting at the moment or who one day plan on getting pregnant do all of us a favor and make sure you never record a video like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ1oxXod9TQ#t=99

Roll Tide Roll

Marc

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15th November
2013
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

Where did the name “Million Dollar Band” come from?

The name “Million Dollar Band” was bestowed upon us in 1922 by W. C. “Champ” Pickens. In the 1948 Alabama football media guide, it is described this way: During a 1922 Georgia Tech game, won by the Yellow Jackets 33-7, an Atlanta sportswriter commented to Pickens, “You don’t have much of a team, what do you have at Alabama?” Pickens replied, “A Million Dollar Band,” due to the bands fundraising ability to get to the Georgia Tech game that year. 

Last week’s game was fantastic – I heard the Houndstooth and Another Round were rocking for the game.  I had the pleasure of being back in T-town for game and to be in the Bryant-Denny Stadium (BDS) as it swayed to the fans cheering and singing Dixieland Delight during a commercial break, Marc will expand on this and other things from the game in 4th and Goal below.  I will just share some pictures from the packed Quad pregame to BDS during the game.  Thank you to all the Roll Tide Chicago members who made it to our tailgate on the quad – the leadership for the NAA was impressed with how many of us RTCers were in T-Town for the game!

It’s hard to believe how quickly this football season has gone…only 3 regular season games left so make sure you make it to the Houndstooth and/or Another Round before the end of the regular season to cheer on the Tide with Roll Tide Chicago!

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Mississippi Saturday; kickoffs is at 6:45 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Another Round patrons please know there is also a Blackhawks game at 7 pm on Saturday.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

We are starting to run out sizes of the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirts so make sure to pick-up your t-shirts before supplies run out at the Houndstooth or Another Round!!  If you cannot make it to one of the bars to get your membership and T-shirts no problem, just go to http://rolltidechicago.com/?page_id=3 and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  Our shirts make great holiday gifts to other family members who might not live in Chicago!

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Also, we only have a few of the 2013 long sleeve t-shirts left – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email rolltidechicago@gmail.com to get the Crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.

Sizes available Small – 2XL

T-shirt Pricing:

Members: $30 each (separate/extra to membership dues that include the grey t-shirt)

Non-Members: $35 each

Look forward to seeing y’all Saturday at the Houndstooth and Another Round to cheer on Alabama!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4th & Goal

I am FIRED up this week gang and it has little to do with the Tide continuing to roll last week vs. the Tigers. No since that game and even before I have been called an “elitist” a front runner, an SEC shill (OK they got me on that one) a communist and a guy that doesn’t know what I am talking about.  Those are the nice things. All because I happen to root for a team that is the two time defending national champion and 4 wins away from playing for a 3rd in a row. Which got me thinking Are we Alabama fans the new New York Yankee fans? Are we the fan base that every other team loathes not because we beat them or even play them but because we are the standard that they all hope to achieve and become? To all of that I say we are all guilty as charged but with a big BUT thrown in. You know what that BUT is? The product on the field. Alabama over the last 5 seasons is 70-7, have been ranked #1 more than all the other teams in the country combined, have been favored in an amazing 51 (and counting) games in a row has won three of the last four national titles, has had more players go to the NFL than any other team and just today received the commitment from the #1 DE in the country to come and play for the Tide next year giving them the #1 recruiting class once again. Oh and by the way their coach was just on 60 minutes and Showtime and both of our big games this year have been the most watched games of the year on CBS or any other channel for college football. So if that makes us elitists then I guess we are all guilty as charged. Just like the Yankees, the Steelers (for the most part) Duke or Kentucky basketball and Cubs fans (ha) we are big brother and we are the best. So puff your chest out adjust that Houndstooth hat or scarf and roll with it.  And trust me gang everyone (well maybe not SEC fans who want the SEC to keep winning) but everybody else is going to be rooting against the Tide the rest of the way.

For those of you who are on Facebook trust me when I tell you that there is no bigger waste of time than engaging in a college football debate with Big Ten Fans. Even with the facts on our side (Alabama if they win out will have played 4 teams currently in the BCS top 15 (OSU hasn’t played a top 15 team in 2 years) they don’t want to hear it. I actually had a guy tell me that the SEC was overrated because and follow the logic on this because ESPN and the SEC have the SEC network starting NEXT season ESPN wants SEC teams to be ranked higher than other conferences and the Big Ten. Never mind that the last time I checked there is no ESPN top 25 poll or how does that explain FSU being ranked higher and if they win out Baylor will end up higher than Ohio State. None of that seems to matter.  So once again gang, take my word for it don’t do it. Unlike the Tide you can’t win.

Now onto one of my favorite Alabama wins in some time. As you all know I love smash mouth football. Call me old fashion or maybe it’s because I grew up a wait for it, wait for it a Big Ten fan but for whatever reason I would rather watch Alabama or Stanford bleed the life out of a team like they did last week to LSU and Oregon that the fun and gun of Oregon or Baylor. I like what those teams can do to the scoreboard and its fun to watch (I’d watch Johnny Football any day of the week) but there is something to be said for here is our guy we are going to run it and you try and stop it. (on a related note this is what Auburn is doing with the read option which scares the heck out of me but that is for a couple of weeks from now) So I for one loved that the Tide took the ball after the greatest call in the Coach Saban era the fake punt and ran it down LSU’s throat. Here comes Yeldon, here comes Drake try and stop us. And as the seconds ticked down and Zack and his offense sat on the sideline we all came to see that for all the worries about our defense (And there are still plenty) our best defense this season is our offense. Be it the fun and gun of the A&M game or the power running game of Saturday. Keep this in mind if we play FSU in the Rose Bowl.

Because Jacob was sick with a cold, I couldn’t make it out to the Tooth on Saturday which leads me to point #2 about the game. If there is anything more pathetic than jumping off your couch ALONE to celebrate a touchdown or in my case when the Tide held them on 4th and 15 late in the game?  After I sat back down I looked around at my empty basement and thought boy that is really lame. Do you agree or disagree?

Is it me or does this year Coach Saban looks like he is having more fun than in the past? First there was the way he jumped up and down after Jones had that INT a couple of weeks ago. And then on Saturday there he was running and jumping into AJ’s arms and even smiling. My Dad called and asked did your TV just break? And I said no why and he said because Saban just smiled. I thought it was the end of world. Where is this emotion after you know winning the National Title?

Speaking of AJ and I will have more on him next week here is a great story that to me at least sums him up perfectly: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/can_we_appreciate_aj_mccarron_1.html

Laurel can speak to this more than me but I thought on TV BDS sounded louder than I ever remember it (It was loud and amazing). My buddy Kirz said the only time he can remember it louder was right after Mt. Cody blocked the Vols kick back in 2008.  During a timeout late in the game as Dixieland Delight filled the air in T-Town the crowd was so loud it made the stadium rock. Check out the video on the bottom and see for yourself: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/11/eli_gold_felt_byant-denny_stad.html

You never know who is going to show up on the sidelines at a Bama game. Did you know that on Saturday Derek Jeter was there as a guest of Alabama baseball coach Andy Phillips? Here is a short video interview with him on the field: http://www.rolltide.com/allaccess/# (if you can’t find it type in Derek Jeter in the search bar)

This week the Tide take on Miss State in another game that I like to call Please God don’t let anyone get hurt game. (Next week’s game is that game times 100,000) The Wise Guys in Vegas have the Tide as once again a 25 point favorite and I see no reason that they won’t win by that much if not more.

A couple of stats from last week caught my eye from around the SEC last week:

How bad has it gotten at Florida? Vandy not only beat Florida for the first time since 1988 but they won in the swamp for the first time since 1945. How did that happen you ask? Check out this sequence of events that took place during the game: In a morbidly emblematic sequence late in the fourth quarter, Florida had possession at the Commodores’ 41-yard line, trailing 31-17. On third-and-10, Vanderbilt safety Javon Marshall sacked Murphy for a 13-yard loss and officials flagged Murphy for intentional grounding. Going for it on fourth-and-23, Murphy lost 26 yards on a Caleb Azubukie sack and the Gators committed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Vandy took over with a first-and-goal at the Florida 10-yard line. That is not getting it done.

And finally as much as we don’t like to think about Auburn being any good (they are) check out this stat about their offense from the past couple of games: Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has attempted a combined 16 passes in his last three games. Why throw the ball when the Tigers (9-1, 5-1 SEC) are capable of notching a staggering 444 rushing yards (including 214 from Marshall) in a 55-23 rout of Tennessee (4-6, 1-5)? Auburn, which also got two return touchdowns, has improved from 80th to third nationally in rushing offense under first-year coach Gus Malzahn. “I still believe we can throw the football,” Malzahn said. “… But when you don’t have to, you don’t.” Somehow I believe that Alabama will force him to throw the ball a little and I am looking forward to seeing what UGA can do vs. them this weekend but the days of the Iron Bowl being a blowout are over.

This week the music is a little bit different. In honor of the game being in Starkville I give you one of the greatest and funniest SNL skits of the last 20 years: http://www.hulu.com/watch/536145

And finally this week with the 50th anniversary of the assignation of JFK they have had a lot of specials on about him (the two part American Experience on PBS was really good) Anyway this song always makes me think of him.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8roidAxzNzU. This is a version by my favorite Motown Singer Marvin Gaye the original by Dion is just as good.

This week in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Maya has started to become a little bossy pants and so last night she told me and I quote “Daddy this is how we are going to do it” and then went on to explain how bed time was going to go. As soon as she is able to Jacob has no shot when it comes to doing anything because Miss Maya is a girl that knows what she wants.

I hope to be at the Tooth (health permitting) Saturday.

RTR

Marc

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