Archive for November 6th, 2013

6th November
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

How often do Denny Chimes sound?

Every fifteen minutes.

What tune do the Chimes play?

“Westminster Peal,” the same as Big Ben in London. 

How many steps are there in Denny Chimes?  How many flights of stairs?

92 steps & 13 flights of stairs

It’s LSU game week & who isn’t ready to be back in the swing of Alabama football.  I will be headed back to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama vs. LSU game and will be tailgating again in the Quad with other Alabama alumni people.  I will bring back more pictures and stories for y’all – I know several other Roll Tide Chicagoans who will be in T-town for the game so hit me up if you want to stop by our tailgate on the Quad and make sure you post pictures of your visit on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/70751310545/ #RollTide.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. LSU Saturday; kickoffs is at 7 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.  Most the tables have been pre-reserved at the Houndstooth this week – we might still have one available for Sat. email rolltidechicago@gmail.com if you are interested in renting a table for the game.  The Dark Horse right down the street from the Houndstooth on Sheffield will be our official overflow bar in the city – so arrive early for a spot at the Houndstooth, Dark Horse or Another Round.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Southern in the City SEC Happy Hour

As a part of an effort to unify the SEC alumni chapters here in Chicago, Roll Tide Chicago hosting an SEC “Southern in the City” kickoff party. As a minority in Big 10 country all SEC presidents felt it important we come together as a group to have some laughs, share some drinks, and embark on some new and fun ways to better our chapters as well as our experience in The Windy City.

 

WHERE: Glascott’s

2158 N. Halsted St.

 

WHEN: Thursday November 7th, 2013

6pm – 8pm

 

DRINK SPECIALS: $3 dollar domestics

$4 wells

$6 chardonnay and cabernet

 

Please feel free to pass along the invitation to friends that have attended an SEC school or are fans of the SEC.

 

Long Sleeve T-shirts/Roll Tide Chicago Memberships

We only have about 10 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

We currently have most of the 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.

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Have fun at the Houndstooth or Another Round cheering on Alabama, but remember to Roll Tide!

Roll Tide!

Laurel

 

4th & Goal

It seems like years ago even though it was only 8 weeks ago that Alabama played anyone that we could all get worked up about. And boy should we all get worked up for the latest addition of the LSU/Alabama game of the century. And while this game doesn’t quite have the hype of the last couple (LSU losing twice tends to do that) it’s still LSU/ALABAMA. Just in case you need a little help in the hype department check this out: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1837356-the-hype-alabama-vs-lsu-the-next-chapter?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming

While it is true that LSU isn’t as good this year as they have been in years past (that tends to happen when you lose 9 guys from your defense) their offense scares me to death. Like Coach said earlier this week they have one of the best if not the best offense we have faced this year Somewhere Johnny Football is shaking his head) but his point is well taken. Sure it’s easy to say that our pass defense (minus the train wreck vs. A&M) is the best in the conference but when you play Ole Miss, UK, and the Vols it’s not exactly a murders row. Zach, the Mad Hatter and crew will give our defense all it can handle. The good news is that he isn’t a running QB like Manzel so our defense should be able to blitz and run the weird plays that Coach Saban and Smart are known for without worrying that Meck is going to run wild on them.  I see this game going the same as most people. Both teams throwing punches from the start with the Tide exerting it’s will as the game goes on. LSU will score but it won’t be enough as the Tide continues to roll behind our o-line and AJ. The Vegas Wise guys have the Tide a 12 point favorite and I believe they cover winning 28-14. The march for the threepeat will live on for one more week.

With Gameday coming to town ESPN has been doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff this week. Here is a short interview with Coach Saban which I find interesting only in the fact that it shows off his office and the athletic department that normally we don’t see: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9934935

I’m sure that most of us watched the 60 minute segment on the Tide that aired last Sunday. It did a great job I thought of showing Saban away from the field with interviews with Miss Terry showcasing that he isn’t just a football coaching machine. Showcasing his work with the Freshman CB Jackson was pretty interesting as was his work after the tornado which gets lost in the shuffle. But what I enjoyed the most were pictures of Saban looking like this:

This week with two NFL coaches needing to be helped off the field or in the case of the Broncos Coach John Fox the golf course I found this story on former Bama QB “Fat” Freddie Kitchens uplifting: http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/The-Comeback-Story-Of-Freddie-Kitchens/ededacd0-08be-40f4-8e3a-a8ef1c10cae9

I had no clue he was A) coaching the Cards B) sick. Good for him that he is back at it and helping Carson Palmer throw more pick 6’s.

If you are like me and you engage everyone and their mother in college football talk one thing that people always bring up to me is “Well Bama hasn’t played anybody” and my response to that nonsense is the season isn’t over yet. Luckily for us Outkick the Coverage answers the question of if the season plays out like we all hope it does which of the top 5 teams in the land play the most ranked teams currently in the BCS standings:

Alabama is the only team in the country that will play four top 15 teams in the BCS standings.

So can we stop with the Alabama hasn’t played anyone griping?

This week the Tide plays #13 LSU, the last week of the season Bama plays at #9 Auburn, and in the SEC title game Bama will likely play either #8 Missouri or #12 South Carolina. Already Bama beat #15 Texas A&M on the road in College Station.

Of the other undefeated teams against top 15 competition:

Florida State will play two — Clemson and Miami.

Oregon will play one — Stanford.

Baylor will play two — Oklahoma and Oklahoma State

Ohio State still hasn’t played a top 15 team under Urban Meyer in two years. I don’t believe that will change this year, but Michigan State would finally be in the top 15 if they ran the table.

Editor’s note this is going out before Thursday night football: I mentioned it last week but tomorrow (Thursday the 7th) is going to be the greatest week day night in the history of college football. Baylor and Oklahoma kick off at 6:30 CST on Foxsports1 and Stanford and Oregon at 8 CST on ESPN. My guess is every Nols and Buckeye fan in the land will be pulling for Stanford and Oklahoma BIG time tomorrow. What a great night of college football and it leads nicely into our game Saturday night.

After watching FSU destroy another top 10 team in the U last week I continue to hope that Oregon wins because I want nothing to do with the Nols.

This week in the song department: Two songs that honestly have nothing to do with football the game or anything other than the title of the song: The first the legendary Buck Owens and Buckaroo’s singing “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail” which is what I hope our boys do to the Tigers this weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBeOddejiGw (PS the suits these guys used to wear continues to amaze me. How do you play with all that stuff on?

And to continue to prove that I do in fact listen to music made this decade here is a new favorite of mine Blackberry Smoke with a song called Crimson Moon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GehsynlbXLU (check them out they have a lot of great video’s on youtube.)

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Going out to dinner with two kids solo (even with your parents) is a challenge to put it mildly.  You learn very fast how to eat standing up, with one hand and FAST like K Drake fast. There is nothing and I mean nothing fun about taking two kids out to dinner. Between feeding Jake, dealing with Maya wanting to run around or color or build a tower with the sweet and low packets you are just trying to not cause a scene, a mess or both.

This is why I will be flying solo this weekend at the Tooth. See ya there

RTR

Marc

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