Archive for September, 2015

24th September
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

 

Tide Trivia: In what decade was a live elephant use as a mascot? Answer: In the 1940’s. He name was Alamite, and on some occasions the Homecoming Queen would ride atop him.

Well, it’s time for Game 4. It’s another home game and it’s against University of Louisiana in Monroe (ULM). So, let’s pick ourselves up, brush off last’s week’s loss, and move on. Never forget, we are the Tide and the tide will continue to roll. We still have a tough season ahead and we need to regain our momentum. It’s not too late.

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. The Houndstooth is located at 3369 N Clark St. Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. The Houndstooth’s web site for further details is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at “The Tooth” and it is based on a “first come, first serve”. Note: There is a Cubs game at home at 12:15 PM CT. There could be some additional “foot traffic”, so arrive 2 hours (if not more) prior to kick off to grab a table or it will be standing room only. The game is scheduled to beginning at 3:00 PM CT. The alumni association will be there to greet you. As soon as you enter, turn to your immediate right and we’ll be there to greet you as you enter. So, come on down and watch the Tide play at home against ULM.

Another Round will be opened also and ready to great all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar. Please wear your crimson and white to cheer on the Tide.

We’re still selling our 2015 memberships. In addition, Roll Tide Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our brand new shirt is designed to commemorate this special occasion. Stop by the membership desk and purchase yours.  Our memberships are as follows:

White level (single) – $25 and includes one shirt

Crimson level (duel) – $40 and includes two shirts

Houndstooth level (family) – $60 and includes four shirts

Single shirt purchase (non member) – $30 each

Additional shirt purchase (member) – $20

Also, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we are offering a pre-order polo design shirt. These shirts are of a higher quality and display our 10th anniversary commemorative logo, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The price for these one of a kind polo shirts is $40.

Lastly, we have a brand new raffle to offer you. We are selling raffle tickets for 4 LSU tickets. These tickets include a parking spot and four other tickets to the President’s Mansion (a dressed event with a free bar and appetizers). A prize valued at $700. There is a $100 gift card for second place and a $50 gift card for third place. We will be selling tickets online and at each view party’s location for $50 per ticket. Grab yours soon because they will be going quickly.

We accept cash, checks or credit cards. We have all sizes in men’s and women’s from small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large (the polo’s can be ordered in an XXXL size). Anyone of our board members can assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask.

If you need to reach us or have any questions prior to the game, please visit our web site at www.rolltidechicago.com or send us an email at rolltidechicago@gamil.com.

Matt, Lisa, Laurel and I will be available to answer any questions you may have. Kim, Roni, Jack and Cathy will be at Another Round to assist you. Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Todd Cheatham

President

 

4th and Goal

By Marc Brafman

Boy, it’s not the way we drew it up on Saturday, huh? Before we turn the page there are a couple of things worth addressing: First and foremost if there is one thing I can’t stand it’s being a sore loser. After the game all I heard from the Tide was how we gave it away (5 turnovers will do that) or we didn’t do this and we didn’t do that cause we were the better team, etc. And part two, our defense is somehow blameless in this loss because of the fluke TD, or the pass over the line, or the lineman was down field, etc.  Did all of that happen?  Of course, it did and they are all valid points; but, let’s look at the bigger picture for a second. Starting with the re-match with Texas A&M and Johnny Football four seasons ago. Nick Saban and Kirby Smart STILL can’t stop a good spread offense or for that matter a good offense period. Think about that for a second. Back to Back Iron Bowls, Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Ole Miss Last year, Ole Miss this year, Ohio State. In the last three games that have mattered (the SEC championship not included) our defense has given up over 40 points. Do you see any improvement? “But Marc, our offense turned it over short field”, etc. etc. I understand but where is Alabama creating turnovers? Where are the three time outs we used, and most importantly , and this bothers me more than anything, in each of those games OSU, Oklahoma, even in the Iron Bowl when our defense has needed to come up big and make a big stop, it has failed and in most cases failed by giving up a Touchdown. More than the QB play or the suspect play calling this trend needs to be fixed and fixed fast. I take nothing away from Kirby Smart. The man has done amazing things with player after player and season after season but would it bother any of you if after this year (regardless of how this year plays out) the Capstone parts ways with him? I for one would not be disappointed.

 

One last thing, and this falls on both Coach Saban and everyone’s favorite punching bag Lane Kiffin. The talk after the game was our offense still doesn’t have an identity or hasn’t found itself. The answer to this question is pretty easy. Last year both coaches did everything they could to get our best offensive players the ball. Coop, Yeldon, Drake and Henry moved the season along. Saturday night was not the case. Look at LSU or UGA. Do they have more talent on offense than we do? No way, not by a long shot, but what they do have is a plan to get their best two players the ball as much as possible. Lenny F for LSU and Girly for UGA. The last INT by Coker should have been Henry off tackle to the left, and then, up the middle, to the right, rinse and repeat. Then you can pass off the run. Somehow we’ve gone the complete opposite with two QB’s that aren’t up to that challenge.

 

Ok I feel better now.

 

What I’d like to see from the Tide moving forward is pretty simple. Keep playing hard, play smarter on special teams and settle on a QB (at least until after the UGA game) more on that after the fact.

 

Is it too much to keep the 9:15 EST kickoffs to West Coast Teams? Did anyone else find it INSANE that this game ended at 1:20 AM EST? If I were at the game I would have left early too.

 

Do you guys realize this is the first week Alabama hasn’t been in the top 10 since 2010? And this could be the first year since 2011 we aren’t ranked #1 at least at some point. Don’t forget that when you are dogging the Tide. A lot of football left…

 

This is shaping up to be an odd football season and we are only in week 4. From the verbal jabs that Kliff Kingsbury and Brett B. are lobbing at each other, to OSU having too much talent on offense they needed a defensive stand to get past NIU, to Stanford coming into USC and whooping them from one end of the field to the other. There is still a lot of football left to be played. While I don’t see this Alabama team making a run like they did last year it won’t surprise me in the least if at least 3 of the 4 teams in the Final 4 had a loss or two.

 

It’s a good thing Will Mushchamp is coaching vaunted Auburn defense since I believe LSU just scored another rushing Touchdown. After they lose at least 3 more games anyone picking them to win the SEC let alone the West is going to have to get their head checked.

 

We don’t normally talk hoops but I had a couple of buddies meet Avery Johnson earlier this week. After the talk they were ready to go out and shoot three pointers and play defense. I’ve always felt there was no reason we couldn’t be Florida, Ohio State, or in the past Michigan being good in both sports. I think we’ve found our coach to get us there.

 

The NFL Alabama notes of the week: My man Wallace Gilberry of the Bengals had a sack and a half, while Coop had his first of many touchdown passes. And former Pres. Laura J’s all time favorite player Marcel Darius signed a HUGE contract to stay with the Buffalo Bills. Not a bad week once again for the former Tide stars.

 

Here is a song to remember after last Saturday’s game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG-CKr0HaKs

 

And since we are playing a team from Louisiana here is a lost classic from Dr. John: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4J8VrprrGE

 

See ya Saturday! That’s right SEE ya Saturday at the Tooth. Can’t wait to catch up with everyone.

RTR

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16th September
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

 

Tide Trivia: What UA alum, known for his stereotypical Southern drawl, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Answer: Jim Nabors. He played Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle \, U.S.M.C.

 

Well, it’s time for Game 3. Also, it’s our first home game of the season, and lastly, our first SEC rival challenge. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have apprehension. Last year, Ole Miss was the only team to beat AL in regular season. In addition we have a new quarterback, and technically, a brand new team.

What do we really know about Ole Miss? The only two teams they previously played were cupcake teams. This doesn’t tell us much about their “play book”. Add to the fact, they have something to prove. They will be showing up with the expectation of beating AL two games in a row? I’m worried. Truly, I am.

However, I do have faith in Coach, his staff and the team. In the end, when the clock starts running, it comes down to those 11 guys on that field. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen thus far but remember the old axiom “games are not won on the field but in the six inches between two ears”. I invite you, and everyone, to come on out and cheer on the best game of the season (thus far). I guarantee it will be a hard fought, and hopefully, a hard won victory for the Tide! RTR!

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. The Houndstooth is located at 3369 N Clark St. Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. The Houndstooth’s web site for further details is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at “The Tooth” and it is based on a “first come, first serve”, so arrive 2 hours prior to kick off to grab a table or it will be standing room only. The game is scheduled to beginning at 8:15 PM CT. Also, there is a Cubs game at home at 12:05 PM CT. There could be some additional “foot traffic”. The alumni association will be there to greet you. As soon as you enter, turn to your immediate right and we’ll be there to greet you as you enter. So, come on down and watch the Tide play at home against Ole Miss.

Another Round will be opened also and ready to great all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar. Please wear your crimson and white to cheer on the Tide.

We’re still selling our 2015 memberships. In addition, Roll Tide Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our brand new shirt is designed to commemorate this special occasion. Stop by the membership desk and purchase yours.  Our memberships are as follows:

White level (single) – $25 and includes one shirt

Crimson level (duel) – $40 and includes two shirts

Houndstooth level (family) – $60 and includes four shirts

Single shirt purchase (non member) – $30 each

Additional shirt purchase (member) – $20

Also, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we are offering a pre-order polo design shirt. These shirts are of a higher quality and display our 10th anniversary commemorative logo, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The price for these one of a kind polo shirts is $40.

Lastly, we have a brand new raffle to offer you. We are selling raffle tickets for four LSU tickets. These tickets include a parking spot and four other tickets to the President’s Mansion (a dressed event with a free bar and appetizers). A prize valued at $700. There is a $100 gift card for second place and a $50 gift card for third place. We will be selling tickets online and at each view party’s location for $50 per ticket. Grab yours soon because they will be going quickly.

We accept cash, checks or credit cards. We have all sizes in men’s and women’s from small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large (the polo’s can be ordered in an XXXL size). Anyone of our board members can assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask.

If you need to reach us or have any questions prior to the game, please visit our web site at www.rolltidechicago.com or send us an email at rolltidechicago@gamil.com.

Matt, Lisa, Laurel and I will be available to answer any questions you may have. Kim, Roni, Jack and Cathy will be at Another Round to assist you. Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Todd Cheatham

President

 

4th and Goal

By Marc Brafman

Before we talk about the big game in T-Town I think it’s time we address something that came up this past weekend. I had a couple of friends in a big group text actually say if Auburn had lost to a cupcake team it would be bad for the SEC. Let’s say it another way: Alabama are fans rooting for Auburn to “beat” a Cupcake team because it would make the SEC look bad? I’m sorry, but there isn’t a big enough score any week vs. anybody where Auburn could lose and I wouldn’t get excited about it! AL.com called the Auburn WIN the most embarrassing game in program history. Can you imagine if they had lost? Guys, I live in the heart of Ohio State fandom. You know I love to knock the “Little” Ten at every turn but had Auburn lost to Jax State this would have made my year. Sometimes the SEC glasses we wear need to come off, and remember if Auburn loses to anybody, we all win. This also goes for the Vols who somehow blew a 17 point lead AT HOME.

 

Ok, to the matter at hand, this weekend in T-Town. As you aware Ole Miss has scored something like a million points this year playing against teams as UT Martin and Fresno. Now they come to T-Town to battle a “real” defense (or so we all hope). After two games this is what I’ve seen from our defense: No one is going to be able to run the ball better than us, our front 7 is so good and so deep we are going to force teams to beat us in the air, and pre-kick 6 tells us that 9 times out of 10 Bama would lay the boom on teams that only throw. Now I’m honestly not so sure. Yes, the Tide has limited Wis. and Middle Tenn State to only a couple of TD’s but are we so convinced we can stop a GOOD passing team? To me it looks like the same old problems we’ve had in the last couple of years. Not being able to get off the field on 3rd and long, our DB’s continuing not turn around on long passes and etc. And to top it off, I am not at all sold on our QB play. Last year when things were a little off, Simms would make a play with his legs or toss to Coop who would do “Coop things”. This year, while I think the potential is there (I really like Foster on offens and Drake), is it me or does it just look like the Tide is a little off? We will see this Saturday and who doesn’t love an 8:15 CT (9:15 ET) kickoff? With all my doom and gloom I still like the Tide to come through. I am sure none of the guys forgot what Ole Miss did to us last year. I’d like to see the Tide run the ball more than they did against MTSU to eat clock time and keep the Rebs off the field.  So by 1:00 AM EST the final score will be Tide 28-Ole Miss 17.

 

Is anyone else amazed with all the great players Coach hasn’t recruited a single good kicker has not come to T-town? How is that even possible?

 

Texas fired their AD yesterday which of course means Charlie Strong, who just got to Austin, is on the hot seat (again). I’m sure if they fire him at season’s end, which would be foolish, Saban will be named again as their #1 coach. Don’t believe it. I can’t see him going to a school who’s fan base is even crazier than ours. Plus he is older. And I don’t think he wants to start over again.

 

What is it about religious based schools so far this year? BYU is winning back to back games on their “hail Mary’s” (even while their starting QB was out), and last week, Notre Dame beat UVA in the final seconds with their backup quarterback. If only Brandies had a football team I’d be in good shape.

 

During this week’s game my only interest will be on long standing college football rivalries. The University of Cincinnati and Miami of Ohio are not on the top of any body’s list but get this, Saturday afternoon will be the 120th time these schools have met. 120 games is amazing to me.

 

For this week’s song a little different twist on the classic Tom Petty song Rebels:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E_LlwlCIiw

 

Roll Tide Roll

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9th September
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

Tide Trivia: In what language were the earliest diplomas written, including the names of the students and faculty?   Answer: Latin

What a great start to the season! A win against a ranked team and we jumped from #3 to #2 in the polls. No one is more proud of our team than I am right now. There were a few mistakes, we could have played better, but, we showed plenty of promise. I know Coach will smooth out any “rough edges”. I was surprised by OSU on Monday. Playing against Virginia Tech and losing at half time. They may be the “power house” in their conference but their appearance during this game showed weakness. For now, I’ll sit and watch.

Hope you can join us this weekend as Alabama plays its second game. It’s a home game against Middle Tennessee. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 PM CT. For anyone going to T-town this weekend, travel safe and enjoy your time. Soak in the atmosphere. Cherish you time being back in Bryant-Denny for the first home game. I will be there is spirit!

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. The Houndstooth is located at 3369 N Clark St. Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. The Houndstooth’s web site for further details is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at “The Tooth” and it is based on a “first come, first serve”, so arrive 2 hours prior to kick off to grab a table or it will be standing room only. Also, there is a Cubs game at 6:05 PM CT. There could be some additional “foot traffic”. The alumni association will be there to greet you. As soon as you enter, turn to your immediate right and we’ll be there to greet you as you enter.

Another Round will be opened also and ready to great all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar. Please wear your crimson and white to cheer on the Tide.

We’re still selling our 2015 memberships. In addition, Roll Tide Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our brand new shirt is designed to commemorate this special occasion. Stop by the membership desk and purchase yours.  Our memberships are as follows:

White level (single) – $25 and includes one shirt

Crimson level (duel) – $40 and includes two shirts

Houndstooth level (family) – $60 and includes four shirts

Single shirt purchase (non member) – $30 each

Additional shirt purchase (member) – $20

Also, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we are offering a pre-order polo design shirt. These shirts are of a higher quality and display our 10th anniversary commemorative logo, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The price for these one of a kind polo shirts is $40.

Lastly, we have a brand new raffle to offer you. We are selling raffle tickets for four LSU tickets. These tickets include a parking spot and four other tickets to the President’s Mansion (a dressed event with a free bar and appetizers). A prize valued at $700. There is a $100 gift card for second place and a $50 gift card for third place. We will be selling tickets online and at each view party’s location for $50 per ticket. Grab yours soon because they will be going quickly.

We accept cash, checks or credit cards. We have all sizes in men’s and women’s from small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large (the polo’s can be ordered in an XXXL size). Anyone of our board members can assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask.

If you need to reach us or have any questions prior to the game, please visit our web site at www.rolltidechicago.com or send us an email at rolltidechicago@gamil.com.

Matt, Lisa, Laurel and I will be available to answer any questions you may have. Kim, Roni, Jack and Cathy will be at Another Round to assist you. Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Todd Cheatham

President

 

4th and Goal

By Marc Brafman

A funny thing happened to Alabama in the start of its year against Wisconsin…Alabama began to look a lot like, well, Alabama. For the first time in a couple of seasons the offense team looked like the offense we’re used to seeing from the Tide. That is passing the ball off the run and not the other way around. During the off season Coach Saban said he thought the defense got tired at the end of the year because last year we scored so fast they were on the field something like 70 more snaps than in years past. So this year maybe we’ll see more of the “ground and pound” and a little less of the “run and gun”. Either way after one week you have to be encouraged by what we saw. Coker, for the most part, looked good (although his feet look like they are in cement). Even without Coop we will have enough wideouts to get the job done. Meanwhile on the defense front 7 was as advertised and our DB’s looked better, not great yet, but better. This week cupcake game we will see nothing but next week the REAL season starts with our game against Ole Miss. This will be the first of many tests.

 

10 SEC teams ranked in the top 25 (most of all time). What does this mean after week 1? Not a darn thing, other than it goes to prove Bama, or any team in the SEC, is going to have their work cut out for them. The meat grinder isn’t getting any easier now with Arkansas back to being a decent team. When debating which league is better, “Little 10” or the SEC, just remind your friends, even with Vandy and UK, they are no Purdue, Indy, or Rutgers. The “Little 10” as unusual laid a huge egg on the first week of the season (Michigan State and of course OSU not included) and the difference between the two conferences can’t be any greater. Last week I thought OSU would get tested once or twice this year before the playoffs. Now I think they’ll cruise in 90% of the season, and we’ll wait, and see how it all shakes out

 

I’m reading Nick Saban’s book and I encourage you all to check it out. Not only do you get to know the man a little bit better but you forget how bad the Tide was before he arrived. In the 10 years before the Tide we were 3 games over .500 and had 4 head coaches. Since then, the Tide is 98-17 with 3 National Titles, 3 SEC Titles and 4 SEC West Titles. All it takes is one man with one vision. It’s pretty amazing.

 

Public service announcement or it’s me shilling for my employer, you make the call: if you want to watch it under the radar, tune in Saturday night for the UC/Temple game at 7:00 CST on ESPNNEWS. It will be the first big American Conference game of the year.

 

The best sporting event of the long week was the Williams Sisters tennis game last night. The drama was the way Serena looked…like she ate a bad egg sandwich, and for almost the entire match.  Maybe it is because I have a daughter, but for me, the athlete of the year, no matter how she does the rest of the weekend in NY, is Serena.

 

The NFL starts this weekend (finally). Are you as sick as “deflategate”, or “spygate”, or any other type of “gate” as I am? Here is what I am looking forward to the rest of this season: Coop as a Raider (he will open on Sunday vs. Dre K and the Bengals), Eddie Lacy doing the spin-o-rama for the Packers, and Tim Tebow doing God’s work away from the NFL. I wonder if he cried last week.

 

We are playing a scrub this week. Enjoy Levon Helm with this outstanding cover of the Grateful Dead classic Tennessee Jed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZaU3VtMfoM

 

Roll Tide Everyone, and enjoy the weekend.

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