Archive for September 16th, 2015

16th September
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 Another Round’s web site is

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 or send us an email at

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



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! 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:


Roll Tide Roll