Archive for October, 2015

29th October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Just a simple reminder, Alabama has a Bye this Saturday, 10/31/2015.  There is no game scheduled.  Enjoy your Halloween weekend and don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.  We look forward to see you Saturday, 11/7/2015, for our game against LSU.  This will be a pivot able game as it could determine who from the SEC West might play the SEC East for the SEC Championship game.  Look forward to see you in a little over a week.

Roll Tide!

Todd Cheatham

President

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22nd October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

It’s time for Game 8! We will be meeting this Saturday, 10/24/2015, at The Houndstooth and Around Round.  #8 Alabama will be playing against that hideous, orange coated team.  Truly, how long can you wear that color and feel good about yourself?  A friend of mine wears the same t-shirt to every home TN game.  You can’t spell Sl** without UT (you figure it out).  The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM CT on CBS.

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. Our city bar, 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 is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at The Houndstooth is based on a “first come, first serve”. 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 the Aggies.

Another Round will be opened and ready to great all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar. I suggest arriving an hour before the game starts. 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.

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.

Linda, Bobby, Lisa and me will be available to answer any questions you may have. Jack, Cathy, Spencer and Roni 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

Reason # 78 why I never gamble is the outcome of Saturday’s game. If you recall from last week’s predictions, I was DEAD wrong (and very happy to be so)! On TV, Vern and Gary kept calling it “dinosaur” football but we should call it Alabama football. Maybe, MAYBE, Lane-O has finally figured out what it is going to take to get us back over the hump this year? We saw it a little during the UGA game and a lot last Saturday. Run the ball, and don’t make the big mistake on offense; and either punt the ball or let the defense take over the game. Sure we gave up some yards in between the 20’s but when push comes to shove the defense came up big. Will that be enough the rest of the way? I’d like to think so but at least it seems like we have the blue print in place to make it happen. And it’s not just happening at Bama. LSU, both Michigan’s, and Utah, they are all going “back to the future” and playing big boy football. S tu Mandell from Foxsports.com breaks it down for us: http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/alabama-crimson-tide-michigan-state-spartans-wolverines-power-football-mandel-forward-pass-101915

 

How dominant has the Bama defense been since the Ole Miss game? From ESPN earlier this week:

 

In the four games since their 43-37 loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has surrendered just 11.75 points per contest. And if you watched the Texas A&M game, you know special teams were responsible for a big chunk of that. How have the Tide gone on opponent lockdown? By making QBs curl up into a fetal position. Over those four games, they have allowed an opponent QBR of 4.2. For those of you uninitiated in the ESPN Stats & Information quarterback rating scale, its 0-100. So that’s, like, really, really good… unless you’re a quarterback.

 

Not to take away from our great win from Saturday but highlight the continued AWFUL play of our special teams. Another fumble, the TD return on the punt and the blocked punt. At some point this is going to cost us. Let’s just hope it is during A-day and not a football season Saturday.

 

It’s Vols week! And with it our recent streak of 8, and I hope counting, wins over the Vols. You younger fans might not remember back to the mid to late 90’s but the shoe was on the other foot. To this day, and this includes Cam Newton and any future Ohio State players, the only NFL player that I root against strictly from what he did in college is Peyton Manning. That’s because I can still remember him waving the huge T flag in Legion Field after they beat us one year while I was in college. This game scares me for really only one reason. Their QB runs a pretty good read option and historically that has given us some fits. This is a good Vols team coming to town on Saturday. If the Tide plays their game I don’t see us losing but it might be closer than the two touchdown spread. Also, if Ryan Kelly can’t play, that will hurt our o-line. None the less my predictions this week: Tide 35 – Vols 21.

 

Jacob Coker has shown us the last couple of weeks he is a pretty tough QB, and seems to think he is Walter Payton by running the ball and lowering his shoulder instead of sliding. His teammates have noticed as well: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/10/why_alabama_players_are_callin.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football

 

I’d like to thanks Michigan for taking over the title of “craziest way to lose a game” from us. Now instead of the kick 6 we can watch their poor punter muff the catch, the kick and the entire game. Fall on the ball son, just fall on the ball!

 

Imagine for a second the final four this year looks like this: Utah, TCU and Baylor, with Clemson and Iowa bring up fourth place. How would the ratings be for those games? It’s not that far fetched! If the SEC west beats up on each other (like it might) we will be out of consideration. Iowa, who plays no one until the Big Ten Championship, can pull an upset over OSU or MSU. Thankfully, there is a lot of football left to be played.

 

Your American Conf. Football update for the week. After Memphis beat up Ole Miss on Saturday, the AAC has three ranked teams in the top 25. That would be as many as the Pac 10 currently has. I just wish UC was one of them.

 

Oh, to be a basketball recruit at Louisville a few years ago, right? Strippers on campus, sex parties, all those nice enticements just to play for Ricky P. It’s amazing they haven’t won multiple national titles?

 

This week’s song makes me think of Derek Henry. Plus, the Sheepdogs are one of the better rock n roll bands out there right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szvdRbKT3UY

 

I haven’t done this in a while but this week, in things I didn’t know until I became a Dad: When watching the fourth quarter of a football game with your kids I would suggest NOT playing 10,000 games of Hungry, Hungry Hippo. It makes it hard to concentrate. Trust me!

 

RTR

Marc

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15th October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

The Tide is rolling back home! We will be meeting this Saturday, 10/17/2015, starting at 11 AM CT at The Houndstooth. It’s time for Game 7! #10 Alabama will be playing against #9 Texas A&M. The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM CT on CBS.

Let’s take a brief moment to talk about The Cubs. They have continued their winning streak and are playing for the Pennant. Their first game of their 2-3-2 schedule is this Saturday at 6:30 PM CT roughly four hours before our game. Due to this expectation, the Tooth will be charging a cover charge of $10 to enter. Also, they are expecting a large crowd. So, show up early, grab a table, cheer on the Tide, and then, stick around afterwards to cheer on the Cubbies.

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. Our city bar, The Houndstooth will 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 is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at The Houndstooth is based on a “first come, first serve”. 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 the Aggies.

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.

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, Linda, Bobby, Laurel and me will be available to answer any questions you may have. Jack, Cathy, Spencer and Roni 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

What a crazy week in college football huh? Let’s go one topic at a time:

The Ol’ Ball Coach just up and takes his visor and goes home in the middle of the season? What is that all about? I can’t remember a coach just quitting and on a team in the middle of the season like this. Don’t buy into the narrative coming out of South Carolina he QUIT on his team. I’m glad Mike Golic from “Mike and Mike” has enough guts to say it. What does this have anything to do with Alabama? Because if you believe the Vegas sports books, Kirby Smart is the leading candidate to take over next year. If you are asking me I hope not only does Smart take it but I would welcome him as a coach. If he is going to take over for Saban at some point wouldn’t you want him to coach somewhere first (Also after this weekend I think we are going to want him gone anyway; but, that is another entire story)? Here are some of the better Spurrier quotes from over the years: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/10/steve-spurriers-15-greatest-trash-talking-quotes.

Will Grier, the QB for Florida, is suspended for taking some sort of over the counter supplement. While I feel bad for the Florida program and their fans I don’t feel bad for Grier. If you are the STARTING QB at Florida don’t you think it would be wise to run anything you are putting into your body by the training staff? What a moron!

Finally, in this week’s installment of “It can always be worse” let’s take a break from Texas to talk about USC. First of all I would fire the AD but that is just me.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard in any sport where a coach has shown up for a game drunk. I don’t have a drinking problem, and I’ve never been around somebody that does, but how can a program let it get this bad? This is worse than the Mike Price hiring (at least he was drunk with strippers). I just don’t get how programs can continue to take a miss on head coaches…wait what’s that you say Alabama had Mike DeBoise, Coach Fran, Price and Shula before Saban; ok, never mind.

Now onto our game. I’m going to come out and say: For the first time since maybe Saban’s first year, I don’t think we are going to win this game. Not only do I not think we are going to win but for the first time since the South Carolina game way back in 2009 I don’t think it is going to be close. Having watched this team now for 6 games, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions:

#1 this is far and away the worse offensive line Alabama has had in a long time. And you know me, I’m all about ground and pound, but, our line, for the most part, doesn’t block well enough for Henry or Drake to get going. A&M has two of the best pass rushers in the country, and while for the most part, Coker hasn’t been hit. Also, I don’t think our line can block well enough to keep him clean on Saturday.

#2 Never has Saban and Smart been able to stop a good spread offense. Do you guys remember the last time we played at college station? A full year to gear up for Johnny Football! We rolled over him and the only reason we won is our offense was slightly better than their terrible defense. While our defense is unreal vs. pro style offense (see UGA and Arkansas), Ole Miss hung 38 on us, OSU, Auburn, and Ole Miss last year etc. Seeing is believing and until we stop a spread offense I don’t think our offense is good enough to win a shootout.

#3 This game being at College Station is the biggest game since A&M joined the SEC. Those fans are going to be jacked to an unbelievable level.

#4 Where is our special teams? At some point Adam Griffin is going to need to make a 25 yard field goal. In a game where every offensive drive is going to be critical I have less than full faith in him. So with all that said, and I sure hope I am wrong, A&M 35 (or more) – Bama 24.

Nick Chub might never play football again. How sad is that sentence?

Why do baseball teams celebrate winning the Wild Card and Div. series as if they won the World Series? Do any other teams in any other sport do that? As exciting as it is for Cubs fans why are they going so crazy? 8 more to go, and that goes for the Royals, Blue Jays and whomever wins the Dodgers / Mets series.

Since we are playing in Texas I thought this was a good song for the week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCZ4MjYnPCA

 

RTR

Marc

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