Archive for October, 2015

11th October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

The Winner’s of the AL vs. LSU raffle tickets is Brendon O’Dwyer!  Start booking your air flight and hotel accommodations (cost not include in raffle win).  The ticket owner will be in contact with you.

Second place winner ($100 VISA gift card): Lisa Southerland.  Your gift will be purchased and mailed to you.  Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive it.

Third place winner ($50 VISA gift card): Byron Cisneros. Your gift will be purchased and mailed to you.  Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive it.

Congratulations to all winners, and my personal thanks to all individuals who purchased a ticket.  Your funds help benefit our 2016 scholarship fund.

Todd Cheatham

President

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8th October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

Urgent! Urgent! Please read.

For the first time in 10 years, we will NOT be watching the Alabama game this weekend at the Houndstooth. We will be meeting this Saturday, 10/10/2015, starting at 4 PM CT at LA (Lincoln Avenue) Social. It is located at 2263 N Lincoln Avenue just east of the Fullerton “L” stop. For more driving and parking details, visit their web site at www.lincolnavenuesocial.com. Click on the word “Location” in the upper right hand corner on their web site.

The reason for the temporary move is The Cubs. They are doing extraordinarily well. They will be playing this Saturday at 4:37 PM CT roughly two hours before our game at 6 PM CT. The Tooth is expecting a huge crowd of Cubs fan starting to arrive around 2 PM ishi. The concern is their game will overlaps with Alabama’s game. Due to spacing and monitors / sound; we have decide to temporarily relocate to LA Social this weekend. And if the Cubs continue to perform well, we may utilize this space till either the Cubs lose or win the National Championship. Plan on join us at LA Social this Saturday.

That being said, it’s now time to talk about Game 6 and Homecoming! #8 Alabama will be playing against Arkansas.

Also, the Frozen Tide, our hockey team, was in town this past weekend.  It was an honor to watch them play against the Illini.  We had the opportunity to meet Coach Q (Yes, that’s right, Coach Q.  He is a cousin of the coach to our very own Blackhawks!) and the hockey team.  They gave a valiant effort against the Illini.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch them play, you should.  Roll Frozen Tide Roll!

If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. LA Social is located at 2263 N Lincoln Avenue. Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. LA Social’s web site for further details is www.lincolnavenuesocial.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.

There are no reservations at LA Social and it 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 Razorbacks.

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. This will be the last week to buy your ticket. The drawing will be held this Saturday at halftime.

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 myself will be available to answer any questions you may have. Spencer 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 start with the football recap from the wetlands that became Athens, GA I wanted to share a couple of things I learned about the Capstone. I was the guest speaker at a great event hosted here in Cincy. Over 400 high school seniors and their parents came to an event hosted by Bama. Besides meeting the Dean of Students, Dr. Hebson, I learned Alabama now has three “rec” centers, is building some sort of outdoor “adventure” area and there are now co-ed dorms.

 

But the real information that impressed me the most had to do with the quality of incoming student Alabama is getting:

1,951 freshmen are in the honors college

1160 have an average SAT score

135 are National Merit Scholars

15 are Rhodes Scholars

 

And there are 450+ student organizations on campus. So the next time someone tells you we are just a football school share with them these numbers. Then, make fun of their football team.

 

Now moving onto what is important. Walking into the Samford Stadium last Saturday I was hoping I wasn’t about to witness my first loss in person since the first Bama / Florida SEC championship game. As it continued to rain and rain and RAIN, I was hoping our defense would keep us in the game, and maybe, this was the week that Lane-O figured out we should run the ball, and then, throw it. And guess what happened? Our defense was as good as I can remember mauling the Dawgs all over the field, swarming to the ball, laying out their Wide outs to such a degree by midway through the first half the Wide outs for UGA had two sets of eyes most of which were more focused on where our defense was and not on the ball. I’m sure on TV it looked great but it was even better in person.

 

And regarding our offense, it’s amazing what happens when you go back to what Alabama is known for. Pound the ball, pound the ball, fake pounding the ball and hit wide open wide outs all over the field. To me the best play of the entire game was the naked bootleg that Coker took into the house from the 5. All afternoon the Dawgs had been run over by Henry and Drake, and then, boom Coker pulls such a great fake there wasn’t a single UGA player in the entire side of the field to stop him from walking in. Just a masterful day we saw from our offense. Now the real key is seeing if they can follow this up with another performance from a dangerous Arkansas team, and then, it onto College Station for the biggest home game since the last time we played there two seasons ago! If, and I still say it’s a big “IF”, our team can play like they did against UGA for the rest of the year we will be right back in the hunt.  Just to recap our game plan should be to control the ball, pass off the run (and not the other way around) punt the ball and play defense. Does that not sound like the Bama teams in the past 6-8 years? Last year we had the best wide out in the country and a QB that knew how to both run the ball and hurry up offense. This year we have neither of those. Let’s hope this Saturday is the blueprint for the rest of the year.

 

I’m sure by now most of you saw Nick Saban get mad at a reporter for daring to ask him a question about the state of the program after the UGA Game. In case you forgot he has gotten into a few tiffs with the media over the years: http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/alabama-football/nick-saban-love-affair-alabama/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football. What amazes me is how well Saban plays all of us. He knows darn well all anyone is going to talk about is him and nothing about the team. He and Bill B. the coach of the PATs are two peas in a pod.

 

Meanwhile things down on the plains are getting worse: http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/auburn-football/timeline-duke-williams-career-auburn-led-abrupt-ending/.  I think Auburn wins two more games this season (which might be two more than Texas).

 

Show of hands if you think one of the biggest games this upcoming weekend would be Northwestern vs. Michigan. The final score might be 10-7 but man what an interesting game it will be.

 

For all of you who still enjoy going out and getting drunk I encourage you to not do this the next time you see a Big Al costume laying around: http://m.clclt.com/charlotte/homers-night-on-the-town/Content?oid=3682852 (this might be my favorite story of the college season and it’s not even about college football)

 

It’s tough to find a good song about Arkansas so instead I’ll give you this gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W6ngRC6e6s

 

…and in honor of our big win last week and I hope a turnaround on this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VELyaPdotCQ

 

RTR

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3rd October
2015
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

 

Tide Trivia: What was Alabama’s first year to play college football and what team did they play against?  Answer: In 1892, and they played against Birmingham High School.

Sorry for the late posting but I have been under the weather.  Well, it’s time for Game 5.  It’s an away game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA.  #13 Alabama will be playing against #8 Georgia.  The game is scheduled for 2:30 PM CT.

Also, the Frozen Tide, our hockey team, is in town this weekend.  A group saw them in action last night.  They are playing again Sat. evening at 8:30 PM CT at Johnny’s Ice House at 2550 W Madison in Chicago.  It you have the time and the energy, come join watch the Frozen Tide roll over the Illini.   

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”.  There is a Cubs game but it is an away game starting at 6:10 PM.  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.  This will be the last week to buy your ticket. 

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 and Bobby will be available to answer any questions you may have.  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

An amazing streak is going to come to an end on Saturday when UGA/Bama kicks off at 2:30 CST.  For the first time in 72 games the Tide is an underdog going into a game.  Think about that for a second.  The streak started with the National Title game against Texas in 2009 lasted until this Saturday. More than anything else it’s been about the dominance of the Tide since that game.  I can’t imagine another team breaking that record for a long, long time.

With that said, I can’t argue with the wise guys in Vegas.  I think for the first time since maybe the 1st SEC championship game vs. Florida, Alabama might not be the best team on the field.  I heard Herbie on ESPN this morning breaking down the game and I couldn’t agree more with what he had to say.  Either Alabama is going to play to its strength, which this season seems to be to slow it down a little and try to run the ball first, then pass off the run (which worked both drives they did it on Saturday), or they are going to continue to ask Coker and our young wideouts to be what they aren’t (which was what they looked like a lot last game).

I am not an offensive cordinator nor do I play one on TV but I don’t understand what our coaching staff is doing so far this year. The strength of our team is our defense, our punter and a more ball control offense than in the last two years. Why we continue to ask Coker to be something he isn’t I just don’t understand. Now this week we get another big weapon back on offense in the unknown but highly anticipated debut of Bo Scharbourgh.  Will Laneo and the offense continue to try and throw the ball all over the field or will they use our best players the way they were recruited. Here is all I know if Coker has to throw the ball as much as he has the first 4 weeks our season comes to an end on Saturday. If we can control the pace of the game, run first then pass and let our defense do its job we should be fine. I don’t want you guys to think I am down on the Tide I’m not I just don’t understand what our coaches are doing this year.

While at the Houndstooth on Saturday I saw an interesting banner that was hanging. It showed the years of the National Titles that we’ve won. Before we all start writing off the Saban and Bama dynasty keep in mind that Bear had three solid “dynasty” runs at Alabama spread out over a number of years. Just because we might be” down” this year I don’t think for one second that Coach can’t win a couple of more titles. Keep in mind that when he was hired Alabama was Texas right now.

For an interesting story on the breakdown of the Alabama defense and how good it’s been take a look at this story: http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/alabama-crimson-tide-nick-saban-dynasty-stats-regressing-ole-miss-rebels-092415

Things that caught my eye around college football from this past weekend: Michigan looks like it is back on track after shutting out BYU. It’s amazing what a good coach can do to a program.

On the other end Texas lost another heartbreaker. I can’t remember a big program fall this far this fast without being put on probation like Texas has.

And is the bloom off the Gus M rose already at Auburn? After this past week’s cupcake (although with this Auburn team is anybody a cupcake) they are on the road at Kentucky and Arkansas before playing Ole Miss, A&M on the road, and home vs. UGA. They might win one of those games and boy won’t that be sweet.

This week with the game being back in Athens for the first time since the famous Blackout game (to this day my all time favorite Alabama win) because my sister went to UGA.  We’ll go with a couple of Athens groups for the songs of the week.

The first is from a guy named Nathan Sheppard. For those of you of a certain age you might remember him playing around T-Town in the mid 90’s. That is until one night at the old Bama Beach Club where his band broke up on stage in front of me and most of the ZBT house. You haven’t lived until you see the drummer of a band stand up mid song toss both his sticks and a beer bottle at the lead singer followed by the lead singer jumping into the drums to go after the drummer. A most memorable night (this very well could have happened at the Tusk) but you get my drift. Anyway here is Nathan Sheppard covering REM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gl-yQ-JaCc

Another old classic from back in my college days and a good rule of thumb when you go to a football game.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R326lXQRIH4

If you are in Athens this weekend let’s try and meet up. We’ll need to root on the boys extra hard Saturday.

 

RTR 

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