Roll Tide Chicago for September 22, 2011

Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA fun fact: Enrollment has reached an all-time high of 31,747 students. The freshman class includes 182 National Merit Scholars, up from 128 last year.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations are getting more popular by the week, so arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a table for this week’s 2:30 p.m. kick-off.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

Online Memberships

You can sign-up for your chapter membership at All memberships include a free t-shirt. This year’s shirt isn’t pictured on the website yet, but it will be soon.

If you sign-up online but live in the Chicago area, we hope you’ll come pick up your t-shirts at the Houndstooth or Another Round. We like to get to know as many of you as we can! If you can’t make it to a viewing party, we will mail t-shirts at the end of the season.

Odds and Ends

If you have any interest in college sports at all (and I’m guessing you do), you owe it to yourself to read this article in The Atlantic magazine. Regardless of how you may feel about paying college athletes, it’s fascinating.

Is it me, or does LSU look really, really scary?

I was going to do a rant on conference realignment. Regular readers of these emails know that I rarely rant about current sporting events; I figure y’all have an entire internet to read, who cares what I have to say? However, this ridiculous merry-go-round was too good to pass up. But then everybody decide to stay put (for now), so my ranting will have to wait. Something tells me I’ll get another chance. In the meantime: didn’t all of the rumors and accusations flying around seem like high school? Or Jersey Shore?

Word has it that it will be low 80s and sunny at kick-off on Saturday. I’ll be in T-town for the game, so I’ll give a full report (including any news about the tornado recovery efforts) next week.



4th and Goal, by Marc

I was at a wedding on Saturday night (who gets married on a Saturday during football season) and worse this was a Big Ten version of the house divided – she went to Ohio State and the groom went to Michigan. So not only did I miss the game but I had to hear Hail to the Victors and Hang On Sloppy at the reception.  You’d think that they would know better. Anyway I saw zero of the Tide game. You know it’s a lousy game when ESPN on the college football recap show plays one highlight 45 minutes into the show. No one got hurt that was the key…

This week the real season starts. Saturday should be a great test for our boys. I think our defense and ground game wins the game but if we get behind early the Tide is in trouble. If Coach Saban has been hiding the offense a little this would be a good week to break it out.  Still I like our chances and think that the Tide wins 28-21.

  • I was dead wrong about LSU they are very very good, but I think I’m spot on about Auburn. They will beat Ole Miss and that is the last SEC game I see them winning this year. After this week I expect them to lose 4 in a row. I know we’ll all be crying over that.
  • What is more amazing? That Vandy is 3-0 for the first time since the 40’s or that Illinois if they win on Saturday will be 4-0 for the first time since the 50’s?Sometimes we take winning for granted.
  • Does anyone care other than Chris Berman and Tom Jackson that they have been doing the NFL Blitz on Sports Center for 25 years? ESPN sure likes to celebrate ESPN don’t they?
  • In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a dad. I knew I was going to be changing dirty diapers and as a parent you expect that. What I wasn’t expecting is what happens once your kids start eating real food. Holy cow, who knew so much could come out of a person so small?
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