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4th October
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

Since this is our open week for football this week’s email is all about recruitment for UA.

UA fun fact: UA is ranked 77th among all universities in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings for 2013. The ranking places UA 32nd among public universities.

Recruitment Event

Just a reminder that the University will be hosting a student recruitment reception at The Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.  These special receptions are student’s opportunity to meet members of the Undergraduate Admissions staff and leadership, as well as learn more about Alabama from the perspective of a current student, parent of a current student and a distinguished keynote speaker, this year Dean Karr from the college of Engineering will be the keynote speaker. These events also provide students an opportunity to mingle with alumni (That means us folks!) of the University of Alabama and get to know other students interested in UA in a formal but relaxed environment


I will be introducing Dean Karr and speaking about Roll Tide, Chicago (thankfully I have information form Laura who did this last year – so it will make it much easier on me!)  If you are available to come out and speak to students and their parents who are interested in UA, please email us at  Last year they had a huge crowd so we’d love to make this year’s event just as successful and recruitment more Chicagoland students to UA, I’d love to have a strong alumni group to help show students and their parents that going to UA means you have even more of an extended family!

Roll Tide and see you in Lombard on Wednesday!


4th & Goal

Boy are we spoiled, we being Alabama fans. My goodness you would have thought we lost the game to Ole Miss on Saturday with the way everyone was going on and on about how “poorly” the Tide played. Well news flash my fellow Tiders the defense is going to give up some points from time to time. We are going to get every teams A++ effort. Why? Because we are the defending champs who happen to be the unanimous #1 team in the country currently. So let’s back up the truck a little and instead of ripping the guys for what they didn’t do let’s praise them for what they did do. What was that you ask? How about winning the darn game for starters. The game was never in question, and sure I would like the Tide to put the ball in the end zone instead of kicking field goals but that has been a problem for the entire Saban era. How about our special teams continuing to be a HUGE plus for this team. From all the touchbacks, to the kickoff return to 40 and 50 yard field goals every week. The defense sure it gave up 2 touchdowns oh the horror, but did you guys happen to watch the rest of college football on Saturday? LSU gives up 22 points to Townson, West Virginia scored 63 on Baylor, UGA and the Vols going back and forth. Oregon hanging 60 or whatever it was on Washington State. So please enough with how poorly the Tide played!  In college football the name of the game is to WIN score doesn’t matter, style points don’t matter winning is all that matters. The Tide is one more win closer to getting to Atlanta and then Miami. So please let’s take a step back and enjoy what we are watching. A QB that is growing into one of the best QB’s in Bama history, two true freshman that are going to be stars for a long time, a defense that when push comes to shove I’ll take over any in the country and of course the best coach and motivator of any coach in the country. We have a tough 5 week stretch coming up let’s back the boys starting next week in Columbia. Ok I feel better now. (Here, Here Marc & Roll Tide Roll!)

Having to sit and watch the game and not at the Tooth (which is a long story in itself) I had the chance to listen to the TV more than normal. My favorite thing that they kept bringing up was the fact that Ole Miss outscored the Tide 7-6 in the 2nd half. That has to be the dumbest stat I’ve heard in years. Now if the score was 0-0 at half time that stat meant a lot but since the score was 27-7 at the half that stat means zero. To me that is like saying the Pittsburgh Pirates outscored the Reds 3-2 for 8 innings before the Reds got 2 runs and the win in the top of the 9th like they did on Sunday afternoon.

As most of you know I find recruiting talk about as exciting as the NFL draft which is until they are on the field I don’t really care that much. Well I am going to be eating crow this season because with the injuries to White and Hart on Saturday the Tide is down to their 5th string running back (now will be the 3rd) and a couple of freshman wide outs. Let’s hope they are as good as we hope. And the fact that earlier last week Saban has the 2nd best running back recruit coming in for next year I guess now makes more sense.

On college football wrap up show they had an interesting stat that goes to show why I love the Tide and hate the track meet football currently being played just about everywhere else. Gino Smith the QB at West Virginia has 20 TD passes already this year. Greg McElroy holds the Bama all time TD mark of 20. If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about the history of Bama football, I don’t know what will.

I sat and watched most of the OSU/Michigan State game as well as flipping to the Wisconsin/Nebraska game on Saturday. Friends every day get down and thank god we don’t root or watch Big Ten football every Saturday. It is painful. I know the SEC is a bit down this year but I honestly think the best Big Ten team (OSU, Northwestern, Neb) would be at best the 6th best team in the SEC behind us, LSU, UGA, South Carolina, Florida and maybe even Miss. State. Just horrible football

I like college football, you like college football these two LSU fans REALLY like college football:

When Ole Gene at Aurbun is pumping gas after he gets fired next season (which I still say will happen) at least he has Pat Dye on his side:–ncaaf.html I’m not sure how Dye knows what kind of “man” Saban is but I do know that on his worse day Saban is twice the coach of Ol’ Gene.

It’s nice that the Tide is off this week because for a change there are a lot of really good games: UGA/South Carolina, Texas/West Virginia, LSU/Florida even Miami/ND here in town. Plus the baseball playoffs start. The best time of the sports year is right now!

In this week’s installment of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: This has less to do with what I didn’t know but more to do with when you have kids your time isn’t your time. Friday night Shana was out to dinner with a couple of friends and I was home with Maya. As I do every night I was watching the Reds on my phone while we were getting ready for bed time. Well Friday’s Reds game turned out to be a little special as Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was throwing a no-hitter. First I tried to listen to the game with my ear buds but Maya started to grab at them. Next I tried putting the game on the computer and watching while we were reading books but Maya is smart and knows that most of the time when the computer is on we Skype with my parents or in-laws. So she started to ask for Grammy and of course with all little kids bed time also means snack time so first she wanted some fruit, then she wanted some milk and finally she wants some cereal. All the while the game is now going to the bottom of the 9th and I am freaking out. The Reds haven’t had a no hitter since 1988 and finally I had to just tell Maya to chill on our bed and we flipped the game on the TV which really pissed her off because she wanted to watch the end of Mickey’s Clubhouse but hey it’s a NO HITTER! As the final out dropped into the Reds second baseman’s glove I jumped up and let out a little yell which of course scared Maya which prompted her to spill her cereal bowl all over herself. Needless to say bed time was delayed a little that night but because I could share the No hitter with her it was all worth it. Plus at her wedding I’ll have another fun story to tell right?




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