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4th January
2013
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Roll Tide Chicago!
If you can’t make it to the game in Miami, plan on watching it with the Chicago Alabama Alumni Chapter at the Houndstooth in Wrigleyville or Another Round in Downers Grove.
Game kick-off is at 7:30 pm CT on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.
Arrive EARLY if you want to ensure yourself a seat or place to stand, tables at the Houndstooth are all reserved – the Houndstooth will be opening at 3:30 pm for all us BAMA fans and the Dark Horse a block from the Tooth will also be an Alabama (game and sound) bar on Monday.
We expect to make both our bars the best place to be outside of Miami come on down and join us!
Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

During the game, we’ll have our squares game, selling our 2012 Chicago alumni memberships that include t-shirts.
Membership to the Chicago Alabama Alumni Assoc. (RTC)
$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt
$40 Crimson Membership – Includes 2 T-shirts
$60 Houndstooth Membership – Includes 4 T-shirts
$30 for a 2012 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt without membership
Payments will be accepted via cash, credit or check.
Both the Houndstooth and Another Round will have Beat the Irish! Stickers to hand out to Alabama fans…so make sure you ask for one when you get to either bar!
See you at The Houndstooth in Wrigleyville or Another Round in Downers Grove and Roll Tide!
Laurel
4th & Goal

The big game is finally here. Is it me or does it seem like the SEC championship was 40+ days ago? Oh wait, what is that you say it was 40 days ago? Of all the problems that college football’s postseason has this has to be #1. And for once I am happy about this. Because if the Tide had to play Notre Dame the week after the SEC championship they would have lost. But the dopes that run college football have degreed that we must wait forever to play again so the Tide should be healthy (are you listening B Jones foot – B Jones just said he is ‘Ready to Roll’) In the great tradition of Bill Simmons and Joe Posnanski here is a long run down on the game:

So let’s get down to it. Having read and listened to a good bit of pre-game hype the one thing that I keep hearing is that all of us (Tide fans) are going to be surprised by how good the ND defense is that it is an “SEC” type of defense that they are very physical blah blah. And yet in all of that talk I don’t hear anyone answer with well yes they might be like an SEC defense but over the last two years the Tide has gone 23-2 vs. SEC defense week in and week out. And somehow they have won a national title beating a team last year (LSU) that was supposed to be one of the great SEC teams in the last 15 years. The fact that ND made their defensive hay vs. the gawd awful Big Ten and ACC schedule (along with stopping Stanford and Oklahoma which they do get credit for) come on. I’m taking nothing away from ND they have a very good defense and their strength stopping the run and red zone defense is impressive but come on. I just can’t see them stopping Eddie and TJ all game (no one has) or slowing down AJ and Coop/Norwood etc. Not to mention Brian Kelly is a good coach but until anyone beats Coach Saban when he has a motivated bowl team (I will take to my grave that no one, not Saban, not the players, no one cared about the Utah Sugar Bowl) the edge goes to the Tide.

The Tide knows what it is playing for. A chance to be ranked among the greatest dynasty’s in college football history. Not even Bear won three titles in 4 years, and no team has won back to back titles since the great Nebraska teams in the mid 90’s. This group of players is playing to write their name in history not just Bama history but all time history. And don’t buy for a second that Saban doesn’t know or care about this. He lives for this stuff to be put up in the list of the greatest coaches of all time (Bear, Frank Leahy, Fielding H. Yost) with coaches that have won 4 or more titles is amazing considering that he is young enough and I think hungry enough to keep adding to the list. As for the players in the long history of Alabama football if you think these guys don’t understand how amazing and special this game could be for them you are fooling yourself. Three titles in four years, if it comes to pass I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that.

Onto the links:
This story is a little old but it sums up to me what makes Coach Saban, Coach Saban:http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8707260/nick-saban-alabama-crimson-tide-win-sec-again-headed-national-championship-game
For a little history of the ND/Bama series start here: http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=8702216&wjb
And for the record the Tide is 1-5 all-time vs. ND and the Bear was 0-4 which is amazing to think he never beat them. (Also AL.com had a great 5 part series on every game that the Tide and ND have played.) Go to AL.com and read about it.
The stats for this game are pretty amazing:
  • Bama has scored 45 rushing TD’s this year-ND has given up 2
  • Both ND and Bama average 7.3 yards per play in the first quarter of games this year
  • 0.4 yards in differential in average in gain per carry in the 3rd quarter of games this year for ND and the Tide (ND 6.4 The Tide 6.0)
  • ND has gotten a sack on 7.5% of opponents pass attempts this year and in a stat that shocked me our o-line has given up a sack every 7.1% of pass plays
  • Since the AP poll started in 1936 the Tide have won 9 National Titles while ND has won 8 the most of any two programs.
  • The Crimson Tide have won 60 games over the past five seasons, the most in league history and tied with Nebraska (1993-97) for the most in major college football history. The Tide have won 48 games over the past four seasons; they can break the SEC record they share with Florida (2006-09) and tie the NCAA record of 49 shared by Nebraska (1994-97) and Boise State (2006-09) if they defeat Notre Dame. (This is simply amazing to me!)
  • In 2012, a face-value ticket for an SEC game reached $100 for the first time. Four years ago, the SEC’s priciest ticket was the Iron Bowl at $65. This season, 30 SEC games cost at least $65, including nondescript matchups such as Mississippi State-Tennessee, Ole Miss-Vanderbilt, Missouri-Vanderbilt and Missouri-Kentucky.
  • The SEC continued to lead the nation at 75,444 fans per game, but that was its lowest average since 2007. SEC crowds are down 2 percent since peaking in 2008 at 76,844.
  • The Big Ten averaged 70,387 fans per game in 2012, its lowest since 2008 (not the least bit surprising considering the quality of play on the field)
  • With both ND and Bama getting 17,000 tickets each for the game the combined requests for tickets depending on what source you go with came close to 145,000
  • Finally I think this game will CRUSH and I mean CRUSH the record for most viewed cable game/show in history. Don’t believe me check out which two teams had the highest rated games this year: CBS aired three of the top four most-watched regular-season college football telecasts of the 2012 season, including the most-watched tilt: Alabama’s defeat of Georgia in the SEC Championship on Dec. 1. That game drew 16.2 million viewers, just topping ESPN’s broadcast of Notre Dame-USC on Nov. 24 (16.1 million). CBS’ coverage of Alabama-LSU on Nov. 3 came in third (11.4 million viewers), followed by Texas A&M-Alabama on CBS on Nov. 10 (9.6 million).
So with all of that said here is how I see the game going. Very close for the first half like a Tide/LSU game team with both teams trying to impose their will. The Tide on the ground, ND stacking the line and daring AJ to beat them over the top, while on offense Golson and Brian Kelly trying to do everything they can to keep the Tide off balance (like A&M did). But by the 3rd quarter and especially if the Tide has the lead we start grinding them down with Eddie and TJ. Our defense starts teeing off on Golson with blitz and strange defensive packages that Coach Saban and Coach Smart have been cooking up for a month. As long as the Tide doesn’t turn the ball over or make bone headed offensive play calls I just can’t see the Tide losing this game. Vegas says the Tide will win by 10 I think they will cover and win 24-10 and we dance the night away for the 15th time.

Finally 7 years into our alumni group we keep growing and growing. Two weeks ago Laurel and I were interviewed by the ABC TV station from Birmingham. They came up for Notre Dame Media day and drove into Chicago just to talk to us. We will post the link when the story airs but what I found the most interesting was what the reporter told Laurel and I off air. He said that when he told people that he was going to South Bend everyone said you have to go to Chicago and check out the Houndstooth and find out about the Alumni group up in Chicago. I’ve mentioned it before but I wanted to say it once again you guys make us who we are (the best out-of-state chapter in the country) so if you’re going to the game in Miami wear our shirts with pride and for those of you like me who will be at the Tooth or AR on Monday be ready to cheer our hearts out!

Happy New Year and RTR
Marc
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