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30th August
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

UA Fun Fact & Trivia:

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 33,602 for fall 2012. The entering freshman class, at 6,397 students, is the largest in UA history and includes 1,725 students who had a 4.0 or higher high school grade point average.

The time is finally here!  I’m ready for the road to 16 to being Saturday and can’t wait to see my Roll Tide Chicago family – I’ve missed y’all and look forward to seeing familiar and new faces at the Houndstooth and Another Round Saturday!

Alabama Home Game Raffle

We have a pair of tickets for both the Ole Miss 9/26 and the Arkansas 10/19 Alabama home games that we will be raffling starting Aug. 30th through Sept. 5th.  You can purchase your raffle tickets either at the Houndstooth or Another Round on Sat 8/31 or you can email rolltidechicago@gmail.com.  We will only be selling 50 tickets for each game.  Cost for a raffle ticket $25, all the proceeds go to Roll Tide Chicago Scholarship fund.  Please note that these tickets CANNOT be resold!

Alabama vs. KY Game 10/12 in Lexington, KY

Roll Tide Chicago will have access to approximately 24 tickets to the Alabama vs. KY game on Oct. 12th in Lexington, KY.  Details to be provided in early September from NAA, but if you are interested in being put on the list for possible game tickets please email rolltidechicago@gmail.com with your name and phone number, once we have more information we will email y’all.  We are looking at getting a bus to the game from Chicago to Lexington, please let us know if you’d want to catch a ride to the game with us in the email and if you already have tickets and want to ride with Roll Tide Chicago email us about the bus.

Viewing Parties

Both of our locations will be Saturday for Alabama vs. Virginia Tech; kickoff is at 4:30 pm, but still arrives early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.

Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark
Chicago

Another Round
5141 Main St.
Downers Grove

2013 Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt and Membership

We want to make sure you join Roll Tide, Chicago (new or a renewing member) the new membership form is on RollTideChicago.com and will be at The Houndstooth and Another Round all season.  Your 2013 RTC Membership you will get this ChicaAgo t-shirt (it’s an ash grey color and comes in women’s and men’s sizes)

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Don’t forget Friday Aug. 30th is wear your college colors day – I hope to see a Crimson Tide of Alabama shirts around Chicago that day!! Also we will be heading to Ravina in our Alabama gear with Shakers to sing along to Alabama songs such as “My Home in Alabama” and “Dixie Land Delight!

Look forward to seeing y’all for Kickoff on Saturday for Alabama vs. VT @ 4:30 pm CT at the Houndstooth or Another Round.  Jeff will be at Another Round Saturday so make sure to say hello.

Roll Tide!

Laurel

4th & Goal

It’s finally here gang, Kickoff week! No more reading about how the Tide will replace 3 starters on the o-line or who will replace Eddie Lacy. Now we can watch it all unfold on Saturday afternoon from the Georgia Dome. Every time the Tide plays in one of these opening games vs. an ACC team or Big Ten team I think back to 2008 when I went to the Clemson game. It was Saban’s second year and everyone was expecting the Tide to rebound from the 7-6 first year where we lost to La Monroe. I don’t think anyone could imagine the beat down that we gave the Tigers that day and the rest as they say is history, since that game the Tide is 61-7.

So here we are again looking at another chance for a National Title and the chance to become the first time in modern history to win 3 championships in a row. If there is one coach and program capable of dealing with the pressure, getting every teams A+ game and keeping their focus it is Coach Saban and his staff. One of the things I like about Saban is that he never looks back or dwells on the past. It’s a new team, a new season etc… What happened vs. Notre Dame this past Jan. has no bearing on this year. I’m not sure how many coaches think like this. I know that we don’t. We see the Tide take the field same uniforms, same stadium where they beat UGA and think, this is going to be easy. But we forget that A) these guys are kids (I realized this last week when it dawned on me that the incoming freshman class were born the year I graduated high school) B) that we have no idea how they are going to play as a team and C) you just never know in sports.

But with all that said I see nothing but great things for this team. The defense is going to still be the defense and the offense at least from an Alabama standpoint is going to be like nothing we have seen. AJ has more weapons than ever and for a change, teams can’t stack the box to try and stop us. Do I think that the Tide will win 3 in a row? I’m going to hedge my bet and say they have as good a shot as anybody this year. And honestly that is all we can hope for. To be in the discussion year in and year out that is all we can ask for from our team. All I know is that once again it is going to be an exciting season and we should enjoy it win or lose.

Last week I mentioned that I always like the fact that the Tide keep their uniforms standard but I will make an exception for this: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/08/alabama_football_team_to_pay_t.html (by the way once again I think they should name the field after Mal Moore but this is a good start.)

Marc – Don’t worry something will be named after Mal Moore!

 

I also mentioned last week in the wake of a couple of the arrests on the Tide that Saban does everything that he can to prepare the team for everything. ESPN has a great story on how that works: http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/colleges/alabama/post/_/id/15381/sabans-process-goes-beyond-the-game I imagine these sessions go something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN-aCYVVtyo

Thanks to our friends at Bleacher Report you can view the Tide’s new starters for this year: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1747491-alabama-football-meet-the-tides-new-starters-for-2013/page/3 (by the way if you don’t sign up for Bleacher Report they do a fine job of giving you the latest on Tide comings and goings as well as the rest of college football and the SEC.)

With the season kicking off I figured what better song to post than all of our favorite Sweet Home Alabama. Not sure how many of you know or care about the “feud” between Neil Young (my personal favorite singer) and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Here is a great article (warning it is a little long) on how the phrase I Hope Neil Young will remember A Southern Man don’t need him around anyhow” came to be. http://thrasherswheat.org/jammin/lynyrd.htm

Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: You never realize how many bodily fluids you get on yourself until you have kids. In the span of 4 hours yesterday I did the following: Washed Maya’s knee where she scraped it (blood) helped her peal dead skin off her foot (dead skin) had Jake  both sneeze on me (snot) and spit up (spit up) and then to top it off while I was changing him he nailed me with some pee. The funny thing is as a parent you just shake your head and change your shirt in my case twice in about half an hour and move on to the next activity.  YUCK!

Saturday can’t get here soon enough RTR

RTR
Marc

 

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