Roll Tide, Chicago!
UA Fun Fact & Trivia:
What are the unofficial snack and drink of the Crimson Tide fan?
Golden Flake potato chips and Coca-Cola – they were the sponsors of The Bear Bryant Show, his Sunday post game TV show. Since 9/11/2013 would have been Paul Bear Bryant’s 100th birthday I wanted to include a fact that tied to him.
It’s only been a week, but man I miss seeing y’all at the Houndstooth and Another Round on gameday. I will not be at the Houndstooth this Saturday…I will hopefully be watching the game from Ryan Field; if not, I’ll be watching the game from the National Alumni Association’s tailgate in College Station! I’ll bring back pictures and stories…I couldn’t pass up on joining other alumni friends for this once in a decade game. Not to worry others you know from the board will be at the Houndstooth and Another Round and I expect it to be packed Saturday.
Both of our locations will be airing Alabama vs. Texas A&M Saturday; kickoffs is at 2:30 pm, but arrive early if you want to ensure yourself a spot at either bar.
3369 N. Clark
5141 Main St.
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)
$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt
$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts
$60 Houndstooth Membership Includes 4 T-shirts
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 from NAA, but if you are interested in being put on the list for possible game tickets please email email@example.com with your name and phone number, once we have more information we will email y’all (If you have not gotten an email from us it’s because we are working on the information). 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.
Have a fun and I will see y’all next week for the next Alabama game at the Houndstooth and watch for us on College Gameday from College Station!
4th & Goal
Before we get to the game this week a couple of notes on the VA Tech game which seems like it happened 2 years ago not 2 weeks ago. A couple of notes I got from having to listen to the Tide broadcast on my drive to Cinci: The Tide has scored in a school record 157 games in a row and has led in 25 of the last 28 quarters (that is amazing!) Let’s just say that I can’t remember a game in which the Tide won by 25 and you still went away saying what the heck was that? All the 3 and outs, the offense sputtering at times and the almost complete lack of a running game (we sort of looked like Auburn there for a while.) We all knew that replacing the o-line was going to have some growing pains and that VA Tech has a good defense but I don’t think anyone thought it would be that bad. As Saban said earlier this week I hope that game was a wakeup call. And we won by 25!! Now there are two trains of thought after this game. #1 Saban didn’t want to tip his hand with the offense heading into this week’s game so once the game was well in hand he took the foot off the peddle and #2 he wanted the Tide to struggle a little so that he could yell at them this week in practice. It has to be hard to be players on the Tide when you wake up on Saturday morning and hear all the guys on gameday say that the only way the Tide loses is if they beat themselves. Now Saban has had two weeks to lay the hammer on them. Let’s hope it worked because that offense was UGLY!
I believe that it was Tom Petty who once sang The Waiting is the hardest part and boy have we all been waiting for this week. It’s finally time to see what Coaches Saban and Smart have up their sleeves for Johnny Football and A&M. All year the game has been in the weight room, all year every time they show a highlight of Johnny Football it is the bobbled handoff touchdown last year. All year all of us had to listen to all the talk of how A&M came to T-Town and won the game. (No one seems to remember that the play calling down the stretch was so bad that it cost us the game.)
It’s not often that when you are the #1 team in the county and two time defending champions that the country is rooting for you but I think it is safe to say that most college football fans are excited to see Johnny Football put in his place and the Tide is the team to do it. As my dad put it I can’t wait to see Alabama put that punk in his place.
Here is how I see this game going: the best way to keep Johnny Football off the field is to keep him off the field. Run the ball, pound the Aggies on the ground (they have given up huge yards to powers as Rice and Sam Houston State) and I think Yeldon and crew were embarrassed by last game. I have a feeling that AJ is licking his chops to get back on the field after his somewhat disappointing effort vs. VA Tech. And I know that Coach Saban is tired of hearing how mobile QB’s give the Tide trouble. On defense last night on ESPN they showed how the Tide went from one defense in the first half of last year (when Johnny Football crushed us) to a different zone defense in the 2nd half where we controlled him for the most part. I think the Tide is going to throw everything and the kitchen sink at him. Blitz, zone, stack the box you name it. Just like Cam Newton JF is going to get his yards and make big plays as long as the Tide can control most of them and knock him on his butt a lot they will be ok. By the end of the day the Tide finds a way to win. Bama 35 A&M 24 and the march for the three peat lives on.
We sure love to puff our chests out when the SEC is running roughshod over everyone but what if this year the SEC (minus a couple of teams) isn’t that good? UGA and Florida losing to the ACC, Arkansas almost losing to some scrub team yesterday, Miss State getting trounced last week etc. It is a very top heavy league and we just better hope that we don’t lose late in the year because this year the SEC might not be the big bad SEC we are used to (don’t let that AP poll fool you with 3 teams in the top 10 the SEC is 5 teams and a bunch of so-so Big Ten type of squads.
Every week I remind all of us not to take what the Tide has going for granted. I give you the fans of Texas, Florida and USC who each lost and lost bad this week. At least USC has the excuse of having the worse coach in the country and the NCAA restrictions but what the heck do you do if you are Texas and Florida? By the way in the USC game the HOME fans were cheering Fire Kiffin!! Glad it only took them 4 years to figure that out. And be prepared if Texas continues to struggle for all the rumors to come out that they are going to make a big time run at Coach after the season if they fire Mack Brown.
Not sure if you guys saw that last week the Tide got the #1 lineman in the country to come to the Capstone for 2014. Even better was that he is from Monroe, LA. Which leads me to question why Clowney and that kid from Ole Miss turned down the Tide to play for the Gamecocks and the Rebs? I get staying close to home and playing with your brother but if you want to WIN and go to the NFL the Tide seems to me to be the best place. And I love that Clowney is whining about not being used the right way that teams are working the other side of the field etc. since the Gamecocks can’t stop anyone on defense. Brother if you had come to the Capstone no one would be doing that and you would have 2 rings.
There have been a couple of great articles on how much ESPN controls college football in the last few weeks. Here are some interesting stats on ESPN and college football:
• ESPN has televised 283 Thursday college football primetime games involving 101 teams (73 different home teams and 78 as visitors). Virginia Tech leads all programs with 26 home and away games combined followed by Georgia Tech with 24.
•Auburn’s 22-19 victory on Jan. 10, 2011 over Oregon (it aired on ESPN) is the most-watched program in cable television history with 27,316,000 viewers.
•ESPN has six on-air staffers who have won a national championship in college football: Todd Blackledge (1982 with Penn State); Ed Cunningham (Washington in 1991), Brian Griese (Michigan in 1997), Lou Holtz (as head coach of Notre Dame in 1988), Danny Kanell (Florida State in 1993) and Trevor Matich (BYU in 1984);
•The USC-Ohio State game on Sept. 12, 2009 is ESPN’s most-viewed regular season game with 10,586,000 viewers.
•Birmingham finished the 2012 season as the highest-rated metered market for ESPN’s regular-season for the 12th consecutive season. The market averaged an 8.9 rating — 89 percent higher than second place Greenville’s 4.7 rating.
For this week’s song I picked one that I think sums up most of our feelings towards good on Johnny Football. Remember a few years ago when the Tide played the Steve Miller Band “Take the Money and Run” when Cam Newton came out before the Iron Bowl? I always thought this song was better and I’m just glad I can use it to describe Johnny Football and his autograph problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d16qRoUWMgg (Crosby and Nash never sounded so bitter.)
Finally in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad. A show of hands how many of you who grew up a Tide fan can remember your first game? I took Maya to Cincinnati last week and after a rainout in the first game we tried to go to on July 4th we finally saw a Reds game. The joy and fun she had eating peanuts, ice cream, and pizza was great. But seeing her cheer when the rest of the crowd did was even better. (I’m not going to lie and tell you she had any clue what was going on the field (like most Cubs fans) but when Joey Votto and Sin Choo Choo hit homers and the fireworks went off her face was priceless. I can’t wait to take her and Jacob down to T-Town at some point to show them a Tide game.
Bring on Johnny Football!!