Roll Tide Chicago on December 5, 2013

Roll Tide, Chicago!

“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.” Bear Bryant

I don’t have much to say, I think we are all still in shock and I know you don’t want to hear a bunch so I will just say that I am still and always will be Alabama & Roll Tide Chicago proud and that win or lose we do it together & we’ll live to fight another day.  Roll Tide Roll!

I will be going to the Houndstooth to watch the SEC Championship game Saturday…I think it will be good for us to rally behind the SEC and root for Mizzou!  Join me if you can!

SEC Toys for Tots Toy Holiday Party

As a part of an effort to unify the SEC alumni chapters here in Chicago, Roll Tide Chicago will help by hosting an SEC Toys for Tots Holiday Party. Information is still being worked on for this event but Save the Date and make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party.

WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th

2pm – 5pm/6pm

Please feel free to pass along the invitation to friends that have attended an SEC school or are fans of the SEC.  We will make sure the NFL games are on…so no excuses on why you can’t show up!

Roll Tide Chicago T-shirts

Still need the 2013 Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt…they also make great Holiday gifts for friends and family. To order just go to and order your shirt via out website and we will mail the shirts to you.  In order to assure they arrive before the holidays please order the shirts by Dec. 8th!

Membership Levels

$25 White Membership – Includes 1 T-shirt

$40 Crimson Membership Includes 2 T-shirts

$60 Houndstooth Membership    Includes 4 T-shirts

Also, we only have a few of the 2013 long sleeve t-shirts left – order yours today before they’re gone!  Stop by the Houndstooth Saturday or email to get the Crimson long sleeve Roll Tide Chicago T-shirt.

Sizes available Small – 2XL

T-shirt Pricing:

Members: $30 each (separate/extra to membership dues that include the grey t-shirt)

Non-Members: $35 each

Roll Tide!



4TH and Goal The Aftermath (go to the 10 second mark and listen to the great Rex Kramer explain how we all felt after the game.) I start with this because I was in such a funk after the game on Saturday that I sat on the couch stewing over the worse loss any of us will ever experience and figured maybe Airplane! The movie could make me laugh. As this part played and he says of course not that would never happen (about falling in the mud and then getting kicked in the head with an iron boot) I thought that about sums up how we are all feeling.

Since Saturday night many experts are calling this the greatest ending to a college football game of all time, maybe the greatest college game of all time and plenty of other things. To me it’s simply the 3rd greatest ending in American sports history (walk off style) #1 now and forever will be the 1951 playoff win for the New York (baseball Giants) the famous Shot Heard Around the World the second started the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty the Immaculate Reception and finally there is our play from Saturday. (I won’t post it we’ve all seen it) The reason that this will go down in history is what was at stake, who was playing, and how it ended. Like the Dodgers and Giants it was two teams that don’t get along, the underdog won, the call will go down in history as an all-time classic Oh My GOD We’ve won the Iron Bowl! Etc. As for the Immaculate Reception it was a play so bizarre we are likely never to see it again, it pitted two teams that were very close and very good and it featured two coaches who would go on to win a lot of titles.  So get ready because this play will be shown from now until forever just like the Stanford Marching band play, the Doug Fluite Hail Mary and every other crazy ending. That is what makes this ending so bad. Just like Boston Red Sox fans had to watch the Bill Buckner play over and over and over and Cubs fans the Bartman play we now have “the Return” (editor’s note no play or game in American Sports history will ever top the Miracle On Ice but that was a game not a walk off win)

When Coach Saban loses an Iron Bowl he really knows how to lose an Iron Bowl doesn’t he? First the Cam Back now Kick Bama Kick.

When Coach Saban was hired all we could have asked for was to get Alabama into the top 10 and into the conversation for the BCS Championship each year. Consider that since 2008 we will have played in BCS Bowl games in 5 of the last 6 seasons with three of them being National Title wins I’d say that he has done his job and some. But even the best coaches, CEO’s, parents whoever have off days. It’s a shame that Nick Saban’s off day started with 10 mins or so left in the Iron Bowl.

I was all set to go into a tirade about how Coach blew this game 10 ways to Sunday but with a few days to cool off I won’t go down that road. Instead I will always wonder like the rest of you why he went for a 57 yard field goal instead of putting the ball in AJ’s hand in OT and trusting that CJ And the defense could get a stop. Or if this kid kicker was so good from 57 why couldn’t he kick one from 43 yards? Or why if he had no faith in Foster to make a 30 yard FG in the 4th quarter (the Yeldon 1 yard run stop) than turn around next drive and try a 44 yard FG instead of punting? And just know that this isn’t just on Saban: Bears head Coach Mark Trestman is getting put through the wringer for trying a 47 yard fg in OT on Sunday in a Dome on turf. (Just to put the 57 yarder into some sort of context) Bears kicker and Pro Bowler Robbie Gould is 94.6% from 40 yards or closer but only 63.3% from 47 yards and out. The shame of the Iron Bowl is that kick would have been good from 54 or 55 yards so maybe the future is bright with this kid going into next year. So in conclusion I have now gone from very very VERY upset like all of you to mad to now just disappointed that we will never know how the Tide would have done in OT. I will never understand how you can try and end a game that could have gone to OT with your best players not on the field.  That is what bothers me more than anything. (that and having to listen to Ohio State fans) By the way do you ever wonder how coaches sleep at night after losses like that? I know I didn’t sleep well at all on Saturday night how in the world did the Tide coaches sleep?

As tough as it is and it is TOUGH let’s look at the bright side: The Tide will finish in the top 10 once again, will play in their 5th BCS bowl game in the last 7 years, and should finish 12-1. Not too shabby with all of the guys that we replaced. Plus in the last three days we have gotten two big time recruits (both on defense for next year). Once they get the QB situation figured out the Tide will be right back in the mix next year. Don’t believe me read this:

I don’t buy 90% of this on how Saban reacts but it is a good article none the less:

Now as we turn our attention to the rest of the season and pray for a Duke and MSU win John Feinstein who has forgotten more about college sports than any of us will ever know weighs in on the debate brewing between OSU (and it should be said FSU) and a one loss SEC team playing in the BCS game:

And because Big Ten fans don’t seem to understand anything if you happen to get into an argument with them toss these numbers their way:

The Tigers play their second straight top five opponent this weekend.

Neither FSU nor OSU has played a single top five team all season.

What’s more, Auburn, if it beats Mizzou, will have four top 25 BCS wins, two in the top ten. That’s more than Florida State and Ohio State combined. (Neither FSU nor Ohio State would have a single final BCS top ten win. Auburn would have two. The Buckeyes would have two top 25 BCS wins, while Florida State would have just one, over Clemson).

And this: The Buckeyes gave up over 600 yards of offense and 41 points to Michigan, a team that now has five losses on the season.

After two full seasons as head coach of the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer has still not played a top 15 team and Ohio State hasn’t even played a top ten in the regular season team since 2009. The Buckeyes haven’t beaten a top ten team in the regular season since 2006.

Yes, these stats are real. (I’m using the AP poll rankings for this data, FYI).

With Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State, it’s possible that Ohio State will be without a single top 25 BCS win this regular season.

If I were a voter I would vote the Winner of the SEC over both FSU and Ohio State going into the final vote and I would have Auburn #1. But I don’t and I sure as hell don’t want Auburn in the finals so I am pulling for FSU/OSU or Mizzu to win. (Of course in the perfect world Duke and MSU would win and we would be playing the winner of the SEC championship) can you imagine Iron Bowl II?

Not that any of us care but a couple of stories from this past weekend:

ESPN ran over the Miss State Bulldog mascot on Thursday breaking her leg:

Southern Miss who we play next year broke a 2 year losing streak at Legion Field of all places by beating UAB. The game kicked off an hour before the Iron Bowl and reports are that there were roughly 3500 people in the stands at the old Iron Lady or whatever they call Legion Field.

Do you realize that if Texas beats Baylor on Saturday they will split the Big 12 title? Maybe Miss Terry won’t need that house in Austin after all.

This week in songs: The first one is my all-time favorite John Lennon solo song click to the 2:54 second mark to understand why I am posting this:

Finally, AJ in his always classy post game comments referenced this song. Growing up my sister and I most have watched this movie 100 times so next time you see me ask me and I can belt out most of the songs. (You better believe I am proud of this fact)

In this week’s addition of things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: Kids can tell when you are upset so when I walked in the door on Saturday after the game Maya came up and said something to the effect of its ok Daddy its ok. (I honestly don’t remember much of what I did on Saturday night after the game I think I was still in shock)  I’m sure either Shana or my mother in law put her up to it but it was nice that she did it. Like all parents I hope she never has to experience a game like that again but as a future sports fan I know she will.

Try and keep your heads up root like heck for the Blue Devils, Sparty, and the Mizzu Tigers and who knows maybe we’ll make it to Cali after all.




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