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13th December
2013
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Roll Tide, Chicago!

Hope everyone is getting ready for the Holidays.  It is still hard for me to believe that they season is over…man that went to quick!  Well hold onto your Bama hats because we are going to have some fun before the end of the year and then in the first part of 2014 with the Sugar Bowl.

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. Make sure to bring a $10-$20 toy for entrance to the party and you will receive a raffle ticket as well for a variety of different prizes and if enough Roll Tide Chicagoans come out I might even raffle off a Greg McElroy signed football (but only to the Bama fans!)

WHERE: Houndstooth Saloon
3369 N. Clark

WHEN: Sunday, December 15th

2pm – 5pm/6pm

Specials: $3 Soco Lime & Fireball shots

$5 40 oz. beers

$6 Pitchers

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!

See y’all Sunday & Roll Tide!

Laurel

4TH and Goal 1 second away from Glory

As I sat and watched the conference championship games last Saturday the final scene from Rocky III kept playing in my head (once again proving that I need a lot of help) but anyway check out this forgotten part of Rocky III and tell me that Apollo isn’t us and Rocky isn’t Auburn (cue up to 15 second and watch until they get into the ring) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC52KBgm5dY

We were 1 second away instead we had to sit and watch Auburn run rough shot through a good Mizzu defense and now they not us are playing for the National Title. Talk about a turn of events. As Paul Finebalm said on Gameday Saban went from being one of the best coaches of all time (had they won) to now not being the best coach in his own state, division or conference. Now the jury is still out on that but his point is well taken. 1 second we are #1 for 13 straight weeks and a machine the next we are yesterday’s news. But what really bothered me about last weekend was the total lack of respect for the Tide after losing the Iron Bowl. Somehow they went from the best team in the country to an afterthought. How big an afterthought you ask? I watched some of the post game show on ESPN and the BCS special on Sunday. The only person on either show that continued to talk up Alabama was Jessie Palmer (and Clay Travis on Outkick the Coverage) everybody else seems to think that losing on a 108 yard FG return (which as we learned had never happened in the history of college football) and boom they are bums. Palmer was the only host who said that he thought that Bama was the best match up for FSU. Personally I think FSU is the best team in the country (including us) and I expect them to lay the wood to Auburn next month. I just can’t wrap my head around a team giving up 500+ yards on defense winning the national title.

The other thing that I took away from last Saturday night was how not only all of us but the entire country hates Urban Meyer. Coach Saban might not be Mr. Popular but I don’t think fans across the country loath him like they do Urban. People were giddy that OSU (and that the Little Ten lost out on a National Title) but I think a large portion of people were more giddy that Urban lost. Which makes this picture my favorite of the year from college football: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/08/urban-meyer-pizza-ohio-state-michigan-state_n_4408739.html

The final thing from the weekend had to do once again with Cade Foster and his teammates. I’m sure all of you were glued to your TV last Friday night for the MAC championship between NIU and Bowling Green. For those of you who missed it I have no idea what the final score was only that Bowling Green won and upset NIU (I work with a bunch of guys that went there so I watched it for them) so I know what you are saying what in the world does the MAC game have to do with Bama and Cade Foster? During the game both kickers for Bowling Green and NIU kicked massive FG’s of well over 45 yards. They were dead center straight and one of the guys even kicked one from over 50. So like I do during football games I texted former Chicago Alumni Pres. Laura Jansen and said man I wish the Tide had one of these guys (her worse nightmare for as long as I have known her is a Bama game coming down to Field Goals)

Unbeknownst to me David Pollock from ESPN tweeted the same thing and sure enough Cade Foster, AJ Bear Bryant, The Snake and everyone that has ever played for Alabama took offense: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1879995-espns-david-pollack-takes-shot-at-bama-kicker-mccarron-and-others-fire-back?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football

Now I love Bama football and knowing that Foster is a kid I don’t want to pile on him that much but sometimes friends the truth freaking HURTS! What Pollock said was 100000% true Did Foster alone cost us the Iron Bowl of course not (I put most of the blame on Saban, the offense and defensive line and then Foster) but the point was that if we had a kicker from the freakin MAC we would be booking our ticket to California.

The last thing on the “Kick Six” last Sunday in Denver their kicker broke the record for the longest FG in NFL history (which is now 64 yards) here is a video of the kick. Forget the kick watch the o-line as the ball is in the air. http://deadspin.com/matt-prater-makes-longest-field-goal-in-nfl-history-1479200737 if you don’t think every special teams coach has drilled into the heads of the line the Kick 6 well this video proves otherwise.

I guess I have to discuss the nonsense that is coming from just about everywhere but Austin and T-Town (amazing that none of this is coming from Austin and T-Town isn’t it) Look I’m sure that Jimmy Sexton the most powerful man in college football is listening to Texas as every agent should. Hell he floated the story that Gus M (his other client) would love to coach at Texas in the future and amazingly he got a huge raise from Auburn but let’s not let the facts get in front of a good story: #1 If I were Texas I would get a coach that runs the spread offense which is the offense that pretty much every high school team runs in Texas #2 I would get a coach that can stop the spread offense #3 I would be getting a coach that was younger than the coach I was about to fire. Nick Saban is 0-3 in that department. Like all of you I’ve wasted a lot of time on this story but I like what Saturday Down South did with their 10 questions best:

http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/nick-saban-ten-questions/ #10  to me is the best example of why I don’t care what he does (and that is the truth) everyone and their brother thought that the St. Louis Cards were toast when Price Albert took the money and ran to The Angels. What have the Cards done since? Been to the playoffs twice, the World Series once while the Angels have finished in last and next to last since the deal. The point is Alabama is bigger than Nick Saban, it’s bigger than AJ, and it’s bigger than the Bear. If Saban leaves we either promoter Kirby Smart (my choice) or have our pick of just about every other coach in the country. And for those of you who think the world and Alabama will end if Saban leaves take a look at Oregon, Stanford, Ohio State and back in the day The U every one of them lost a big time coach and with a small hiccup here and there they all either won or are winning again. No one is bigger than Alabama. Thus ends the rant.

Dre Kirkpatrick was on the Bengals show called Beyond the Stripes on Tuesday: http://news.cincinnati.com/videonetwork/2921027923001/Beyond-the-Stripes-with-Dre-Kirkpatrick?BCNextUpID=52274465001_1&nclick_check=1 (he is getting his first NFL start this Sunday vs. the Steelers) he comes into the video at 12:15ish and answers questions about the Iron Bowl, Saban, living in a cold weather city (which is very funny) and how his career is going so far (it hasn’t been great) if you want to skip ahead to the 40:00 mark or so they teach him how to make a snow ball which is also funny.

For a chuckle at Auburn’s expense here is a nice article from Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/85198/hotsportstakes-the-shame-of-auburn-football

Finally, I’m glad I’m Jewish and don’t have to deal with putting up Christmas lights or keeping up with the Jones when it comes to displays. But I have to admit this is pretty cool even if it makes me want to puke:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSDNnZr_u5s#t=66

This week we have three that’s right three big songs: Whenever I hear about Oklahoma I think of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iYY2FQHFwE “we don’t make a party out of lovin, we like holding hand and pitching wood” just kills me

For those of you going to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl make sure you stop into one of the bars to hear some music like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU0q8XemtSU

With Christmas music in the air I am always disappointed that this song doesn’t get more play: What would you rather here this gem from Robert Earl Keene or Santa Baby? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P37xPiRz1sg (by the way he will be at Joe’s on Weed in March if you want to come see him.)

And last but not least in things I didn’t know until I was a Dad: I have turned into a big softy especially when it comes to stories about kids. In the latest Sports Illustrated 90% of which I didn’t read because it was about the Iron Bowl there was a story on one of the little boys who died in the Newtown Shooting. I was reading this on the train and honestly I was getting teary eyed thinking about how this little boy could have been Maya or Jacob. And don’t get me started on the videos of soldiers surprising their families and kids at sporting events. ESPN did a great video around Veterans Day and I was actually crying at my desk at work watching it. And just so we won’t end this on a down note going out and playing in the snow with kids rocks. Make sure you try it!

RTR

Marc

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