Roll Tide everybody!!!
It’s time for Game 8! We will be meeting this Saturday, 10/24/2015, at The Houndstooth and Around Round. #8 Alabama will be playing against that hideous, orange coated team. Truly, how long can you wear that color and feel good about yourself? A friend of mine wears the same t-shirt to every home TN game. You can’t spell Sl** without UT (you figure it out). The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM CT on CBS.
If you’re planning on watching the game in the Chicagoland area, please join us at either of our two locations. Our city bar, The Houndstooth, is located at 3369 N Clark St. Our suburban location, Another Round, is located at 5141 Main Street in Downer’s Grove. The Houndstooth’s web site is www.houndstoothsaloon.com. Another Round’s web site is www.anotherroundbarandgrill.com.
There are no reservations at The Houndstooth is based on a “first come, first serve”. The alumni association will be there to greet you. As soon as you enter, turn to your immediate right and we’ll be there to greet you as you enter. So, come on down and watch the Tide play at home against the Aggies.
Another Round will be opened and ready to great all the wonderful, local AL fans. We have a private area to the far left as you enter the bar. I suggest arriving an hour before the game starts. Please wear your crimson and white to cheer on the Tide.
We’re still selling our 2015 memberships. In addition, Roll Tide Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our brand new shirt is designed to commemorate this special occasion. Stop by the membership desk and purchase yours. Our memberships are as follows:
White level (single) – $25 and includes one shirt
Crimson level (duel) – $40 and includes two shirts
Houndstooth level (family) – $60 and includes four shirts
Single shirt purchase (non member) – $30 each
Additional shirt purchase (member) – $20
Also, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we are offering a pre-order polo design shirt. These shirts are of a higher quality and display our 10th anniversary commemorative logo, and they come in a wide variety of colors. The price for these one of a kind polo shirts is $40.
We accept cash, checks or credit cards. We have all sizes in men’s and women’s from small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large (the polo’s can be ordered in an XXXL size). Anyone of our board members can assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask.
Linda, Bobby, Lisa and me will be available to answer any questions you may have. Jack, Cathy, Spencer and Roni will be at Another Round to assist you. Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!
4th and Goal
By Marc Brafman
Reason # 78 why I never gamble is the outcome of Saturday’s game. If you recall from last week’s predictions, I was DEAD wrong (and very happy to be so)! On TV, Vern and Gary kept calling it “dinosaur” football but we should call it Alabama football. Maybe, MAYBE, Lane-O has finally figured out what it is going to take to get us back over the hump this year? We saw it a little during the UGA game and a lot last Saturday. Run the ball, and don’t make the big mistake on offense; and either punt the ball or let the defense take over the game. Sure we gave up some yards in between the 20’s but when push comes to shove the defense came up big. Will that be enough the rest of the way? I’d like to think so but at least it seems like we have the blue print in place to make it happen. And it’s not just happening at Bama. LSU, both Michigan’s, and Utah, they are all going “back to the future” and playing big boy football. S tu Mandell from Foxsports.com breaks it down for us: http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/alabama-crimson-tide-michigan-state-spartans-wolverines-power-football-mandel-forward-pass-101915
How dominant has the Bama defense been since the Ole Miss game? From ESPN earlier this week:
In the four games since their 43-37 loss to Ole Miss, Alabama has surrendered just 11.75 points per contest. And if you watched the Texas A&M game, you know special teams were responsible for a big chunk of that. How have the Tide gone on opponent lockdown? By making QBs curl up into a fetal position. Over those four games, they have allowed an opponent QBR of 4.2. For those of you uninitiated in the ESPN Stats & Information quarterback rating scale, its 0-100. So that’s, like, really, really good… unless you’re a quarterback.
Not to take away from our great win from Saturday but highlight the continued AWFUL play of our special teams. Another fumble, the TD return on the punt and the blocked punt. At some point this is going to cost us. Let’s just hope it is during A-day and not a football season Saturday.
It’s Vols week! And with it our recent streak of 8, and I hope counting, wins over the Vols. You younger fans might not remember back to the mid to late 90’s but the shoe was on the other foot. To this day, and this includes Cam Newton and any future Ohio State players, the only NFL player that I root against strictly from what he did in college is Peyton Manning. That’s because I can still remember him waving the huge T flag in Legion Field after they beat us one year while I was in college. This game scares me for really only one reason. Their QB runs a pretty good read option and historically that has given us some fits. This is a good Vols team coming to town on Saturday. If the Tide plays their game I don’t see us losing but it might be closer than the two touchdown spread. Also, if Ryan Kelly can’t play, that will hurt our o-line. None the less my predictions this week: Tide 35 – Vols 21.
Jacob Coker has shown us the last couple of weeks he is a pretty tough QB, and seems to think he is Walter Payton by running the ball and lowering his shoulder instead of sliding. His teammates have noticed as well: http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/10/why_alabama_players_are_callin.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=alabama-crimson-tide-football
I’d like to thanks Michigan for taking over the title of “craziest way to lose a game” from us. Now instead of the kick 6 we can watch their poor punter muff the catch, the kick and the entire game. Fall on the ball son, just fall on the ball!
Imagine for a second the final four this year looks like this: Utah, TCU and Baylor, with Clemson and Iowa bring up fourth place. How would the ratings be for those games? It’s not that far fetched! If the SEC west beats up on each other (like it might) we will be out of consideration. Iowa, who plays no one until the Big Ten Championship, can pull an upset over OSU or MSU. Thankfully, there is a lot of football left to be played.
Your American Conf. Football update for the week. After Memphis beat up Ole Miss on Saturday, the AAC has three ranked teams in the top 25. That would be as many as the Pac 10 currently has. I just wish UC was one of them.
Oh, to be a basketball recruit at Louisville a few years ago, right? Strippers on campus, sex parties, all those nice enticements just to play for Ricky P. It’s amazing they haven’t won multiple national titles?
This week’s song makes me think of Derek Henry. Plus, the Sheepdogs are one of the better rock n roll bands out there right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szvdRbKT3UY
I haven’t done this in a while but this week, in things I didn’t know until I became a Dad: When watching the fourth quarter of a football game with your kids I would suggest NOT playing 10,000 games of Hungry, Hungry Hippo. It makes it hard to concentrate. Trust me!