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12th November
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

After watching the CFP rankings this past Tuesday, I was not surprised AL moved into the second place position. Some friends mentioned we should have jumped into first place but there is always a problem being #1…everyone is out to get you.  I’m fine with being in second place (for now).

Again, I am constantly surprised OH ST stayed within the top four. Is it simply because they are the current ranked champions?  How many ranked teams has AL played?  How many ranked teams has OH ST played?  To date, we have played and won against four ranked teams: WI, GA, TX A&M and LSU (not to dismiss our loss against ranked Ole MS and our upcoming game against #17 MS ST).  And in most of these games the opposing teams were ranked higher than AL.  And again OH ST remains in the top four.  There can be no doubt to Clemson’s claim but OH ST?  I hope their game against Hawaii was a tough one!

Lastly, don’t discount MI ST. They have an annoying talent of causing an upset when you least expect it.  If we become too comfortable or too complacent any team will take the advantage.  We need to continue to play against MI ST with same accuracy and precision as we played against LSU.  As the old saying goes, “it ain’t over till it’s over”.

It’s time for Game 10 and it is our first away game since Texas A&M on 10/17. #2 Alabama will be playing against #17 MI ST.  The game is scheduled for 2:30 PM CT on CBS.  We will be meeting this Saturday, 11/14/2015, at The Houndstooth and Another Round.

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 Another Round’s web site is

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 Tigers.

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.

If you need to reach us or have any questions prior to the game, please visit our web site at or send us an email at

Matt, Laurel, and Lisa will be available at The Tooth to answer any questions you may have. I will be making my annual trip to Downer’s Grove to visit Jack, Cathy, Spencer and all the fans at Another Round.  Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Todd Cheatham



4th and Goal

By Marc Brafman

Do you remember, oh about 7 weeks ago, when everyone and their sister were talking about the end of the Alabama dynasty? And the game seemed to have past Nick Saban by? What I found interesting is that ESPN just did a 30 for 30 on USC when Pete Carroll was the coach with Carson Palmer, and Reggie Bush, etc. Sure they won something like 20+ games in a row and two national titles before losing to Texas in the best college game of our lifetime. But what struck me is as great as they were the USC ‘dynasty” lasted about 4 years more or less. We are now in year 9 of the Nick Saban era and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Not after what we all witnessed last Saturday. For my money, and I include the BCS championship game vs. LSU, the game this past Saturday was the single best defensive effort ever put forth by a Saban / Smart defense. I thought going in Fournette would be hard to hold and our main job would be to shut down the rest of the LSU offense. To me the play of the game came very early in the game. Fournette took the snap and got bottled up by Dillon Lee, but, broke to the outside where Eddie Jackson was able to wrap him up for little or no gain. I am pretty sure this was the only time all season he was stopped one on one by a DB who just did his job. From that point forward I knew we had them.


And with all this talk (Cubs fans) of Back to the Future, how nice was it to see smash mouth Alabama football win the day? I had to listen to the last drive of the game and hear Eli Gold basically laugh at LSU when they couldn’t stop Henry. It was refreshing to hear our offense maybe find its true identity. It takes more than half the season for our coaches to wake up and see what the rest of us could see pretty much from day one. Run the ball, pass off the run and keep Coker from making any big mistakes. Do I still think Coker holds the ball too long when getting pressured, and does he need to learn to slide? At least he isn’t trying to be Blake Simms. Let’s hope we can continue the momentum this week vs. a very tough Miss. State team. The type of QB that normally gives us a fit is Dak Prescott.


As I was watching the game on Saturday night for some reason this song kept popping into my head while watching Henry run: (plus these guys should get into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame but that is another story).


We better enjoy watching the current coaching staff, because next year, my guess is at least two of them are going to be gone. While it is sad to think Coach Smart is one of these two but I welcome this. Because when Saban does retire don’t we want a coach with some experience? Or do we want Gene Czick?


Last word on if Alabama has to slip a little: They took college football’s No. 2 team to the woodshed. They dismantled the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and turned Superman into Clark Kent. They heard the critics after losing to Ole Miss and have been on warpath ever since winning by an average of more than 18 points against opponents with a combined winning percentage of 65.2 percent.


A couple of notes regarding other college football teams: Baylor has yet to play a team with a winning record; but, before you get too upset about their current ranking, they will be playing three tough back to back games: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU. On paper this is as tough a three game stretch as any team has played this year.


I think we should let Ole Miss beat us every year just so we can all enjoy how they implode after our game. How do you give up a 4th and 25 first down no matter how crazy the play?


Speaking of crazy plays, the end of the Michigan State and Nebraska game will rank up there. Nothing beat the Duke / Miami game ending as the worse one thus far as the ref.’s blowing it but this is a close second. I’m not sure how the rest of the country could miss the guy being pushed out but the ref. sure didn’t see it. To have the ref.’s decided two games that have major implications for all four schools involved is just pathetic.


It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you fall on when it comes to the Mizzu football team and their protest. To me it’s refreshing college athletes are taking a stand on anything other than what beer to drink or what show to watch on TV. I was watching a movie on Kareem Abdul Jabbar on HBO the other night. He stood next to Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and some of the other black athletes of the day to protest Jim Brown’s treatment of being stripped of the heavy weight title. When the last time a college athlete did that? We are so conditioned to Tiger Woods, MJ and Derek Jeter not being political at all it is a nice to step back and take notice when athletes tried to make a difference.


Your AAC update of the week: I heard this on Mike and Mike yesterday. Since Navy beat Memphis this Saturday, and if they run the table, the final college football rankings will be delayed a week until after the Army / Navy game since Navy could get into one of the CFP bowl games. I don’t think that would matter to the Tide if they win but I found it interesting.


We’ll end today with a classic Beatles song that fits the week:


Roll Tide!


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