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9th January
written by Todd Cheatham

Roll Tide everybody!!!

What a great time to be an AL fan! I know the privilege runs 24 / 7; however, if you’re a sports fan with another National Championship on the horizon, there is no better time to be prouder of our team.  Come what may I am happy with our team, the staff and Coach.  Roll Tide and let’s be ready to win #16.

No game is a given, and we still need to win this Monday. No team is entitled to a win.   AL needs to continue to practice, prepare and show up wanting a win but have no current expectations Clemson will lie down and simply give us the title.  Clemson hasn’t won a championship since 1981 and I know they will show up wanting to take home the title.  If we play with the same vigor as we did against LSU and MI ST, we stand a good chance to win, but again, no team is granted an entitlement.

I’m not a fan of predictions. Something called “temping faith”.  Others can tell me what their expectation are, however, I believe the celebrations are only entitled after the clock has counted down and the score is in our favor.  I know Coach will keep our boys focused on tactics and goals.  First a win, then, the celebrations.

At the beginning of each season we hear the same story: “The SEC is not as strong as it used to be”. It’s true no conference remains on top forever but the SEC always provides a decent showing.  And this year has been no different.  Last year nine teams went to a bowl game.  Seven won and two lost.  This year ten teams were sent to a bowl game.  Eight teams won and two lost.  Not a bad showing for a conference that is “not as strong as it used to be”, eh?  Is the SEC just as strong or weaker as compared to previous years or other conferences worst?

I have several MI ST fans and we have both were astonished by MI ST performance during the playoff. We and the MI ST fans expected a better challenge, and as MI ST fans have stated to me, they are not upset with Alabama (as we played with heart) but more so with their team.  So again I ask, is it the other conference who are weaker?  You decide.

My thanks to everyone who showed up at the NYE event. Beyond the win it was nice to celebrate the New Year Crimson Tide style. We had a great showing and I personally had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone. For those individuals who had over plans, I hope your New Year’s celebration was a successful and happy one.

It’s time for the last college football game of the season. Please come join us this Monday at 7:30 PM CT and watch #2 Alabama play against #1 Clemson.

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. Send an email to, Attn. Ryan and Jeanna, to reserve your table. Send your email today because a majority of the tables have already been reserved. Grab those tables while you can. If planning on watch the game at The Tooth, I would suggest arriving 2 hours prior to kickoff. Previous years during bowl games we always bring in a good crowd. It should be Standing Room Only with a line out the door. Come early or be prepared to stand during the game.

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 Another Round will be opened and ready to greet 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.

Our 2015-2016 season is coming to an end. Don’t forget to buy your t-shirt before the season is over.  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.

Matt, Linda and Lisa will be available at The Tooth to answer any questions you may have. Jack, Cathy, Bob, Spencer and all the fans will be there to greet you at Another Round.  Please stop by and give us a hearty “ROLL TIDE”!

Lastly, I will be at the game. I attended the 2009 festivities in Pasadena but did not have a ticket.  This is my first opportunity to watch AL play for a National Championship from a stadium seat.  I’m excited and a bit nervous; hopefully, I will come back singing the praises of sweet 16!

Roll Tide Roll!

Todd Cheatham




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