Posts Tagged ‘Newsletter’

4th November
written by admin

Roll Tide, Chicago!

Today’s fun UA fact: Congratulations to Greg McElroy, who is a Rhodes Scholar regional finalist. His interview is November 20. Good luck, Greg!

Kick-off this week is 2:30 p.m. Join us at the Houndstooth or Another Round, and don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets on your way in.


This week and next are your best chances to buy raffle tickets (because who’s coming out to watch Georgia State, really, and the Iron Bowl, as you know, is Thanksgiving weekend). So what are you waiting for? Tickets are $5, 3 for $10, etc. 75% of proceeds benefit the scholarship fund, and 25% benefit the MS Walk. We have a serious haul of prizes this year. A small sampling:

  • Alabama garden gnome
  • National championship tumblers
  • Canvas pictures of Bear Bryant, Nick Saban, and Mark Ingram
  • Houndstooth purse and scarf
  • Dreamland BBQ sauce
  • Classic Roll Tide Chicago t-shirts
  • Signed footballs from Shaun Alexander, Nick Saban, and Gene Stallings. Plus a football signed by Alexander, Jay Barker, and several other former players. And a mini football signed by Bo Jackson. Footballs galore!
  • Tyrone Prothro autograph (he remains one of my favorite Bama players ever)
  • We Are Cubs (photo book by our very own Will Byington)
  • Second City tickets
  • Various gift certificates, including Groupon, Carol’s Cookies, Roly Poly, Joe’s on Weed, and Tiny Lounge
  • Prize pack to Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, or Ringling Brothers
  • Chicago Bulls signed basketball
  • Derrick Rose picture, bobble head, and signed jersey
  • Joakim Noah jersey
  • Ernie Banks signed jersey
  • Chick-Fil-A gift basket

Seriously, on the Chick-Fil-A gift basket alone, you should buy some tickets.

Other Ways to Support Our Chapter

  • Get your membership or buy a t-shirt.
  • Donate directly to our chapter scholarship fund. Just fill out the attached form and mail it to the address listed. These donations are fully tax-deductible! (As long as you follow the instructions on the form and make the check out to the Alumni Fund and mail it to the University.) The form is also available for download on our website.
  • Shop at Bromberg’s in Birmingham: Enter Chicago Alumni Chapter into the “additional information” section in Part 2 of the checkout process.
  • Shop at Game Day Girl Stuff Use the code “CH” at check-out.

On a Serious Note

The sad news keeps coming in college football this year: Eric LeGrand at Rutgers, Declan Sullivan at Notre Dame, Nick Bell at Mississippi State. Sometimes, in the thrall of football fandom insanity, it is easy to forget what really matters, and how tenuous life is. So this weekend, keep those men, their families, and their friends in your thoughts (I’ve listed some resources below as well). And be thankful to the young men who play this game for us. And remember that it is just a game.



P.S. If you are so inclined, you can…

…Leave a get-well message for Eric LeGrand or donate to his fund at

…Donate to the Declan Sullivan Memorial Fund at

…Donate to the Nick Bell Memorial Fund at

Sorry, folks, no Random Notes today. Marc was traveling on business this week.

22nd October
written by admin

We had a small crowd at the Tooth last week, and I’m convinced it’s because of the late kick-off. Let’s pick it up this week and have a good showing. It is the Third (er, Fourth) Saturday in October, after all.

Today’s fun UA fact: The University now has an official tartan: The design will be recorded in the International Tartan Index and maintained by the Scottish Tartans Authority and the National Tartan Registry. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds important. Even more important, the new design will be incorporated into merchandise. So if you are burnt out on houndstooth, you can buy plaid instead.

Anybody seen the 2011 football schedule? Aside from Florida (who will bounce back) and Auburn on the road, it is NOT scary.

Why You Should Get Your Membership

  • Because your membership supports our chapter activities, like our annual summer speaker and flag football team. We’d like to try additional activities, too, in the coming year, so send us your ideas! Only one catch…we’ll only accept ideas from people who are paid-up members 🙂
  • Because a portion of your membership goes toward our scholarship fund.
  • Because you can sign-up in person at the Tooth or Another Round or online at
  • Because we have the best logo and the best t-shirts (free with membership!).
  • Because Bama people all over the country talk about Roll Tide Chicago and what a great job we’re doing. Really! Every time somebody goes to Tuscaloosa, or Bama bars in other cities, they inevitably hear, “Oh, the Chicago chapter is awesome.” Read Marc’s first bullet point below if you don’t believe me.
  • Because I don’t know if it’s possible to win the “best out of state chapter” award two years in a row, but I want to find out.

Featured Raffle Prizes of the Week

  • Bottles of Dreamland BBQ sauce.
  • The original classic Roll Tide Chicago t-shirt, gray with “ChicAgo” in crimson.
  • In all, we have over 40 prizes. So your odds of actually winning something are very good! Buy tickets at the Tooth or Another Round. 75% of proceeds support our scholarship fund, and 25% support our MS Walk Team.

This Week in Chicago
It’s our annual Tennessee pinata party this Saturday! Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and we’ll be busting apart a UT football helmet pinata at halftime. There are rumors of a BBQ special being cooked up, too. The Houndstooth will also have the sound on for the Auburn/LSU game in the afternoon, so you can make it an SEC day!

See you all there. I’ll be the one trying not to get into a fight with drunk, condescending, non-Bama fans. (Thanks go out to my new pals, Russell and Patrick, for having my back last week.)



P.S. Marc’s Random Notes

  • I was down in T-Town for the Ole Miss game and represented the chapter at the annual alumni meeting. At the this meeting, I was honored to receive our plaque awarded tochapters that had successfully raised enough money to sponsor a scholarship. While that was very nice, what happened after the awards presentation was even better. I must have been approached by 10-15 other chapters from around the country to #1 thank us for being so strong and involved in Chicago and #2 to tell me that they have heard nothing but GREAT things about the chapter, the Tooth and what we do up here. I know I speak for Laura and the rest of the board when I say (again) that we couldn’t do it without all of you. We have come a long way since Ollies Bar on Diversey 5 years ago.
  • Now onto the game: I’m sure it was the same on TV, as it was in person but my GAWD what a borning game. Maybe it was the ungodly kickoff time or the fact that Ole Miss really stinks, but in a game that should have been a big bounce back game for the Tide I thought they played so-so once again. It was like watching the Bengals with the false starts, not stopping third and long, and missing field goals. The Bungles are on MNF football in two weeks; watch how they play and watch how the Tide is currently playing. It is the same and trust me friends that is NOT A GOOD THING. If I sound like I’m beating a dead horse I still am baffled by the play calling and the lack of a run game. On the plus side the defense played pretty well and if the Tide can make it through a horrible Tennessee team I think the bye week couldn’t come at a better time.
  • I don’t care that he only caught one or two balls or that he dropped an easy catch, how tough of a guy is Julio? It’s one thing to play with a broken hand of you’re the place kicker but to try and play as a wide out is pretty impressive.
  • If you haven’t been to campus in a few years I encourage all of you to check it out. I lived in Paty or is it Pady Hall my freshman year and back then there was nothing between it and the Ferg. Now there are more buildings than I can count, and the entire side of campus is HUGE! And the stadium is something else. It is so big, and while it never got really loud for this game I can only imagine what it is going to be like for the Iron Bowl.
  • You know you are getting old when: as I was walking down sorority row looking at the lawn decorations (ha-ha) I couldn’t get over how young the students looked. Also, when you are listening to classic rock radio and Love Bites by Def Leopard comes on you have to think: is that really classic rock?
  • Most of you who know me know that I can’t stand two things: #1 is recruiting news and rumors. When they get to Alabama then I care about them. #2 is the BCS, and now #3 and rising is people who tell me about their fantasy teams. I don’t play fantasy football or baseball. The reason is I root for two teams, well three teams (the Reds, the Bengals and whoever is playing the Cubs). Really, is there anything worse than having to listen to people talk about fantasy sports? If there is I don’t know what it is.
  • Is it time to stop the fire “fill in the blank” coach web site? It started with Florida and Ron Zook but now there is one to fire Urban Meyer. As a Bama fan I would like nothing better than for Florida to do this but come on, really Florida fans…
  • This week’s installment of things that I never thought I would be doing as a dad. Defrosting milk. Standing over the sink with a bag of frozen milk while Maya is crying is not something I ever thought I would be doing.