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16 National Championships –

I have been fortunate enough to witness the last 5 in person.

 Funny thing is, in Alabama, seldom do you pick your “Team”.  It is usually handed down generation to generation.   You are either a Bama fan, or a fan of the team on the plains. Cool

 My greatest memories of the Crimson Tide are numerous.  From my late Father and I listening to John Forney and Doug Layton paint the picture of each play via the radio in our living room, to watching the 92 National Championship Game live in NOLA with my late Mother, and seeing the last 3 National Title wins live with my wife Michele, as a fan, I have lived the dream. 

You hear players say “I dreamed of playing at Bama” – well as a fan, growing up in the tiny town of Goodwater Alabama, I dreamed of seeing Bama play in person.  That dream came true as I saw my first Bama game in 1977, at the age of 18.  Of course Bama rolled to a 55-6 victory over the Cardinals of Louisville in a game that is forever etched in my memory.

Back in those days, memorabilia wasn’t available like it is now, and I became a collector of “unique” Bama stuff.   Good luck stuff – and the passion of collecting Alabama Memorabilia began to rival the passion of being a fan.  Whether it was a statue of an Elephant or a Bama Football player, and I begin to collect unique things as the years passed. 

My collection of unique Memorabilia has continued to grow, and turned into my collection of Tide Rides. Each year for the past 7 years, one or more of the Tide Rides, have been part of the annual Bama Homecoming in Tuscaloosa.  That too has been a great experience as a fan, to see the faces of other fans enjoy the parade. 

I developed this space to share those with you as a collector or as a Bama fan, I hope you enjoy.  

Each week during football season, I update this site (Blog-Scroll Down) and share my thoughts and my predictions about the upcoming game. 

To the left, you can click on the links for portions of my collection and the Tide Rides.
I would like to invite you to check out what the folks at Reese's have done.  The official candy of NCAA football, contacted me with interest in doing a story about "TIDE RIDES" and the fan who would have such a collection.  Yours truly obliged, and it was a good decision.  The crew spent a few hours with Michele and me and were the nicest people.  The entire crew was fantastic, but special thanks to Joey, Sarah and Marty.  You are welcome back anytime !!! There is a link at the bottom for you to enjoy the segment..entitled, "BAMA'S BIGGEST FAN"  ....yeah, I know.....  keep the comments about the title to yourselves... 

Enjoy and Roll Tide!!!!!!!!

Latest Addition to Tide Rides !!!!!



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Week 4 Bama Vs Kent State

I was 11 years old when Archie Manning and Scott Hunter blazed their ways into the record books

The teams combined for 65 points, 1,099 yards (609 by Ole Miss, 490 by Alabama; 736 yards passing, 363 rushing), 53 first downs and 180 yards in kickoff, punt and interception (one) returns.
* Of the 10 scoring plays, six covered 2 or fewer yards and the longest scoring play was for 17 yards (two of them, one on a Manning run and other on a run by Alabama’s Bubba Sawyer) and seven of the scoring plays came via the run.

The game had a little of everything, and then some.

As I sat in amazement on Saturday in the BLAZING HOT OXFORD SUN – I couldn’t help but think of that day and wonder if this game 47 years later would replace that game in the memories of Bama – Ole Miss fans. 

In a game that looked like Bama was going to get taken to the wood shed early, I couldn’t help but think of that night back in 1969 with visions of balls flying through the air;via Archie WHO and Scott Hunter.  Bama prevailed 47 years later…with a win, like that October night when history was made, being the FIRST PRIME TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME.  

No need to recap the game, but I will say this.  I saw a Bama squad that has a lot of will – they had lots of reasons to get down, but didn’t.  I saw a Bama Freshman QB in his first SEC road game, play like he was veteran.  I saw a team, who if they stop making mistakes (penalties busted assignments) who can make their way back to the final 4.  I digress, there is a lot of football to be played.

This week Bama hosts The Golden Flashes of Kent State.  (yes I did have to research to find what they are called)  Bama is a 40  -give or take a couple- point favorite.   This of course is Nick Saban’s Alma Mater and I am sure was scheduled as a favor to the school.  But it comes at a great time for Bama.  Nicks and wounds are abundant after last week’s battle.

Bama should cover the spread here, and give the starters some reps, and the reserves some playing time in this one where the KSGF will be out manned.

Bama should score early and often.



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

WEEK 3 Bama Vs Ole Miss

Not many times in recent history has this happened - Bama faces an opponent who has defeated them the last 2 times they met.

Yes Ole Miss has defeated the Tide in their last two meetings.  Bama on the other hand, managed to parlay those two losses into a trip to the final four, and last year the National Championship Title.  So though the losses are losses, they seem to awaken the Tide and make their season. 

A good angle?  Probably not, but - that is how it has shaken out.   This year is a little different. Ole Miss has lost some of its talent from the past two years and comes into this game with a loss to Florida State.  And in that game for the first 30 minutes they looked unbeatable.  Then after FSU made some half time adjustment, Ole Miss looked like the Ole Miss of OLD. 

Bama comes into this game ridding wins over USC and Western Kentucky.  Against WK Bama looked very lackluster - the O Line looked discombobulated, they never really could get the running game going.   They seemed very distracted - though winning, made many mistakes.  Those mistakes if made in this game, will be costly. 

Bama comes into the game anywhere from a 9 to 11 point favorite.  Most pundits think Bama will take care of business, while there is a part of me that thinks that is true, there is another part of me that says "that is what I thought too for the last two years".  Proceed with caution.

I do look for Bama to get its running game in gear and if that is the case, they should take Ole Miss.  Caveat, Bama is playing in its first SEC and first road game (hostile) environment.  How will Jalen Hurts respond?  That is a key question.  If he gets going early I think he will be fine, if otherwise, obviously the Tide will struggle.   Chad Kelly is the key for Ole Miss.  Bama will try to contain him, and this secondary seems to be able to force him into some bad throws.

I look for Bama to win, in a closer game than the spread.

Bama 32

Ole Miss 28



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Friday, September 2, 2016

Season Opener - BAMA - USC in Dallas 2016 Season

I really can't imagine that we are preparing to Kick of the 2016 Season!  But I can say, I am extremely excited about it and about playing in Dallas and against, USC.   

 I would be remiss without at least mentioning the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP win against the Clemson Tigers.  Wow or Awesome, don't begin to describe it, not do I possess the vernacular to properly describe the game.  I was fortunate enough to be among those present to witness perhaps one of the GUTSIEST calls I've ever seen.  Of course the onside kick, executed to perfection.  I wasn't expecting it and obviously none of the Clemson Tigers were either... And even now when I watch the replay, I am in total disbelief.  What a call and what a game. I can recall a few games where Coach Bryant would say something to the effect -"I'm glad the time ran out" and I concur on this game.  The Clemon team gave BAMA all they wanted and a bit more, but of course BAMA came out on the good side.

 So we find the Tide ranked in most Polls as the Number 1 team in the Nation coming in the the season.  We all know that now the thing that matters is - if you are in the top 4 in the final Poll.  BAMA certainly has the potential.  They do, however have holes to fill and have a difficult schedule.  As Nick says ONE PLAY AT A TIME.

 In this series BAMA holds a 5 - 2 record, with the last meeting coming in 1985 and Ray Perkins was the Coach and BAMA won  24 - 3.  It's hard to believe that these two teams, the powerhouses they are, have not met in 31 years.  What a great way to kick off the season.  

 Bama is favored in this on by 10 or so points.  Many people are not giving USC much of a shot.  I do however think it will be a donnybrook and since it is the first game, USC has a legitimate shot to pull the upset.   BAMA however will return a VERY VERY good defense, albeit without Kriby Smart.   On offense, the Tide is without it's star RB (Derrick Henry -NFL) and QB Coker (Graduated) and will have to fill those holes.  Remember though BAMA has been without a tested QB for the past 3 years with very good results.  I don't see this being an exception.  The wildcard to the offense is former USC Coach Lane Kiffin.  I do expect him to look to this game with a bit of a different view than MOST weeks.  

 The Offense may take some time to come around, but I think the Defense will give them that time.  Since it's the first game, there is really not much to know about USC - other than what we are told, and they seem to be week on the Defensive front.  If that is the case, BAMA will run and run.  If that's the case, it will be a long day for the Trojans.


My Fearless prediction





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Friday, January 8, 2016

Pinch me - NC 16 a possibility on Monday.


WOW - I know like most Bama fans, each year we dream of playing for a National Title, it started with me in the 60's with Coach Bryant.  And most years, if Bama wasn't playing for the National Title - they were near the top of the fray.  Stallings brought the Tide another one, then there was a drought... But no more - Bama is again either in the NC game or close.  Of course things have changed in the selection process, but I promise you young folks out there, make certain you sit back and enjoy these times, they are special.

Bama will be taking on the #1 Clemson Tigers on Monday the 11th, in what should prove to be a great game.   Clemson is undefeated, Bama has one loss.  Bama has the best Defense in many categoreys with Clemson ranking close behing with a stingey defense of their own.   Bama dismantled MSU by a score of 38 to 0 - surprising many, including yours truly.  My favorite part of that game was a reporter asking - "Coach Saban, do you realize Bamas score of 38 is greater than the number of yards rushing by MSU?" That pretty much tells the tale.  Clemson held Oklahoma scoreless in the second half while reeling off 21 points of their own to cruse to a win by the score of 37 - 17. 

Not much I can say here that hasn't been said - Clemson has the type QB and offense that has notoriously haunted the Bama D and Coach Saban.  We will see if they have solved that puzzle.  Most are picking Bama, Vegas line is 6 or so.  Clemson and Coach Swenny is clinging to the underdog role, and who could blame them.

Bama will need to slow the The Tigers down early - and they have the defenders to do it.

Prediction - Bama brings home 16


Clemson 28                Bama 37

Fri, January 8, 2016 | link 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Cotton Bowl - The Tide is High



Another first for Bama - as of tomorrow, Bama will be the only team to make the college playoffs 2 times in a row.   Of course this is only the second one and Bama is squaring up against the Spartans of Michigan State. 

This game has all the makings of a perennial game - #2 vs #3 - both teams concentrate on Defense, and stopping the run.    Sparty has a great QB who if he has a good day can deal Bama fits.   Most say Bama is a double digit favorite.... and looking at this match-up on paper, I would agree but we know that cliché - they don't play on paper.

Bama counters with their own superstar - Derrick Henry - who is fresh off of a trip to NYC to collect the 2nd Heisman Trophy in Bama's history and the second during the Nick Saban era.

I won't bore you here with comparisons, but will tell you - MSU is very good against the run, and Bama is better.  I suspect MSU will load the box in an effort to stop Derrick Henry.  This is where the game will be won or lost.  Simply this, if Bama O Line can make holes for Henry and Henry can rush for 150 or more, Bama should win.  But wait a moment - Bama will also need to get pressure on Connor Cook, otherwise it may be a long day for Bama.

At 7pm on ESPN New Year's Eve, they will tee it up and before 2016 rings in - Bama or MSU will be moving to the finals.

I think it will be Bama.  Surprise?  I know I never pick against them -


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