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T-Dog……THAT was freakin H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has become a trite expression but I literally LOL’ed this one…at the office no less! :)
MCT….didn’t hear about the Cam serenade. Did see he was playing Intramural b’ball (the one thing I will have had in common with him during our respective time on the Plains). Could you imagine the thoughts of the guy who has to guard him? (“Ummmm….can I be, like ANY other position today?” or “Man, if he gets hurt I’m gonna have the Panther Mafia on my @ss!”) :)
Re: the Fast Times @ Ridgemont High: couldn’t you picture Mr. Hand looking over at Foster asleep and saying, “now just what in the hell do you think you are doing Mr. Foster?!! We are all here together…that makes this OUR time. You can’t sleep on OUR time Mr. Foster. Has anyone ever told you that?!”
Can we talk about Lashlee’s expression/posture on The Auburner’s top-of-the-page banner? Has this been discussed elsewhere? I know the kid’s not done too much yet but that right there is worth a kudos. No idea what he was doing, but great shot.
I’ll be heading up to A-day with my buddy who went to ECU… He has never experienced anything with the SEC atmosphere… We’ve got to hit up some awesome food spots… But a beer or 2 at quixiotes with any auburners would be delightful…
Sounds like the beginnings of a good Auburner meet up. I’ll probably be in front of the Nichols Center prior to the game; I’m willing to bet we’ll have an ROTC tailgate. I’m game for a meet up afterwards.
Cool beans! Not sure what time we’ll be getting there, but we’ll be there for sure during the Toomer’s Last Roll shindig. The hubs and I are meeting some of our old college buddies there as well.
I’m a transplant…family is all in B’ham area, but we moved to Millbrook after graduation and now live in Pville. Been here for about 11 years and it’s home now. Too many Bammers in the B’ham area for me. lol
Not sure if you folks are NFL fans as well but Ontario McCalleb smoked the 40 yard dash. The preliminary number was 4.27 but I think it got adjusted up a little (hand time to machine). As rediculously fast as this is there’s Bo’s 4.12 was run with about 35 more pounds than Ontario’s. :)
I’m watching Bo’s 30for30 again for about the 12th time and I still get goose bumps. The 80 yard TD against UF was as spectacular a run as you will ever see. The circumstances under which it happened make it even better. Fla was about to score but they fumbled the ball at the one yd line and it went into the endzone and out of bounds. Auburn gets the ball at the 20 and Bo goes 80 on the very next play. There is line from David Housel about when Bo goes over the top against uat being the greatest single moment in AU Football history. Hard to argue against it. My line has always been that Bo went over the top and he took us all with him.
BTW The book on Auburn’s unclaimed National Championships is great.
The book is by attorney Michael Skotnicki and in it he makes the case for Auburn to claim National Championships for 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004. He makes an excellent case for each year. He points out how many other schools have retroactively claimed championships including uat who added 5 additional ones in 1986. the website is http://www.auburnsunclaimed.com
He ends each chapter about specific years with “The ______ Auburn team is deserving of the title of a national champion and that championship should be claimed by Auburn’s Athletic Department with a banner in Jordan-Hare Stadium.” Skotnicki is an attorney and he presents each season as if presenting evidence to a jury. I believe that in most, if not all, of these cases the jury would side with him.
ESPN only goes back to 1979…and never has bothered to get in the discussion of who really deserved NC’s from previous years. So by that reasoning 1910, 1913, 1914 and 1958 would be non-starters….no matter how worthy each of those were.
If we were to start claiming NC’s postumously we would inevitably be indicted by uat fans as merely jealous and willing to make up past glory that isn’t real (as if their postumousl claims were any better). After making fun of them for past fabrications I would look like a hypocrite. (Although in fairness Mike Donahue put some great teams together and the `58 team was probably better than the one in `57 if one can believe the guys that played for both…which I do).
1913 is the one which bothers me the most. NCAA accepts that as a NC for Auburn, but Auburn does not. This year is the centennial year for that year. We all should let our Athletics Department know that they should at least acknowledge that.
Spencer, maybe you have connections to get this started. :p
Spencer, this is a question for you (others can try to answer, but I am sure Spencer will get this right anyways) – when was the last time, both AU Football and AU Basketball were so bad at the same time?
Thanks for the info and the website! And I say we look ultra judiciously into each claim he makes, if it fits, lets commence “The Auburner truth commission” and get the ball rolling towards recognizing any NC titles we should rightfully claim for The Plains. And to HECK with whatever the delusional bammer fans have to say about us!
You are right Big Swoll. I suggest everyone read the book (the evidence) before casting your vote. I personally didn’t like the idea and was very skeptical before I read the book. Now I say let’s get on with it. The author makes a good case for adding 1913, 1983 and 1993 this year since it falls on the anniversary. Part of his point is that the hard work and effort that those teams put has been recognized by outsiders as outstanding and National Champion worthy – shouldn’t their own University also recognize them as so? I vote yes. I DO NOT MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT THE FOLKS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STATE THINK.
MCT, thanks for the vote of confidence in my AU sports trivia chops but I will eschew the easy route (by cheating using the internet) and say with confidence – the last time AU hoops and football were both this bad would have to be at least in the 1940′s. 2008 was a lackluster football team (first losing season since `99) but Jeff Lebo’s 2008 team was pretty good. 1991-92 was down in football but we were competitive under Tommie Joe Eagles those years…his last year was a bust but by then Terry Bowden was rolling. That takes you back to `81, but while Dye’s first team was 5-6 it bore NO resemblance to this past year’s group. That `81 team was outmanned but never out hit or out hustled. They went toe to toe with even the best teams.
So you then have to go to 1953 to find a historically bad AU football team but AU’s winningest b’ball coach ever (Joel Eaves) was winning 68% of his games back then. As bad as we were on the football field in the 40′s I think you’ll find the answer there…or the 30′s. If no answer then….we might be looking at a first.
p.s. For what it’s worth I worked several years with Red Phillips (All-American End and captain of AU’s `57 team) and he had the greatest regard for Eaves. He naturally respected Shug…as did everyone else, but Eaves was his favorite. Just thought I would throw that in as a personal aside.
On the NC’s – you’re right Ft. Worth John. It is silly of me to care what the other side of the state thinks. It’s a fools errand to curry favor with them. I doubt seriosuly that Jay Jacobs would permit any official recognition of prior uncrowned champs…but the cases are compelling.
read an article breaking down the 1913 championship contenders on a pretty cool website called tiptop25.com— not sure if AU deserves the NC for that year after reading the article– but I don’t see anything wroing claiming one from that year either– we would have claimed it long ago
matt, 100 years from now, people will be confused how Alabama played for MNC after losing to Texas A&M with two losses. When you start comparing teams based on perceived weaknesses of their schedules you get what we have with current BCS.
And TeamX beat Team Y who beat Team Z, so Team X > Team Z only works in Mathematics, not in sports most of the time.
I have the same situations occur in my sport, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Actually there are no official rankings systems so what we have now is the garbage situation of the ufc, the sports biggest promotion, arbitrarily deciding who advances and who falls based on the whims of the heads of the organization. The best argument that is put forth on their behalf is usually “They are making matches that they think will sell the maximum amount of ppv (pay-per-view), therefore maximizing the companies profits”. But that argument is full of holes because there have been MASSIVE public discontent with the promotion and their matchmaking which has subsequently led to MUCH lower profits for the company (the paying public voting with their wallets). So in reality it seems like that argument is basically a smoke screen which allows a bunch of ego-maniac hacks who never fought themselves to treat athletes like toys as they advance their faves, stall out whomever is on the “outs” with the company and manipulate peoples careers. Kinda like our BCS cartel eh?
I echo Walt here – Happy b’day Mark! :) You and my son are exactly 20 years apart.
Big Swoll, excellent analogy re: MMA promotion/ranking v. BCS. Just follow the money. Sometimes it will mirror common sense and sometimes it won’t. For the powers that be, the money IS the common sense. So if an interesting 8-4 Florida team is eligible for the Orange Bowl while an 11-1 “outsider” from the midwest is also eligible – guess who gets the invite?
One of my friends is a blogger on sbnation for MMA, he says at least it makes sense for UFC to promote PPV fights via ranking as that is their main source of income, but for BCS the main source of income is tv ads.
Spencer Lee- You are spot on in regards to the BCS, but in the ufc’s case I believe its much more sinister. At least what the BCS does…. hmmmm, how to put this….. the BCS says its all about the purity of the sport and crowning a true #1. In reality it’s about money and favoring whatever conference/region participants represent. However the ufc pretty much sets the table themselves. So their questionable actions on one hand are technically “about the money” because up until the emergence of Bellator’s deal with Spike! network and the new World Series Of Fighting being picked up by CBS sports networks they were the closest thing to a monopoly in American sports. Everything they do is for the benefit of their brand (on the surface). But with the way they treat their athletes and the manner in which dana white conducts himself in public clearly demonstrates that the ufc if fueled by personal agendas of those at the top of the promotion. They really have ruined many careers for scant reasons other than they decided they didn’t “like” an athlete. For example, the way they make not only exceptions, but encourage the use of PEDs by certain athletes, the fact that some athletes competing on their cards make less than 10 and sometimes even less than 5 grand per-fight. How in the world is an athlete expected to support themselves (or a family), train full time, then advance in a sport when they are making 10-30 thou a year, and that IF they actually get fights from the org once they are signed? I really think their “about the money” excuses are a mask because they already have the lions share of the US market. They realize that their profits will be astronomical regardless of what they do so they run the promotion like a playground instead of a legitimate organization. And yup, even though Fla was pretty dynamic at times this year, it’s obvious the BCS HATES Boise State!
Music City Tiger- The ufc now says they are adopting an “official ranking system”, but they are still making matches, even championship ones, based on their own personal whims. I agree that the majority of their profits used to come from ppv sales, but I doubt that is still the case, especially with their falling ppv buy numbers. I think the ufc makes the majority of their $ from their Fox network deal and corporate sponsors. Thats followed by ppv #s. Event gates and merchandise being the multi million dollar gravy on top.
Sorry for my rantings yall, but you can see why I prefer the ma scene in Japan. Its more likely I can obtain $ and compete for championships based on my accomplishments or abilities as opposed to what a promoter might feel about me personally.
Hang on…..I just caught on that Big Swoll is an MMA participant not just a fan. Big Swoll I nominate you as the Official Bad @ss of The Auburner! You guys are tough as nails. You have my respect. :). I’m not much of a fighter. I’ve got the body of an aging baseball guy (which is appropriate). lol
In a different matter altogether I took my daughter to the AU game tonight. Had to look hard for silver linings there. Bo and Josh Bynes were in the house. That was cool. The action on the court was tough to watch most of the time.
Thanks Spencer Lee…. but I only advocate for violence in competition….. if I am getting paid! lolz Still better to be at an Auburn game and catch a loss than be a bammer supporter that wins every game, musta been a fun atmosphere anyways. WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!
Ft Worth John, Im down for that, especially from a purely athletic standpoint. But Id have to consider Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Nolan Ryan, Jackie Joyner Kersey and of course Ali on that list as well. Im sure they were considered so theres no real “loser”….. but I like the old school! Bo is one of a kind and until someone comes along to set a new standard, the standard is his……..
LOL on my K.O. punch Big Swoll! :) My brother would still have had one @ 46 but I would have to rely on that fluid swing of a baseball bat to KO anybody now. :)
I’m in full agreement with Bo with consideration for Dave Winfield – the only person ever drafted by 4 teams in three different sports – MLB, NBA, NFL and ABA. ESPN had him as their # 3 all time athlete in 2004. Still Bo is in a class by himself.
Ali was listed in the group and I believe Bo went head to head with him and won by a huge margin. The only other real challenger to Bo would have been Secretariat. But he had trouble with the curve ball too.
I don’t know Big Swoll….Secritariat would have had world class speed but I couldn’t picture that big ole beast STOPPING at a given base…which wouldn’t have mattered for 1st and home but good golly stealing 2nd would involve a throw to left field to tag the horse out. heheee
Must admit I’m out of the loop on SNL…..apart from the occasional skit posted on hulu I never see the show anymore. I was loyal from Belushi/Ackroyd through Eddie Murphy. Sporatic for the next 10 years and now, pretty much out.
Anybody doing the Mud Run in Auburn on April 6th? This is the one sponsored by the AU Marine ROTC unit. It’s the 4th year of the event…I did the first one but had to miss the lst two. Great cause – Wounded Warrior Project. I should have some work buddies joining in but wondered if any of the Auburner Family would be getting down and dirty with me. Hehehe
Alas, Spencer, I will not be around for that one. My job has me off for the spring ROTC FTX that weekend. However, I am planning on doing the “Finish on the 50″ event on the 27th. Not sure yet on whether I’ll just be doing the 10k or attempt the half marathon, though.
BTW…I know some of you folks aren’t “basketball people” but for those that are, consider this…
The SEC’s reputation in hoops is so bad that the SEC Tournement Champ is a 12th seed. And if not for recent SEC convert Missouri we would be looking at a 2 team field – the aforementioned Akbars and a 3 seed UF who is 0-6 this year in games decided by less than 10 points. Iconic Kentucky did not even make the field of 68 (nor should have they…UK stunk out loud away from Rupp – especially after their best player went down for the year). This MAY be the weakest SEC season in my lifetime…and I’m 45. Yet despite this historic underachievement for the conference we managed all of 3 W’s in league play. Wow.
Oh, mud run! Too bad, I’ll be in AU two weeks in a row so I’m out for that. I did hear they’re going to do early packet pickup in Montgomery for the Finish/50 run. Yay! I won’t have to leave at the buttcrack of dawn.