An incredible ride.

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  1. Walt
    Posted January 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    That’s where Gustav is best: retooling to fit what he has. He had a 5k yard passer with three 1k yard receivers one year at Tulsa. I guarantee we throw the ball more next year. Especially with Marshall having more time in the offense and – as I pointed out before – we have that JUCO receiver who people said is so good he could have gone pro out of JUCO.

  2. Posted January 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Walt, check this out from a buddy here at work that went to the game…the bathrooms must really be challenging:

    “FSU had arranged for a number of buses from several locations in CA. The bus also included the tailgate party. I held it and used the bathroom on the bus after the game. The bus included beer, water soda and snacks(candy, chips, crackers). Before the game I found a un-marked door to what I think was a one stall men’s room for handicapped. I had to wait for someone in the stall when in walked a female Auburn fan looking for a electrical plug so she could pump her breasts. I said fine but I am not leaving until I do my business. I came out of the stall and she and her husband were getting ready. By now there was a line outside the door. I informed them it might be a while for her to finish. I heard a lot of grumbling as I headed for my seat. Like I said the Auburn fans were very friendly”.

  3. Posted January 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    So, what do you think will come of Frazier? He had such promise coming out of HS, but some say he was not geared to Chizik’s offense and then it was too late after Marshall came on board. He just never seemed to grasp the schemes or somthing. Hopefully he can find his way. Seems like such a good individual and deserves to get his good breaks in the future.

  4. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    My take on Frazier, he could have used a redshirt year to adjust to the speed of the game in D-I. Then came Scott Leofler – enough said on that year…where we took players recruited to run a spread offense and turned them into Michigan circa 1955. Then came Nick Marshall. So I agree, great kid and wish him all the best. The circumstances didn’t play out like they needed to really see him blossom on the Plains.

  5. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    To answer a question posed right after the game I found out today the reason Cody Parkey was not his regular self – muscle spasms in his back. I knew something was up…most everyone else did too.

  6. Lisa
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  7. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    h-i-l-a-r-I-o-u-s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Lisa
    Posted January 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    My theory is that Saban wants to retire but wants to be left alone and not bothered by all the crazed Bammers upon retirement. How does he accomplish this? 1) Hire Lane Kiffin to run the program into the ground 2) Leave Tuscaloosa as an epic fail rather than the second coming of Bear.

  9. JCMac
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Good theory Lisa. It is the only one that really makes sense. I mean there are quite a few other options out there at OC, why take a risk on Lane when you can have more proven up and coming coaches.

    How will both of those egos fit on the same sideline together?

  10. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the answer to that question JCMac. Lane Kiffin will not be permitted to possess an ego……or a tongue…..or a creative idea………or a personality. This is why he won’t be able to stay. If Kiffin is smart he’ll just live at one of those extended stay hotels.

  11. Ft Worth John
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Every night for the past two weeks as I close my eyes this is what I see;
    Auburn runs the old lateral play and the ball is thrown to Tre Mason on the left sideline where –
    1- Mason keeps to the outside behind his blockers
    2- Mason crosses mid-field where 2 fsu deep defenders come up to meet him
    3- R Louis or Coates runs right between Mason and the defenders
    4- Mason breaks free toward the endzone
    5- Mason cuts and is hit but is just able to stretch the ball over the goal line
    TOUCHDOWN AUBURN! TOUCHDOWN AUBURN! AUBURN WINS! AUBURN WINS! IN A YEAR OF UNBELIEVABLE PLAYS WE HAVE ONE MORE! AUBURN HAS WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! (Stan White -“Oh my God!”) AUBURN HAS WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

    I’m not necessarily sleeping that well, but I feel great.

  12. Posted January 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Had that happened, I think it would be in college football’s best interest to just shut down the entire sport. There’d be no topping Auburn’s 2013 season, so there’d be no point for anyone to even try.

  13. Posted January 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    John, just remember we should not have gotten to that. With 1:17 left after Mason scored to go ahead, we should have stopped them anyway. Don’t beat yourself up over that scenario. I take it that WE DONE GOOD and were 300% better than we were predicted to be ! I have my SEC Champions shirts and “Got a second Bama” shirt and very content over ’13. In August I told my buddies that just getting to the Music City bowl would be a step forward, so we can all be proud ! They are building to get there again next year so look foward !

  14. JCMac
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I am guilty of replaying this in my head too. I think Chris Davis should not have run it out of the endzone, got it setup at the 25 instead. Throw a 25 yard pass down the middle of the field, spike it. Pass it to the sideline for 15 yards and set up Parkey to go into OT.

    –or–

    Mason take a knee on the one before that, run the clock and then score.

    –or–

    On the drive before the FSU kick return where we had to settle for a FG, instead of rolling to the right, pull out the 2010 Iron Bowl Lutzy play on 3rd down.

    –or–

    Taken a timeout before the fake punt, because we all knew it was coming.

    I guess what hurts the most is the fact that we had so many potential moments where we could have closed the coffin on FSU.—- Fortunately, we have next year and the year after.

    It reminds me of the movie Castaway. Tom Hanks has Helen Hunt then gets stranded on the island and has to go through several tasks just to survive. The fact that he survives is a miracle within itself. At the end of the movie, he loses her again because too much time had passed and she had been married. He states that, he is sad that he lost her once again, but is glad that he had her with him (in his mind) on that island.

    I guess the idea is similar to hope and fate. It felt like it was fate when we won those games, which gave us hope. We all had this feeling of a higher purpose at play during the season. I think we all lost that feeling once Tre Mason was tackled as the last second ticked off the clock. That hurt us all. But I have to say, like Castaway I’m so glad I had that feeling during the season, it would not have been the same without it.

    In a way that loss does not signify the end of something, but potentially the beginning of something new.

    Sorry if I rambled, it’s who I am.

  15. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Two random thoughts…in a game that is decided by one score there are dozens of “what ifs.” We can certainly take incredible solace in the season as a whole – picked 6th in the SEC West, a total after thought to anyone outside zip codes beginning with “3,” amazing wins from a remarkable group of kids and coaches working with them (for the most part) for the first time ever…and if nothing else, a group that completely washed the acidic taste of 2012 from our mouths. There were 5 wins off the top of my head that were nothing short of heart pounding (Wazzu, MSU, Tx A&M, UGA and UA).

    Then again, when you get THAT close to the ultimate prize you want to take it home so very badly. Those opportunities don’t come around every day so you hate letting one slip away. In a sense we’ve all gotten to know how it must have felt to be Oregon fans (although I have no recollection of them ever winning a NC, while we very conservatively already had 2 when this one got away). There will be holes to fill – as there always will be. This isn’t major league baseball…these are 18-22 year old kids that are only here for a while. Then like most of us, they moved on after that time in the sun. Gus will retool and the league will keep getting tougher. We’ll just have to keep putting together players, coaches and administrators that commit themselves to doing well and doing it right. The rest will take care of itself over time.

    My other random thought – ran into Casanova McKinzie @ Kroger Saturday @ 1:30 AM. I’m proud to report he was with 2 other dudes that looked like they had just walked out of study hall. He had his BCS sweatsuit on and was just picking up some food (no beer or cigs either). :)

  16. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Working in T’loosa tomorrow and Thursday……anyone want to come along? If it makes you feel any better my partner is also an AU alum. :)

  17. Walt
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    To get a head start on V-Day cards…

    “It only took a second for me to fall for you” – Chris Davis.

  18. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Nice one Walt! :)

  19. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Cupid’s arrow has Slade me… :)

  20. Lisa
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Trooper Taylor was hired at UGA this weekend. I find it funny because most of my UGA friends always talked about what a “thug” he is & he will leave Auburn on probation with questionable recuiting tactics. LOL!

  21. Jason
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Georgia hired Tracy Rocker. Trooper Taylor is at Arkansas State. Still, given the amount of whining from UGA fans for the past few years about Nick Farley hitting too hard, it is rather hypocritical of them to hire anyone who coached him.

  22. Lisa
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Ah! Thanks for the correction Jason.

  23. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Dang….wish Tracy Rocker had stayed in the NFL…….or gone somewhere other than UGA. :(

  24. Walt
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Spencer, I hate that Rock went to UGA. Find it funny that he coached the “dirty” Nick Fairley.

  25. Posted January 28, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    A quote from coach Craig on one of the stories:

    “I think about it a lot,” Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig said. “It makes you work hard. That’s the motivation right now, to get back. … Even though we didn’t win the game, I don’t think you can lose sight of us winning the SEC Championship.”

    Exactly right….that is why I got over the NC loss quicker. Sure, would have been nice, but this team took leaps and bounds in ’13 ! Plus, I saved tons of money on not buying more shirts, SI footballs, etc !

  26. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Good point on winning the SEC….given we were picked to finish 6th in the West. Still, when you get that close you want to grab that brass ring.

  27. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Walt, just read from Phillip Marshall that former AU DB Dell McGee will be going to your Ga. Southern Eagles to be Running Backs Coach. Thought you’d might like to know that. :)

  28. Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    If memory serves Spencer, isn’t he one of the DB’s that had fun with LSU that one year where they intercepted their QB 3 or 4 times in the second half ?LSU QB was Jamie Wilson if the brain is working today.

  29. Thomas (formerly the Huntsville one, now the Charleston, West Virginia one)
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Great win last night!

    We needed that one!

  30. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    JC in FLA, you’re close. Jamie Howard was the LSU QB…with Curly Hallman as their Head Coach. [sidebar…Hallman was the HC @ Southern Miss when Brett Farve was there and they beat us @ AU in 1990 (which was a big part of him getting the LSU gig). Then he was fired not long after the Interception Game @ AU. So as I’ve said re: Hallman – AU giveth and AU taketh away.)]

    McGee was @ AU from 92-95 but didn’t have any picks in the Interception fest that was LSU/AU in `94…which come to think of it – that’s surprising b/c I know he started and Jamie Howard threw at least 5 of them.

    Thomas….fully agree on that. Let’s see if we can string some W’s together before we hit a stretch of unwinnable games.

  31. Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I remember that game like it was yesterday. It just looked like we were destined to lose to LSU and then jis passes just started bouncing into our DB’s hands. I remember the announcers shaking their heads on why Howard would even attempt to throw those kind of low percentage passes. Too funny !

  32. Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    his not jis…zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  33. Spencer Lee
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink