Friday, January 6, 2012

Explaining Michael Dyer's departure to a 4 year old.

I am the proud papa the most football savvy four year old girl in the world, so this morning on the way to school, I broke the news to her that Michael Dyer was no longer an Auburn Tiger. I thought our conversation pretty much summed up Dyer's two years at AU. I wish I had recorded this it, because this is the way it went:

"Janie, I have some bad news...Michael won't be playing football for Aubie anymore."

"Why Daddy?" she asked. "Is he going to play with Nick on the Blue Lions?"

"No, sweetie," I replied. "Coach Gene told him that he couldn't be on the team anymore because he wasn't being a good teammate."

"Coach Gene that chews gum really fast?"

"That's right."

"What does not a good teammate mean Daddy?"

"It means that he wasn't nice to the other guys on the Auburn team. He wanted to have the ball all the time, and complained when he didn't have it."

"He wouldn't share?" she asked.

"That's right. He didn't want to share."

"You have to share with your friends. Does Coach Gene share his gum with Coach Guz?"

"I don't know baby, but Michael didn't want to share and he thought he was better than the rest of the players."

"Better than Ontario?"

"Yes baby."

"Better than Emory?"


"Better than 'Lutch-en-kirch-un'?"

"He sure did."

"Maybe Coach Gene will let him come back," she said.

"I don think so Janie. Coach Gene gave him a chance to say he was sorry, but he wouldn't. So he's not coming back. He even thought he was better than Cam."

"He needs to go then, Daddy. Nobody's better than Cam...can we go to Chick Fil A today?"


  1. Bought my 7 year old (daughter) a 5 jersey for her birthday last year. At least Jake Holland is still on the team.

  2. .....The toughest thing for a young football fan to deal with is turnover. You follow 'em all season, and then your childhood hero graduates.

    .....We'll miss Dyer. Until the young 'uns prove otherwise, we don't currently have an every down back. I'd say that it's a disadvantage for the younger guys not knowing the offense as well, too. But that's going to be a square one deal for everyone with a new coordinator coming in.


  3. i'd say getting their pass protection down will be harder than understanding which gap to run through. I have no doubt we'll have a couple of guys ready to pound the rock every down if given the chance, but i'll miss seeing Mikey bring the pain.

    ...good one Zack