Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Moving on.

So all good things must come to an end. A couple years ago, we lost Rob to Rivals. Now it is time for me to change locations as well. I will be a contributor on SBnation's College and Magnolia site.

I am excited about the change. Don't worry. I will still be my normal self in a new place. I look forward to writing more and hopefully interacting more with all of you on the new site.

This has been a wonderful place to vent the bad times and celebrate the good times in relation to Auburn football. I have had a lot of fun doing it.

I will keep the site up for posterity. Thanks for reading over the yrs.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Grand Slam

He wants you! (In Auburn Arena)

We have been tough on Jay Jacobs over the years. I have been tough on Jay Jacobs over they years. The Gene Chizik hire was one of the worst in Auburn history.

In hindsight, Tony Barbee and John Pawloski were pretty lousy hires, too. But at the time, those seemed like pretty good pick ups. Both had big success at mid major programs. Both were up and comers.

Both failed miserably.

Jacobs finally has come in to his own as an athletic director. He hired the best coach in the country in football in Gus Malzahn. All Gus did in year one was take a mentally whipped football team and turned them into an SEC champ seemingly overnight.

Sonny Galloway has changed the culture of baseball pretty quickly at Auburn. He inherited a bunch of prima donnas whom needed to be whipped into shape. After a rocky start, Auburn is on the cusp of the top 25 with a 15-7 record, having, at this point, played the toughest schedule in the SEC.

March 18th trumps both of those previous hires(yes,even Gus Malzahn).

Bruce Pearl is one of the top 5 basketball coaches in the country. He is right up there with Coach K, Jimmy Boeheim, and Tom Izzo. He will bring instant credibility to the program. He is a fantastic recruiter. His brand of basketball is exciting and up tempo. He is also a showman. Last night's welcome reception is a prime example.

For the first time in over a decade, I am excited about Auburn basketball again. Not since Mamadou, Smith, Doc, CP, and Scotty have I been so excited. I was a student then, when the old Beard-Eaves was filled to the brim with over 10,0000 to see Auburn destroy Arkansas, Florida, and Alabama.

I expect that again very soon.

Pearl revamped Tennessee in one season. UT went 14-17 the year prior to Pearl's arrival and lost their leading scorer to graduation. Sound familiar? We may not make the NCAA tournament in year one, but we will be competitive. I can promise you that much.

Look for an instant rivalry with Kentucky as well. It is pretty well known that Bruce Pearl and Calipari hate each other, dating back to the UT-Memphis days. Throw in some added hatred that Cal will have for AU since they fired his protege. Also don't be surprised if Barbee winds up an assistant at UK in the next year or two.

Auburn is the hot school right now in college sports. Jay Jacobs, for all of his face-planting failure over the first few years in the A.D.'s chair, deserves credit for making the biggest splash we have ever seen in college basketball.

Now we can be excited about Auburn basketball again. We can even dream of an SEC championship and the big dance. Hopefully very soon.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

National Title Review: All there is to say...

You guys are my favorite Auburn team ever. You captured the attention of the whole country, not just college football. Looking forward to the future...War Eagle Forever.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Title Preview-They Haven't Seen the Likes of Us

Has FSU seen anything like Nick Marshall?

Let me first say for the record, I am utterly shocked that I am writing a preview for the National Championship game. Back in August, I was thinking Outback Bowl or Chick Fil A would be a huge step for this program.

We ended last season in the doldrums. Forget that, worse than doldrums. Auburn was the lower 9th Ward post Katrina. We, I, thought that the damage done by the end of the Chizik administration would not be reversed for at least three years.

Enter Gus Malzahn. He was the architect behind the 2010 National Title. He was the one who went to Gene Chizik after the 2010 Clemson game and told him to turn Cam loose. Gus is a star. Gus is changing college football. Think I'm wrong? Did you happen to catch Oklahoma go hurry up several times in the Sugar Bowl? By the end of the game Bammers were so frustrated that Bammer moms were diving from the upper deck onto to Sooner fans.

Malzahn does not like being called a genius, but in terms of college football, he is Einstein. He is Copernicus. He is Sir Isaac Newton.

College football is forever changed by one season with Gus Malzahn as a head coach. His offense has turned college football on its ear.

Whether you call this a team of destiny or a team of density (I miss the Joe Cribbs Car Wash) this is the most amazing Auburn football team we have ever seen.

Our old friend Rob calls this Buster Douglas vs Iron Mike Tyson (I miss Rob on this blog). He is not far off. Again we see very few people outside of the Loveliest Village that give Auburn a shot. We have read this novel before. First back in October at College Station. Later with back to back road trips to Fayetteville and Knoxville. Then at home against Georgia. Then two weeks later against the mighty Tide. Finally in Atlanta against Missouri. Auburn has been counted out time and again. Time and again Auburn has proven pundits to be wrong.

Auburn will win tomorrow. Florida State hasn't seen the likes of us. They have made a living off of the Wake Forests and Syracuses of the ACC world. Auburn has wins against the crème of the SEC. Florida State biggest win came against a team that lost by 14 points to an SEC East also-ran.

Still, Auburn is currently a 10 point dog. Will Vegas ever learn?

Auburn will win tomorrow. Florida State will not be able to handle Tre and Nick. Sammie and C.J. Dee Ford will solidify his NFL stock. Carl Lawson will become a household name.

Auburn may be a team of destiny. They are most definitely a team of density. They are everything that is Auburn. They are the eternal underdog. They are college football's forgotten.

This team is the reason why I love sports. They are the Boston Red Sox to the Crimson Tide's Yankees. They do the impossible. They win when no rational person gives them a chance.

Auburn will win.

One more guys, come on.

Auburn 34
Seminoles 27