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The First Post, Iron Bowl Saturday

Hey everyone. I am awake. Weather reports don't seem all that damning.

Light rain in Tuscaloosa, but it looks like the precip will be out of the area by 10 a.m. or so. Overcast with a high of 62 degrees Farenheit is what tells me.

I'll go with it.

It's a big day for me: I get to drive my wife's SUV up there. She doesn't let me drive it usually, but The Advertiser Hacks need a big vehicle to ferry the four of us.

News? I have none for you just yet. It's early.


Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

my folks are there, anxious for the kickoff.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who all is in the Advertiser Caravan today?

9:07 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Well Tub has had two weeks to plot and scheme for the hated Bama. We'll see how well coached these guys are.

9:11 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

What are your expectations for today, RK?

9:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

War Eagle!!! Good luck on your trip to JHSW. I can't believe it is Iron Bowl day. Time to lay the smack down.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

21-20 Tigers. No idea how we score three times, just gut instinct.

9:23 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I always expect to win.

My expectations are that we go out and play hard. That we look like we are prepared to play and that we keep it tight with and get a chance to win it in the end.

If we don't look prepared and get bullied around all game, then I'm going to be greatly disappointed.

9:25 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Three offensive TD's in one game hasn't happened but twice this year. (Southern Miss & UT-Martin)

9:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Touchdowns, schmuchdowns. We will find a way. Hopefully we get in a field position battle and Durst is the difference.

Some people seem to not realize the brilliance in this offense. With the way our offense has performed, it is almost as likely the defense will score, so we are a dual threat team.

9:40 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Oh yeah, the living to punt philosophy.

9:43 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Anybody up for some HATE today?

9:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm hoping my hatred will all be harnessed before the game in the direction that it needs to be rather than turned inward after the game.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There are several other interesting games today. Georgia vs Georgia Tech could be intriguing. I do think Georgia Tech has a shot against that weak Georgia defense.

Tennessee vs Kentucky should be even more interesting. Tennessee has already secured last place in the East. Hmmm, I wonder if a team has ever managed to do that feat before. They were first in the East a year ago and now have a stranglehold on last. A loss to Kentucky would only make the fall more dramatic and secure Fulmer's position as the most fired coach in America. You can't get more fired than Philip Fulmer is these days.

9:51 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Steve, don't think I've ever seen brilliance and this offense written in the same sentence. I have to say hoping our walk-on kicker wins the game pretty well sums up this season nicely.

9:51 AM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

offense? we don't need no stinking offense.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This offense is not bad, it is just misunderstood. This is a kinder gentler offense that will resolve it's issues through discussion rather than physical violence.

9:57 AM  
Blogger CovingtonTigerFan said...

I hope Kentucky can finally beat Tennessee. Kentucky fans always refer to this as a rivalry game. When you haven't beaten a team in 23 years, that ain't much of a rivalry. Hope it ends TODAY, though, and that the Tigers can reach 7 in a row. That would make for a perfect day!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I do think the opening possession will have a big impact on how this game goes.

If we receive the ball, we have to avoid a 3 and out. At the same time, a 3 and out for the Tide would be awesome. We need to gain field position and hold onto it.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

If we win today, we will have the same record as LSU, which is very surprising.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

let's stick with the violence

10:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is Brad Lester's final game. He is one of the players I am hoping has an outstanding game.

As for LSU, after further investigation, if we win, they still will be one win better than us. Argh!!!

10:04 AM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

fsj, stoking the flames of hate...

10:08 AM  
Blogger AUfan said...

So basically we have the G-rated AU offense against the violent and mean-spirited R-rated Bama D. Hopefully the family-oriented AU team prevails. I now feel warm and fuzzy.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you ready for some FOOT-BALLLL!
Saaa-turday Pah-tyyyyyyy!
Hatin' on the Bam-mahhhhs!
Let's get this thang start-edddd!

Here we go with some off the wall stuff.. why? b/c that's what we will need today.

We're gonna have a tuff time's Brad Lester's last game and he says he's 100%. Brad has a litle bit of Caddy's jump-cut and we will need that in order to find creases to run in. Give the senior the ball.

Throw deep Kodi. Either throw it out of reach or connect...and throw it often. No stinkin' INTs. We have to back up their defense. Our D should hold them early and give us chances for a couple of 3 and outs while the deep throws back up their D and allow us to run that prolific offense.

By the mid second qtr, we have to be able to start driving the ball and keep the TOP even for the rest of the game. Keep the D fresh enough....stuff the run..and pressure JessicaPW.

Do ALL of that and we can be in position to win at the end. Don't do ALL of that and our D will get tired and we will slowly get crushed.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. S...I finallly was around the Pc with a chance to join our Webcast and can't get seem to get sound. I even registereed and logged in. Probably not internet savvy enough.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

So here is one more reason why we MUST win today...

Only one of my three kids has had to endure a loss to UAT and he was only one when that happened and far too young to understand what was happening.

As a good mother, I simply cannot fathom a world where my children have to live with the knowledge that Bama can beat the Tigers. It is simply too much for them to endure. I do not want to have to look at their sweet little faces and say "Mommy, Mommy, how could this happen? The bad guys won. Why Mommy, Why" and wipe their tears away.

So please,


10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three reasons we win:

1)As a big underdog with his back against the wall Tuberville suddenly becomes Knute Bear Lombardi.

2)Nothing to lose, no look ahead to look at, who cares.

3)Well....historically 7 is a lucky number

Auburn by 3...War Eagle

10:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In a surprise move, Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville will unveil his new offensive coordinator in the Iron Bowl. Cesar Milan has been hired to replace Tony Franklin, who was fired earlier in the season.

For those of you who don't know Cesar Milan, he hosts a TV show on the National Geographics channel called the Dog Whisperer. While not having any college coaching experience, he does bring a psychological approach to offense.

As an example, the offensive line will no longer block. The will pinch the defensive linemen on the neck while saying "PSSST" to them. While maintaining a calm dominate state, the offensive linemen will coax defensive players to lie on their side, while they scratch their belly.

10:43 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Kodi Burns must learn how to be a Pack Leader.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

OK I am changing my name back to Kristina since my husband just read this and said "Hey that zoo keeper chick has 3 kids too."

Love ya, Earl ;-)

10:55 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I hope all of the hotties had a great Thanksgiving. I have escaped the in-laws in Tuscaloosa and will be watching the game at home on a new 42" HDTV!! Go Tigers!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Corso picks Bama, so there is hope.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

YAY! Corso and Kirk picked Bama. It's on!!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

thankfully, Lee just picked bama...

10:59 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Herbstreit, for what its worth, says bama will "pound" Auburn today. Add him to the hate list.

10:59 AM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

the care bears cartoon was about sharing, so there is hope.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

find your identity babe!

11:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Any chance of getting the mascot head surgically attached to Lee Corso?

11:01 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

I am a completely different person hate week. It's not my fault if you can't keep up, sweetie.

11:02 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

For those who want a glimpse of what the game will be like, here's a preview of Kodi taking on the bammer defense:

11:02 AM  
Blogger tiger50 said...

WDE! Kick em the butt Big Blue!! 23-22

11:04 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Try again:

11:08 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Does bama even have a shot today? I say no. Hate tide!

11:10 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Zoo Keeper...

I talked to Coach Saban this morning. He asked me to deliver the following message:


11:11 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

not very nice coosa... i like it!

The sound of football is on at my house. i'm getting the hate face on.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the show I was sensible.




WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:13 AM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

good one, fsj. of course he did mention something about wearing red...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

Faker, you have proved my point that Saban is the devil.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A little mood music.

11:27 AM  
Blogger michael said...

a haiku:

Iron Bowl is here.
Hate bama with your whole soul.
Elephants eat poop.

11:30 AM  
Blogger James in Auburn said...

I love the positive karma from all of the hotties. I am trying to be positive myself, but its going against my cynical nature.

I expect a close game, something similar to the way Auburn/ThUGA played out. Having a chance to win at the end would be a positive. Actually winning? Not very realistic IMO to expect it, so I won't.

I for one have had my expectations shattered more than once by this team and coaching staff this season. I have no desire to go there again.

I want to see Auburn play hard, not give the perception of quitting (ala WVU), and play with some pride. Whatever else happens - happens.

War Eagle everyone!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Realism, Scmealism, just kick elephant butt.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

But James, this is the last chance this season for your heart to get broken. Then you have to wait 9 whole months...come on, man, dream with us! You can handle it one more time!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

I asked the Magic H8 Ball the all-important question ...

Are we gonna beat Bama?

Answer: Yes, definitely!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

LOL @ For the Children.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BYE BYE Sylvester Croom, hes gone.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

Y'all, I cannot concentrate on these other games.

Ahhhhhhhhh is it 2:30 yet?

11:57 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...


Croom done at Cow Bell U.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Special guest motivational speaker:

11:59 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...


I prefer David Housel's "speech" from prior to the 2002 Iron Bowl. Good stuff.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Proverbs 6:12-19

12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;

13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers;

14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.

15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

17 A proud look, A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,

18 A heart that devises wicked plans,Feet that are swift in running to evil,

19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

I don't know folks, but it sounds like a discussion of BAMA to me. After all, crimson is the color of sin.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Has there been an announcement that Croom is gone?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Steve, they said on ESPN Sylvester Croom has "resigned"

12:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That is not surprising. If we were to loose 45-0 I would expect Tuberville to offer his head to the ax man.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a report form ESpn on Croom.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Tech chasin' points ... DUMB.

12:06 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Hey Earl - Interesting diploma. I've got one almost exactly like it that my dad earned in 1950.

If that's yours, I'll quit referring to the Hotties as kids.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

Earl is my husband, coosa. He's such a cradle rober! ;-)

12:09 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

no, not mine coosa... my grandfather would have been 100 this year!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on James, pep up my man. Lock the knife drawer and think positive about things. You'll feel better when we win. If for some reason they get lucky and win, so be it. We all still have to go back to work Monday. Doesn't change much at all cause they are favored.

Do what I do and just the UAT fans you didn't get to watch the game. Makes them pretty mad cause they can't talk smack to you.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Croom was in a real tough position. Think of the coaches in the SEC West he was going against: Tuberville, Petrino, Miles, Saban, Nutt. That is a pretty tough job when you aren't at a traditional power house.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I'm either going to die at the Alamo today, or I'm whippin' Santa Anna with Sam Houston.

Either way, I'm fightin' till I'm dyin'

And I'm expecting two things ... HATIN' BAMA AND VICTORY!

12:12 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Clemson is beating the Terry Bowden out of South Carolina.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true?

Did Croom "Croom" himself?

12:15 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

south carolina is lookin weak.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

That's the report on ESPN, Sensi

12:16 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Yep. Croom is done.

Mississippi State boards are all over it. Their mod indicated that it is true.

ESPN has picked up on it too.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Nutt Goes Boom, Brooms Croom, and seals Sly's Doom

12:17 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

LOL Earl and Kristina - Ok, Kids it remains. :)

Wish my grandfather had gone to API, but my dad was the first in our family to do so.

Glad I was able to keep the tradition going; my wife did too. Our daughters are miserable failures who went to other schools. I let them choose their schools, but told them if they chose uat they could pay every penny of it themselves. Neither made that choice.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't find anything online about Croom being gone. I do think he has won a lot of games he shouldn't have at MSU. It is just a tough place to coach.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

All right all. I have finally settled in for the hate bam-a-thon.

I took my daughter and her finger nails painted orange and blue. She is all ready for the game. I am teaching her to Hate bama.

I'm ready for the game. I feel good for the first time in a long long time. WHat does that mean...not a thing.

Beat Bama. Hate Bama.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...the seat gets hotter.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

My late father went to API ... sang the alma mater line "API" instead of "Banner's High" until we lost him last fall on the Thursday before the LSU game.

Yeah, he HATED Bama, too.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Round the bowl,
down the hole,
roll turds roll!

12:20 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Mr. Sesi?

What seat? Tuberville's?

12:21 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

The seat has been so hot for tuberville that he no longer as an ace. So therefore, he is now uneffected by the hot seat.

12:22 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I predict MSU's next coach is one of the following four folks:

- Jeff Bower
-Bobby Wallace
-Mike Dubose
-Dennis Franchione

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-Mike Dubose is about to win a D3 title, right?

12:23 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Of course Terry Bowden may be interested in MSU too.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Croom News

12:24 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Mr. Sensible....He's marching toward one.

I actually think he may be ready for a MSU type job now.

Sometimes a journey through the wilderness gets your mind straight and gives you some toughness.

12:25 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm sure Croom resigned to save State from having to deal with the media frenzy of having to be the 1st school in the SEC to fire an African American head coach.

If that's the case, classy move on his part.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

If I was MSU, I would hire Larry Blakeny from Troy. He would be a good hire for them IMO.

12:25 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Blakney is a good choice, but the bigger schools seem to avoid him. I guess they figure his hands are still dirty.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blakney won't leave Troy, IMHO.

He was just inducted into the Alabama Sports HOF. His entire career and life have been in this state.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Apparently Croom had a buyout. If he had been fired, MSU would have had to have paid him millions of dollars. Croom is a class act. I hate to see him go.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't believe MSU was held to 37 yards of offense. It appears that MSU has redefined what it means to have a bad offense, so Auburn no longer has a bad offense.

12:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Croom will probably get his buyout.

I'm am going to assume his resigning is his way of walking away instead of State being made out as the media bad guys for firing him.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

The georgia / tech game is interesting.

I hope it goes quickly so that the game does not get interfered with by the end of this one.

Mr. S- did you make it to the game as originally planned today?

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Croom go back to the NFL?

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm riding this one out at home.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Jet (HEARTS) Blakeney

12:36 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

You can tell the UGA/Tech game is being done by CBS's secondary crew. Just a few mins ago they were bragging on UGA's rush D holding Tech to 120 yards rushing in the 1st half so far...saying they average 270 per game. We'll that means Tech is on a pace to get 240 in this game.

240 yards allowed rushing is not good at all and it's pretty close to 270.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Jay should be getting close to posting from T-town.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

There's nothing like the B team doing a game ...

talked about what a great play the INT the DB made for GT ... when all he did was stand in once place and Stafford threw it to him.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Who thinks Mr. Sensible needs to turn into Mr. Psychotic for the next five hours or so?

Anyone? Anyone?

12:40 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I think all of CBS sucks. The best thing about CBS was Todd Blackledge and they let him go to ESPN.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Croom announcement on

12:41 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I like. Mr. S needs to transform into the Hulk. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.


12:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have arrived. New post up in a minute or two.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

In the spirit of the day, it's time to kick it up a notch.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

does cbs have an "A" team? or will we get the "C" or "D" team?

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

We get Verne "Troyer" Lundquist and Gary Danielson.

This is not the majority opinion, but I kinda like 'em ... though I do miss Blackledge.

Danielson understands the game.

I don't worry about 'em lovin' on Bama. They all do that.

It just means we'll break their hearts. I like Verne from golf.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Auburn wins 32-7

You heard it here first. After the game Kirk HateStreit will force on pain of death to eat elephant poop and say he likes it.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Jet- Verne should stick to golf. Much better at covering the 15th hole than rambling on for a whole game.

12:46 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

James in B'ham and I must be related in some distant way. The CTT kool-aid is flowing at record speed, but I sense an ugly whipping headed our way. I see all of these "We believe-Beat Bama" signs around AU and shake my head. My sign says-"I have little faith in an even decent performance, but I am hoping for a miracle." Hope is a bad thing.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

now cbs is talking about croom

12:48 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Depressed ...

it ain't about CTT ... it's about Auburn.

You and James need to pop a couple of Zolofts, and get on the HATE Train to Victory!!!!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Hope is a good thing ... maybe the best of things ... and no good thing ever dies!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I'd like to think that the last thing that went through John Parker's mind -- other than Sen'Derrick's forearm -- was to wonder how in the hell Auburn got the best of him.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

depressedAUfan, i'm with you on the dislike of the "we believe" campaign. seems to me like if you have to make a campaign out of it, somebody thinks it's missing...

not missing at my house.

keep up the hate and the hope. let's kick bama's butt!

12:56 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Sonic, those are motivating words. Maybe CTT is at this moment using a tiny hammer to escape from the dressing room and a fired-up, well-organized AU team will emerge from the rubble. We can hope, can't we?

12:56 PM  

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