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Post No. 1,115

Hey everyone. Thanks so much to all the HOTTIES for outstanding individual performances last night. I wasn't able to do much with the blog due to other professional obligations, but you all blogged the heck out of that basketball game.

Scottie B. turned in an ace-like performance at the ballpark as well.

I am "off" today, though, so I'll be available to blog today's SEC semifinal. In fact, we could live-chat it if we choose because the SEC's regulations don't apply to me now. I'm not at the arena and, therefore, not beholden to their rules.

Your Auburn Tigers play the Volunteers from University of Tennessee beginning around 2:15 p.m. CDT.

Be there or be rectangular.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University


Blogger Hornet said...


11:24 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

It's a lot of fun being relevant in hoops this time of year

11:25 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nice work, Hornet!

Again: Glad to have you back.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

and props to you Jay G for taking call ins last night -- we preppies are appreciative

11:28 AM  
Blogger Bellefay1 said...

Reading the major sports media outlets, I think Auburn has a good chance at making the tourney if they can win the SEC, cure cancer and defeat al-qaeda.

11:31 AM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

au has to be getting some serious consideration for the tourney at this point. the early, out of conference, losses to teams i didn't know existed hurt, but they were a long time ago.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Auburn showed again that they are playing the best ball in the SEC right now.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Welcome, Bellefay.

11:52 AM  
Blogger wartiger said...

WAR EAGLE!! Morning Hotties..

11:53 AM  
Blogger Tigerbill said...

Hey Jay. New to blog, but have followed it for awhile and have been a fan since your former contributions to WNSP. I am gonna try to be on during the game.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Jay G...

I see a lot of new names... at least to me...

Your fame is expanding by leaps and bounds.... just the other day at the UN my ambassador overheard a HOTTIES conversation..

Seriously... well done... and bring on Tenn....

11:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really loved Auburn's victory yesterday. This team just seems to continue to improve ever since the lynching of Lebo was cancelled.

12:00 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

looks like the west regional will be in the phoenix area. may try to get over there for a game or two.

12:02 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Jay, I don't want to take away from the basketball talk, but when things slow down again, could you possibly do some more of the Pro Day capsules? I have really enjoyed them. Also enjoyed the S Marks diary. Great stuff.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Dear Jeff Lebo,
I am sorry for everything I said about you in January. XOXO


12:13 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Lebo is actually making a public appearance to 'sell' his team on ESPN Gameday this morning.
Did Tuscaloosa freeze over last night?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Any explanation why the SEC semis are blacked out for me here in Auburn???

12:18 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Lebo is on my TV right now selling our case. I'm sold, I think we should be in the tourney.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Will said...

look on ch 12 or 9 Matt if you have Charter.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am missing football. I need football. Basketball is okay, but I need the manly sport.

I do think the Lebo story is a good example of a coach building a program. It is also an example of fans being overly critical of the head guy.

Men's basketball at Auburn had a lot of tough breaks since Lebo came to Auburn, but I think he has proven he has the ability. I like that he coached for Dean Smith. I am not going to kiss him on the mouth anytime soon, but I like how we stuck with him and are seeing the rewards.

12:21 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

It's raycom..espn2 blacked out for me too..

12:21 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Sweeeeet Will I owe you. You just saved my whole day!!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Scottie B,
Great job with the baseball coverage last night! Thank you very much!
Are you going to anymore games this weekend?

12:22 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Matt, I think a regional broadcast(Raycom) has rights over ESPN2. I feel your pain, it sucks to watch this pitiful production when the rest of the country can watch in HD on ESPN2.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Bellefay1 said...

Thanks Jay. I'll spare everyone the "first time caller/love the show" protocol.

Just curious but what was the reasoning behind you going to the women's tourney and not the mens? Not trying to sound sexist or anything but I was looking forward to some photos and thoughts on the men's games.


Did Alabama "free the hops" this week?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

True, but at the same time, I feel like the Raycom crew knows more about the teams/players than ESPN since they've been doing weekly coverage all season. It isn't a great production, but I gotta love the Endless Fries commercials!

12:29 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

oh wow

12:29 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

oh wow

12:29 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Matt, no idea who is doing the ESPN game, but Brando is almost unbearable for me personally.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

3 years without a league loss is a long time.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I don't really care for the Raycom announcers, it's a lot of fun to make fun of them. It's kind of like a family reunion: I may not always enjoy their presence, but I find their quirks very amusing.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dang gummit. I can't find the game on anywhere here in SC on Time Warner. Dang it!!! I can seen Big 10 and Pac 10 games. This must have to do with Bernie Madoff or something. It is evil, I tell you, evil.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

jhag, thought you were taking the SATs today?

12:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah, wait a minute. If the game is at 2:30 AST I think I got it. My appologies to Bernie Madoff and the RayCommunists.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

These TXT of War Questions are always terrible.

Wow they just said that State has some "pretty good wins" in the SEC against USC, UF, and UK. Whaaa?!?!?!

12:48 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Steve, I would think you could watch it on ESPN 2. The Miss St-LSU game should be on there now.

12:48 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

this is lebo's 1st year with anything approaching depth. i don't know how it'll end, but it's been a great run.

12:48 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

D mills i was at the school from 7:40 to 1:30 it this game isnt on espn or espn 2 today like advertised on TV?

12:48 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

i have damn lacrosse on tv what the heck man?

12:49 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

jhag, I thought ESPN 2 was showing it nationally except in the region. Where are you located?

12:54 PM  
Blogger Quitstina said...'s on the raycom affiliate in the gump.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

raycom games got switched from SunSports to CW today in Florida. I don't think you'll get it, JHaG. Probably still won't be on the deuce because some cable networks are carrying it around there.

1:11 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

It's Pi Day!

I'm pumped!!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Pi Day's overrated. Square root day (3/3/09) was this shiz.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

I'm looking forward to 07/08/09
what a party that will be.....

1:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have the RayCommie game. I think I will choose it over lacrosse, whatever the heck that is, French motocross?

1:20 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

South Florida, I'm at a bar we got unc fsu game, miss state / lsu , osu/msu game so I'm sure AU will be on

1:22 PM  
Blogger Jim in Scranton said...

My hatred of Charter reached a new level last night when the game went to a freakin' commercial with about 1:30 left and UF shooting FT's. All of the sudden I had Ol' Milty telling me "Come join us at Victoryland, you can be a winna too".

1:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hagg Do you love me???

1:24 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

French Motorcross. Nice.

I have repect for Lacrosse for a few reasons:

It's the oldest American sport ( originated from a Native American game)

Jim Brown was the best that ever played the game. If it was good enough for a football hero, it's good enough for me.

Brutally hitting an oppenent with a stick is pretty cool.

1:25 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

3/3/09 was for squares.

Pi day is circular.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Nova - How can you deny your Sheldonocity???

Hag - you can get the game here
AUBURN vs TN on Justin TV

1:28 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Mon, I'm much better looking and not near as obnoxious.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

jhag ... isn't your butt sore from the SATs?

1:29 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Besides, Sheldon doesn't have a beard.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jay G, I don't think it's legal to ask a minor that kind of question...

Speaking of minors. I got carded today buying a lottery ticket. I've been able to buy lottery for over a decade. WTF?

1:33 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I don't think Sheldon is obnoxious! I think he's quirky. You celebrate Pi Day. Give it up.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

War Eagle guys and gals!

Almost game time. I think whoever wins our game will beat the winner of the game on now like a red headed step child!

Here's to the last Raycom SEC game EVER!! Happy happy day!

1:39 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

PF, you obviously don't have any one to bake you a pie for Pi day.

That's what the makes the day for even us right-brainers.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I need a nap, but I'm a sucky nap taker. In a quandary.

1:40 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

If I hadn't celebrated you'd have been disappointed. Can't have that.

BTW, I HATE UT almost as much as I HATE Bama!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I would like LSU to finish this one out. I don't want State to steal a spot from us.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Just passed a pickup on the interstate somewhere north of Tampa that had " OU IS GATOR BAIT" written in fresh shoe polish on its rear window....way to stay relevant, gaytor fans... I took a pic. will try and upload it later.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Can our speed compensate for our lack of size against TN?

1:54 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I was looking forward to beating the corndogs again tomrrow too!

Surely State would have to win the whole sha-bang to steal the 3rd SEC spot.

1:55 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

It did last time Mon.

I'm a little concerned that a couple of extra hours rest for UT might be the difference.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

That rest thing could surely slow us down.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

This LSU team has no heart whatsoever. When they got down 6-7 points they started hanging the shoulders and went in the tank.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

MS put a whoopin down. Wow. LSU make it past the first round in the NCAAs? I say no.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Brando and Joe Dean Jr. are gone for-eva hopefully!!!! I'm smiling so big as they give their goodbyes!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

might make our path to sec champ a bit easier. can't believe lsu tanked so badly.

2:05 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

I love monica and my butt is awfully sore indeed

2:06 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Brando is like a cockroach. I think he could survive to broadcast a nuclear bomb.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

How cute was that kid in that players ear!!!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Is Joe Dean the one on our left?

2:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...


2:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm ready to go, but it looks like the broadcast won't start for a bit. I'll just wait.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

They just said that MSU was the third team in the ranks of SEC teams that may go to the NCAA tourney "ahead of SCAR and UF"


2:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Will do you do a dance routine while you're singing Eye of the Tiger?

2:21 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Tom Hammond scares me.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

He looks like he's enjoyed one million too many cocktails in his time.

2:28 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

If I am this nervous before the game even begins, I can't imagine how I am going to be during the game!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Pace yourself, Cincy! We need you through the whole game.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Game thread is up.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I've seen him several times in person (only a few feet away mind you) and he really gives me the creeps. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but eek!

2:31 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Oh, I'm here for the duration. And now that the baseball and softball games have been delayed due to weather, I don't have to try and keep up with them at the same time.

2:31 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

a joyous pi day to nova. may all your theorems come true.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

EWWWWWWWW that's a lot of ernge on the floor!!

2:32 PM  

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