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9.29.2009

BLOGGIN FOR YOUR NOGGIN: Gene Chizik speaks

Hey everyone. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is discussing the Tigers at his weekly press conference.

  • ``It's going to be a fun week for us, an exciting week for us."

  • ``This is a vert good Tennessee football team and we all know how tough it is to play at Tennessee."

  • On this being new: ``I don't think there's anyone on the football team who has played at Tennessee. We're not going to change anything. We're not going to change how we prepare. There's really not much that you do to change what you've done the previous four games. We feel like communication will be the issue -- whether its hand signals. Our guys are used to that. It'll be fun for them."

  • On Eric Berry: ``You're always cognizant of where he is. He can take a guy out of the game. You've got to make provisions for that. We'll always know where he is. He's that good of a player. He can dominate a game."

  • On Trooper Taylor (former UT assistant): ``He coaches them really, really well. I've known Trooper for a long time. I knew what kind of a person he was. He's been great for our football team. He's been great for our receivers. He's done a great job and he's a great person."

  • On him getting up for Tennessee: "You get to the level where you can't crank it up anymore. I don't know if he can get more excited."

  • He has a lot of respect for UT defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. "He brings a lot to the table."

  • On the possibility of changing things with the punt-return unit: ``We're open-minded with some thoughts of different guys. But we have to keep working the guys we've invested so much time in. We can't kick those guys to the curb and make wholesale changes."

  • On getting national relevance: ``We've got to win. The other stuff, it'll take care of itself."

  • On if he's getting more terse in special teams meetings: "We're coaching like we always coach. We're very demanding and precise. We've got to play better and coach better."

  • On similarities of how Auburn and Tennessee are built from a staff standpoint: ``Guys make a lot of money to be good coaches, to be good recruiters and treat these kids right. That's our deal. The guys I've got here, I want them to coach my 9-year-old son. They've got to contribute with the xs and os. When you make the whole cake and you leave out one ingredient, it doesn't taste very good."

  • On Monte Kiffin: (Chizik spoke with Kiffin during his days at UCF ... prior to being Auburn DC in 2002) ``Monte was very good to me. He was very kind, very good with me."

  • ``We've had kind of a whole different bunch of scenarios we've been through and we're 4-0. That's against some good teams. We're still feeling each other out, still learning them. There's still a lot of things we'll have to get through together. I'm proud of the way they've continued to play -- even when it wasn't good."

  • On Chris Todd: ``We felt like, with what we saw and knowing he didn't go through spring practce, Chris could be a very good player in this offense. He's done some things that we expected him to do. When you look at the touchdown passes and all that -- there was a lot of work done by a lot of guys. Some of them were two-yard passes. You still have to make the throw. The thing I like about Chris is that he hasn't made a lot of bad decisions."

  • On Burns and McCalebb: ``We don't know where they're at right now. It's day by day."

  • On what a win at UT would mean: ``Going to Tennessee, to play there, will be a huge indicator of what we are. That's not just for this week -- that's for the whole year. It's going to be an adventure. If you do well and win the game, it gets you over a hurdle. If you can go to a place like Tennessee and you can get a win there, it reveals more about your team. It would catapult us into October in a good way."

  • He said Byron Isom is practicing.

  • THAT'S A WRAP.


Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

282 Comments:

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Blogger Eddie said...

Substance!

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

The emails keep coming:

"Mr Tate,

I wonder if you could answer a question for me, in this week’s AP Poll you have voted Penn State #11 and Iowa #22 after Iowa went in to Happy Valley and dominated the Nittany Lions.



What is your rationale for this?"

11:28 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Fight the power!!! I had a feeling you may get a few over that one but its not like it's the last week of the season and Iowa could very well have multiple losses while Penn State has just one. It crazy for anyone to email about this, especially at this point in the season.

11:30 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

I think it is good for fans to take notice of your voting and if they disagree why not spend a nickle and let you know.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I told him my reasoning: Because I think Penn State is better.

That wasn't enough, of course.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

It's one thing to ask for the reasoning, it's another to attack. I'm sure you have probably gotten some emails that were not G rated if I had to guess.

11:35 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

They need to chance something on the special teams

11:38 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

HARRY ADAMS.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Trooper getting much love by Chizik today!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Any truth to the rumor that Chizik spent a lot of time with Monte Kiffen learning the Tampa 2 defense while he was DC at UCF???

Jay G- You should step up and be the Punt Returner.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

I think Mr Ik is seeking attention. That's the only reason I can think of to say the same inane thing over and over again.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Jay G springing the big vocab on Chizik, he needed a definition.

11:44 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

I agree with that coach better and play beter

11:44 AM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Mkay

11:45 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

If Trooper gets any higher they will have to tie an anvil to his butt to keep him in the stadium

11:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I bring a lot to the table.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Nervous Jhag needs to go to Kool-Aid Drinking Jhag

11:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hate that I missed the iKarljung guy.

11:46 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

A response to questions on poll rankings. How can a team ranked lower be the favorite in a game? It happens all the time.

It is pretty simple. Rankings don't indicate how good teams do in a head to head match up. Rankings are how good a team is relative to everyone else, not just each other.

And another little diddy that might just blow someone's brain. If two teams play more than once, the same team doesn't always win!!! Winning a game against another team doesn't necessarily mean you are better than they are. Incredible, yet true.

11:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

By the way, Lane Kiffin has said his daddy spent a lot of time over the summer studying the Gus offense.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Which do you think Monte spent more time on, stopping Auburn or stopping Florida? I know where I would bet. Sorry, I don't but that Monte felt that we were going to be the offensive threat that we are right now especially with the existing personnel that Daddy would have known us to have this summer.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

should be buy instead of but.


Also, what QB did Monte think we were going to be going with this summer?

11:50 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Sorry, but I just don't fear Monte Kiffikin. As a rule, I don't fear any guy named Monte.

11:50 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

nice rule Steve.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Do you fear a guy named after Lane Bryant?

11:52 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Did I hear day by day nawww!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

So does Chizik feel like this Tennessee game can be the same spring board that the 2004 Tennessee game was???? Sounds like he sort of believes that.

11:54 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Thats good news on Ison

11:56 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Isom

11:57 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Practicing and playing are different, just wonder what that difference is.

11:58 AM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I'll take that question Eddie.

Chizik feels that UT is a great team and that we will have to play better than we have in the past to beat them.
Chizik feels we must take things one game at a time and Chizik doesn't look to the future.

11:58 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Lunch time on the banks of the Coosa River....no fish just meatloaf.

12:00 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

I really do wonder how Trooper will feel being on the "other side" in Neyland Stadium having coached there before.

Will he get our guys "jacked up" to an emotional high that plays out in sound football??

I just hope this team can stay focused on the job at hand. I hope they will not be over come by the first out of town game experience, the big crowd, and the big noise.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

missinit- Let me flip it to something more recent, wonder how Eddie Gran will feel?

12:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

From what I have seen from Trooper, he could get our team pumped up for a trip to the dentist.

12:09 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

large pic on the front of the knoxville sports page today of Trooper at Tiger Walk.

NO DROPS!

12:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I trust that Monte Kiffin will have a solid plan for us. It won't be easy.

12:12 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Ah..... yes Eddie, I do wonder what is going on in his head? Is he telling all our little old secrets???

Wait a minute, we don't have any old secrets.....but I sure hope we have a few new ones!!

I just know that Trooper was well liked among the UT fans and he is such a eye catcher on the sidelines.

Good inspiration and good coaching....I'll take one of each please!

12:12 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Knox wasn't a problem. I don't think Gran will be.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I have no doubts RK. I just think it foolish to believe that he was concerned more by Auburn this summer than he was any other team. Monte is a pro, period. He will have them ready to play.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

And Trooper won't be anymore jacked up this week than he normally is, IMO.

12:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I don't think we were his main focus, but possibly we were a big focus.


The thing that has me worried is they are in a must win situation to save a decent season.

12:20 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I agree RK. I imagine that in the off season the coaches evaluate every team they will play, although I am sure they spend more time on some than others. For instance, Furman was probably good for a 30 minute talk over lunch at Taco Bell.

12:31 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Monte Kiffin fears Malzahn.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Monte would shoot someone for venturing into his yard with their lawnmower.

12:38 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

ikarl67, Jay gets paid to write. How much are you offering to pay him for this?

12:39 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Looking for blog traffic is a hoot? Nobody cares about Penn State or Iowa here. This is SEC country. We are big time college football and are not into teams from a second rate conference.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

ikarl67- Are you freakin kidding me??? Give it up dude. Your act is tiresome here. Don't come to an "AUBURN" Blog and start this crap about rankings. We don't want to hear it. Come talk to us if you go undefeated and don't get your shot, then maybe I'll have a little bit of sympathy, but at week 5 of the season, shut your pie hole.

12:41 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

this is UT week.

bigger fish to fry.

as Old Ben Kenobi once said, "Move along".

12:43 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

ikarl67/salsa/monica/some dick with too much time on your hands,

Please lay off the personal attacks of Jay G. This site is FREE! The content is appreciated! Do I agree with how he votes in the poll? Not always, but his vote is his opinion which is what all of the AP voters are doing.

Give it a rest.

P.S. Does that corncob hurt when it's shoved that far up?

12:44 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

iKarl, please explain your bizaree reasoning and why you feel Jay would care about you, Penn State, or Iowa. Penn State appears to be the better team as they showed last season.

OOhh, how can I say that? That can't be true. Iowa beat Penn State last season? Ummm, who played in the Rose Bowl? Next idiot please. Serving #102,323,444. Please come forward.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

P.S. Big 10/11 teams are SLOOOOW

12:45 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Frankly, I don't get the Iowa/PSU ranking either, especially for the poll following Iowa's win. If you're not using the results on the field as an indicator of a team's quality, then what are you supposed to use? If later in the season Iowa loses out while Penn St. continues to win, then they would no doubt regain their ranking, but right now? It just doesn't make any sense.

I think we as Auburn fans should be a little more sensitive to this kind of thing, since we've been burned by it before. I think it also continues to expose the fallacy of polling, in general. There is no consistency on the method pollsters use to determine their rankings. I suppose that the aggregate score is supposed to mitigate some of it, but there are some wildly divergent methods out there.

The hate mail Jay's receiving also illustrates just how powerful online data warehousing has become. Don't like your ranking? It takes less than five minutes to hit Pollstalker, find a scapegoat, and fire off a strongly-worded email. Simply amazing what technology is capable of these days, isn't it?

12:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I bet people love having their vote made public so jackholes like this can contact them because they have nothing better to do.

12:49 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Hotties unite!

12:49 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Just because Iowa beat Penn State in one game doesn't mean they deserve to be ranked higher than Penn State in a poll that is relative to all teams.

Iowa State beat Penn State last season. Does that mean they were the better team? Obviously not.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Technology will kill us all according to James Cameron's vision.

12:52 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

"Just because Iowa beat Penn State in one game doesn't mean they deserve to be ranked higher than Penn State in a poll that is relative to all teams."

Let's keep that in mind if later this year we beat a higher ranked LSU, Georgia, or Alabama team and still wind up with a lower ranking.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Steve- Iowa State did not beat Penn State, it was again Iowa.

12:54 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

From a post a little earlier....I agree with you Eddie, I don't think Trooper will be any higher than usual this week...he's always up there.

It does seem that UT may be using him as a poster child of sorts to help rev up the situation. I've noticed that his name has been prevalent in many of the UT articles this week and just today one of the hotties, WERK (maybe?), posted about a pic of Trooper at Tiger Walk on one of the sports pages in Vol land.

Guess they are just stirring the pot!

12:55 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm starting to hate poll talk as much as I hate recruiting talk.

12:55 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

You mean there is a difference between Iowa and Iowa State?

12:55 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"another victim of Southern education"

Nice, thanks for dropping by.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Unless you are a serious contender for the BCS Championship, then rankings don't mean squat. Iowa beat Penn State but struggled and should have lost to Northern Iowa this season. Maybe both Iowa and Penn State are overranked? That would be my guess.

12:57 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

ikarl67, please stop refusing to address the questions.

How did Penn State go to the Rose Bowl last season when Iowa was obviously better because they beat them?

How can a team ranked lower be favored to beat a team that is ranked higher?

Please show some sign of intelligent life.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sorry about those messages, peeps. I was at lunch.

I like how my feelings about Penn State are a function of my "Southern education."

Huh?

12:58 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

"You mean there is a difference between Iowa and Iowa State?"

Wow.

12:58 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Moving on.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yea. For sure.

12:59 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Jay, it has been a hoot. Don't worry about it.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

missinit- Trooper was a beloved figure at UT just like he is here at Auburn. Many thought he should have been named the OC a couple of years ago and that things might have been different if he had been. I think that is where all the pub is coming from.

1:00 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

It is nice to see the Tennessee folks still love Troop, even after he left.

1:01 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

It might be simpler to simply remove Iowa from your ballot from now on. That way there is no way you could put them in the wrong place.

1:02 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Eddie,
They're still skeeved that he left for Okie St., aren't they?

1:02 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

yup, they still like Troop up here. no diggity, no doubt.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

"REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL!"

1:02 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

glad Norm's here. we need to good old fashioned hate injected bro.

1:03 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Personally, I don't get too upset about coaches leaving. They are just like the rest of us and trying to advance their careers. Yea, I thought Willis going to the evil empire was wrong, but in general I have no problem with coaching moves.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

weagle- I think just the opposite, they all blamed Fulmer for allowing him to leave without promoting him.

1:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

weagle251, you obviously didn't get the sarcasm in comparing Iowa with Iowa State.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Steve: I hope the rest of the pollsters don't follow your logic about using last season's performance and results to justify this season's rankings. Me no likey ... Auburn no likey.

1:05 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Hahahaha, the poll is purely speculative.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's OK for them to email me. I answer them and talk with them. All of them.

But to come here and cause a spectacle is silly. You all aren't the ones voting. You don't need to hear this stuff. It's not your fight.

1:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Comm'r of Flesh Wounds, your post is a bit bizarre. I never said that this years poll should be based upon last years poll. I illustrated how the team that wins one game is not necessarily the better team. That appears to have gone over your head.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

I think Chizik should start answering questions in the third person as "The Chiz," e.g.,

Coach Chizik, how will you plan for S Eric Berry this week?"

A: "The Chiz respects Eric Berry. The Chiz will will account for Eric Berry in all phases of the game. The Chiz overlooks no one. Next question for the Chiz?"

1:08 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

BANHAMMER!!!!!!!!

1:08 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

The polls as run today are no more than beauty contest. So some think Penn State is prettier than Iowa. And like the voting in polls, where most of the voters haven't even seen half the teams, maybe those who think Penn State is prettier have never been to Iowa.

1:11 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

It is pretty off topic, although the polls in general are on topic.

Here is a purely non-speculative poll.

The ignorant belief that polls indicate which team would beat another team is a common misconception. Teams match up differently.

By the way, it is pure irony the team that is ranked number one in that link:)

1:11 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Comm'r, I love the Chiz speak. It reminds me of a Seinfeld episode.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Steve:

Easy on the ad hominem attacks. And if you're going to go on the offensive, at least get some new material. You've used the same word ("bizarre") in at least two separate (angry) diatribes.

Let's be careful (and creative) out there, posters.

1:13 PM  
Blogger weagle251 said...

Steve,
Doh! My Sarcasm Filter(TM) fails again!

Oh well... back to the drawing board.

1:13 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

where's Harrison?

STAY CLASSY SAN DIEGO.

1:13 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am not sure why bizarre bothers you. Try weird.

As for angry, I am not sure what you are talking about. I have been laughing my butt off.

1:14 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

crap, we missed the Beasley post.

1:14 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

And to think that someone from Iowa would use corn in an attack is another thing that tickles me. That is some true ironic irony there.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

SteveFC - in my mind, I imagine that as an evil, mad scientist, maniacal type of laughter you have going on there.

1:16 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Now that poll would really cause a stir if widely published, but ike would love it.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

"The Chiz is always classy. The Chiz is not bizzare (or weird)."
- The Chiz

1:16 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Scottie- THT and myself hold you accountable for this lack for respect regarding the Beasley post. This action will have future consequences.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

ah I missed it, I wasn't here to give that dude heck

1:17 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

Eddie, i hang my head in utter shame as i type. :(

Jhag, did you go to FSU last weekend?

1:18 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Jay has obviously shown he is a biased voter by where he has ranked Auburn. I am sure he will have Transylvania in his top 10 by the end of the season.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

I see the "new material" admonition is applicable to others, as well.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Nope it fell thru...I am going next weekend Oct 9th for the Ga Tech game weekend festivities

1:19 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

FYI: I HAVE SEVERAL HABOTN CAPS STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. ADJUSTABLE & TRUCKER.

1:20 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

jhag, it was prety funny. It was basically just a kid with nothing to say and a lot of time to say it. We did get some good corn info.

1:20 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

good. i thought about you during that game Jhag. yikes! my sister was able to avoid it too.

1:21 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

A corn cob even placed in a strategic openning will not shut an Iowa fan up.

1:22 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ah, Explosions In The Sky's "First Breath After Coma" playing on my Pandora right now. I'm ready for Saturday.

1:24 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

In my opinion, people in Iowa get way to emotionally involved with corn.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Coming from someone who has one: HABOTN caps are awesome.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I second that emotion. My HABOTN hat is also pretty comfortable compared to my many other hats.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Yeah, the mystery of why FSU is so inconsistent is probaly a direct corrolation to Bowden

1:26 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I just ain't a cap type of guy. Give me a good fedora and I can role with it.

P.S. The only houndstooth thing I would ever own would be toilet paper.

1:26 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

they are pimptastic.

it's going to look even better with my Darvin Adams #89 jersey on saturday.

HELLO KENNESAW, GEORGIA!

1:27 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Wow....the PSU and Iowa thing is almost as exciting as the BC coaching situation.

1:29 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

or Michaels goats that we are not supposed to ask about.

1:29 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

easy AU1. the BC situation is a HABOTN classic. i sure with Michael was around to summarize it for us....again.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Scottieb - you have quite a few jerseys don't you.

1:30 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

To me it was fun, reminds me of the 50's some would say I love Ike and others I hate Ike.

1:30 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

No it was I LIKE IKE WOW I am getting senile

1:31 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I have my HABOTN cap as well and it is top notch.

It increased my level of coolness by about 125%. I'm pretty low on the scale without it.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

scottie b- i'm kind of hanging around. I don't like poll talk cause I think they are stupid. Good thing I'm not stupid

1:33 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

For those interested, below is my Tennessee Game Preview:

Tennessee Game Preview

1:34 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

Norm, i've got 7 or 8 i think. my fav is my Ronnie B signed white jersey. that's in a special place now, though. ;)

1:34 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

hell yeah, what he said...

1:36 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Are you cool, man?

1:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Like how?

1:39 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

good read eddie. Is it only Tues? Oh well don't need to wish my life away by wishing it was Sat.

1:42 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Well played Jay.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Martha Washington was a hip, hip, hip lady.

1:45 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

That's what I'm talkin' about.

1:50 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

"George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliens, man."

1:53 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Eddie,

Nice write up, but I believe you meant Gerald Jones and not Greg Jones.

1:55 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Just L-I-V-I-N.

Ok, I'll stop now.

1:56 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Unless provoked.

1:56 PM  
Blogger michael said...

In a high school english class, we had a poetry writing contest one time. Whoever won became the poet laureate of the class. I clearly had the best poem, yet when it came time to vote, I lost because of a bunch of moron pollsters (classmates) who didn't understand how awesome my poem was. I refused to recognize the crowned poet laureate (who was a nice girl, but not the poet I was) and crowned myself The People's Laureate.

Anyway, if Iowa started referring to themselves as The People's #11 instead of acknowledging they are Jay G's #22, they would feel a lot better about themselves. But deep down, they would still hurt and feel so cold. And alone.

1:58 PM  
Blogger ikarl67 said...

So even though your vote ballot is public, your defense of it is not?
BTW, I am not alleging BIAS, I am alleging either :
A) Ignorance
or
B) Ulterior motives (i.e. driving traffic to your blog)

2:02 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Michael, how had your previous poems matched up? Did you come into the season unranked, or were you a top ten poet?

2:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Steve, I think what cost me was the style of play I had with my poetry. There was a lot of rhyming and humor, and that is not what the pollsters go for. They want the sexy poem with ambiguous metaphors.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I would be the New Mexico State of poets in that cae

2:04 PM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

better than being the Western Kentucky Harrison.

2:06 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

ikarl67, this is an Auburn blog. The idea of drafting traffic to this blog seems terribly silly.

As for ignorance, I must admit you appear familiar with the subject, but get real. Buy a clue. Iowa didn't dominate Penn State and Iowa will do their typical flop and end up playing in a nobody has heard of bowl against a team which will likely be better in basketball.

Move on. Get over it. Isn't there some corn you should be picking about now?

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Traffic to my blog?

That's laughable. Like I care about that?

2:07 PM  
Blogger michael said...

So Harrison, you are saying you are incapable of making really successful poems, but you do have the ability to ruin someone else's poem every once in awhile? That is a nice skill to have.

2:07 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

His visual acuity is based on movement. If we don't move, he can't see us.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Karl - your theory of trying to promote traffic isn't holding up. You seem to be the only new idiot here. The rest of us are regulars. I'm pretty sure JGT isn't so insecure that he gets validation from hits on his blog.

You're a tool. Give it a rest.

Keep Hate Alive.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i sure would like to see ikarl's top 25. I'm sure every ranking would be logical and reasonable and in no way could be nit-picked

2:08 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I get validation from hits on my blog. That is why I feel so inadequate.

2:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Jay, don't you get some kind of commission on the number of Iowa comments you get on your blog?

2:08 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

correct Michael, I am nothing but a spoiler

2:09 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Boxhead - I read your blog regularly. You'll find evidence of that in a reference I made in an earlier post today.

2:09 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Can you give an example of a spoiler poem, Harrison? Would it be like this:

"Roses in the summertime, snow in the winter.
Cats lick the dew of morning's love.
An invasion of hearts occurs in the mist,
Cindy, your husband Jeff is cheating on you. Sorry you had to hear it this way."

The End

2:11 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

What do we know, we're just a bunch of Southern educated people, right?

2:11 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

That's pretty good michael. I usuually physically ruin a poem, like knock the person's hand as they write or something

2:14 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Michael, you have a knack for poetry. I must follow your blog more closely. Yes, I have been there before. I don't think I commented. I was only there to steal material for poems.

2:14 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Norm, I appreciate your traffic. It puts food on the table. You and the 10 other hotties who frequent the blog are awesome!

2:15 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

We may all want to cut back our posting so that the flood of Iowa fans will get there say. Heck, nobody will ever come here anyways. It is too crowded.

2:16 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Traffic was a pretty good band.

2:16 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I am impressed michael. My blog on blogger has one follower and has had two posters. I have been thinking of making it a pay site, but I am waiting for that second follower.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Crosstown Traffic

2:18 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think trying to draw Steve Winwood, Dave Mason & Jim Capaldi to your blog is a good idea.

Traffic is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

If Jay G. could draw them in, they could do testimonials. Steve Winwood says "The HABOTN always brings me the Higher Love".

2:21 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So since the traffic increased by one iKarlJung.

Jay G, drawing people to his blog one AP poll at a time.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Did anyone ever ask, well who really gives a rip about Iowa?

Penn State had a bad game, it just so happens against Iowa. Penn State will most likely be in the Rose Bowl or Cap 1 Bowl at worst. Iowa will be trying to block field goals so they don't lose to N. Iowa.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Or, he might say "I'm a Man" thanks to HABOTN, Jay G. Tate and Norm.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

Those vert good teams scare me.

2:25 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Who has Iowa beat? I have no idea....cause I don't care.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Did anyone see Lane's press conference? He spent enough time saying how good we are? Is that coach-speak or do you think he really believes that?

2:29 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

What team will Jay go after this week. How about ranking Oregon ahead of Boise State. I have been itching to find out where Boise State is anyhow. I suspect it is one of those square states out west.

2:29 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Coach speak....he did the same for FL remember?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

How does one get their profile with a hotlink on the front page?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Got to be coach speak Sean because I'm not sure I believe it

2:30 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

It is a conspiracy Steve.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Yeah they were beat by UF...even though the score was close, the game was not. UT never had a chance to win that game.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I still want to see ikarl's top 25.

2:30 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

iKarl, I am trying to care, but it just ain't happening. By any chance are all Iowa fans such whiners?

2:30 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Hmmm, there has to be an FAH analogy here. That post deletion was faster than FAH.

2:32 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Feel free to delete any of my posts referring to you know who, Jay. It would not offend me.

2:34 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

ikarl, with all due respect, it's fine that you have a beef with Jay G., but keep it between you and him. This isn't the place. This is an Auburn blog, not an AP Poll blog. Your doing yourself no favors by alienating yourself from not just Jay G. himself, but the rest of us Southern educated people. What did you mean by that anyway (rhetorical question, don't answer)?

2:36 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Let's have a quick recap of who the AP polls directly effect:

- Chooses the National Champion at the END of the season
- Affects coaches with escalators in their contract influenced by ranking at the END of the season
(maybe there are other effects, but these are the only ones I can think of at the moment)

Indirect effects (assuming the Harris Poll and to a lesser extent the coaches poll look at the AP poll for guidance at times):

- At the END of the regular season, picks the two teams playing for the national championship (worst case scenario: 5 or so teams have a legitimate claim to play the game)
- At the END of the regular season, influences the "last teams in" to make the BCS (maybe there is one spot that 3 teams legitimately want)

So: Jay G's vote really only directly screws your college football team if he doesn't vote them as the national champion at the end of the season and you think they deserve it. His voting may indirectly keep your team out of the BCS or national championship game. Maybe there is one team a year that really feels they get screwed hard in one of those situations by the pollsters.

So as a a pro-Iowa person, here after week 4, how much sense does it make to be freaking out about being ranked below Penn State? Is the likelihood of you being screwed by this week 4 poll so great that you want to personally contact pollsters and demand an explanation for how they voted the way they did? That is ridiculous. Chill out, enjoy football, and let the polls take care of themselves. They will almost certainly have no influence on your team. I agree that Iowa should be ranked above Penn St. Jay G doesn't. Who cares?

That was long.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

yep, keep winning games and i GUARANTEE you will move ahead of PSU and many others.

2:38 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Deep thoughts....by Michael

2:38 PM  
Blogger michael said...

^my last post also goes for Auburn fans freaking out about being unranked when so and so team is ranked high. If so and so team is as bad as you think they are, they will lose and the poll will take care of itself. Except for that one year...

2:39 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

especially in the rough and tumble (giggling) Big 10 (11)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

And if Penn State is not that good, well then they will lose more and continue their way on down the rankings...it's only week 4 (5 depending on your perspective)!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Harrison...The Small 11? Is that what you meant to say?

2:39 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I would encourage anyone that has an off topic subject that they would want to discuss to create their own blog and request anyone interested in the topic to go to that blog. Heck, Jay might even point anyone interested in the discussion of Penn State and that other team to go there. It seems silly to continue it here.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i could care less about Auburn not being ranked yet. keep winning, that's all that matters

2:40 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Good news for JGT

Gannett, the large McLean-based media company, saw its stock price jump 18% in mid-day trading on Tuesday after releasing better-than-expected earnings projections for the third quarter

2:40 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

And I guess ultimately the HABOTN

2:40 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

What's all this I hear about sax and violins on tv?

2:41 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Hopefully that development doesn't make Gannett say "See! The furloughs are working!!! More furloughs, stat!"

2:41 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

In other news the Braves are only 2 games back, the Vol fans think they have the best defense this side of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and it's getting dangerously close to quitting time in the EDT.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I heard about the GCI jump. Very exciting.

Furloughs are supposed to be back en vogue come January.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

so who's goin to flip it? Norm, where you is?

2:51 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Biding my time Sean. Biding my time.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I'd say it's bout that time...

2:52 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Well

2:52 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Alright

2:52 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Here We Go

2:53 PM  
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