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9.08.2009

Chizik LIVE BLOG


Hey everyone. Welcome to the Athletic Complex, where coach Gene Chizik will be holding his weekly press conference.

  • He has arrived. Let's BLOG.

  • Opening statement: "We learned a lot out our football team last week. We have room for improvement in so many ways. We did some really good things everywhere. So much room for improvement. We've gone back to work, as of yesterday, preparing for a Mississippi State team with a lot of energy ... new energy. It's a team that plays with extremely high energy."

  • More advanced that expected: "I don't think so. There's just so many question marks we didn't know. We were hoping we be in this kind of area. We feel like we got a great starting point."

  • Similarities between Malzahn and Mullen: ``There are some similarities. They use two quarterbacks -- two different kinds of body types. There are a lot of similarities with what they did at Florida. Defensively, that's a little bit of an advantage for us because we see that every day."

  • ``We have to do what we do and do it better than we did the week before."

  • On if Auburn needs more than two tailbacks: "We're always in the market for more. The more, the merrier. You need two or three tailbacks, guys who can carry the ball, to get you through the year."

  • On the McCalebb/Tate combo: ``When you have two bakcs who are that different on one team ... the physicality of one back versus the guy with great speed ... the defense runs all over the place and they get tired. It puts pressure on them."

  • On Eric Smith: ``You're going to see him in a uniform this week. We're going to move on."

  • On McCalebb: ``Anytime you bring a guy in January, it's night and day. He needs to stay humble because he certainly hasn't arrived. He played like we expected him to play. He absolutely loves the game of football. He practices like that."

  • "We're not anywhere near satisfied with the rhythm and the tempo of our offense. It's got to be faster."

  • On the coaches: ``In your first game, you worry about substitutions. You worry about adjustments. That didn't happen Saturday night. Communication was almost seamless. It's as good as we could have expected for Game One."

  • On Eltoro Freeman: "We're hoping there will be a couple more guys back. We're playing that by ear. We can't play a guy who's 40 or 50 percent."

    (I spoke briefly with Freeman last night and he said he's feeling a lot better. He hopes to play this weekend.)

  • Is McCalebb durable?: ``The bigger guys can run outside and inside. The litter guys can run inside and outside, too. They can both doth both. They both will. I don't know if they'll be durable enough. We're going to try to be a very physical offense and run the football."

  • On Antoine Carter: "We're playing that by ear, too."

  • THAT'S A WRAP.


Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

320 Comments:

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Blogger AUBigCat said...

If you aint first you're last!

11:26 AM  
Blogger AU1292 said...

Eric Smith is back.

11:27 AM  
Blogger missinit said...

JGT,

Before Chiz arrives can you answer this

In the AP poll what determines the number of votes that come out of a state. Noticed some states had 1 voter, some 2, some 3, etc.????

11:27 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Good. Glad Mr. Smith is back.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Today is dead here, I guess everyone is tired after the holiday weekend.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Where has this been reported about Eric Smith?

11:28 AM  
Blogger martini35504 said...

We fell a spot in the others receiving votes category. Guess we'll have to beat LSU to get any respect.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

If we win the next 3 games, we will be ranked going into UT. Rankings still don't mean much at this point.

11:30 AM  
Blogger AU1292 said...

Someone close to the program told me. I don't know if this means he will be eligible to play this weekend, but he is back with the team.

11:30 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Good question to ask the coach Is Eric back with the team?

11:32 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

From what I've heard, and I assure you I am not sure of this information's "truthiness":

Last week Eric Smith filed a harassment complaint against the pansy dude thing.

Usually that causes both parties to drop charges. However the court hearing was supposed to be in week 1 of November or somewhere.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

AUbigCat with the smack

11:37 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

lunch with the Chiz, JGT, and the Hotties.

Life is good.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

So it is confirmed that Eric Smith is back with the team.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Blogger has locked me out from updating the blog at the moment.

I'll just have to wait it out.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Like the Chiz says about Eric Smith, I must move on. Back to work.

Thanks, JGT!
Later, Hotties!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

JayG.

You are FAH! Thank you for the updates. I am relieved to hear about Eric Smith.

I'm trying to resist the urge to proofread.

11:45 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

So with Eric back we now have FAH Speed. Ben, Power and Eric, Slasher

Good combo to have along with seep ball capabilities

11:45 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i know it's not too popular with our boy JG, but i'm diggin' the full broadcasts of all the SEC games. i watched/listened to the MSU game earlier and just started the LSU-Washington game. pretty cool.

11:48 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I hate field goals I wish they would put the goal post on top of the end zone seats.
In stead of worrying about faster tempo they should concentrate on scoring touchdowns in the red zone.

11:52 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

seep = deep WOW

11:56 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

JG, anyone ask about Gabe McKenzie? i don't remember him playing at all. did i miss it?

11:58 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is Eric Smith really a slasher?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Eric Smith back? Hmmm, that is certainly good news, but I must admit I didn't expect to see him this soon.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jay, Goldberg is reporting Eric Smith back at practice too.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i didn't expect him back either. that's why i got all hung up on Aycock playing last week.

told you i didn't know anything. ;)

12:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I thought Eric Smith was a Rudy Johnson type, a power back. I am hoping they use him late in the game. No need to keep Tate or FAH in when we are up by 3 scores late.

12:05 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

This group of coaches is making it very tough for me to keep the cautious part of my cautiously optimistic outlook. I'm starting to feel very good about the direction they are taking each other.

12:07 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I remember Eric having a problem holding on to the ball. But I also remember having that hard running, fast speed combo like Rudi.

12:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I remember Eric Smith as more of a small but bruising back that didn't do so hot in the dumb@$$es offense last year.

12:20 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I thought he was a bit on the power side but had quick feet and could change directions pretty well

12:21 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmm lunch time
Later

12:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am optimistic that we will win 8 games. That is about as far as my optimism will carry me. Injuries will determine how well we do in the later part of the season.

12:23 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We are due a season where we stay healthy.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What two media members gave Alabama #1 votes?

12:32 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

The smart ones? :-)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Sensi ...

Don't know, but hang out at Zeke's Marina after football season, and you'll probably get your answer.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was actually serious with that.

Of all the top teams, Alabama was by far the most impressive.

12:44 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Oh...misunderstood. One guy is in Ohio.

Here's his rationale....

Ohio Writer

12:47 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Per Monica's suggestion I am watching auburn pregame thing on auburntigers.com.

Funny.. #9 Carr just ran into an assistant guy holding water in the end zone.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

College Football News, which picked us to lose, must have been impressed. We're No. 28 in their rankings -- trailing Florida, UAT, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss among SEC teams.

Chris Low has us ranked 9th in his SEC power rankings.

It's early and everyone is all over the board.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A win over West Virginia will likely give us a bit more respect, but MSU and Ball State aren't going to impress anyone. Ball State was beaten by North Texas. Who the heck is North Texas? I assume they are a school in Texas.

12:59 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The North Texas Mean Green!!!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Monica, how long is the highlights? 11 minutes of video and it's still 'pregame'.

I've heard every ad of every business in Auburn, while watching every color girl thing.

I've also seen the cameraman get into the face of, and instruments of the band. At around 5:30 someone mutters "I don't know what I'm doing". If that's the cameraman, I agree.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

North TX is a good 'ol Sun Belt school. yeehaw.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The guy voted Baylor number 15. Nough said.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Okay.. I'm sold. The coaches are amazing. Chizik talks to the players like family. It's such a beautiful environment.

Monica. Thank you for the suggestion.

For those that have not checked it, you can go to Official website and click on the link (Auburn football everyday: Lousiana Tech Highlights).

First 10-15 minutes of pregame thing are dull, however it gets better.

Now I wanna see the Auburn reality show thing.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I don't have a problem with voting Baylor No. 15 at this point. It's just guessing right now.

There weren't a ton of BCS vs. BCS games last week -- about a dozen. If you're a BCS team and you beat another one -- that as good of a reason as any to give them a vote.

It's like the first votes counted in an election -- they're just the first piece of jigsaw puzzle. Plus, the AP poll is just for funsies these days.

1:17 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The Tiger Rags shirt from this week is an improvement over last week, but that's not saying much.

Front...
"I've Got a FEVER and the ONLY Prescription is NO MORE COWBELL"

Back..
"We'd Rather Hear the Crowd Go... Hear the Crowd Go...
BOOM"

Still horrible, but it's not "La Wreck, La Tech."

1:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Man, now ya'll have done it. I am now pumped about the MSU game. LaTech probably has a better offense than MSU, but I bet MSU's defense is tougher. Seeing as we scored as much points in our first game as we typically scored in 3 games last season, it will be interesting to see if we can throw up some big numbers against them.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Taco Bell, Cow Bell, what's the difference. Kick butt and take names.

1:26 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll make a guarantee, Auburn will score more this weekend than the combined score of last years game between Auburn and Miss State.

I know I'm out on a limb, but I'm confident.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i know i should be all giddy and jumping up and down over the fantastic weekend i had in auburn but let me tell you, working today has totally killed my buzz. i need to get outta this funk.

maybe this'll help:

HATE BAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

yup, that helps.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I want to see Pybus and Freeman back. Then I will be happy.

1:31 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Sorry FSJ, dude lost all Cred when it went all OSU on me byt saing this little snippet on OSU's win over Navy: " But as first-week opponents go, Navy was pretty good. That's a perennial bowl team, and, in the end, a quality team compared to many of the first-week opponents of other ranked teams." ahhhhh NOT!!!!

1:31 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

So WVU's win over Liberty was more impressive that AU's win? And did the voters who gave Oregon votes think they were filling out a boxing scorecard? Oregon was pitiful!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Re: Oregon. This program is overrated year after year after year. They always want this to be a quality team but they haven't been since the 11-1 Joey Harrington season.

Re: Navy. This is a perrenial bowl contender and runs a very unorthodox offense by today's standards. They are a tough opener for a team trying to shake the rust off.

Re: West Virginia. This squad has my respect until we beat them in 2 weeks. Until then anything they do will be non-consequential as they looked miserable and then came back and took our defense to the shed last season.

1:42 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Navy is a good team with an offense that gives almost everyone fits.

However, if you are Ohio State, you are supposed to have the athletes and discipline to handle it.

1:42 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

You just can't compare the performance of most teams from week to week.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Of course Ohio State should be able to handle it. And handle it they did. They won. But they didn't look good doing it.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am satisfied with where we are ranked now. If we start out 4-0, I expect us to be in the top 25, or at least close.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Steve, I couldn't care less where we are ranked. All we can do is take care of business, one week at a time. Let's get past Miss State before we start talking about 4-0.

But I'm just as excited as you are about the future of the program.

1:51 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

I'm not saying we should be ranked, just not sure how Oregon got 50 votes considering how pitiful they looked and that there #2 tailback is now there #1.

1:52 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Just win games...the rankings will take care of themselves.

1:54 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

there=their

1:56 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

their
there
they're
thar
dem dar

1:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oregon did look bad, very bad. It wasn't even close.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got a challenge. Someone try to find an SEC game where Tim Tebow wasn't mentioned. It is driving me insane. Get this guy to the pros quick.

1:59 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Didn't want to appear too unedukated.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Vandy over LSU? Could it happen?

2:00 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Have not seen Vandy play, but LSU looked very vulnerable.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beaver is saying Eric Smith will dress Saturday.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JawJa has South Carolina this week. Things could get very heated in Athens if they get cockslapped.

2:03 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Vandy won't beat LSU.

2:09 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If that game wasn't in Athens, I'd be tempted to take SC over UGA.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Remember that LSU was so bad last season that we nearly beat them. I am listening to the LSU game now, and they are not impressive.

2:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Wait...that game is in Columbia...

2:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Or not... I have a schedule that has UGA playing at SC and one that says SC playing at UGA.

Which is it?

2:13 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

If UGA loses to the Cocks this weekend, they're staring at a 5 or 6 win season

2:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

South Carolina's defense looks pretty solid. It seems strange to say, but if Spurrier can get his offense going, JawJa will be in trouble.

2:14 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I don't care. Vandy won't be LSU, not in Baton Rouge, not at night.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

USC is @ UGA

2:14 PM  
Blogger Hornet said...

Its in Athens

2:14 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

LSU was playing at 10:00 at night two time zones away against a team who was as hungry for a win as any team around.

They will be fine. Vandy isn't near their level.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Trivia question. When is the last time Vandy beat LSU in Baton Rouge. Extra credit. When was the first time Vandy beat LSU in Baton Rouge.

2:16 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm going to guess never and never?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LSU gave up nearly 500 yards of offense to Washington. Washington isn't a PAC10 team. Washington is a bad PAC10 team. Washington is Mississippi State with a yankee accent.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

LSU rolls over Vandy, mark it.

Also, take South Carolina and the Points. The bulldogs are in trouble!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1951 and 1951. It was the only year Vandy has beaten LSU at Baton Rouge. But last season was the first time Vandy actually won a bowl game since 1955. Go Commies!!!

2:20 PM  
Blogger paulmain said...

What has happened to Gabe Mckinzsie,and when will nike mcneil play?

2:20 PM  
Blogger paulmain said...

What has happened to Gabe Mckinzsie,and when will nike mcneil play?

2:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Vandy won't beat LSU. No matter what happened last week, it won't happen.

Vandy rushed for a ton of yards vs The Catamounts, that's all. They might challenge LSU for a quarter or a half.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Eddie, I don't know about LSU, but UGA is in serious trouble with their schedule. This game is almost a must win for them.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Not sure about Gabe, but I think McNeil will play later in the year.

2:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I agree that SC is a must win for UGA, otherwise the wheels start falling off.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gabe didn't play. I am not certain why, but if you look at our depth at h-back and slot, there isn't much room for him.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

South Carolina is a definite must win for UGA, and if they don't win, they will struggle to win 5 games.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ironically, I considered LaTech a must win for us. With Chiz riding a 10 game losing streak, an upset would have been a disaster. MSU isn't a must win, but we really do need it.

2:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

MSU is a big game for us, because a lot of people in the off season started thinking of Auburn as a lower level team in the west, barely ranking us above MSU.

I think in the school of public opinion it would do us good to prove there is still a huge gap between Auburn and Miss State. Just eliminate all of those thoughts all together.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am with you on that RK. We are not as bad as many think. More than likely depth will end up costing us, but I do think we have a shot at ending up in the top half of the SEC West.

2:29 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

tomorrow is 09/09/09 for those in numberology.
BOO!
Ga always has a tough time with SC no matter where it is played. They had beter tighten their chin Straps or it will be uh oh time

2:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This UCLA/Tennessee game will be interesting too. UCLA was the first red flag that UT had troubles last season.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Note to self: AU1292 knows people who know things that turn out to be true. :-)

2:34 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I hope Tenn wins it. I have no use for pac 10 teams plus if Tenn is ranked by the time we play them it would help our cause if we can beat them.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Any equations that lead to a good season for Auburn require a victory over State.

2:36 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Mon he sure does. Wonder who it is?

2:36 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

No doubt bout that Brother Jett

2:38 PM  
Blogger paulmain said...

I usually don't have of hate for opposing coaches but i really don't like this kifin fellow at tenn.

2:38 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I know people that know things also. I know all of you. Nuff said.

2:38 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Where is Cincy? She had me splitting my side last night with her bean bag toss game.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Missinit ...

You asked a question about the apportionment of votes in the AP poll.

I believe the answer is this: there is a fixed number of voters. Some -- four? -- are "national voters." The rest are allocated using the number of Division I-A teams located in that state as the basis.

2:40 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I caught the end of the presser with Satan yesterday and he went off on a beat writer for no real good reason. Is their a bigger Azzhole than this guy?

2:41 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

paulman...don't know if this has been expressed or not, but you have the best avatar on the board.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

FSJ, I don't want to insult you, but your avatar looks just like Nick Saban!!! Yikes!!!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This Japan bowl is pretty cool. Notre Dame has a legends team coached by Lou Holtz. Wouldn't it be cool to have an Legends Iron Bowl Game, maybe Pat Dye against Gene Stallings? We could call it the Rusted Iron Bowl or something and play it the day before the Iron Bowl.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

A legends bowl is a recipe for disaster. I can see someone having a heart attack on the field. Surely it is 2-hand touch???

2:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It was played in June, but is on CSHD now.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Steve- Full contact of 2-hand touch?

2:54 PM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

2 of the many things that impressed me this weekend.

1. We have coaches that can see and evaluate what other teams are doing and make moment by moment adjustments i.e. long TD throw.

See them jump a route, then go the heck after them. Haven't seen that at AU in a while.

2. FAH moving from the left across the formation and picking up a DE (#91) to allow Todd to complete a long pass. He may be fast, but he's also smart and tough.

It's amazing how we haven't been able to get any other fast, capable, games breakers to block in the last several years, or so "they" said while those game breakers sat on the bench and we sucked.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Full contact, and it is apparently not the first legends game that Notre Dame has had. They mentioned a legends game against a European team too.

In this case, the Japan team has Japan pros and college players I believe.

2:58 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Faker,

You still here? How is Abbie doing?

3:01 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I am IV...Abbie is doing good. She had a great time this weekend.

Thanks for asking.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Bans Dooley = nails on a chalk board

3:13 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

You know you love that Buhminhayum Belle, Aubie.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Obnoxious!

3:18 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Faker,

So glad to hear that about her. I will be asking again and will try to keep up with how she is doing. I know that she is the apple of your eye.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Aubie please say you heard what she just said.

3:27 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Monica,

What are you up to today?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

HBBOTN?

Hottest Babs Blog on the Net?

3:32 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Someone asked about Gabe McKenzie. Well Trott had one pass thrown at him on the sideline towards the endzone by Kodi Burns. Many fans groaned it was interference, but Trott was no where near the ball or his route. So with that lone pass I did not see McKenzie either. I can only assume the coaches know something we dont. We didnt use the TE's much. We didnt have to.

3:33 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Do we even have a TE position on the depth chart?

3:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I believe there is a TE position on the depth chart, but it is actually the h-back position if I remember correctly.

3:37 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I think that the T.E. position as we know it may be a thing of the past. I saw Gabe on the sideline but not in the game. Trott was so slow that The play had almost zero chances of being successful. Anyone else with any speed would have been able to get in a position to catch Kodi's throw.

3:38 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

IV,
Hey, I've been at Bible study leader's training today. I've been saving these for you.

How to play Cornhole

Cornhole Song

Enjoy!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

McKenzie is the third string HB, behind Fannin and Douglas.

TEs: Trott - Lutz - Wisner.

----

FSJ: Good to hear about Abbie.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Douglas got a ton of snaps Saturday.

3:42 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Comment deleted

3:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Trott got a lot of praise from the coaches for the blocking that he did. Apparently he had an excellent game.

3:43 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That play to Trott was a failure from the get go.

One of the main complaints on Kodi is he doesn't have good mechanics and doesn't get set when he throws...well that play forces him to throw quickly which generally keeps the QB from getting set and using fundamentals and it looked like Trott either gave up on the play or didn't know what was going on.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just read where Tennessee has a verbal agreement to play USC in 2021 and 2022. Amazing how far ahead they make these schedules.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

THT ...

I need you to repost the secret HABOTN map of tailgate sites.

I would say there's a 100 percent chance I will be wandering on Saturday.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't believe they are wanting the offense to go faster. That is going to be something amazing to see.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Trott was taking a nice evening stroll in a park towards the end-zone in that flea-flicker.

Had he caught the ball it would've almost been negative yardage (by virtue of earth's rotation), and I don't think he would've made it to the end zone before Sunday morning.

So yeah, good decision by Burns.

3:47 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Cincy,

Don't start on me again today, I can't take it. I don't know when I have laughed as much as I did last night reading your posts. That looks almost like the game we played in the first or second grade called bean bag toss. I think they could have come up with a better name than Corn Hole. Oh my God, I have got myself laughing now. Good that you made time for Bible study, I need to do some of that myself.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

RK ...

It looked to me that Trott tipped the play and he was covered up quickly, and that the design of the play was to throw to Trott, or sling it away.

Also running the play to the short side prevents Kodi from improvising and running.

3:48 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Steve,

Gus was yelling at Todd several times to run it, run it run it. It was not going at the speed he wanted.

3:49 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Yeah IV my stepson caught me offguard when he wanted a cornhole board. I believe all I could get out was "Pardon?!?!" Yeah I think they could have used a different name, too.

3:51 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Can't imagine this offense going faster. And when they can finally do it the real way they want without subsituting any players for a period of time, that will be fantastic. I have a feeling because of our depth though we may be a little way off for that.

3:52 PM  
Blogger IV said...

MytommyD,

Man, I have no idea what I would have said if one of my younuns had come up to me and asked for a Corn Hole board. Let's just say, I would have had severe concerns about his wardrobe, even to the point that I would have been checking his underwear drawer.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yea IV, I saw that. It actually tickled the crap out of me. Malzahn can be intense.

By the way, I can't believe Cornhole is really a game and not associated with Beavis and Butthead.

3:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I rock at cornhole.

Just sayin'.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Hey Hotties,

Too much work today! Just popping in to say "War Eagle" and "Hate Bama!". JH was a lot of fun Saturday night. I looked around a bit for HABOTN gear, but didn't see any.

Also, alternate name/brand for "Cornhole" is "Baggo". I have a Baggo board. You can actually get them in AU colors with the logo.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

More (Stuff)mydadsays: "Here's a strawberry, sorry for farting near you...Hey! Either take the strawberry and stop bitching, or no strawberry, that's the deal."

4:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would have had a horrible time playing for Lou Holtz. I just saw him pissed yelling at players. Somehow, I don't think I could take Elmer Fudd seriously.

4:10 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Thanks for the explanation on the AP poll, Jet.

I kind of figured out the national votes but the state thing got me, such as, Georgia getting 1, Alabama getting 2, and Florida getting three. I figured it was based on something... I just didn't know what the something was. I didn't realize GA had a minimal number of Division 1-A schools.

Thanks again.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can believe GA has fewer Division 1A schools. You go south of Macon and there is a whole lot of nothing. Go buy and onion and that is about it until you get to Savannah.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Sorry IV - I stepped away right after my last post and didn't see your question. Been busy this afternoon.
Hope you're having a good one!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Apparently Malzahn told Tate that we should have had 700 yards of offense. Man, this MSU game is going to be interesting.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OKay, I can't take Japan football seriously. One of their teams is named the "All Tokyo Gas Creators".

4:25 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Mon,
I did hear Babs' comment on Finebaum.
Stay classy San Diego.

4:30 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I don't even know who Babs is, much less what she said.

I assume Vince Dooley's wife, but that's just a guess.


Steve,

I don't know about 700 yards, but I do think we left a couple of touchdowns on the field with mistakes we made. (The Tate fumble and the first drive when we got a FG instead of a TD)

4:33 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Did you hear the tape delayed version on the radio or the unedited version online?

4:34 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Babs is Vince Dooley's wife and she is the most obnoxious woman to walk the face of this good earth.

She said "chickensh#$" live on the air while telling one of her stories.

Monnie, I was listening in the car, so I got the bleeped version.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Class with a capital K

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, the one play I thought was most dangerous was the handoff from behind thing we ran in the first half.

That had Tony Franklin sandlot fumblicious written all over it in my opinion.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

K?

5:26 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Anybody see the Auburn Football Review.
I was a little embarrassed when Mike Hubbard announced the Tiger Player of the game: Orlando McCalebb... Orlando? Sure, it's a city, but he could've at least called him Toronto.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

I thought that particular handoff was a thing of beauty. The ball just slid in his hands perfectly. A tad risky though.

I think the team didn't sell fake handoffs and playaction too well. RBs timing and separation will probably improve as the season progresses.

While everyone is talking about offense, I think the defense was phenomenal.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sensi, in general this offense is going to have more risk to it. The amount of options that are available and the speed they try to execute it at is bound to make mistakes more likely. Hopefully the gains outweight the cost. And yes, some of this offense is similar to what Franklin would have run, although I do think Franklin was a better coach than most gave him credit for being. The problem was with the individual, it was with the combination of individuals.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The defense was amazing considered the starting linebackers had to pretty much play the entire game. Herring had to play 54 snaps, if I remember correctly, which is a ton for a guy that only had one week of practice. I assume he wasn't out there when we were in nickle.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Steve, are you defending captain dumbass still? You have a really good pusher.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I need a little help from the hotties. I've been spending a lot of time in Mobile helping to care for my ill mother (which is why I haven't posted in a couple of weeks).

Where is a good place in Mobile to go to watch the games, preferably with an Auburn crowd?

6:02 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Monica,

I went to feed my face and missed your post also. It's been a great day here a the home. Bingo this morning and checkers this afternoon. The house has been rocking. Just finished supper, you high falootin types call it dinner. That is what we call the noon meal, dinner. You tell somebody around here it is time for dinner late in the afternoon and they will tell, we done had that several hours ago. Anyway, I want be around on this site much tonight. We are having a chat session with my high school graduation class of 1957. Gonna be fun. We will get caught up on everybody's ailments and such. You have fun tonight and tell Cincy I am going to miss her.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nova: With BinOBA. That's my guess.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I imagine he could put on a pretty good TV tailgate ;)

6:14 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Nova.

I hope your mum gets better. You have my respect for doing that.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Aero, and you've had mine for what you do.

All we can do is make Mom's passing as easy as possible. We're spending as much time as we can with her.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Hey I have an idea.

Why don't we talk about the previous coaching staff?

So .. who's gonna start?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'll give it a try.

Was Franklin really as big a dumba$$ as he claimed to be?

6:28 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I nominate Steve.

6:28 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Haven't we beat this dead horse before? I think that it's time to move on. What happened, happened. I am thankful that so far, it has not happened this year.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

PF, to say that someone that likely makes a lot more money than you is a dumbass, where would that leave you?

6:39 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Not to speak for Peter, but I think it was Tony Franklin who referred to himself as a dumba$$, Peter was just calling him in terms he is apparently familair with.

6:41 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Beat on, but this dead horse ain't gonna get up.

6:43 PM  
Blogger IV said...

There is a new sheriff in town.

6:44 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Sheriff Gus is his name. He is kickin' a$$ and takin' names.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

OT: I had to take my daughter back to the doctor again today for another follow up and check of her WBC count. I have never been so happy to hear that her lab results came back with a positive for Swine Flu which was the culprit for the very low WBC. He had also tested her for leukemia and other blood diseases which were all negative, so you can imagine my relief. It was a very long weekend to get those results, so I wasn't able to enjoy the game as normal. Next week, game on!!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Speaking of old coaches anyone see Tubs on "Inside the Polls" on ESPNU?

6:48 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Steve : Money does not prove your 'wisdom'.

Einstein, Tesla, Oppenheimer etc etc none of them were richer than Lil Jon, and Ludacris, and Teepain or whatever.


IV: We've Clinton Durst'ed that dead horse all over the place. I was just kidding.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

IV, you are very correct. Also, blaming is pretty much pointless. There were a lot of people to blame for last years unique season.

I am curious about how CTF is doing though. MTSU lost to Clemson in their opener, 37-14. Apparently Clemson returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. MTSU only had 299 yards of offense, while Clemson had 361 yards. The stats make the game look a lot closer that the score, which is what really matters.

I am more amazed at the unity of this coaching staff. There is plenty of room for egos to clash here and it apparently hasn't. Trooper Taylor is sporting a 3 year contract, just like Malzahn. All of the assistants are making over 200k. It looks like an amazing mix to me and I have to take my hat off to Chizik for putting this staff together.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

I do not want to say "good to hear" upon knowing that someone has swine flu. So I'm utterly confused on what to say about Kathy's situation.

Someone say something on my behalf.

I need to hit the gym and then get to work.

6:55 PM  
Blogger IV said...

By the way, I like this new sheriff's posse also.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Aero - you're a good man. Any idea when you might get home, besides coming home last May?

6:58 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

What up guys, just doing my evening lurk...

Regardless of whether or not he's making money doesn't make him a genius, Steve. Any guy that refers to him self as a dumb donkey most likely is.

6:58 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Did anyone ready teh article in the Advertiser about our WR commit Jeremy Richardson? He earned the ASWA Offensive Player of the Week award after helping his team to a 40-39 victory.

Jeremy Richardson

"After falling behind 20-0, Richardson hauled in seven receptions for 195 yards and four touchdowns (51, 50, 9 and 49 yards). The performance earned Richardson the Alabama Sports Writers Association offensive player of the week award."

6:59 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I said that last statement poorly. Just because he makes a good living doesn't mean he is any more or less intelligent than anyone else.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Glad to see Eric Smith back with the team.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like the idea of having incentive based contracts. I never liked the idea of guaranteeing a coach so many millions of dollars for 10 years. It seemed pretty ridiculous. Tying a coaches salary into the success of the program only makes sense. While Saban has likely more than made up for his salary in what he has done for the dark side, Charlie Weis is getting payed about as much to turn Notre Dame into an afterthought.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

200!

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