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9.14.2009

Gus Malzahn earns his first Auburn honor

Hey everyone. Auburn's offensive czar has been earned National Coordinator of the Week honors from our friends at Rivals.com.

His nomination was no surprise.

The Tigers rank No. 2 among the 120 FBS teams in rushing offense (345.5 yards per game) and fourth in total offense (572.5 yards per game) so far this season.

No team has run more plays from scrimmage than Auburn's 162.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

1st?

3:39 PM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

So Kool!!!

3:40 PM  
Blogger FatDrunkAndStupid said...

I :heart: Gus Malzahn

3:40 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

well done dado3

3:41 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

And we still aren't fast enough!!! I am loving it. Someone needs to give Malzahn about a $2 Million raise and make him the highest paid offensive coordinator in the history of college football. Now hotties, show some real support and name your children Gustav!!!

3:42 PM  
Blogger michael said...

But the question remains: will Malzahn really bring a physical offense to Auburn as promised, or was he just blowing smoke?

3:43 PM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

Thanks ehyou. I feel so special now.

3:43 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Congrats to Gussy! Well deserved.

3:46 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

if gus is selling oceanfront property in AZ, i'm buying!

3:47 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

the o-line gets an A++ and is the reason BT and FAH and the O have had the games they have. i know the competition was a little suspect, but they handled those two teams exactly the way that good o-lines should handle them--domination.

do they make an "off" with enough deet to keep the injury bug from biting?

3:52 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

While I can narrate all the matrices of Ziemba's performance, I'd rather let you watch the first run by Fannin against MSU, and check out Ziemba's location when Fannin was tackled.

I am impressed by his, and the rest of the OL's performance thus far in the season. No sacks, and excellent blocking is the foundation of Auburn's offense.

3:56 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No one is denying the dominance of our line or Ziemab thus far. Just marveling at the inability to go without a false start penalty. Is it too much to ask for good blocking AND good discipline on the snap count? Maybe so. It will bite us one of these days though when we aren't playing middle of the road teams if he does a false start at a critical time.

3:58 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Agreed Michael

4:00 PM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

i hope Coach Trooper is soaking up all this knowledge b/c The Gus Bus won't be here long at this rate.

congrats Malzahn.

4:00 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

You can credit a lot of FAH's yardage to Burns and Trott. They allowed him to get to the corners.

4:01 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I don't think the Gus bus pulls out for another year or two, probably a total of three years.

4:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Ricky from "Ricky's Rant" speaks!

http://friendsoftheprogram.net/2009/09/14/fotp-interview-ricky-of-rickys-rants-speaks-out/

"Ricky: I am a 24 yr old truck driver in the Birmingham area and I am not racist due to popular relief."

I am laughing so hard right now.

4:02 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

My unrealistic optimism is pretty much through the roof these days. I am definitely getting ahead of myself. WV could surprise me, but I say Auburn 56, West Virginia 17.

4:03 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

michael, he isn't a racist, hmmm? He does play one on youTube.

4:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

He is not racist "due to popular belief"? Okay, I misunderstood. He is racist due to something else then.

4:06 PM  
Blogger michael said...

"FOTP: Do you have a memory of your greatest rant/meltdown during a football game?

The year Brody Croyle got sacked about 11 times during the Auburn game….I started throwing things out the back door….including my truck keys and then had to find them."

The word association at the end of the interview is pretty darn funny too.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

For a right handed QB, you always put the fastest, most agile (read: best pass blocker) at the LT position (blindside) If the Left Tackle starts slow, that leaves the QB pretty vulnerable to a sack.

It always comes with a cost. LTs make the most false starts. A rare 5 yard penalty is much better than a couple of sacks.

LT is the most 'in demand' position in NFL. How important is the LT? Ask bama that had to sit out the starting LT against Utah. 8 Sacks.

4:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ziemba hasn't had the false starts like he had last year. Last year they usually came after we rarely moved the ball into the opponents territory. There was a guaranteed penalty once we were 1st & 10 on the other side of the field.

4:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"A rare 5 yard penalty is much better than a couple of sacks."

Is it rare when they happen once or twice a game for a period of 14 games?

4:13 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I understand the importance of left tackle. We have had some great ones here in years past. I have never seen one commit as many false starts as Ziemba. Dems are da facts, sir.

4:14 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Ziemba was actually our biggest offensive problem against MSU last season. Our offense looked pretty good if we hadn't gotten 15 penalties in that game and new how to score in the redzone.

4:16 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Anyway off of Ziemba, congrats to Gus...hopefully this is the start of trend of us running a highly effective offense.

4:16 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

You are a left tackle. You are 6 feet from the ball. Watch the frickin ball!!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

paroled

4:18 PM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

The way my HS coach stopped that off sides thing was to have the quarterback call a play in practice on 3. While the line was holding their 3 point stance he would come up from behind and kick the crap out of your rear end. You learned quickly to CONCENTRATE!!!!

4:18 PM  
Blogger michael said...

O line is not supposed to watch the ball steve... but I share your frustration.

But hey, his knee is better, he has gained weight, and he is knockin heads, so I give him an A this year thus far.

4:19 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The right tackle is the same distance away...

A TE and WR are even farther away.

4:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think the whole starting OL gets an A so far.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Dadof3Girls said...

As if I'm some guru, I'll give them an A too.

4:23 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Thus far, the AU offense, like Chizik said of his OC, is very good at its trade.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

btw, I would like to validate Michael's opinion.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Oh boy. So it's going to turn into another arguments over the internet.

No. Left tackle is not the same as right tackle. RT does not have to shoot out or be as agile as LT. Comparing TEs and WRs is unfair. Nobody has to shoot out faster than LT.

It's the second highest paid (after QB) and the most in-demand position in NFL. Ziemba is currently projected as 2nd round draft pick for 2010. Ya'll better hope that he stays.

He's ours, and he's doing an outstanding job.

4:41 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Aeronaut, just to continue the argument, because hey, its the internets, and that is what the internets are good for (that and Feng's advertisements), a more important job responsibility is not a good reason to jump. He was compared to the RT because in their symmetry, they are the same distance from the ball and quarterback and thus should have the same shot at remaining as disciplined as him on the snap count.

And if you really think he is jumping early because of the weight of all the responsibility that comes with LT, then he should play another spot on the line and let someone quicker play LT who is capable of keeping up with fast defensive ends without jumping early. I don't believe that is why he is moving early, I'm just sayin. It's like you want us to say, "Awww, poor Ziemba, he is a left tackle, adn all left tackles must do false starts or the QB will get killed." No, some of the best left tackles in college and the pros go an entire season without a false start.

4:48 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Oh, and it's Puppet Hour. Ah.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

Tropical Storm Gustav is 'bout to be a hurricane.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

I can't really continue this argument without berating someone in here. So I'm going to back off.

However I'd love to see the suggestions. Who would you like to see protect QB's blindside?

I promise I won't say 'CGM can learn from you'.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

I wonder how many of the offensive snaps Ziemba and starters in the line have taken.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Aubie - due to popular relief said...

Ricky the Ranter is priceless!!
I need to know who he drives for because he admits to cutting off Auburn drivers in traffic.
He and the Ramp Lady need a radio show... Ramp and Rant.
They can yell at each other.

5:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"It's the second highest paid (after QB)"


I bet many RB's and WR's will disagree.

Yes the LT is the protector of a right handed QB, but as Michael said that's no reason to false start. There is pressure at every position. The Colts LT is supposed to protect Peyton Manning, but I bet if he got two false starts per game there would be people questioning him.


"I can't really continue this argument without berating someone in here."

That's sad. It's just a debate over nothing, I'd hate to think that I would have to leave before I insulted someone.

5:21 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Plus nobody is saying Ziemba is doing a bad job this year at all.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think backup LG is the main position. John Sullen is doing a nice job.

5:33 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Backup LG is more important than scholarship back up long snapper?

5:37 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Who would you like to see protect QB's blindside?

I think you're doing a pretty fine job of it now, Aero! :o)

5:38 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Sullen has been much better than I thought he would be. I thought he was a RS for sure.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

WERK.

Certain points do not leave a room to response without questioning someone's knowledge. I don't want to do that.

Colts LT does not do 2 false starts a game. Maybe Tony Ugoh was simply not good enough.. that's why they changed him with Johnson, who is also struggling. I don't see him lasting long at that spot.

The LT position pay is the second highest in NFL. It's a fact, and it does not matter what a WR or a RB tells you.

1. from Money.cnn.com
2. Blind Side tackle pay
3. Another linkie

5:42 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

DAX

Where did you go?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

John Sullen (#71) was a LT in high school.

/Thread united!

5:45 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Before I purchase them from the school, does anyone have 2 tickets for this weekend they want to get rid of?

BTW Momma Goldberg's in Mobile was a good place to watch the game. It's small but had a devoted (and inebriated) Auburn crowd and no other games on the TVs.

5:47 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll gladly admit my assumption about the salaries in the NFL was incorrect.

However and Michael and I have stated before, just because a guy plays LT and there is more pressure and it's more of a money position, it doesn't give him an excuse that apparently the RT doesn't get.

5:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Feel free to question my knowledge on NFL salary structure all you want, I won't be offended.

However, I disagree with the assumption that the LT is more important therefore fouls against the LT should be less scrutanized.

Plus, it's just conversation. As I have said, the kid is doing a great job this year.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Nova,

You have mail.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Bills vs. Patriots.

I say Pats 31-10.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Most DCs try to arrange to have their fastest pass rusher and blitzes come from the blind side if field position and the offensive set allow. LT will on average have to block against faster defenders.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

The first chapter of the book"The blind side describes putting the fastest pass rusher on the blind side and uses Lawrence Taylor as the example.

I'm sure that AU would rather have AC coming from the blind side and we normally do.

6:05 PM  
Blogger WDCWE said...

I don't want to turn this into a ticket exchange, but do any of the Hotties have two WV tickets for sale?
"I am in the market, as it were"-Captain Jack Sparrow

6:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I wish they'd get the Pick 'em choices available so I can go ahead and make lots of incorrect choices. I really have stunk it up. Anyone who is tied with or lower than me has really stunk it up, too.

6:11 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

THT - Don't feel bad, I tanked this week as well.

6:15 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

I am digging these throwback uni's. I feel young again.

6:16 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Or younger.

6:16 PM  
Blogger WDCWE said...

I was wondering why the Patriots looked like the Cardinals...

6:17 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Auburn Refs.

6:18 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

All orange all the time.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

MonD has been sprinkling WVa tidbits that has got me nervous. The following article would suggest that WVa is gonna score on us and has a good run stopping D.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09257/997843-144.stm

East Carolina has 17 ea. 5 yr seniors on scholly. They aren't a pushover.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AU1 - the unis, and especially the helmets are a definite improvement.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i don't keep up with nfl - any AU players in this game?

6:24 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

This year hasn't been 2001 with Kendall Simmons at LT vs Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney & Alex Brown.

I don't recall Kendall getting many penalties at all despite playing against three really great DE's.

6:26 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Heath Evans I think still plays for the Pats.

6:27 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

I am hoping that we beat WVU and Ball State. While I want the team to focus on one game at a time.

I am going to the AU/TN game and would love for us to be 4-0 going in.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

THT...I don't watch any pro sports.

Tebow University is a 28.5 pt. fav over Kiffykins. I'm bettin' that UF covers. UT may have a good D, but the UF defense will coax Compton so many turnovers that UT will come unglued.

6:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Heath Evans & Jonathan Wilhite for the Patriots.

Spensor Johnson for the Bills.

6:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll take UF 42-13.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Nope Heath Evans is with New Orleans this year.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Do some LTs need more of a jump off the ball than others in order to do the job?

Does LT need to get a great jump in order to do the job?

Would LZ jump if on the other side?

Who would replace LZ @ LT and not have to jump in order to do the job?

These are the questions of our times.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Oops..Does "LZ" need to get a jump in order to do the job?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

crickets...

6:43 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Oh boy. The thing continues eh?

I can tell you about two false starts that were with QB change (Wildcat). The snap count got slower, LZ didn't.

First one was against LT in 1st quarter, 2nd and short near LT red zone.

The second one was against MSU in 2nd quarter, 3rd and very short.

You have a confusing offense with QB changes in the middle of plays. You'll have false starts.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Federer and his opponent whoever it is are starting 5th set in US Open Final.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

Heath Evans scored a td yesterday...

Gus should be HC :0. He won't be here long peeps

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

If Ziemba has two false starts a game for the entire season, then he will not have had as many false starts as there have been comments in this thread regarding his proclivity to false starts.

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

After reading about WV's QB, and knowing they still have Devine, I'm getting a bit scared.

6:57 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Why is it seemingly only causing problems for one player?

Last year when our offense wasn't confusing at all to anyone other than us he got called every game too.

I like Ziemba and don't want to beat up on him, but he's prone to jumping the gun. He did it last year in a completely different and ineffective offense as well.

6:59 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

THT,

If they gave up 20 to Liberty and ECU, then we can score on them as well.

I trust that our D is better than Liberty and ECU, so I think we should be fine.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

7:00 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Did not know Evans is with the Saints this year.

7:01 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

THT gets the Beasley award again.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

WERK,

I have no doubt we should score plenty of points. I just hope WV hasn't been holding back on their offense.

7:02 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What's the line in our game this weekend.

Auburn -6 is my guess?

7:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

WERK, you had post 88 while I was incarcerated today. I trust you'll make better use of it next time ;-)

7:03 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Seeing that WVU was at 21-20 vs ECU at the half on Saturday I'm guessing they were forced to show something in the 2nd half.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

at least I think you did. I wasn't wearing my night vision goggles when I counted them.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Could someone please tell me the number of Ziemba's false start penalties this year?

7:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Well if I let you or Terry Beasley down in any way, please accept my sincere appology and I do know this is the rare situation where I would deserve berating on a blog with random strangers.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

This game has me worried.

WV QB is a good passer and that can cause Auburn some fits, considering the lack of experience of our secondary.

The rest, dunno if Auburn LBs can handle their running game,or vice versa.

7:05 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I believe it was 2 in each game, I'm not really sure.

7:06 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is WVU's QB a good passer, or just a good passer against the D's he's played against?

Much like is our team as good as it looks, or is it just the teams we've played against?

It's hard to tell, but it should be a fun game this weekend.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Kristina: Auburn has had a total of 13 penalties (ranked 61 in the nation). Out of those 13, 2 are false starts against Ziemba. There's one more false start but I don't know who that is against.

7:14 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Aero,

While I've enjoyed the debate with you today, seriously what's your connection to Ziemba?

I don't think anyone on here has said anything negative about him, or his talents other than he's penalty prone the last couple of years.

I'm just curious why it seems you take those comments as personally as you do?

7:17 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If we have 13 penalties, I'll guess half of them are facemask calls.

They never should have went to 15 yards for a facemask no matter how minor it is...

7:18 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Jarrett Brown is 43 of 59. Regardless of your opponents (ECU did beat them last year) those are good numbers.

7:18 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

After reviewing the games on the digital network, you would not be wrong to surmise that AU has not shown very much of their offense play calling.

Look at the number of passes that have had just 1 WR down field. Also, that got me thinking, if Benton and Blake were that good in fall practice, why haven't we used them much. They play some but not very much.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Federer down in 5th set 5-2, and down 0-30!

HOLY COW!

7:21 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I don't doubt Brown is a good QB, but unless he played more than in a reserve roll he's never started or played important minutes on the road as of yet in his career.

Which is a big deal.

7:21 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Federer never should have had a child, it's killed his game.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

DOUBLE MATCH POINT

7:22 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Patrick Swayze passed today.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Brown played the 2nd half of the USF game a couple years ago at Raymond James (the year USF beat us and was number 2). He didn't win the game but didn't look bad.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Federer lost

7:25 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

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7:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Brown is a 5th year senior, so I don't think it being a road game is that big a deal.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Just looked back at the stats for that game, he was 11 of 20 for 149 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's. He also rushed for 56 yards.

7:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ah yes, the year we put USF on the map...only to find out later in the year it was more about what we couldn't do (move the ball consistently) than about what they could do.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

WERK : Because I think it's uncalled for (to put it mildly) to call out any Auburn player, specially one of the guys that work their butt off in the trenches.

While the coaches and the players are all out singing praises of the OL, we have some fellas dissing them. If one can't appreciate all the hard work, one should keep his / her snide comments to himself.

I don't have any connection with Ziemba and I don't like that assertion either, RK.

7:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Well he's had a little experience playing behind White and their team will have more speed than we've seen all year long, so it should be a good test.

I'm just going with the assumption that they struggled only scoring 33 on Liberty and gave up 20 to both Liberty and ECU so we should be fine against them.

I know what can happen when you assume, but I just assume we have a better offense than those two teams and a better D and we are their first road game.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I definitely think we have the advantage coming in, but its definitely a winnable game.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

meant to say its a losable game.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The ghosts of opponents past (S. Cal & GTech) are starting to mess with my mind.

7:39 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I've also been singing the praises of the OL. I think they have done a fantastic job. However, Ziemba has been getting called for a couple of penalties a game for the past year. Am I incorrect on this?

If I am I'll appologize. However once or twice a game there is a penalty called on # 73 and it's been that way for 2 years now.

You say it's because LT is so difficult. I don't recall Willie Anderson, Kendall Simmons, Marcus McNeill or even King Dunlap getting called as much as Ziemba has over the past two years.

I could also be mistaken there.

I have made no "snide comments" at all, just observations from watching the game.

Look back at all of my comments, I have nothing but good things to say about the OL and about Ziemba. He just gets more laundry thrown at him than others and for some reason it bothers you that it's been pointed out.

I'm just debating the point with you and you seem to think it's a personal attack on someone, which it is not.

7:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

THT,

Yeah, those home and home non-conference memories aren't the best are they?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

And how many did Ziemba have this time last year?

(I don't really care what the answer is, my point is we are a heckuva lot better than we were last year. Top 25? I have no idea. Throw out that we've only played LaTech and MSU? Fine, but we came NO WHERE near the kind of numbers against those type teams we are putting up this year. Can we improve? I think so.)

7:42 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

UT Quarterback For Sale

7:43 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Shoot I got distracted and published before I was finished, but now I can't remember what else I was gonna say.

Oh well...WAR EAGLE!

7:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Yeah, they don't like Crompton in my home state these days.

7:46 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ziemba can get 10 penalties a game as long as we win.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Kristina - I think parenthetically speaking must have gotten the best of you!

7:47 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Someone mentioned the QB slapping linemen on the butt. That is exactly what Damien Craig did to a lineman in the SECCG. Thinking back, I do believe it was the left tackle.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I heart parentheses, THT. It's a weakness, I know.

7:48 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

How does UT lose at home and pick up 2 big time recruits and 1 3 star kid?

7:49 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

What is with the Refs in the NFL wearing Orange stripes and old school Auburn hats?

7:51 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Who are the recruits that UT picked up?

7:51 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

wtc,

They have a staff of great recruiters.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Early days of the AFL ref unis

7:54 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

HABOTN Fan Page on Facebook...

Become a Fan of the HABOTN here

Yes, this is different from the Facebook group. This page is linked directly to the blog and you can remain anonymous.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ok, our defense is ranked 8th... in the conference. So I'm revising my predicted score.

AU 28 WV 24

at the half


Final: AU 56 WV 34

8:02 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Sorry if already posted but did any one hear Pat Dye on Paul Finebaum's show today?

8:03 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Moss is already over 100 yards recieving. Well that is a first week fantasy loss!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Steve- it was Demarcus Curry that Craig slapped

8:05 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Look at the HABOTN hittin the big time.

8:05 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Nicely done Kristina!!

8:05 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

DMiller...
It's American Football League night tonight. Hence the throwback unis, even by the refs.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Thanks AU1.

And by anonymous, I mean you don't have to give the name you use here so no one can link you back to the blog and anyone can become a fan.

8:23 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

wtc, a great staff of recruiters, the promise of early playing time, and a HC whose bravado is probably appealing to a lot of HS football players.

I am definitely in the minority on Kiffin, but I think he will have opposing teams wishing Fulmer was back in Tennessee before his career there ends.

Things could get ugly for them this weekend, though.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Odd story/pic

8:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That is truley sad.

8:31 PM  
Blogger AU MikeyC said...

Orange and Blue Kool-aid, anyone?

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I love this blog...don't talk much, but have been a die hard reader for well over 2 years. With that said, I absolutely can't understand or stand the Ziemba bashing. He's the "Brandon Cox" of the OL--he'll be long gone and then we'll be crying he's not still here...
I firmly believe the guy will be a success at the next level...and he gets bashed on this level??? He's dominant...big deal if we give up 5 yards once or twice a game.
I'll take that over a lesser talent giving up multiple sacks a game any day. The penalty doesn't lose a snap...only the minimal yards. A sack, on the other hand, loses the d@mn yards and a play. No brainer if you ask me...rant over.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

I love Lortab!
Yes I do!
I love Lortab!
How ... how 'bout anotha?

Whatevah.

8:46 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

WERK-UT got Brandon Willis and Corey Miller. Both are 4 star DE from the same school in South Carolina.

The also got DeMarco Cobb, #1 rated athlete on the board.
Not a bad haul.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

JayG told me in an email that I annoy him and that I should start my own blog where I can "build an empire far more vast than the HABOTN".

So, goodbye everyone and WAR EAGLE!!

8:50 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I just got through watching some highlights of the MSU game. A couple of things came to mind.

We had more big plays in that game than we had all of last season, particularly in the passing game.

Secondly, think about the Cox years. How often did you see him throwing to receivers that were so wide open?

It is amazing the difference a year makes.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Aubie - due to popular relief said...

Mon,
I'll be your first "Monnie"

8:53 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Omnica, you are unique and loved. Don't go running off nowhere. Who will give me crap then?

8:53 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

Uh, Leodis, that was a poor decision.

8:58 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I got here just in time..

8:59 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Love the odd article there JayG

8:59 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

Monica's leaving?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Jet says Save the Couches! said...

That's why they're the Buffalo Bills.

9:02 PM  
Blogger AU MikeyC said...

say it an't so Mon... I'm over it now lets move on

9:02 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Did I miss something today?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Omnica - can I be a charter member of the Ring of Reverence?

9:03 PM  
Blogger AU MikeyC said...

I think I'm going to get some more orange Kool-aid...

9:05 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Seriously? Bad form....tsk tsk

9:09 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Nothing to see here... crowd disperse

9:09 PM  
Blogger Aubie - due to popular relief said...

Mon,
Check out my newest FB friend.
BFF!

9:10 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Hey, we are Auburn. We are family. Nobody leaves. Everyone sit down and nobody move.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Man, the bad play from Troy Trojans is extending into the NFL now.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

What a wild ending.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

Jonathan Wilhite starting for the Pats huh

9:12 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Aubie, I just checked out your profile. What an interesting life you have lead. Glad that you are here.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Next thing you know Tony Franklin will peddle his wares in the NFL.

And it will epic fail.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Jay, we make fun of Zeimba because we heart him.

In other news, I lost my pants today.

9:14 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

jhag,
I saw a guy at the AU game this past weekend with a t-shirt that had your avatar on the front and "Christopher" on the back...

9:15 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Jay Leno brings us exactly what America has been longing for, another late night talkshow. Oh boy!!! I wonder what is on TV Land?

9:15 PM  
Blogger IV said...

IV here,

Been lurking and reading the Ziemba debate. Aero, you are one of my heroes dude. You are out there willingly serving our country, doing a great job and I thank you and respect you for the job you are doing. But as much as you are one of my heroes, I have got to call your hand on this one. I read all of the posts and in fact went back an re-read several to be sure I wasn't mistaken and I found not a single post disrespecting Ziemba, not even a hint of disrespect. I hate to say this, but you disappointed me when you acted somewhat on the immature side by saying that you could not continue the discussion without your questioning the intelligence of those debating your opposite point of view. That seems to state to me that you are saying that if you don't agree with me, then you are unintelligent. You lose your own credibility with that thought process.

I also can't buy your argument of what is the difference in getting a 5 yard penalty if it protects your quarterback. The procedure penalties are a result of a lack of concentration or self discipline. You are willing to give him a pass but I bet the coaches are not willing to give him a pass because he plays the left tackle position. If you recall, Ziemba played the right tackle position his freshman year and got several illegal procedure penalties called on him at the RT position. This is not disrespect, it is a fact that he was guilty of the same fault even when he played the less pressured position. If he were getting alot of holding calls, yes I would agree that would be better if he were getting beat by a DE to hold if he had to in order to protect the QB rather than risk an injury. But with a more responsible position comes a higher degree of pressure. You should be willing to accept the pressures of the job or suffer the consequences. I have a feeling that LZ is accepting the consequences like the man he is. I think that everyone on this blog believes that he overall is as good of an offensive lineman as we have had in some time. I expect that he will play and play well at the next level. However, I am willing to bet that he will not get a pass every times he hurts their offense with a procedure call on an NFL team. They have ways of getting your attention that they don't have at the college level.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Unusually Optimistic jhag said...

Haha it's an intraweb joke

9:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

SteveFC - I've been watching back to back to back Andy Griffith on TV Land tonight.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Zteven said...

Monica - You are not goin anywhere, Missie, so just sit right back down!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

IV - one minor point; Ziemba was at RT his freshman year because Brandon Cox was a LEFT-handed QB. I.e. he was "LT equivalent".

9:23 PM  
Blogger IV said...

AS you said, a minor point.

9:24 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Dang, go out to pick up a few items at the store and miss everything.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Monica,

This place won't be the same.

Please stay. Even if it's just to play in the sandbox with the rest of us - what did that article say - dolts.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Mike Greenberg is actually more annoying doing play-by-play than he is on his radio show.

I didn't think it was possible.

9:27 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Wow, I leave for 5 hours and the Ziemba debate lives on? He's been awesome this year, left tackle is the most important position on the o line of a passing team with a right handed quarterback, dare I say if he gets injured our offense will not be nearly as explosive, and it's not OK to do a false start every game.

Mon, you should stick around.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Since nobody is going to come to Jay G's defense, I will.

Mon, I think you should hang around, but I completely agree with Jay G. Less is more.

9:33 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

IV, congrats for your entry into the longest blog comment contest. Impressive.

Omnica, maybe we should consider group counseling or something? Or perhaps Brother Jet could provide a healing?

Hey, we are family. We sometimes disagree. Believe it or not, there have even been times I suspected someone on here might disagree with me. I know, I know. It is hard to believe, but it happens.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

False start, smalsh start.

As long as there are more points than the other team, he can jump off every other play.

9:33 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I shall not defend Jay G or stone him. I shall not judge Omnica, lest I be judged. Can't we all just get along?

9:34 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

So, who is everybody taking to the homecoming dance?

Jet,
I heard that a certain someone was planning to ask you to the Sadie Hawkins dance. I can't tell you who, I promised that I wouldn't.

9:34 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I had a date to the dance until today....Sadly, I was dumped... :-(

9:35 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

As for Ziemba, he is a great player. He just making some mistakes that will limit how great he can be. Those 5 yard penalties are drive killers. It is the main reason we looked so pathetic against MSU last season.

I know, I know, we won, but I have seen us lose games where I felt better than after that MSU game.

9:36 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I think someone must have called for a pissin contest, and I've shown up late.

Or there are a lot of people in on a gigantic funny one.

9:37 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"I absolutely can't understand or stand the Ziemba bashing."

Nobody is bashing him.

Everyone who has mentioned he has a habit of drawing flags has went out of their way to say he's a good player who is doing really well this year.

9:38 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Go with Option One Luke....

9:39 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

FSJ,
I heard today that little Susie's sister's, brother's, cousin's, best friend's little sister Margaret Jo wanted to ask you out... She was thinking about passing you a note in study hall asking you to check yes or no.

9:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What did I miss with Jay G. and Monica? Are we having drama here at HABOTN 36101?

9:40 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Turn it man

9:40 PM  
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