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Malzahn + Nutt doesn't equal BFF

Hey everyone. Sorry for getting a very late start today. So it goes.

Here is another dose of information for your noggin, which surely is overloaded with talk about execution, injuries being ``day-by-day" (even a torn Achilles tendon) and how one missed block can ruin an entire season.

I promise to not mention -- or let anyone else mention -- those topics below.

  • Browsing through a transcription of Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt's weekly press conference produced some goodies. Recall that Nutt, while coach at Arkansas in 2006, hired Malzahn out of a nearby high school and installed him as the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator. He stayed for one season.

  • Nutt on how Gus Malzahn's offense has changed since those high school days: ``I think the biggest thing is that he saw the caliber of athletes each Saturday. He had a lot of mismatches in high school. When you get to the college level, you realize that there are two or three guys you are going to have to be concerned with because they are so athletic."

  • Malzahn indirectly disagreed, saying the only major difference between high school and college ball is recruiting. ``The football on the field -- very similar."

  • The two men haven't spoken since the Arkansas days.

  • Nutt's take: ``We don’t talk very much. Everybody is so busy in college football. When you get into the season, you have a lot of things to worry about. You have all you can handle with the task at hand."

  • Malzahn's take: "I haven't gotten a chance to visit with him since then but he gave me an opportunity to get in the college game."

  • Malzahn on what changes now that Nutt, former ally, will be his foe Saturday: ``Anytime you work with someone, you get both sides, you get to know each other and what each other likes and all that. It's part of the game. There's a lot of coaches that worked together that end up playing each other. You've got to just be aware of all the variables and think what they're thinking."


Blogger Eddie said...

Substance Iphone?

3:37 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


3:37 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


3:37 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...


3:37 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

or four

3:38 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I'm tellin' ya ... Gus wants to be a Nutt cracker.

3:38 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That last thread was professionally flipped.

Jet & I will soon get our own show on A&E.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

You know it's slow when you can get substance on the iPhone and entering all the log on info.

Simple translation for Nutt / Malzahn,s relationship= non-exsistent.

3:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'd be careful if I was attending this game. This could be the day where Mitch Mustain's mom shows up for revenge for her son.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...



I love that Nutt pins it on being too busy ... even when it's not football season.

3:41 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Nutt and Tommy Tuberville have the same publicist.

That comment was very Tubervillian.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Hey, Nutt's gotta lotta of other friends.

A little textual healing.

Giggity! Giggity! Giggity!

3:43 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Nutt hired Gus to get Mitch Mustain, period. Gus took the opportunity and ran with it.

Something tells me Gus has something up his sleeve Saturday.

(I hope.)

3:45 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Jet and stupup, I sure hope you guys are right, but I just don't see it happening - not the way they've been playing the past three weeks.

3:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I am telling you guys, all we need is for Todd to find his Magic Feather. He lost it and thinks he lost his good quarterbacking skills with it. I tried telling him the feather was a fake and the ability to be good was always within him, but he won't believe me. So time for Plan B: find that feather!

3:52 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Michael, is that like Austin Powers losing his mogo in "The Spy Who Shagged Me"? He's really had it all along?

3:54 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Either way, it's on like Donkey Kong on Saturday.

Beat Ole Miss!!

3:55 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I picture Malzahn as a mild mannered geek, but if I made a list of people I think he would refer to a a butthole, Nutt would be high on the list.

3:55 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

I have a picture I took in BR that I think some of you guys will enjoy. How can I show it to you?

4:04 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Uploading it to facebook, possibly.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Make it your temporary profile picture?

4:06 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

I'll do that.

4:07 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

It's a lot smaller than the actual one, but you'll get the idea.

4:09 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

It was on the back window of a truck in the parking lot of the hotel.

Must go feed the boys and then head to the gym!

Have a great evening and War Eagle!

4:10 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Great pic Luv. That's the truth, too.

4:11 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

BTW, Michael Dyer set to announce next Friday in one of those awesome/lame press conferences.

4:12 PM  
Blogger GulfShoresTiger said...

I haven't been paying attention. Does anyone know if Dyer is still leaning toward AU?

4:25 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

GT, he certainly seems to be. I haven't heard anything other than that he's pretty much a lock for Auburn. That said, he's only 17 or 18, so who knows.

4:29 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I knows, that's who!

Dyer will 100% be an Auburn Tiger.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Ben Tate has 923 rushing yds so far. He should go over 1,000 this week. Seems like a good weekend for Ben to host Lattimore.

5:14 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

This may be old news, but I just found out and I am SOOOOO excited!


Now, if Auburn could just pull out the win on Saturday, my week will be complete!! Oh! And the weather front is moving even slower and it may not rain now until Saturday afternoon.

5:15 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

It was shameful the way Nutt and his staff treated Malzahn. I hope against all logic that AU can light up the scoreboard Saturday.

Wasn't T Rocker on the staff at Arky during that time period?

5:21 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Luv....excuse my ignorance, but who is La La?

5:24 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

You reckon Mitch Mustain thinks about Gustuv Malzhan from time to time?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Substance for Hoopie

Larry Langford (aka La La) guilty of taking bribes

5:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Hint taken

5:39 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

sketchy (ske-chee), adjective:

1. Questionable, iffy, see Joe Buck

7:01 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Just saw the preview for the Michael Oher movie "The Blind Side" and in the previews I saw Fulmer, Holtz and Saban. I guess click-clack didn't make the preview cut...:).

7:16 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Welcome back Mr. Sensible..


7:16 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Has Sensi been gone?

7:24 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

I tell you what, I feel good about the game this weekend. Wait....I say that about every game. I love the fact that I can erase any past ugly games and build optimism anew every time. I think that's part of being an Auburn fan. Perpetual optimism. What'ya say fellas? Let's do this!

7:32 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Mr. Sensible has usurped my thrown as the queen of HABOTN pickem. I demand satisfaction. For your punishment, do not make a pick on three games this week.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sensi says he stinks picking agains the spread yet he's winning. I think he is picking straigtup and winning that way :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Hey hots. Sponge in the house. Are any of YOU Spongworth?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I'm up for some crabby patties.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Funny how your kids watch some stupid cartoon, then you find yourself engrossed in it as well. For a cartoon, it's pretty funny. Patrick is my man...

7:43 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sponge- My daughter has just started watching that show along with Dora. I'm learning as they go. It's been mainly Mickey's Clubhouse and Curious George as far as shows go, but mainly movies over and over and over again. She could watch a disney move 5 times in a row.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

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7:49 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

SEC Week Nine Previews & Picks

Florida 23, Georgia 19
The Bulldogs got back on track with a win over Vanderbilt two weeks ago and got a much needed week off before the annual showdown with the Florida Gators. Florida’s offense showed some improvement against Mississippi State but is still nowhere near as explosive as it was last season. Everything about this match-up points to advantage Florida, but that week off for Georgia will give the Bulldogs fresh legs and coupled with Florida’s inability to put teams away, this may be more of a game than most expect. In the end, though, superior talent and coaching will win it.

Mississippi State 20, Kentucky 17
Mississippi State has played through a brutal schedule and is probably one of the toughest 3-5 teams in the country. Kentucky has survived its own long road home riddled with injuries though they have emerged with a winning record and a serious chance at a bowl game. The Bulldogs have been close so many times this year and haven’t been able to finish. Eventually, if you are hanging around long enough, the breaks fall your way. They fall for Mississippi State this weekend.

South Carolina 19, Tennessee 17
Tennessee has been very close in some losses this year thanks to a stingy defense. The Volunteers offense has been erratic at best. The same could be said for South Carolina. This has the makings of a close, smashmouth game with both teams fighting for yardage and field position. In the end, South Carolina has enough to get it done and solidify their spot as second in the SEC East.

Ole Miss 27, Auburn 9
The Rebels offense woke up for the first time all season last week as they throttled Arkansas at home. Now Houston Nutt travels to a place where he’s had success (albeit as the Arkansas coach) against Auburn. The Tigers look nothing like the team that reeled off 5 wins to start the year as the offense has been unable to produce anything consistent, hanging a thin defensive unit out to dry in the process. Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster will have big games as the Rebels are simply a better team than Auburn right now.

Out of Conference Games

Arkansas 34, Eastern Michigan 13
Arkansas got thumped by Ole Miss last week. This week, the Razorbacks take out the frustration on Eastern Michigan.

Georgia Tech 28, Vanderbilt 9
Vanderbilt can’t stop anybody and they can’t score. Georgia Tech isn’t great at stopping teams, but they can bulldoze over defenses left, right and up the middle.

LSU 38, Tulane 3
I hear Tulane has a fine law school. Their football team is no match for LSU at all.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Cool Eddie. Enjoy them while they are young.

Anyone been hearing about Tyrik on his facebook. Keeps posting that maybe its time for him to play.. Maybe just joking cause I can't see them taking the redshirt off him at this stage.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Sense. You are so wrong. AU will score at least 10.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sponge- Will do.

As far as Tyrik goes, i've been hearing about all the updates. I believe he is just playing with people. They are very vague and implying, but I think its just him playing. I would be shocked if his redshirt was pulled right now.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I'm out for the night. Getting ready to catch the season premire of Friday Night Lights. Can't wait. Later peeps!

7:56 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Can't really disagree with any of those picks although I do think the Ole Miss/Auburn game will be closer than what you have.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Fair enough. Why do you think that, FSJ?

8:31 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I just think McCluster is a match-up problem for Auburn on defense. Snead - I'm not that impressed.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Sensi....those picks look about right. Nice writeups.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

In the Pickum this week, the OSU game at a 44 point spread is driving me crazy. It's basically up to The Vest to score as much as he wants to.

GT is a bit of a wild card also. They'll beat Vandy, by how much depends on how they show up.

8:40 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

No real reason Sensi except I think Auburn will score a few more points. I think Ole Miss wins though.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Thanks for reading.

8:42 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Got an early read on the Bama/LSU game?

I think it will be a HUGE...HUGE game.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Sensi..thanks for the info on LaLa. we live in Ga and had no idea all that was going on. My daughter has been considering going to UAB for Nurse Practitioner school. A close friend warned against her going there because of "issues" in downtown Bham.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

FSJ - I'll have a big write-up on that early next week.

Hoopie - a good friend's son was a football player at UAB (nice kid) and was car jacked one block from campus one night. During the day, it's fine. After hours, not so much. Quite a shame because the school is excellent.

8:52 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Finebaum was playing "Jailhouse Rock" as bumper music after the verdict came down.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

FSJ....Bama will be rested. LSU won't be tired, but it will be a fresh Bama team that takes care of LSU. Bama will probably beat LSU worse than the score indicates.

FSJ...I'm sure you realize that I don't like admitting this.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Sensi....Bummer for your friends kid, I hope he is OK. My friend also said that nitetime was the big problem and many of the classes are at night.

This daddy don't want his daughter in parking garages at night down there.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I still say Alabama has the potential to be the most complete team out there this year, but they've got to solve the equations on offense during this off-week.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I'm sure she knows this, but if your daughter is looking for schools, I recommend as a guide for searching.

Quan, my friend's son, is doing well after transferring to MTSU.

9:01 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Good picks Mr. S., except I think the UKats find a way to win against MSU, and GA Tech will beat Vandy by a far wider margin. Say 30+ points.

9:10 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Florida and Bama have interchangeable problems on offense. They both run the ball well, but Florida has a quarterback but not very many playmakers to get the ball to. Bama doesn't have a QB (right now), but has at least one (potential) playmaker.

Both are phenomenal on defense. Special teams is about a push. I still say Tebow is the difference if these two teams play in Atlanta, which isn't as for sure to me as it is to others.

9:10 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

BTW, just got around to watching the Tuesday interviews, and whomever it was who said Eltoro looks like Bo at that age - good catch.

If only he was as big and fast.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Mr. S, your picks are correct save one.

Auburn 28, Giggity 20

9:14 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

Nice to see the negativity dieing on the HABOTN.

9:16 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I heard somewhere today that Saban is 11-10 after a bye week. That sounds like too many games, but just sayin'.

9:22 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Interesting stat comparison for this week:

TD passes thrown by Neil Caudle in his last :03 seconds of playing time: 1

TD passes thrown by Chris Todd AND Greg McElroy in their last 3 games combined: 0

9:22 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Tallassee hooks up with Holtville tomorrow night as they both plan to play the young guys a lot and get ready for the playoffs.

I'm pumped about the Friday night off this week before the playoffs next week. Should be fun.

Catch the Hotties later.

9:23 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

Nice stat

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

I will destroy Mr. S and his negative thinking!

9:23 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Ham-My wife said I was negative about the game last week. I told her I was positive Auburn stunk. So no negativityhere.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...


9:26 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

You make a valid point there.

9:28 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Plankton used to be my favorite cartoon villain. . .until Prof. Doofenshmirtz came along.

9:28 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

Big foam stadium hand, shaker, t-shirt that says GO CEILINGS!

Ceiling fan

9:28 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

You could also be At Ease jhag

9:29 PM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

I've been up. I've been down.
Take my word, my way around
I ain't ask for much.

Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' to kick some Giggity tush.

9:32 PM  
Blogger HamTiger said...

I'm out. About to watch The Office from last week. See y'all tomorrow evening for news and notes from Tiger Talk. WDE

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

Jhag ...

Go as a doctor. Chicks love doctors. I've seen a lot of goofy looking docs with hot chicks. Just sayin'.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

a rare article in Mississippi that criticizes Mr. Nutt

granted, it's in the jackson alternative newspaper, which doesn't exactly provide the most in depth sports coverage.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

A doctor actually sounds wise

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

Think about it ... you could be the Public Option doc ... free checkups to hot chicks

9:50 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Speaking of Doctors. . .how about dressing up like this guy?

A pretty easy look to pull off - just need the labcoat, a black turtleneck, some grey slacks, black boots and a slouch. . .

9:55 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

well you get down the fiddle

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

I think a doctor needs to call the time on this thread.

10:08 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

I think Ole Miss wins 31-13.

The point spread being 3.5 points makes me wonder if I am missing something.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

McCluster is gonna eat us like a pumpkin

10:17 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

i think Im gonna go as a security guard

10:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Sensi with the full fledged return to "Mr Sensible".

If I've learned one thing about Hoopie this week, he loves teams coming off of an off week.

10:40 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Ummm, I would say we are coming off an off 3 weeks.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

especially to beat the spread...g'nite all

10:47 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

Good to see my enthusiasm is cathing on....NOT!

11:09 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

You guys are so cool! War Eagle!

11:33 PM  
Blogger shesaid said...

I can't wait to meet each and every single one of you! WOOOOO!!!

11:35 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Thanks shesaid..

I try.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Good Thursday Morning Hotties! Just dropping by for a big War Eagle before I head off to work.

Hottie Hoooooooo!

6:28 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Good morning, Kathy and the rest of you Hotties! It's my Friday and I'm looking forward to our 7:50 tee time at Grand National tomorrow.

Mr. Sensible, I enjoyed reading your Week 9 Previews and Picks. After the Ole Miss-AU game, we're going back out to where we tailgate and watch the UF-UGA game. I'm even more interested in that game after reading your write-up.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Good Morning Hotties!!!!!

It's almost Friday. Can't wait till Halloween!

6:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Morning everyone.

So what's on the HABOTN agenda for today?

7:17 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- Every day till game day gets more positive and more confidence until Saturday, then you hit reset and start over...

7:19 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"Each day is better than the next"

7:25 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Well I would like to think that Friday will not be better than Saturday, but who knows. But as far as Auburn football goes, I think that would be a general aggreement about our season.

7:29 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

This weekend just depends on who shows up. Which Ole Miss, Houston Nutt and Jevon Snead...and which Chris Todd.

Our offense can't be worse than last week, so hopefully we'll get some improvement.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- Everytime I have ever said the offense cannot get worse it comes back to bit me. Be careful when saying those words.

7:36 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

mornin' hotties.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Morning Scottie need to have the great pumpkin in your avatar since you live in Knoxville and i'm talking about Fulmer :)

8:07 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Goooooooood Morning!

8:10 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Our offense can DEFINITELY be worse than it was last week.

Ask Faker, he saw it last year in person.

Not saying this staff is capable of that kind of performance, but there is recent historical precedent.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Exactly Freep. I prefer to just think and hope we can improve but always understand that we are always standing on a false bottom that could give way at any moment.

8:30 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

just saw this on

Running backs
Michael Dyer (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Christian Academy)
Star: five | Scouts grade: 86
ESPNU 150 rank (position rank): 6 (1)
Five-star running back Michael Dyer set the Arkansas career rushing record Saturday night by surpassing the previous high total of 7,122 yards. Dyer scored five touchdowns and rushed for 175 yards on 18 carries in Little Rock Christian's victory over Lakeside (Hot Springs, Ark.), according to

8:42 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

I'm hoping against hope that we come out running a fast-paced offense and that we can get the ball down the field, maybe even score some points, in the first quarter.

Otherwise, if our first 3 possessions resemble the first 3 possessions in our last 3 games, I will want to see Neil Caudle under center to start the 4th drive.

There comes a time when a player's 'confidence' can't possibly be restored by continuing to run him out there and watching him fail to get the job done. I think even Chris Todd would agree.

Todd's done a terrific job getting himself back into playing shape after surgery, and has given me a lot of optimism for what our offense can be in the future. However, this isn't baseball, where a starter can pitch his way out of a slump. In this sport, 3 bad starts isn't just a slump - it's 25% of your entire season.

8:43 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Morning Hots!

Should we be concerned that the staff has just now figured out that Fannin should get more carries at the RB spot?

8:43 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Scottie B. Dyer is the truth!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Does anybody really know how to use Fannin??? He has to be the hardest Auburn player I've ever seen in getting Coaches to figure how to use him. It just baffles me.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

How does Rod get to go to practice and beat reporters don't?

8:49 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Now for some optimism: I looked at this team just before opening week and figured we'd be 5-3 at best right now.

I thought we'd lose to WV, split UT/Arky, beat UK and lose to LSU. So in a sense we are right where I thought we'd be, record wise.

I figured we end up 6-6 and slip into a minor bowl. I also assumed 7-5 was possible with an upset of either Ole Miss or UGa. That goal is still within our reach, if we can just get some points on the board.

Either way, all we have to do is beat Furman for us to be able to say we have improved from last year, despite obvious talent deficiencies. And those extra three weeks of bowl practice will be a major benefit for 2010.

OK, so maybe 'optimism' is too strong a word. Just call me a cockeyed pessimist.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

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8:51 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Sensi- When you sign your oath to be a Sunshine Pumper and seal it Harry Potter style, then you are good to attend practice.

8:51 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

so, are you saying Rod has a magic wand or an owl that can sign documents? i'm confused.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Freep- It could have been worse, you could have been some of those that thought this team would go 10-2 or better and now are totally disappointed. 7-5 was always going to be a very good record for this team IMO. I've said it previous and I'll maintain that it would be nice to show improvement from week to week more than wins and losses.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Scottie B- In Harry Potter, there is a term "Unbreakable Vow" where as two wizards make a vow and if the wizards break such vow they will die. It's sad I know these things. Maybe that will clear it up.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Speaking of Random Thoughts, this morning I was wondering whatever happened to the Chaz Ramsey case? What is going on there?

9:00 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

ah, gotcha Eddie. that's from the newest movie, right? i haven't read the books. ha.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Yeah Scottie. I haven't read the books either, but intend to read them to my daughters at the appropriate age.

9:05 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Eddie, I was also hoping to show improvement from week to week - a trait even some of Tubs' best teams lacked (2006 is a good example).

But I also knew that (extremely limited depth + weaker opponents early in the season + 11 straight games without a bye) = (fatigue + injuries + sloppiness + poor execution).

Not a formula for getting better as the season progresses.

9:07 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll admit at 5-0 and even 5-1 I felt we had a 9 win season coming.

At that point, I thought the Ark game was probably a fluke and we just got rolling too late.

At that point there was no sign that the offense had died an early death.

9:08 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Why the return to the full "Mr. Senisible" moniker?

9:09 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

It's not our record that is freaking everyone out. It's going from a team that offensively looked well put together to one that looks clueless. I could be ok with another 5-7 season if the losses came to opponents that were better than us AND we were making progress as a team. The opposite has been true.

The bright side is that the defense looks better and we know if the offense gets back on track, we could at least make things uncomfortable for OM, UGA, and bama. Maybe even shock the world in Nov.

9:10 AM  
Blogger missinit said...

Morning Hotties!

Hopefully by now the condo is officially yours Cincy....Congrats!!

It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!

9:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Big Cat,

I agree, that's the hardest part of this year was how effective the offense was and for it to just stop immediately.

I know there were comments from people that we weren't supposed to win more than 6-8 games this year, but after that start it seemed like we might be on to something that could result in something bigger than the predictions.

9:14 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Had we beaten Kentucky then lost to LSU I don't think people would be as upset...but the unexpected loss at home to Kentucky, especially considering their situation coming in is the one that is still hard to swallow.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I like the optimism Bigcat.

Freep- I agree with you, but I still believe the offense fell off the cliff due to bad QB play (NOT TRYING TO SINGLE CHRIS TODD OUT)! It's harder to tell when you are not at the games. The Arkansas game looked like we had open receivers and we for sure had one early in the game that was missed. The UK game had a bunch of open WR's. From what i'm being told about LSU, we didn't have a lot of open WR's. I think this offense is totally centered around the QB spot, especially with the way Gus likes to call plays. He probably needs to commit more to the run than he previously has these last 3 games and then try to open up the passing game. I also believe that Gus needs a more mobile QB that can make plays with his feet when the pocket collapses and everyone is covered. Todd just doesn't have that skill IMO. I don't want a QB that runs first, but one that runs when forced to. Since the offense fell off so quickly, I believe it could possibly be back that much quickly also. It needs more of an oil change than an overhaul IMO. We shall see.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jet Plankton said...

I will say this ... I concur with Freep ... this is all about Kentucky. Not much shame in losing an 11 a.m. game on the road after winning on the road week before. Happens to "good teams" all the time.

This team was not ready to win in Baton Rouge, period. None of us liked the whipping we took. But where this team is in its journey, it wasn't ready and probably wouldn't have been had we been undefeated.

Kentucky is the problem game to me, but I explain to the wild mood swings of teams not experienced at winning. Only a handful of our players understand winning.

I say our mood swings back the other way Saturday.

9:37 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Thump thump does this thread have a heart beat??
Morning Hotties may the great pumpkin come out of the pumpking patch and bring us all good tiddings and a Damn Victory over Ole Mythe.

9:38 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Eddie I think Trooper would agree with you. Did you see this quote from Andy Bitter's blog? Sounds like he is talking about a QB issue perhaps:

[i]Taylor said the wide receivers' problems haven't been an inability to get off of press coverage. "For my guys, I think we have to make plays when we get an opportunity to," he said. "When it’s close we’ve got to go make that play regardless."[/i]

9:41 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

How many passes got thrown to a WR against LSU?

I know it wasn't many.

9:43 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Jet, I hope you're right.

Knowing that Dr Giggles is on the other sideline gives me cause for optimism.

That and the fact that, in the final analysis, they are still Ole Miss.

We absolutely HAVE to get out to a fast start on offense, though.

9:43 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

OK fellow HOTTIEs - I'm out til Puppet Hour.

Keep the faith.


9:44 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Beat Ole Miss!!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks Bigcat, I hadn't seen that quote. That could be seen as suggesting a lack of opportunities due to QB play. When you really look at this team, the whole team boils down to one player..The defense is as good as the offense and the offense is as good as the QB. That is a scary position to be in, because QB's have good games and bad games and it becomes almost impossible to win if the QB has a bad game.

9:50 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Glad the coaches read HABOTN and are finally going to take my advice of serveral weeks ago, play Fannin in FAH's position until FAH can heal his ankle. I thougt this was a natural move at least 2 games ago. Now if they can just teach this team what a penalty is and how to avoid them we will be ready to go.

9:51 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So what is the over/under number on penalties for us this week?

9:54 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I still say that w/o some incredible penalties, we still could have beat Kentucky even with the way Todd was playing. What's done is done, though.

9:55 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Lot of people have been hung up on Caudle's relief performance, but Mario did a nice job of running the ball against LSU on Saturday.

9:56 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I know the back up QB is always the most popular person on campus when a QB struggles, but what Caudle did late in a game that was already over really doesn't matter that much but to maybe build his confidence which has been trampled on over the years.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Bro- Maybe, but if UK had run the Wildcat more it could have been worse. The what if game can take you most anywhere.

9:58 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

What if Hitler hadn't delayed his invasion of Russia in 1941 and made it to Moscow before the muddy roads and winter set in? Think about that.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

What if the South had won?

10:03 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

What if we never fumbled, threw an interception or had a penalty.
We would win all the games by at least 100 and would it would be so boring.

10:04 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

We'd live in a pretty backward country right now.

10:05 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Anybody think Georgia beats Florida this weekend? I've got this sneaking suspicion...

10:07 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

I have the same feeling but Florida seems to have the mojo on Georgia that will be hard to overcome.

10:08 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


With Ole Miss coming to town, I wouldn't mention that the South didn't win, thems fightin' words to some of those guys.

10:10 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

what if Neo had taken the blue pill instead of the red pill? :)

10:12 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Because I am a mama and have not heard any details, I must ask this question:

Which two of Kodi's teeth were knocked out and what was done about it?

I bet his mama wasn't happy....

10:13 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Excellent hypothetical Scottie.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I don't want to think about losing teeth. I just had my normal cleaning yesterday and would hate to think of the pain of losing teeth and have to have implants.

10:31 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

It's not so bad...

10:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

That's right, you would just sucks after a rought night when you have to find your tooth in a toilet :)!

10:39 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Does anybody know at what row the east and west stands are covered by the upper deck? Trying to figure out how high I've gotta get to stay dry Saturday.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

DRY? Get out there and get soaked! Just bring a change of clothes with ya.

10:45 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Eddie, you know I agree with you that the primary difference between our team now and the first 5 games is Todd. He hasn't been the same since getting hurt against TN. I thought his performance against TN was the best by an AU qb in several years; he hasn't been the same guy after getting hurt.

If he hadn't been hurt, we had a chance against ARK, but probably would have lost anyway. They were ready for us. We would have beaten KY easily, and still got killed against LSU. If everything had gone just right, we could have been 7-1 right now. It didn't, but I don't really have any less confidence in our coaches than I did before the losses.

10:45 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Sean, I could do that, and have many times. Sat thru the tornado at Legion Field in 1983.

My wife is a different story. If Mama ain't happy, I won't be happy.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Me neither Coosa....I just don't always understand their reasoning, but at the same time, i'm probably not supposed to.

10:48 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

I've always thought that Fanin is a tailback and that its a mistake to try to make him into a receiver. He looked every bit as good as Cadillac in the GA game last year.

If Tubs would have played him the last 2 drives in that game, he would still be the coach today.

10:48 AM  
Blogger IV said...


I agree 100% on your assessment of Fanin 100% and I also wondered why they did not continue to utilize him late in the Georgia game last year as well.

10:53 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Eddie said...
What if the South had won?

I do NOT even want to think about that!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Luv- Me neither just like I didn't want to possibly think of what Hitler could have done. Both happened for reasons. Trying to understand why it happened is the fun part.

10:59 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I still think that FAH's injury played a big part in our offensive fallof as well as Todd's apparent injury and succeeding lack of 100% play. I think that losing FAH hurt in that Gus could not utilize a lot of his misdirection in the offense. Maybe putting Fannin in for FAH and letting him do the same thing in his place would have helped.

11:11 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I think one more issue become a part of the fan disappointment after starting 5 and 0 and then losing 3 in a row the way we did and that is looking at Bama's success and thinking, "that could have been us with good recruiting the last 3 Tubberville years".

11:15 AM  
Blogger IV said...

become = became. Sorry about that.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks IV, almost forgot....FU Tuberville!!!!!!!!

Please Auburn, win this weekend so I can stop this bashing!

11:17 AM  
Blogger IV said...

Eddie, just go ahead and quit anyway. I agree with you, but it isn't changing a thing. Let Tubberville go, he is history just like Bowden, Barfield and Earl Brown.

11:22 AM  
Blogger IV said...

I am out for a spell.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

IV- Good enough for me. I'll honor your request. BTW, nice Earl Brown reference.

11:27 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

Earl Brown, his 1950 team was the stuff of legend. he REALLY missed Travelin' Travis Tidwell. :)

11:32 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Scottie B- That 1950 has to be the worst team in Auburn History.

Of course those are the days that you had to have a head coach that graduated from Notre Dame. That was the thing to do.

11:35 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

i would have to agree Eddie. 1950, not a good year for the Tigers. however, a young Ralph 'Shug' Jordan came shortly thereafter. i guess it wasn't such a bad thing after all.

11:43 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Ah, the 1950 Auburn. . .err, API Tigers.

My dad could tell you some "Dumb Dudley" stories.

5:39 PM  

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