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Etheridge out of the hospital

Hey everyone. I was out and about in The Gump and not able to create a new blog post until now.

We have been discussing this in the earlier thread, but I figured this deserved its own thread.

Safety Zac Etheridge, who was knocked out of the Ole Miss game, has been released from a Birmingham-area hospital. He collided with teammate Antonio Coleman while attempting to make a tackle during the first quarter Saturday.

Etheridge was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and later was moved to Birmingham for closer observation.

``We're happy to report that Zac has been released from the hospital and
our medical staff is optimistic he will make a full recovery," coach Gene Chizik said.

UPDATE: Neal McCready, my friend who covers Ole Miss for, spoke with UM tailback Rodney Scott today. The freshman was lauded by Chizik and the medical staff for remaining still while pinned under Etheridge.

``I wanted to see if he was going to get up first. He was just laying there still," Scott said. ``I looked at him and he wasn't moving or anything. That's when all the trainers came and they told me, 'Don't move because it could affect him more.' I was trying to stay real still. … For a couple of seconds, I guess he was knocked out unconscious. After awhile, after all the trainers got around, he finally said something. It was a bad feeling, but at the same time, I was wondering if he was all right or whatever."

Photo credit: Butch Dill/AP


Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

That's great news!! We wish him a speedy recovery!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

two doh!!!

7:22 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Wow...that was actually a first substance! Now we need a "Z" line to finish out the year!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Good news on Zach though!!

7:22 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Great news JGT we hope for a full recovery so he can live a normal life. Football is but a footnote right now.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Definitely good news tonight.

We saw "Paranormal Activity" tonight, the alleged scary movie.

Not really scary. Thank goodness the lead actress was exceptionally hot.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Storm said...

Hey Little Buddy

7:24 PM  
Blogger Storm said...

When do you leave for Disney?

7:25 PM  
Blogger Storm said...

Jay how do you feel about the next three games

7:26 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

I had already heard Paranormal wasn't good unless you are into the Blair Witch

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I was a Blair Witch guy, for sure, but PA took several implausible twists. That compromised what I thought was an excellent filmmaking/storytelling approach.

The girl in the movie is, to me, unspeakably hot. So that was good.

We double-dipped afterward and watched "This Is It," which was better.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...


7:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bird de Dirty.

7:41 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I've been a Falcons fan for a long while. They haven't been on MNF often. I am stoked.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Same here, since Jamal Anderson back in the day when I lived in Atlanta

7:44 PM  
Blogger auforme said...

Evening all. Go Birds! Great news about Etheridge.

7:54 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

When I was in Atlanta with work, they brought in the Falcon cheerleaders during our kickoff. The taught us the dirty bird. Made the Execs do it on stage. They were pretty.

7:56 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

And I am very happy to hear about Zach.

7:57 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

And, I also think that Meyer and the SEC are puds for only doing a half on Spikes. The SEC could have at least done the 2nd half.

Just my opinion.

8:00 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Wonderful news on Zac.

8:01 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Nice to find out he was all right and not whatever.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

As a matter of course, hot lead actresses raise the tolerance level of mediocre movies.

Just sayin'.

8:14 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Everyone is in so much better a mood when we win. I like it.

8:19 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I think Meyer suspending Spikes for a half a game was worse than not suspending him at all. Just my opinion.

8:20 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I hope JGT drops Iowa and puts a couple of teams they've beaten ahead of them. They deserve it.

8:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

That's a cupcake penalty, especially against Vandy. It would have been a punishment if they had a ranked opponent next.

8:32 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Thanks for posting ehyou, I was afraid I had killed the thread. :) Cupcakes and ice cream...

8:40 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I can't believe the SEC supported that weak penalty.

8:44 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I don't think I've ever wanted to slap someone as much as I would like to slap Paul Finebaum. And I am not usually a very violent person. I really am surprised he hasn't been decked a few times.

8:55 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...


What did Paul do today?

I only listened to Dye.

9:04 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Oh, I didn't listen to him - I really try not to do that. I just read his column from last Tuesday. His motives are so transparent, I don't know why I let him get under my skin, that is just what he is trying to do. Most of the time I can laugh at him, but for some reason this time he really bugged me.

9:13 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Great news on Zac. Thanks for the update, JGT.

Regarding the Spikes brouhaha, it would be funny if the entire Vandy offense came out wearing visors on their helmets.

It would be funnier still if the Vandy band all wore goggles.

9:20 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

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9:32 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Falcons dominate 2nd half and win this one, no prob.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

The further along F-Bomb goes it reminds of a saying that I believe he's embraced -- emotionally, if not literally.

"If you're gonna be in a whorehouse, be the best whore in the house."

9:38 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Are you saying that F-Bomb = Melvin P Thorpe from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas? If you're not, then I am.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Ehyou ...

That's not a bad equivalency.

10:06 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I bet F-Bomb and his staff do a song & dance number at every break. That'd be great.

10:07 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I hope after the Bama game that Auburn is the A&M team going out for a good time.

10:14 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Don't forget people:

Jet and I predicted a win last weekend. But then again, I predict a win every congrats to jet.

I'll get ahead of the curve and predict a win next weekend. Woot!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

You guys reminded me of my freshman year at Auburn. Apparently Auburn's theater group was putting on The Biggest Little Whore House in Texas. So there was a HUGE sign hanging over by the Hill that said "Whorehouse Coming Soon" or something to that effect. I wanted to steal it so bad.

10:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I could soooo be the Sheriff in that production. A bad-ass power monger is right in my wheelhouse.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

What the hell is Gruden talking about with these mouth pieces

10:45 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

dirty birds...dang those saints

10:46 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Wakerider thanks for bringing that up, he is a nut! but I like em

10:47 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Well crap. The tipped pass and interception in the red zone ended up being the difference in the game. Just that much.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I'm a Bucs fan, so I've had plenty of his nutty rants over the years. I love the guy, just hated the way he handled personnel.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

can't believe y'all chose NFL over Bruce on VH1 Classic. It's still on, btw.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

MNF makes mondays a little less terrible

11:08 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I don't like Bruce Springteen at all...take that.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...


11:14 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...


11:15 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

come on dude, is there anything else on?

11:15 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I feel like cussing, but I will refrain.

11:16 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Like I said, tipped pass and interception in red zone was the difference.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

Yeah, Im bored and procrastinating, sorry...i thought the dirty birds were gonna pull of a miracle for a second

11:22 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sweet Springsteen dreams, Hotties! Concert is over and I'm going to sleep and hopefully dream that I can play the piano like Roy Bittan.

12:00 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

AUsome news about Zac Etheridge!!

Good morning, Hotties. UGH, it's only Tuesday.

5:19 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

AU1N04 said...And, I also think that Meyer and the SEC are puds for only doing a half on Spikes. The SEC could have at least done the 2nd half.

Don't know what a "pud" is, but I agree, AU1N04. I was watching PTI yesterday and Wilbon said things like that have been happening since football began, but now that we have so many cameras on the action, we see it. SO? I think now that we do have evidence, it's time to punish these thugs. 1/2 game - esp. against Vandy - is a freakin' joke. Then Meyer saying he's a good kid and this was totally out of character. WTHever!!

5:23 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

ehyou said...
Don't forget people:

Jet and I predicted a win last weekend. But then again, I predict a win every congrats to jet.

I'm sorry I doubted you guys and the rest of you that said AU would pull out the win against Ole Miss.

5:26 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Morning everyone!

How can anyone not like The Boss?

5:57 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

WERK, it's easy.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Good Morning All.

Good news about Zac.

My brother put out a good read on the our blog:

True Blue

6:40 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Just because biting hitting scratching and eye gouging "have been going on since football began" doesn't make that an acceptable behavior. And because he's stupid enough to get caught (which is truly his problem) he deserves a punishment for it. A half game suspension, against any team is not a punishment befitting the incident.

6:43 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

mrtommyd, I agree 100%!

6:44 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Eddie, very good read!

6:51 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I think if USC is able to finish strong they should be in the title game... they lost to some of the best unranked teams in the country...

6:52 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Washington is one of the best unranked teams in the country?

7:02 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

You know the only other thing that I can think about that deal with B. Spikes, is if something like that had been done by a UGA defensive player to media darling and his royal hiney Tebow. You think there would have a been an outcry for an immediate suspension, be removed from the team, and sent to outer Mongolia? I'm sure that kid would have to live with that for his entire football career, not unlike Chaz had to deal with the @#$%ing ESPN beatdown.

7:06 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Luv didn't you know that the PAC-10 is the best conference in the nation and has been for the past 50 years? Just ask 'em, they'll let you know. It's funny (and then again not) USC is wanting that entitlement boost that Notre Dame usually gets, just because they're, you know, SC.

7:10 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

mrtommyd, funny you should mention that about Chaz Ramsey. I don't know how many chop block penalties have been called since that game and noone every says a thing about it...

7:19 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

every = ever

7:21 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

And its not an agenda that they are carrying right Luv?!? Yeah, I can't tell you how torqued I get when a person that gets called for a chopblock now doesn't get raked across the coals because they've ended someone's football career (I believe Mr Dorsey is doing just fime btw), or being called out for the rest of a game by doing such a dispicable, cheap, shot. I mean it's gotta by 700 times worse than eye gouging.

Looks like I'm feeling a little wordy today.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

From Ebay:

For sale, 100 black helmets, never used to hit anyone, need visors. Contact M. Richt for best offer.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Mornin', Hotties!

RE Zac, please stand and sing:

O Happy Day! (O happy day!)

Along with "knowledge is power," "stand and sing" is my favorite phrase.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

WERK - I have absolutely no idea.

Morning Hotties!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ephemeral, two of my favorite sayings came from two future governors:

"Ain't got time to bleed"

"If it bleeds, we can kill it"

7:31 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

mrtommyd, how about the rest of the season, not just the rest of the game. I wanted to gouge out Gary Danielson's and Vern's eyes every time they brought it up.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Those are good ones, THT.

Eddie, that is a good read. True blue, indeed.

7:35 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I'm with ya Luv. Couldn't believe that it lasted more than one game. Obviously Chaz must have been something like a serial murderer with the lambasting he got. Of course Spikes is at UF and you know, that happens every game, in every pile, so no need to go overboard or anything.

And if you could see me now I'd be giving you that incredulous look.

7:41 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

While everyone gets out of joint about the chop block, remember that the ruling body in college says it is a 15 yard penalty. So face masking, but you never hear many scream about that. You could break a neck grabbing the face mask. Horse collaring was not a penalty until last year, I think. Look how many athletes were severally injured by that move. Intentionally roughing the punter is a 15 yard penalty also. If they wanted to, the NCAA could make a rule that ejects you from the game for a chop block. Picking on certain players for that block over and over again is classless.

Do I like the chop block, NO. But it is something that is regularly done, maybe not on purpose, and probably not taught by coaches, and everyone knows it. It happens. The only reason Ramsey was singled out was that his was against a high profile player.

7:50 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Finally, look at how today's plaeyrs tackle, especially in the open field. Most all of them go for the legs and specifically the kneee. That is the most vulnerable joint you have. If I hit it you will go down. No that is taught by coaches. Where is the outrage over that? I know the difference is that the runner usually sees that one coming and the lineman doesn't, but the results can be the same.

7:55 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

I will let someone else rant now. Time for work.

7:55 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Like I've said 1001 times, the human body was not made for football. It is such a violent sport and if I didn't love it so much, I'd boycott it!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Surely, y'all don't want me to do this on my own?

8:14 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

But if you insist...

8:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

here goes...

8:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


8:16 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Nice work, Tar Heel.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Good form, THT!

8:18 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

To all - I concur

8:31 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

We get eye pokes, the next thing you know there will be punches with brass knux while the coach distracts the ref.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

E-Bro gets the credit for the "True Blue" article. He is good with the words.

WTC- Good rant. I personally wish tacklers (especially our team) would try and wrap up and stick them on the numbers instead of diving for knees and feet all the time :).

8:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

and then "Hacksaw" Spikes will enter the ring, oops, take the field with a 2x4.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Morning, HOTTIES.

We'll crank it up today around 11:30 with some BLAWGIN' FER YER NOGGIN'.

I know you're excited.

8:41 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think the facemask penalty should go back to a judgement call for a 5 or a 15.

I also think Auburn players should wrap up and tackle better, but I think other teams should have lousy fundamentals.

8:45 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

WERK, I agree on the facemask penalty.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Blawgin Fer Yer Noogin will consist of these statements:

McCalebb and Etheridge are Day to Day.

We executed better last week, but still need to do a better job.

Furman is a good team, we will need to come out focused and if we execute, we will have a chance to play a bunch of guys and get some good experience heading into the last two games.

Let me know if I missed something.

8:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


You forgot "we'll keep choppin wood".

"This is a tough conference."

"Auburn fans are the greatest."

8:48 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thankyou RK- I wonder if he wanted to hand out 79,000 game balls last weekend? :)

8:50 AM  
Blogger scottieus etheridge said...

Eddie, you just ruined my noggin' bloggin. i hope you're happy with yourself!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I'm nevr happy with myself Scottie. I've learned that I can always execute things better in life. I will continue to keep chopin wood while my job status is day by day facing this tough opponent called the economy, but I get home at night to know that my daughters are my greatest fans and that helps me keep focus to keep moving forward.

9:00 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That was impressive Eddie. You're just a straight shooter with upper management written all over you.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- If I could just figure out those covers to those darn TPS reports.

9:05 AM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

E-Bro did a great job on that article. I think we were all a little bit or in some cases a lot guilty of bashing the caoches and some team members. We should learn a lesson from this but I bet we don't.

9:10 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The Dye quote from the 1989 Iron Bowl post game that E-bro used is one of my favorites.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Digger- Most fans of this sport are emotional. When it's good it's good, but when it's bad, it's plain out ugly. It comes and goes. Personally I know that I, like most, take it hardest closest to when it happens and cool down relatively quickly. Passion is what makes this sport so fun but it can also be bad if directed in the wrong way, which happens. Look at Georgia these days, they are several people ready to run Mark Richt right now.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Tide loses first one of season ...

Daniel Moore defeats UAT in court over his paintings.

Mike Slive, though, fines Moore "$15 bazillion-jillion and suspends him from painting until Nick Saban returns again."

9:22 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I think Ohio state should be in the national title view... Purdue should have been ranked the week they beat Ohio State so that it would not hurt OS image and BCS rankings.

Shame on the pollsters. OS should be in the top 10... since.. since... well since they are The Ohio State University...

Another GREAT 2 loss team.

9:26 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Got a dentist appointment this afternoon for a cleaning.

What's the over/under on the number of times the hygienist asks me questions while cleaning my teeth where I can't answer since there are sharp objects in my mouth?

9:36 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- I went last week and I actually took my ear buds in and listened to my iphone while I got my teeth cleaned. I avoided the conversations that mean nothing and it worked out great for both parties.

9:39 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Never understood why UA wanted to sue Daniel Moore.

Made them look petty.

9:46 AM  
Blogger michael said...

You dentist comments remind me of this Police Squad scene (side note: wow, you really can find anything on youtube these days)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Lovecrafty said...


Saying that most fans of CFB are emotional is like saying that Lou Holtz has a slight lisp!

Check out the following post (from a Nebraska blog), where you can see how a loss by YOUR team can cause severe emotional distress...Reminds me of how I felt last season and after the 3 straight losses to Arky, KY, and LSU.

Do You Feel Like You're Being Punished?

9:50 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

There's an article on Yahoo sports by Dan Wetzel on the whole Spikes thing. I couldn't get it to link here, but it's a good read.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

LUv ...

You may notice that after the UAT-UT game, he decree Mt. Lard@$$ worthy of Heisman consideration. Glad to see a blind squirrel found the acorn on this one.

10:07 AM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

Jet, I hadn't seen that article. Blocking two FGA does NOT make one Heisman-worthy.

That's funny you call him that. I call him Mt. Fatty.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

does it count as a block if the kicker kicks the ball into your armpit? I say no

10:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Harrison - no, but it's a personal foul for rubbing your armpit on the football

10:24 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I bet Mt. Fatty's armpit after a game is foul.

10:29 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Yeah, as in it smells foul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWZA!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Lovecrafty- Nice article. Enjoyed it.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

E-Bro truly appreciate that wisdom...nice read.

LOL at LUV's 8:05 post this am. Ohhh the dichotomy ....... valid medical logic vs. love for the game.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

My noggin needs some bloggin'

11:08 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

In the comments section of Am I Being Punished:

"And had a lost filling replaced. Thanks to the anesthetic, I couldn’t feel a thing.
In fact it hurt way less than the Iowa State game…if only I had some sort of game day anesthetic…
oh, wait, I do…
It’s also what I use to celebrate.
It’s the sports fan’s Panacea."

Thanks for the laugh!

11:12 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I keep thinking about it, Rodney Scott should be a Player of the Week. The more I think about what he didn't do the more incredible it is. And since I'm sure he reads the HABOTN, Thank you Rodney Scott!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Rodney Scott to Brandon Spikes.

A total difference in those two players in how they acted this past weekend and what most fans thanks of them.

BTW, just downloaded and started using firefox....NICE! I like it already.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Yes, Rodney Scott was perfectly still long before the trainers got out there. Given the typical football emotions and the instinct to just get up off the ground after being tackled, Mr Scott's perception of the situation and actions are admirable. I know nothing else about him, but I would be shocked if he isn't successful in whatever profession he pursues.

11:24 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Welcome to the future, Eddie.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Bro- Nice article!

11:28 AM  

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